A 2019 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame induction class that includes Peyton Manning, Kara Lawson, David Cutcliffe and Patrick Willis also includes the first Sewanee female athlete to go into the hall, Kim Valek. Unfortunately, the induction honor at Saturday's banquet at the Omni in Nashville will be posthumous for the Tigers' all-time top women's basketball scorer and rebounder, as Valek died in February 2017, according to a Sewanee release. A three-time first-team All-American, the former Brentwood Academy all-stater graduated from Sewanee in 1987 with 1,777 points and 1,083 rebounds, and her 27 rebounds in one game and 326 her senior season are school records also. Other inductees Saturday will be Kippy Brown, Charles Davis, George Taliaferro and Bob Tillman, and the Titans' controlling owner, Amy Adams Strunk, will be honored as Tennessean of the year. Among other special award recipients are Mookie Betts, Grant Williams, Rick Byrd and the late David Williams. For ticket information call 615-418-9595.
* Former Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School star basketball star Jazzmyn Elston recently signed a national letter of intent to attend Division I member Morehead State University. As a sophomore at State Fair Community College she earned first-team Missouri Community College Athletic Conference and NJCAA All-Region 16 honors. Elston led her team in scoring with 15.9 points per game while playing in 24 games, 21 of them starts. As a freshman, she averaged 12.6 points per game and made over 45% of her 3-point attempts.