Area sports notes: Titans sign Mocs' Kareem Orr, Joseph Parker

Area sports notes: Titans sign Mocs' Kareem Orr, Joseph Parker

May 13th, 2019 by Staff Reports in Sports - College

The Tennessee Titans announced Monday the signings of former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football players Kareem Orr and Joseph Parker to free-agent contracts following rookie minicamp this past weekend. The two make four ex-Mocs on the Titans' 90-man roster, joining offensive lineman Corey Levin, a 2016 draftee who played in 10 games in 2018, and defensive lineman Isaiah Mack, who signed a free-agent deal last month. Orr, a former Notre Dame High School standout, was a first-team All-Southern Conference defensive back in 2018 with four interceptions and a fumble recovery. Wide receiver Parker played in 22 UTC games in two seasons after transferring from Wyoming. Last season he caught 40 passes for 437 yards with eight for 84 in one game and two touchdown receptions in another.

* The Titans Caravan will make a public stop Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Academy Sports + Outdoors on Hamilton Place Boulevard, and Levin is one of the players scheduled to appear and sign autographs. The others are tight end Jonnu Smith, defensive lineman Dee Liner and linebackers Rashaan Evans and Sharif Finch.

* The Sewanee football team has begun a trip to Greece and Italy that ends May 21. The Tigers are among seven school teams and an all-star team from the United States in the Global Football Spring Tours event. Austria, China, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic also will be represented. After visiting Athens, Sewanee will play Sunday in Rome against the Lazio Ducks of the Italian Football League.



* In Monday openers in the NAIA national baseball playoffs, Tennessee Wesleyan defeated Madonna 6-3 in the Kingsport Bracket but Bryan College lost 4-3 to William Jessup of California with multiple rain delays in the Miami Gardens Bracket. Lake Burris was 2-for-5 with a three-run first-inning home run — stretching his school single-season record to 28 — and Parker Cosby was 3-for-4 for Bryan (36-16). The Lions play Thomas in an elimination game at 10:30 this morning. Anthony Williams was 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI and Bryce Giles was 1-for-2 with a homer, three runs and two RBIs for No. 2-ranked TWU (49-8), which plays at 2:30 Tuesday against Webber International, a 5-2 victor over Campbellsville. Irving Martin and two relievers struck out nine batters.



* No. 1-seeded Wesley Cash of Chattanooga and Mark Vines of Naples, Florida, defeated fourth-seeded Stuart Chase of Charlottesville, Virginia, and Stewart Jackson of Fairview, North Carolina, in the rain-delayed men's 60s doubles final of the prestigious and massive Atlanta Senior Invitational tennis tournament at the Cherokee Town and Country Club. The score was 6-2, 6-1. Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga standout Ken Koelling won the 60s singles title with a 6-3, 5-2, retired (injury) win over Eric Friedman of Naples.

* From a league and part of the country loaded with top contenders, Tennessee Wesleyan is seeded 11th in the 2019 NAIA men's tennis tournament in Mobile, Alabama, and begins play at 9:30 EDT this morning against 22nd seed McPherson from Kansas. TWU's AAC colleagues Reinhardt and Point are the Nos. 2 and 4 seeds and Union College is No. 10. No. 1 is Georgia Gwinnett, which has won the last five men's national titles.



* Dalton State golfer Ben Rebne from Heritage High School is one of 30 semifinalists for the NAIA Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year. Finalists will be announced Thursday, and the winner will be announced on May 30. Dalton State has had two previous national winners, one twice.



* Adam Wagner of Cookeville won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Music City Division tournament Saturday on Tims Ford Lake with a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 10 ounces. He received $4,013 for his 12th BFL victory. Rocco Simeri of Murfreesboro was second at 17-11, McMinnville's Hunter Bouldin third at 14-10, Manchester's Brent Sain seventh at 13-5 and Winchester's Michael Thomason ninth at 12-13. Joe Richardson of Toccoa, Georgia, won the co-angler division and $1,274 with 10-11.