Former Rhea County High School golfer Hunter Green tied for medalist honors in a U.S. Open local qualifier Wednesday at Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville. Green, who went on to play at Middle Tennessee State, shot a 4-under-par 68 to tie David Holmes, James Beckner and Daniel Keddie and advance to a 36-hole sectional qualifier. The Honors Course head professional Henrik Simonson also advanced after winning a nine-man playoff for one automatic spot that also included former UTC golfer Bryce Ledford. Simonsen advanced by making a birdie on the fourth playoff hole after striking a 165-yard tee shot to within six inches. "I hit it that close and I noticed everybody else was gone," Simonsen said. "I had four bogeys in my first five holes, but my last 18 holes, including the playoff, included nine birdies. It feels great to advance."
* Sewanee junior Emily Javadi from Baylor School is tied for 13th at 161 after two rounds of the NCAA Division III women's golf tournament at Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla.
* Chattanooga's Slade Corvin is in the quarterfinals of the National Golden Gloves boxing tournament in Las Vegas after defeating Sergio Ramirez from Omaha, Neb., on Tuesday and Doomiel Cundiff from Miami on Wednesday in the 108-pound class. Corvin is from the Y-CAP program headed by Joe Smith with Andy Smith as his primary coach.
* University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior catcher Anyssa Robles was the General Shale Southern Conference student-athlete of the week after her heroics in leading the Mocs to the conference tournament championship. She was 5-for-11 with two-game winning hits and then two of the three RBIs in the title game. She had a homer, a double and six RBIs. She also has a 3.78 grade point average as a human health performance major specializing in exercise science. UTC plays Friday at 4 p.m. EDT against South Alabama in the NCAA regional at Auburn, Ala.
* Fourth-seeded Chattanooga State won 11-7 over Navarro from Texas in the first day of the NJCAA Division I softball tournament at St. George, Utah. Other winners included top-seed Salt Lake, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Blinn (over Georgia Perimeter), third-seeded Chipola, Howard, Miami Dade and Wabash Valley (2-1 over No. 2 seed Wallace State-Hanceville).
* Dominique Hannah was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Kaylie Drew hit a two-run homer as third-seeded Lee University won 9-3 over Southern Wesleyan in the opening day Wednesday of the NCCAA softball tournament in Troutville, Va. Lexie Dean was 3-for-4 and Amanda Lynn was 2-for-4 with stolen bases, and each matched Hannah with two runs scored. Angie Hughes pitched four innings of hitless relief after Leigh Beatenbough worked the first three innings for the Lady Flames (34-17), who play at 2 p.m. today.
* Third-seeded Tennessee Temple opened play Wednesday in the USSCA baseball Small College World Series with a 9-4 win over College of St. Joseph from Vermont. Hunter Giles pitched all seven innings, allowing five hits with seven strikeouts, for the Crusaders (21-10), while Caleb Lee was 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs and Micah Wyatt was 2-for-3 with two doubles, three runs scored and an RBI. Hunter Brown, Nico McElrath and Ryan Bruce each had two hits as well for Temple, which jumped in control with a seven-run second inning.
* Top-seeded host Lee University beat second seed Bluefield 7-3 in the NCCAA Mid-East Region baseball tournament Wednesday in Cleveland, Tenn. The Flames will play today at 5 p.m. for the championship and a spot in the national tournament, and they must lose twice. Morthland beat Johnson 7-3 and Hiwassee beat Ohio Christian 9-2 in elimination games. Ben Holland was 3-for-5 with a double, two runs and an RBI for Lee (33-18-1), and M.J. Brown was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run. Dustin Lawson was the winning pitcher, allowing one earned run in his five innings.
* In NAIA baseball opening-round series Wednesday, top-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan lost 10-1 to No. 2 seed Lindsey Wilson in the Kingsport Bracket but No. 3 seed Bryan College in the Daytona Beach Bracket beat fourth seed Southeastern (Fla.) 4-2 and top-seeded Auburn-Montgomery 6-2 in elimination games. Wesleyan (44-11), which plays Freed-Hardeman at 11 this morning, had only six hits and no one with two. For Bryan (44-17), playing Rio Grande at 2 p.m., Langston Calhoun was 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run, Kelvin McMiller was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Kevin Roberts was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored against AUM, while Francisco Colin allowed five hits in eight innings. Cody Rhinehart was 3-for-4 with an RBI, Preston King was 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and two runs, Chris Jeffries and Roberts each was 2-for-4 and L.J. Rowden was the winning pitcher against Southeastern.