Baylor senior Madeline Rose has accepted an offer to play volleyball at NCAA Division III McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. She made her official visit in November and plans to sign a letter of intent in January.
McDaniel coach Jessica Cortese was coaching at Sewanee when she first saw Rose play when Baylor's team participated in a camp at Belmont University in Nashville. Baylor coach Sarah Lail said Cortese likes Rose's passion for the game in addition to her skill level and thinks she can have a big impact on the program at McDaniel.
"I did a lot of looking online at the school first," Rose said. "I knew how much I would like playing for Coach Cortese, but I didn't want to go to a school strictly for that. I wanted to go to a school for academics and somewhere that was a good fit for me, not just to play volleyball."
Rose helped the Lady Red Raiders advance to the Division II-AA state tournament again in 2012, leading them with 431 kills and 62 blocks. She also made 321 digs and served 52 aces. Her career totals at Baylor are 967 kills, 624 digs, 186 blocks and 102 aces.
"Madeline has played an instrumental role in our success the past four years," Lail said. "She played in every set for us since she was a freshman. I always knew she could play in college, and the opportunity was there. She'll definitely do very well."
5 for Border Bowl
Five Chattanooga-area high school football players, including three from Boyd-Buchanan, will play in the annual Tennessee-Kentucky Border Bowl game scheduled for Jan. 12 at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky.
The Boyd-Buchanan players are center Austin Bailey, defensive tackle Malik Brewer and linebacker Rance Hardin. Joining them are Red Bank quarterback/athlete Hagen Wilkey and Hixson receiver Allante Novene.
East Ridge's Tracy Malone will serve as defensive coordinator for Greg Wyant, the team Tennessee coach.
Signal's Sanders out
Signal Mountain freshman basketball player Aryn Sanders recently fractured an ankle and is expected to be out up to a month.
Lady Eagles coach Jason Hill confirmed the injury via text message Sunday afternoon. Sanders had been averaging 21.4 points and 4.3 steals in the team's first 10 games.
The team had been averaging 58 points per game with Sanders in the lineup. In the Lady Eagles' first two games after the injury, they totaled 55 — losses to Hixson and Chattanooga Christian, the latter being a District 7-AA game. They scored 37 in a loss Monday to Soddy-Daisy.