published Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Meigs' Jake Rowland a Ripken All-Star

Former Meigs County High School standout Jake Rowland, who's playing this summer for the Herndon (Md.) Braves in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, has been named to the league all-star team and will participate in the all-star game tonight. A sophomore outfielder for the University of Tennessee, Rowland is batting .308 with four home runs, eight doubles, 19 RBIs and seven stolen bases in eight attempts in 27 games for the Braves.

• MARIETTA, Ga. -- After winning 6-4 on Tuesday against the nationally ranked Indiana Bulls, the Chattanooga Cyclones K baseball team is 4-2 in pool play in the 256-team World Wood Bat 17U National Championships. Dakota Hudson was the winning pitcher with fastballs reaching 92 mph on scouts' radar guns against the Bulls, when Gabe Rich got a save and Lee Gibson hit a three-run double and Josh Poole scored and batted in a run. The Cyclones lost 7-1 to the East Cobb Braves, the defending national champions with Team USA pitcher Nicky Davis hitting 95 mph, and 8-7 to the Tennessee Titans on a walk-off grand slam. Brody Binder had four hits and Logan Fugate had two hits, an RBI and a run in that loss. The Cyclones opened with a 1-0 win over the Detroit Metro Stars with Jackson McClain pitching a two-hitter and Nick Chambers singling and scoring, and they followed with a 4-2 victory with Rich pitching a complete game, Gibson doubling among three hits, Binder adding two hits and Seth Hickman tripling in a run and scoring. Monday, the Cyclones beat the Marucci Broncos 9-6 with Chambers earning the win and Drew Williams contributing two hits, two runs and a save, Fugate and Poole each driving in two runs and Hickman scoring twice.

Running

• Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga star runner Lanni Marchant formally has been denied in her appeal to represent her native Canada in the women's marathon at the London Olympics. Marchant's rapid progress from 5- to 10-kilometer excellence to much longer distances resulted in a time of 2 hours, 31 minutes, 55 seconds in a marathon, which was more than five minutes faster than the Olympic qualifying standard but two minutes behind Athletics Canada's representation standard. Now a lawyer, she challenged the national federation's decision but did not really expect to be successful. On Tuesday she issued a Facebook post that read, in part: "Thank you all for your support through this process. ... Time to look forward to the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October to show Athletics Canada that they were wrong and show Canada why we need change in our sports federations!"

Basketball

• Akia Harris, who is about to begin her freshman year at Girls Preparatory School, was part of the Marietta-based Georgia Pistol Elite basketball team that won the AAU eighth-grade Division I girls' national championship this week at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex near Orlando, Fla. The Elite went 7-0 in the tournament after finishing second in their age group last year. They beat the Havoc City Elite from Maryland in the semifinals and pulled out a 55-50 victory against Richmond's Boo Williams club in a championship game that seesawed throughout.

Swimming

• Although the Times Free Press reported Tuesday that the Dalton Dolphins had won the outright regular-season championship in the Blue Division of the Chattanooga Area Swim League, the Dolphins were tied for the top spot when Stuart Heights defeated Signal Mountain 434-334 in a makeup meet Tuesday night. A meet report from Monday incorrectly showed Stuart Heights with a 5-3 record; it really was 5-2 and became 6-2 like Dalton's on Tuesday. The two first-place teams split their regular-season meetings. The CASL city meet is Friday and Saturday at Fort Oglethorpe.

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