published Saturday, September 10th, 2011

UTC men runners win season opener

Chris Berry, Lucas Cotter and Nathan Wanuch finished second, third and fifth as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's cross country team won its season-opening PowerAde Invitational meet Friday evening on Moccasin Bend, and Mocs teammates Mark Cole and Joshue Vasquez were ninth and 12th. They ranged from 15 minutes even to 15:51 on the 5-kilometer course in compiling 31 points to second-place Middle Tennessee's 55 and Lipscomb's 56 in the six-team field. MTSU's Justus David won in 14:57. Lipscomb won the women's 2-mile race with 21 points, MTSU and Jacksonville State following at 64 and 65 with UTC fourth. The Lady Mocs' Tara Gietema and Morgan Buchanan were 10th and 13th in 11:41 and 12:08.

Soccer

• King College senior forward Morgan Shelton from Ooltewah was the Conference Carolinas women's soccer player of the week after scoring both goals in the opening 2-0 win last Saturday at Brevard, and she scored again in a 3-2 loss Wednesday at Lincoln Memorial. Another senior from Ooltewah, defender Heidi Steger, starts for King along with junior defender Casey Finnell from Notre Dame and freshman midfielder Kaitlin Robinson from Signal Mountain. They play their home opener today against Limestone. Nicole McKinney is an LMU freshman from Ooltewah who got off six shots against King, including three on goal.

Fishing

• AUBURN, Ala. -- Northwest Whitfield High School graduate Wesley Maples and Georgia Southern teammate Jed Thigpen are fourth with 12 pounds, 4 ounces of bass after two days of the National Guard FLW College Fishing Southeast Division regional on Lake Harding. They trail Georgia (15-12), Clemson (15-8) and Kennesaw State (14-6). Auburn (11-10) completed the top five that qualified for the national tournament and fish again today. UTC's teams of Nicholas Pratt/James Childers and Casey Murray/Alex Craw finished 11th and 15th.

Golf

• LONDON, Ky. -- The Lee University golf teams both finished second to host Cumberlands in the Bill Sergent Invitational that ended Friday at Crooked Creek. Lee's Jeremy Lawson, playing as an individual, was second by a stroke with a 140, while Matt Emery led the Flames team with a third-place 142 and Caleb Roberson, Hunter Vest and Tyler Smith also made the top 20 at 149, 149 and 151. The Flames' 589 was two strokes behind the Patriots and 13 ahead of third-place Tennessee Wesleyan. Compiling the Lady Flames' 634, 10 behind Cumberlands, were individual runner-up Geandra Almeida at 154 and Courtney Shelton, Sloane Skinner and Madison Alexander fourth, seventh and eighth at 157, 160 and 163.

Football

• Former Calhoun (Ga.) High School quarterback Tre Lamb completed 11 of 14 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns, with an interception by Bud Christy from Dunlap, as Tennessee Tech beat NCAA Division III visitor Maryville College 56-7 in football Thursday night in Cookeville. It was 56-0 after three quarters, and former Red Bank star Tim Benford caught 24- and 71-yard TD passes in the first quarter and totaled six receptions for 131 yards. The Golden Eagles (1-1) rushed for 342 yards, including 155 and a score for Dontey Gay on 19 runs and a 74-yard TD sprint by backup quarterback Darian Stone. Baylor grad Wesley Idlette led Maryville receivers with 54 yards on seven catches, and Christy made 11 tackles as well as his 13th career interception, tying the Scots' record.

• Nate Inman ran for 122 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and caught an 18-yard TD pass as Carson-Newman pounded Fayetteville State 56-7 in the Eagles' home opener Thursday night in Jefferson City, Tenn. The Eagles netted 399 rushing yards behind the line with Soddy-Daisy's Kevin Day at center. Brandon Baker added 80 yards and two scores on 15 runs for the Eagles (2-0), ranked 20th in NCAA Division II, and Andy Hibbett, Jason Brown and quarterback Johnny Foster combined for 15 rushes and 163 yards with a TD apiece. Foster also was 3-for-3 passing for 49 yards.

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