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Staff file photo by Tim Barber / Chattanooga FC's Soren Yuhaschek (24) watches his head shot go into the net for a 1-0 lead in the 44th minute of a match against the Harrisburg City Islanders in June 2016 at Finley Stadium.

Soren Yuhaschek is beginning his professional soccer career with the organization for which he has played the past four years. The Chattanooga Football Club announced Friday that it had signed the 28-year-old defender to a pro contract. He played for former Chattanooga FC coach, now technical director Bill Elliott at the University of West Florida and has worked all the backfield positions for CFC. "It is a pleasure to have Soren back with us again," coach Peter Fuller said in a club release. " We expect this year that he will be the same versatile, athletic defender that he has been for the last several years. He provides depth at multiple positions and has proven to be a valuable asset." Said Yuhaschek: "I'm so glad to be back at CFC and ready to work hard both on and off the pitch for the club. It will be so great to see the Chattahooligans again and play in Fort Finley. This club is family — I'll never cheat on CFC."

 

 

Softball

* Nationally 14th-ranked Chattanooga State began its softball season Friday at Dothan, Alabama, with a 5-4 loss to Central Alabama and a 10-6 win over Shelton State. The Lady Tigers' remaining four opponents in the event include second-ranked Florida SouthWestern State and No. 1 and defending national champion Chipola. Central Alabama won in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Mabry Carpenter was 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and two runs batted in and Lauren Gillespie struck out nine batters in defeat. Brooke Parrott struck out seven and allowed only two earned runs in the Lady Tigers' win, when Savannah Talley was 4-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs. Breanna Vinson was 2-for-2 and reached base also with a walk and with a hit-by-pitch, and Savannah Hood and Sarah Wilson each was 2-for-3; those three scored a total of four runs.

 

Basketball

* The Sewanee women's basketball team lost 81-51 in Southern Athletic Association play Friday at nationally ranked Oglethorpe (22-1, 12-0), but the Sewanee men won 79-78 with 25 points and 18 rebounds from Adrian Thomas and a last-second 3-point basket by Jordan Warlick. Joey Knox scored 15 points and Warlick and Ryan Starr added 14 and 12 for the Tigers (10-12, 4-7). The Stormy Petrels dropped to 13-9, 7-4. Ellie Treanton had 12 points and five assists and Kinsley Logan and Abby Young each scored 11 points for the Sewanee women (10-13, 5-7). Raquel Waller made four steals.

* Led by 26 points, eight rebounds and three steals from Shaonica Thomas, Huntingdon won 56-48 at Covenant in USA South women's basketball Friday night. The Hawks (11-12, 10-4) overcame a 29-21 halftime deficit with a 21-7 third quarter. Hannah Monday had 18 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots for Covenant (8-14, 5-8), and Ruthie Moore added eight rebounds.

* Dalton State's NAIA third-ranked Roadrunners extended their winning streak to a program-record-tying 15 games Thursday night at Blue Mountain, 93-87, and they did it by crawling out of an 11-point hole in the final six and a half minutes — without one of their best players. Blue Mountain (11-9, 4-8 SSAC) first built a 20-5 lead, but DSC (22-1, 11-1) tied the score at 33 and it was 48-48 at halftime. And when the home team went ahead 83-72, the Roadrunners finished with a 21-4 surge. Kevon Tucker scored 25 points and Rodley Adjei had 18 plus four assists in the win, while Randy Bell and C.J. Perry had 13 and 12 points. Bell got all of his before being ejected late in the first half.

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Contributed photo / Lady Patriots junior Sharayah Daves holds the commemorative basketball she was presented for scoring 1,000 points in her high school career.

* Junior Sharayah Daves on the CSTHEA Lady Patriots home-school basketball team recently was honored for reaching four digits in career points. Daves, whose sister also plays for the Lady Patriots, got to 1,000 in a 55-40 win over Copper Basin on Jan. 16 and now is at 1,082 after scoring 19 on Friday. She's been on the varsity since eighth grade. Her parents, Jada and Kevin Daves, are the head coaches; Tim Meyer is their assistant.

Contact Ron Bush at rbush@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6291.

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