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The Tennessee Sports Writers Association announced its newest Hall of Fame class on Thursday, and among the 2020 inductees will be Times Free Press sports columnist Mark Wiedmer, as well as Tommy Bryan (Lebanon) and Teresa Walker (Associated Press). The three will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 9 at Cumberland University. A native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Wiedmer has spent 35 years at the News-Free Press and Times Free Press, starting as an artist. He was so poor on his first day at the paper, Valentine's Day of 1983, he borrowed money from his new boss to buy his wife a Valentine gift. Wiedmer transitioned to writing after filling in for a co-worker who became sick while covering a high school district baseball tournament. Within two years, Wiedmer took over the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball beat, and he has been a columnist since 1987. He has been a two-time TSWA sports writer of the year and won several Green Eyeshade Awards, as well as awards from the Football Writers Association. He has totaled more than 75 writing awards. He covered 28 straight Final Fours from 1988 to 2015, as well as two Super Bowls, six Masters, 14 Kentucky Derbies, one Olympics, two U.S. Opens and two PGA Championships. He's also covered 31 Area 4 Special Olympics in Chattanooga.

 

Field Hockey

* Sewanee field hockey forward Ceara Caffrey and defender Jo Jo Young have been selected for the Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division III Senior Game on Nov. 23 in Manheim, Pennsylvania. It will be held in conjunction with the national semifinals. The Tigers are among six Southern Athletic Association seniors chosen. Caffrey is second in the SAA both in goals scored this season (14) and in career goals (55).

 

Golf

* The Lee University women's golf team wrapped up the 2019 part of its schedule with a third-place finish this week in the Lee Ann Noble Memorial tournament hosted by North Georgia at Dahlonega. The 14th-ranked Lady Flames led with a 294 in the first round but followed up with a 302 while Columbus State was winning with a tournament-record 281. Host UNG was second. Lee sophomore Carson McKie was third individually with a 145, and freshman Supuschaya "Yui" Srinchantamit also made the top 10 with a 147. Judianne Speach and Haverly Harrold tied for 21st at 153.

 

Volleyball

* Chattanooga State had some good statistics in its 3-1 TCCAA volleyball loss to Cleveland State on Wednesday. Ricki Lynn Bickley, Brieana Hemphill and Delaney Bridges registered 12, 11 and 10 kills, and Hemphill and Mady Steele were in on 12 and eight blocks. Kayla Ford had 23 digs and Emily Redden had 22 assists and 10 digs for the Lady Tigers (8-12).

Compiled by Ron Bush and Stephen Hargis. Contact Bush at rbush@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6291. Contact Hargis at shargis@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6293.

 

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