published Friday, June 15th, 2012

UTC's Jaeger, Morimoto SoCon honorees for May and other sports news

UTC golfer Stephan Jaeger plays a practice round at Council Fire.
UTC golfer Stephan Jaeger plays a practice round at Council Fire.
Photo by Angela Lewis.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Stephan Jaeger was named the Southern Conference men's golfer of the month for May, and classmate Vivian Morimoto was the softball player of the month. The catcher from Sao Paulo, Brazil, had a .476 batting average in May with an .875 slugging percentage and 12 RBIs. She hit grand slams in back-to-back games and ended her two-year UTC career with 20 homers (14 in 2012). Morimoto is the third UTC player to receive SoCon monthly honors in 2012, joining Michelle Fuzzard, who was player of the month in February on the way to being player of the year and SoCon female athlete of the year, and April pitcher of the month Taylor Deason. Morimoto and UTC teammate Ninjja Suetsugu will represent Brazil in the ASA World Cup of Softball beginning June 27 in Oklahoma City. Jaeger, who attended Baylor School, was the medalist in the SoCon tournament and the NCAA East Regional -- the latter in May with a school-record 13-under-par 203 for 72 holes -- for the golf Mocs, who won both events. He was a SoCon golfer of the month four times, including the last three months of his career. In addition to making the NCAA championship field, the golf Mocs on Thursday became the first UTC team to achieve a perfect APR multiyear score, in this case for 2008-11. That earned them an NCAA Public Recognition Award.


• Former Calhoun (Ga.) High School and Berry College standout Jayne Maupin is taking over as golf coach at Girls Preparatory School after two years assisting her husband with the Lee University women's team. The former Jayne Curtis was a three-time All-American at Berry after winning two individual state titles in high school. She also has worked with the Atlanta Junior Golf Association and with the Calhoun Junior Golf League. She will coach the high school and middle school teams at GPS, assisted with both by assistant headmaster Tommy Hudgins. He worked with the middle school Bruisers this past season.

• MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Sarah Harris of Hermitage, Tenn., won the 49th annual Tennessee Girls' Junior Championship by six strokes with a closing even-par 71 Thursday at Stones River Country Club. That gave her a 54-hole total of 216. Alexandra Farnsworth of Nashville was second. Defending champion Blakesley Warren of Chattanooga tied for fifth at 229, and Manchester's Jenna Burris tied for eighth at 232. Hixson's Jessica Cathey shared 10th place at 233, and Ooltewah's Samantha Griffith shot 236. Decatur's Kaitlyn Sneed was second by two strokes at 238 in the 10-14 age group.


• Ridgeland High School center midfielder Brenda Velazquez signed scholarship papers Thursday afternoon to continue her soccer career at Tennessee Temple University. "She has been solid for four years for us," said Ridgeland coach Darren Crutcher, whose team continued an upsurge by going 7-10-1 this season. "We have improved a whole lot largely because of her. She teaches the other girls, she distributes the ball very well, she sees the field incredibly well and she has a great shot." Temple coach Emmanuel Awotula lauded her "field presence" and added, "She scores well but she wants to get her teammates involved. For us she can be the connection between the defense and the strike force, and we have some good strikers coming in." Velazquez said she liked the fact that Temple is a small school.

• Former Arts & Sciences standout Allison Gehron is returning from UTC to the Berry College women's soccer program. She and nine freshmen were announced Thursday as 2012 recruits by coach Lorenzo Canalis. One of the newcomers is Sara Dillon, who played her senior season at Christian Academy of Knoxville after three years at McMinn County. Midfielder Gehron was on the Berry team two years ago but was hurt and unable to play, and hen she transferred to the Lady Mocs for one year. She had 52 goals and 48 assists in her CSAS career. "We have Allie back and she is now fully rehabbed from a previous injury," Canalis said in the school release. "Once she reaches match fitness, she will be a player to reckon with at our level." Dillon was a team captain, a three-year starter and a Best of Preps all-area first-teamer at McMinn, and she helped lead CAK to the 2011 Class A/AA state championship. She was the top scorer in the state tournament and CAK's valedictorian. "Sara can play equally well as an attacking midfielder right behind the striker or as a striker herself," Canalis caid. "She can find an open teammate going to the goal or finish herself."

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