The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team opened the Southern Conference portion of its 2011-12 schedule with a 40-3 win Friday night against visiting Gardner-Webb. The new wrestling-only league member won a decision at 125 pounds in the first match but lost the rest to the Mocs (1-1), who got pins from Kelly Felix, Brandon Wright and Niko Brown and major decisions from Nick Soto, Shawn Greevy, Josh Condon and Kevin Malone. Daniel Waddell and Robert Prigmore won decisions for UTC, which has not lost a SoCon regular-season dual since 2004.


• Chattanooga State will honor its second installment in the softball Wall of Fame with the additions of 1995 NJCAA All-American Kim O'Kelley Wingate and longtime supporter Barney Roth Jr. today. There will be a brief presentation after the 3:30 p.m. Blue-Orange intrasquad game and a dinner at 8 p.m. at the James County Courthouse in Ooltewah. There is no cost to attend the game. The dinner has some spots open for $14; arrangements to attend can be made at the game.


• Auburn women's basketball coach Nell Fortner officially has announced three signees from Wednesday, including Chadarryl Clay of Chattanooga and Girls Preparatory School. The Auburn release cited Clay as the 12th best guard prospect in the nation, according to ESPN's Hoopgurlz, and the No. 77 overall player in the senior class. "Chadarryl is a great point guard and she has excellent ball-handling skills, great vision on the floor and can get the ball to where she wants it," Fortner said. "She is one of those threads-the-needle kind of passers, but then she can really hurt you with the 3. She brings a lot of skill to that position."


• Second-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan lost 3-1 to Montreat but Bryan's Lions upset 25th-ranked Milligan 3-2 in overtime in the Appalachian Athletic Conference men's soccer semifinals Friday at Milligan. Gustavo Angel gave Bryan (12-7-1) 1-0 and 2-1 leads and Tom Hemmings scored from an assist by fellow veteran Harry Sherwood 15:41 into extra time for the Lions against the 12-5 top seed. TWC was left at 14-5.


• Lee University beat Belhaven 2516, 25-15, 25-16 Friday in the SSAC volleyball quarterfinals at Biloxi, Miss. SSAC newcomer of the year Marija Zelenovic had 14 kills for the Lady Flames (28-2), ranked fourth in the NAIA, and Arlene Ferreira and Irene Ojukwu added 10 and nine kills. Gretchen Higdon and Kelsey Leffew had 20 and 19 assists and Libby Peigen, replacing injured SSAC libero of the year Sarah Smith, made 11 digs. Smith, Ferreira, Higdon, Leffew, Christa Hutchison, Ojukwu and Zelenovic made all-conference.

• Harding University outside hitter Kalyn Helton, a former all-state player at Red Bank, was selected the Great American Conference volleyball freshman of the year. Helton is second on the team in kills, averaging 2.53 per set.

• Freshman Kristen Pickett from Cleveland had 38 assists and nine digs, classmate Rachel Harper from Boyd-Buchanan had nine kills and 13 digs and sophomore Courtney Lawson from Red Bank added 10 digs as eighth-seeded Carson-Newman pushed undefeated and top-seeded Wingate to five sets before losing Friday in the South Atlantic Conference volleyball tournament at Harrogate, Tenn.


• Four football players from the Chattanooga area made 2011 CoSIDA Academic All-District College Division teams: Shorter seniors Landon Littlejohn from LaFayette and Derik Cooper from Ridgeland High in District 2, Union College junior linebacker Darrin Greene from Gilmer County in District 4 and Washington & Lee junior running back Brett Murray from Baylor in District 5. Murray has a 3.71 grade point average and totaled 12 touchdowns and a conference-best 1,561 all-purpose yards this season. Defensive back Cooper's is 3.65, and offensive lineman Littlejohn's is 3.37. Greene's is 3.43. Offensive linemen Adam Miller from Northwest Whitfield and Ty Frix from Calhoun were announced Friday as Division I selections for UTC and Georgia, respectively.


• Ron Lowery of Dalton and partner David Mansfield of Cohutta and the Calhoun duo of C.J. Dodd and Melvin Nicholson tied for third at 216 in the first flight as the Georgia Senior Four-Ball tournament ended Friday at King & Prince Golf Course on St. Simons Island. They were two strokes behind the winning pair from Moultrie.