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Because of high water in the area and continued heavy rain, the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Chickamauga Lake has been postponed from this week to March 19-22. B.A.S.S. made that announcement Monday. "We have been in close communication with local authorities and our hosts in Tennessee about the current flooding as well as the forecast," B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin said in a news release. "After careful discussions, it was apparent that the best decision was to postpone the tournament and festivities." James Everett of TVA River Management said, "Extreme heavy rainfall and runoff is causing elevated river conditions all across the Tennessee Valley. These are much higher than normal flows and flow rates coming from the dams, which can increase boating hazards." The tournament was to be and will be based in Dayton, and there already is some flooding and expected in the area. "It was smart for B.A.S.S. to postpone the tournament until conditions are better," Rhea County sheriff Mike Neal said in the release. "The combination of parking issues and road closures would make it unsafe for fans and everyone involved, especially if we get the additional rain forecasted." The season-opening Bassmaster Elite tournament ended Monday in Palatka, Florida, and Buddy Gross of Chickamauga, Georgia, finished 11th and received $12,000.

 

Soccer

* The Chattanooga Football Club continued Monday its series of announcements of players secured for its first professional soccer season by reporting the signing of 25-year-old forward Clayton Adams from Slidell, Louisiana. He played in 2018 for the Georgia Revolution, an NPSL division rival of Chattanooga FC, and last year he was part of Austin Bold's inaugural USL Championship season. "We are very happy to have added Clayton Adams to our roster," CFC coach Peter Fuller said in a club release. "He has experience in the USL Championship with Austin, and he will be a great attacking option for us."

 

Softball

* University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Celie Hudson was the Southern Conference softball pitcher of the year in 2019 and the preseason pick for 2020, and Monday she became the league's initial pitcher of the week for the second season in a row. Her latest honor was for her five-inning five-hit game with six strikeouts in the Mocs' opening 9-1 win over Austin Peay. She passed 300 in career strikeouts.

* Tennessee Tech sophomore Raleigh Lewis from Heritage High School in Ringgold was the Ohio Valley Conference softball player of the week for her outburst in the Mercer Invitational. As TTU went 4-1, Lewis batted .467 with four home runs, 18 total bases, nine runs batted in and six scored. Her slugging percentage was 1.267, and she walked twice and hit a sacrifice fly.

 

Baseball

* Gil Coan, who had arguably the greatest single season in Chattanooga Lookouts history and played 11 seasons in the major leagues, died Feb. 5 in Hendersonville, North Carolina, at the age of 97. Preceding his death, he was the third-oldest living former major leaguer. Coan was signed by the Washington Senators in 1944 out of Brevard College and soon joined the Lookouts. He was not called to military service due to losing most of one thumb in a mishap at age 10, but he could hit. In 1945, his first full season with the Lookouts, he was named Minor League Player of the Year by The Sporting News after hitting .370 with 201 hits. He spent all of 1946 on the Senators' bench, then returned to Chattanooga for the 1947 season. He picked up where he left off, batting .340 with 199 hits when he was recalled to the Senators for September. He created history of a sort by hitting .500 (21-for-42) in that month. Coan played eight seasons with the Senators and played also for the Orioles, White Sox and Giants, concluding his career in 1956. He got the Orioles' first hit (1954) and still shares a big-league record of two triples in one inning. He returned to North Carolina and owned an insurance business from 1962 to 1986 before retiring and turning it over to his son and grandson.

* Sewanee opened its baseball season Sunday with a 7-3 win over visiting Brescia, and game two was stopped for darkness as a seven-inning 11-11 tie. Becoming the Southern Athletic Association player of the week, Chris McNulty led the Tigers with three home runs in seven plate appearances — a two-run shot in game one and two blasts in a 3-for-3, five-RBI game two. Jake Woolard also was 3-for-3 in that game, scoring twice, and Wade Sansone was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Sully McCreery was 2-for-3 and homered for Sewanee's tying 11th run in the sixth inning. Wesley House drove in three runs in the win and one in the tie, and Jack Galanek had two hits in each game. Tyler Dunbar matched McNulty's two-run homer in the first contest.

 

Basketball

* The Sewanee men won 63-53 but the women lost 75-55 in their SAA basketball games Sunday at Berry College. Adrian Thomas led Sewanee's men (12-12, 6-7) with 19 points and three steals, and Jordan Warlick, Joey Knox and Ryan Starr scored 13, 11 and 10 points. Former Covenant College player Caleb Haynes from Section, Alabama, led the Vikings (16-8, 7-6) with 16 points and eight rebounds. For the Sewanee women (10-14, 5-8), Ellie Treanton was 4-of-6 on 3-point tries and totaled 19 points, and Lakeisha Phillips had 13 rebounds.

 

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