published Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Flames’ Smith SSAC golf honoree

Lee University sophomore Tyler Smith from Douglasville, Ga., was chosen the Southern States Athletic Conference men’s golfer of the week for his medalist performance in the Rome News-Tribune Invitational. Smith shot a 5-under-par 67 the first day and wound up 4 under for the tournament as the Flames finished one stroke behind champion Cumberlands. They play later this week in the Camp LeJeune Championship in North Carolina.

PRIMM, Nev. — The Lee women’s golf team tied California Baptist, ranked No. 1 in the NAIA, for fifth place in the CBU Spring Break Invitational tournament Monday and Tuesday at the Primm Valley Golf Club on the California border. British Columbia University edged runner-up Oklahoma City by a stroke with a 36-hole 612. The Lady Flames totaled 645, led by freshman Courtney Shelton and sophomore Kristin Bourg in a tie for 20th at 161. Sophomore Sloane Skinner was 25th at 163, and freshman Geandra Almeida tied for 27th at 164.

NIOTA, Tenn. — The University of the Cumberlands, ranked 19th in the NAIA, won the Tennessee Wesleyan women’s golf tournament Monday and Tuesday at Springbrook by 50 strokes over runner-up Cumberland University. The Lady Patriots totaled 648 for 36 holes as Emma Burman (153), McKinzie Price (155) and Laura Beth Harris (165) took the top three places and a teammate finished ninth. Wesleyan was third out of six teams at 702 with Lexi Stewart, Stephanie Carr and Britany Rader finishing seventh, eighth and 10th at 172, 173 and 176 and Alaura Brogdon 17th at 181. Stewart, from Soddy-Daisy High School, is the reigning Appalachian Athletic Conference women’s golfer of the week; TWC’s Casey Flenniken from Knoxville was the men’s honoree after winning the Embry-Riddle tournament.

Softball

ROME, Ga. — Anna Frazee drove in four runs and Libby Munson pitched a one-hitter and finished a four-hitter as Shorter University beat Lee 6-0 and 5-3 in SSAC East softball Tuesday. Hernanza Ruiz was 2-for-4 and Danielle Balough was 1-for-2 with two RBIs in game two for Lee (11-8, 2-2).

HARRIMAN, Tenn. — Andrea Dalton went 5-for-7 with three home runs as Chattanooga State won 11-2 and 12-3 in TCCAA softball Tuesday at Roane State. Dalton drove in five runs in the first game, when Shelby Johnson was 4-for-4 and walked, Chelsea Burgess was 3-for-4, Megan Crawford was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Misha Aldridge was the winning pitcher. Six of the third-ranked Lady Tigers (32-7, 6-0) homered in game two, including Johnson with a three-run blast and Brittany Cooley with a two-run shot. Laura Curtis homered and singled and drove in three runs, London Germ was 3-for-3, Burgess was 2-for-3 with a homer and Crawford also homered in support of pitchers Jennifer Long and Kadey Robinson.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Meghan Smith pitched a three-hitter and Courtney Patrick got the second win Tuesday as the Cleveland State softball team beat the Tennessee Wesleyan junior varsity 4-0 and 10-6. The Lady Cougars (16-8) scored nine runs in the fourth inning of game two, featuring a two-run homer by D Elswick, a three-run triple by Casey Griffin and a two-run double by Kaitlyn Sowder. Madison McKinney singled and scored the first-inning run and singled in one in the fourth. Jerilyn Keith had a two-run homer for TWC. Paige Smith tripled and Kelsey Baker, Abby O’Rear, Elswick and English Nichols had the RBIs in game one.

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — The first-year Bryan College softball team slipped to 2-28 on Tuesday with 9-6 and 10-9 losses to Young Harris. Emily Crush, Jennifer Kenner and Rachel Kirby each was 2-for-4 and Erica Morris was 1-for-1 with two RBIs and two runs in the first game for Bryan. Brooklyn Jenkins and Katie Vaughn each was 3-for-4 with two and one RBI in game two, when Kirstie Jennings had two RBIs and Kenner had two hits again.

Caitlyn Lance from Ridgeland went 4-for-7 with two doubles, an RBI and a run in Carson-Newman’s 6-3 and 6-0 softball wins Monday at Eckerd College, and fellow freshman Sara Kelley from Ooltewah High had two RBIs in the first game. Also in game one, senior Amber Hewitt from Ringgold had two hits and scored a run, and she added a run and an RBI in game two, when Ooltewah’s Bri Shoemake drove in two and scored one for the Lady Eagles (23-10-1).

Field Hockey

The Sewanee field hockey team and three of its players received academic recognition from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association for 2010. The Tigers got a Division III national academic team award for having an aggregate grade point average of at least 3.0 during the fall semester, and senior Caroline Carlin and freshmen Mary Kate McAlister and Caroline Williams made the 2010 Gladiator by SGI Division III national academic team for GPAs of 3.30 or better.

Lacrosse

Baylor graduate Patrick Vaughn scored the first goal for the Centre College men’s lacrosse team, and former McCallie player Scott Hughes had a goal and two assists and won 12 of 19 face-offs as the Colonels lost 12-10 to Southwestern in their Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference opener last Friday.

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