McCallie School senior lacrosse player George Ehlers committed Wednesday to play for Cornell University. He picked the Big Red from the Ivy League over Ohio State and Maryland, among numerous other schools. "He is an outstanding student leader and has amazing work ethic on the field," McCallie coach Troy Kemp said. "Cornell is the perfect fit for George from an academic and athletic standpoint. ... He puts academics first. He wanted a school with a strong engineering program." Ehlers had 16 goals and 11 assists and won more than 60 percent of his face-offs in the 2012 season, when the Blue Tornado reached the state semifinals. Ehlers earned second-team all-state and first-team all-region recognition. "His countless hours at face-off camps, clinics and showcase events paid huge dividends. George also had an outstanding summer at Nike Blue Chip, and his face-off success was close to 100 percent at several 2012 fall recruiting showcase events," Kemps said. "I am very excited to see how he does in 2013."
• The Tennessee Temple University basketball teams both lost Thursday night at the University of Mobile, 73-65 in the women's game and 66-63 in the men's. Lynncoya Gardner scored 22 points and TaQuasha O'Neal and Amanda Rector added 13 and 11 for the Lady Crusaders (3-8), while Amber Charles had 11 assists and Jess Shillito pulled down 11 rebounds. Deonica McCormick had 17 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for Mobile (7-6). Weedlens Beauvil scored 21 points with 6-for-11 3-point shooting for the Temple men (8-6), while P.J. Whittaker scored 13 points but committed eight turnovers. Beauvil got the Crusaders within 65-63 with a 3-pointer with 23 seconds to go; he and Rashaud Bell missed tying 3 tries in the final three seconds.
• Former South Pittsburg High School basketball coach Sam Brooks is trying to find as many former players as possible for a reunion Dec. 29 at the South Pittsburg gymnasium. Brooks, a member of the TSSAA Hall of Fame who coached the Pirates from 1962 to 1990, has been in touch with his team captains throughout the years in trying to contact as many of his former players as possible. Any former players wishing to learn more about this event can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-240-2161.
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