Red Bank High School senior Cole Bullock qualified Saturday for the Foot Locker cross country national meet Dec. 8 in San Diego with a sixth-place finish at the South Regional in Charlotte, North Carolina. Bullock, who recently signed a national letter of intent to run collegiately at Ole Miss, was the first Tennessee finisher Saturday at McAlpine Greenway Park, where he covered the wet and muddy 5-kilometer course in 15 minutes, 10.5 seconds. Knoxville Catholic's Jake Renfree was right on his shoulder, and Silas Winders of Henry County and David Ahlmeyer of Hendersonville Beech were ninth and 10th. Texans Cruz Gomez and Robert Carter Cheeseman were first and second in 15:04.8 and 15:05. The top 10 boys and top 10 girls in each of the four regionals advance to the national races, which will be shown live at www.footlockercc.com. "Cole is the only Red Bank runner ever to qualify for cross country nationals," Lions coach Hugh Enicks said. "I'm very proud of this young man."
* The Sewanee men's basketball team stretched its unbeaten season start to six games with a 74-57 win Saturday at Belhaven. From a 29-29 tie late in the first half, the Tigers got six points from Luke Smith for a 35-31 halftime lead and then shot 48 percent in the second half and built their margin to 20. Smith wound up with 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Hunter Buescher scored 17 points with 8-of-10 free-throw shooting. Sewanee hosts nationally 18th-ranked Emory on Wednesday.
* Elijah Staley had 34 points and eight rebounds as the Dalton State College men's team evened its record at 3-3 with an 80-75 win over Coastal Georgia at the Life University Classic in Marietta. Staley was 3-of-3 on 3-point shots and made 13 of 17 free throws. Sean Cranney added 11 points and five assists for the Roadrunners.
* Just in time for Thanksgiving, Angie Lowery and her sons Austin and Ryan Moore got the "perfect" ending to a year-and-a-half recovery from the fire that leveled their Middle Valley home in March 2017. Among the irreplaceables lost in the blaze were many pieces of Tennessee Volunteers memorabilia, including photographs of Phillip Fulmer and Peyton Manning, some of them signed by the star quarterback. Lowery's employer, Dr. Rodney Susong, who went to Tennessee when Fulmer played there, made connections with the help of Alan Pressley to the Hall of Fame coach and current athletic director, and Fulmer agreed to a brief meeting with the family and later supplied them with some new signed photos and Tennessee footballs. When those were presented just before last Christmas, Dr. Susong said, "If we can get Peyton to sign a couple of things, too, it will all be perfect." That now has happened, with Manning signing and sending back some caps and footballs along with a replica Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl helmet. "We are overwhelmed," Lowery said at the recent presentation at Susong's office.