Area sports notes: Two McCallie lacrosse players repeat as All-Americans

Area sports notes: Two McCallie lacrosse players repeat as All-Americans

June 11th, 2019 by Staff Reports in Sports - Golf

Recent McCallie School graduates Cameron Henry and Nick Jessen were named Tennessee U.S. Lacrosse All-Americans for 2019. Both were All-Americans in 2018 as well and first-team all-region this year, and they are headed to NCAA Division I programs. Henry, a Duke signee, was the Tennessee Scholastic Lacrosse Association's 2019 defensive player of the year. Jessen, an attacker bound for Lafayette College, had 24 goals and 21 assists this past season.

Golf

* Sophie Linder, a 14-year-old from Carthage, fired a 4-under-par 68 Tuesday at Black Creek Club to take the first-round lead in the Tennessee Women's Amateur golf tournament. The golfing prodigy led Clarksville's Hanley Long in the 54-hole tournament. Only five players in the field managed par or better. Malia Stovall of Winchester and the University of Tennessee and Lexie Shaw of Knoxville finished with 71s, while Kayley Marschke of College Grove had a 72. Rheagan Hall of Charleston and UT-Chattanooga had a 74 to share 10th place in the championship flight. UTC's Maddy McDanel shot a 75 and Cleveland residents Hannah Nall, Olivia Williams and Kelsey Cassada a 76, a 79 and an 80. Kate Mashburn had an 81, Sale Creek's Hannah Holland an 82 and sister Ashley Holland a 91. UTC coach Colette Murray had an 86, Chattanoogan Ryan Kopet a 91 and Signal Mountain's Taylor Gardner a 92. Crossville's Jean Kraft was second with a 79 in the flighted division, where Black Creek's own Meg Buchanan was tied for fourth at 82 and Darlene Werhnyak was seventh at 83.

Tennis

* Rain greatly dampened but did not derail the annual IcyHot Tennessee Valley Open Championship tennis tournament last weekend at Manker Patten. Most of the matches were played indoors. Former University of Georgia No. 1 player Wil Spencer won the men's open singles title and current Georgia player Meg Kowalski won in women's open singles and mixed doubles, the latter with highly touted Georgia Tech recruit Andres Martin, fresh out of high school in Flowery Branch. Martin was the runner-up in men's singles and with Isaiah Strode in doubles, won 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 by Jason Kros and Nick Chappell, who played at Virginia Tech and Texas Christian, respectively. Purdue alumna Daniela Vidal Romero lost 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 to Kowalski in the women's singles final — almost identical to Spencer's 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 defeat of Martin. Carly Briggs from Calhoun (Georgia) High School and University of Tennessee player Tenika McGiffin from Australia won the women's doubles final against local player Emily Hangstefer and Kelsey Coots. This year's TVOC was part of the UTR (Universal Tennis Rating) Open Series.

Softball

* Pitcher Courtney Calkins and left fielder Briana Muller from Tennessee Wesleyan University, Bryan College pitcher Madison Owens and Truett McConnell right fielder Brie Levy from East Hamilton and Chattanooga State were softball Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes for 2019. Muller played for Polk County in high school. Owens was a junior this past season; the other three were seniors. In addition to significant contributions in the sport, the Scholar-Athlete honor requires at least junior academic status and a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 score.