Area sports notes: Cougars' run ends in juco nationals

Area sports notes: Cougars' run ends in juco nationals

March 20th, 2019 by Staff Reports in Sports - College

The amazing run finally ended Tuesday for the Cleveland State Cougars. They lost 83-66 to eighth-seeded Ranger College in the NJCAA Division I men's basketball tournament at Hutchinson, Kansas, ending the 24th seed's season at 16-16 after going into the Region VII tournament 11-15. One day after becoming the first 24th seed ever to win a game in the national tournament, Cleveland State jumped ahead 6-3, but Ranger (29-3) scored the next 12 points and never trailed again. The Texas team coached by Billy Gillispie led by as many as 23 points in the second half. Maurice Dickson had 13 points and six rebounds and Exavian Young, Demonte Person and Kerry Pratt scored 12, 11 and 11 points for the Cougars.


* Dan Fry was 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI triple and a sacrifice fly as No. 6-ranked Tennessee Wesleyan defeated visiting Lindsey Wilson 7-3 in NAIA baseball Tuesday. Anthony Williams also tripled, driving in three runs, and Max Draijer was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Bulldogs (22-26). While TWU dropped four spots in the national rankings this week, Bryan College remained 14th.

* Chattanooga State plays Friday and Saturday at Cleveland State after sandwiching 7-0 and 17-7 wins around a 9-5 loss against Roane State this past weekend and beating the Piedmont junior varsity 14-3 and 17-11 on Monday. Noah Fitzgerald was 7-for-10 with a home run and five RBIs against Roane and is batting .462, 17th in NJCAA Division I, while Sean Cheely is fourth with 23 stolen bases. The Tigers (16-8, 2-4) are third in both team batting average (.372) and team defense. Coach Greg Dennis is 907-686 overall and 559-271 with the Tigers.

* Cleveland State, 4-3 in TCCAA play, is 12-9 overall after beating the Bryan junior varsity 9-2 and 10-0 Monday in Dayton with Jonathan Hickman going 7-for-8 with two home runs, three doubles, seven RBIs and four runs scored. He was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs and Tucker Mendenhall was 2-for-4 with a homer, two stolen bases and two RBIs for the Cougars in the first game, when Bradley Hayes also homered, Caleb Hopkins was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI and Seth Wicker (3-1) pitched a six-hitter with one earned run and seven strikeouts. Bradford Mills, Matt Voda and Justin Morris combined on a one-hitter with six strikeouts in the six-inning rematch, while Hickman went 4-for-4 with five RBIs on two homers. Pete Williams was 2-for-4.


* Henry Burns scored seven goals as the Sewanee men's lacrosse team won 16-15 Tuesday at Colorado College. Hayden Hunt and Cameron Acuff had three goals apiece and three and two assists and Ryan Stubits collected 16 ground balls and won 25 of 33 face-offs. Sewanee had won 11-6 in its Southern Athletic Association opener Saturday against Centre, when Hunt netted three goals, Burns and Drew Mullen scored two each, Bryce Womack made 12 saves and Stubits won 17 of 20 face-offs and scooped nine ground balls.

* The Sewanee women lost 12-7 Monday at home against McDaniel (4-3), which jumped to a 7-1 lead. The Tigers (8-5) got three goals from Catherine Crigler, who had scored six in an 18-8 win over North Central on Friday. Kelly Thomsen had four goals and an assist in that game.


* In addition to the 18 from the Baylor Swim Club reported Tuesday, McCallie/GPS Aquatics has 12 swimmers at the NCSA Junior Nationals this week in Orlando: Jillian Cantrell, Grayson Payne, Emma Scruggs, Ellie Taliaferro, Kyle Berry, Ian Frake, Reece Gallagher, Will Jackson, Jake Marcum, Jacob McDaniel, Sam Powe and Max Ransom. Gallagher set a club record there Tuesday in the 100 individual medley.


* Jason Webb won the GraduRUN 5K for Communities in Schools road race last Saturday in Ringgold in 19 minutes, 31 seconds, and 62-year-old Jeff Stracener was second in 20:45. Then Mayes Starke, 63, and 14-year-old female winner Helen Webb led seven runners with net times of 21:07 to 22:08.