published Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

UTC's junior forward Becca Smith gets academic honor

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior forward Becca Smith was named Monday to the CoSIDA Academic All-District IV second team for women's soccer. Smith led the Southern Conference with a school-record 37 points and a school-record-tying 16 goals, and she has a 3.87 grade point average as an interior design major. She was second-team all-conference after the Lady Mocs went 6-10-2 overall and 1-9-1 in the league.

  • Lee University senior Jamie Achten was the Southern States Athletic Conference women's soccer offensive player of the week after recording three goals and two assists in two games, despite playing only 25 minutes in the first. Her assists give her an NAIA national record of 86 for her career.
  • Bryan College's Carli Brown and goalkeeper Stephanie Gagnon are the Appalachian Athletic Conference women's soccer players of the week for their work in the Lady Lions' come-from-behind upset of Tennessee Wesleyan in an AAC tournament opener Saturday. Brown scored twice within 69 seconds to tie the game, and Gagnon had 14 saves through regulation and overtime and stopped four of five TWC penalty kicks in the deciding shootout. Wesleyan's Billy Sparks was the men's defensive player of the week.


  • Covenant College softball coach Sara Russell announced Monday that corner infielder Morgan Lane from GPS will be joining the Lady Scots for the 2012-13 school year. Lane, who has a 3.30 GPA, helped the Bruisers win state championships the last two years and was the state-final MVP last spring. She has batted over .450 as a sophomore and junior, according to the Covenant release, and has been a key member of the Mustangs travel team. "Morgan has been one of my top recruits from the moment I first saw her play," Russell said. "She will help to solidify our defense with a strong arm and fluid fielding mechanics, and she will strengthen our lineup with a strong and consistent bat."


  • Six Chattanooga State men's basketball players scored in double figures as the Tigers opened their season Monday night with a 114-78 win over the Tennessee Temple junior varsity. James Campbell had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers, who got 13 points from Telvin James and 12 apiece from Fitzgerald White, Byron Trench and Franklin Rice. Karlos Rich'ard scored 22 for Temple, and Jonathan Slade and Antwan Ruise added 18 and 17.


  • Lee University senior Maggie Opelt not surprisingly was the SSAC women's runner of the week after winning the league championship meet Saturday at Clinton, Miss. Opelt finished almost five seconds ahead of runner-up Sarah Massey from team champion Shorter in the 5-kilometer race.


  • Taylor Fink was the AAC volleyball setter of the week after averaging 9.25 assists per set in two wins for Bryan, which is seeded second and faces Bluefield at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the opening day of the league tournament at Kingsport, Tenn.
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