published Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Boxing nationals: Dagnan wins title

FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Sequatchie County High School softball player Emily Dagnan was outstanding in her other sport Saturday night, winning the 132-pound weight-class final against Karla Herrera of Los Angeles in the USA Boxing National Championships. The Chattanooga Westside Boxing Club representative won 16-9. "Emily has worked so hard for such a long time. It's great to see that all the hard work has finally paid off for her," Westside coach Andy Smith said. "We're just glad to have a part in her success."

Track & Field

• GENEVA, Ohio -- Lee University freshman Cayce Bryan finished second in the women's 800-meter run in the NAIA national indoor track and field meet Saturday, and Bryan College's Bryson Harper, Alex Stephens, Chris Pineda and Jason McLeod joined her as All-Americans in the three-day competition. Lee's Bryan, who is from Las Vegas, had the best preliminary time of 2 minutes, 11.43 seconds and was the finals runner-up at 2:11.84 to the 2:11.39 of Concordia (Ore.) junior Junia Limage. Harper, a senior from Sequatchie County High School, set a Lions record with his eighth-place 4:08.47 in the men's mile, and he anchored the sixth-place distance medley relay that also included Stephens, Pineda and McLeod. Bryan freshman Connor Hatfield was 16th in the men's 5000 with a school-record 15:01.97.

Basketball

• ROME, Ga. -- The fifth-ranked Lee University women's basketball team already had a spot in the NAIA Division I national tournament March 14-20 in Frankfort, Ky., and the Lady Flames lost 64-54 to Belhaven in the Southern States Athletic Conference tournament final Saturday. Hollie German followed her 27 and 28 points the previous two days with 26, and Angela Spann added 10. The Lee bench contributed only five points in 55 total minutes. Regena Jackson had 27 points for the Mississippi team (26-6), including 15 of 16 free throws.

• OXFORD, Ga. -- Georgia Northwestern Technical College lost 91-64 to West Georgia Tech in the NJCAA Division III Region XVII men's basketball semifinals Saturday. The depth-poor Bobcats (8-19) trailed by only a point at halftime. Alex Miller scored 15 points in defeat, and Justin Dempsey and Bud Todd added 12 and 11. Randaleezo Chaney scored 22 to lead West Georgia Tech (14-13).

• ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Nationally sixth-ranked Montgomery College ended the Georgia Northwestern Lady Bobcats' hopes of advancing to the NJCAA Division III final eight with a 99-50 defeat in their district playoff Saturday. Alex Silva scored 23 points and Faye Dunston and Porcha Davis added 21 each for Montgomery (26-5). Jessica Williams, Kanisha Watkins and Kelsie Philpot had 12, 11 and 10 for the Lady Cats (6-20).

• Cleveland State's basketball teams both face Dyersburg State as the TCCAA/NJCAA Region VII tournament gets under way Tuesday in Jackson, Tenn. The men play at 5 p.m. EST, the women at 9. Chattanooga State's men play Wednesday at 5 against host Jackson State, and Chatt State's Lady Tigers open Thursday at 9 p.m. EST against Motlow.

• The North-West Georgia Tip-Off Club will hold its 26th annual Players of the Year Banquet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Berry College's Krannert Center. The 25 member high schools include many in the Chattanooga area, and the banquet is open to the public but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. It costs $14. The guest speaker will be "Ray "the Ref" McClure. For more information call Ron Roach at 706-767-3323 or 706-295-3934.

Baseball

• SEWANEE, Tenn. -- Sewanee won 14-3 and lost 8-3 to Earlham in an NCAA Division III baseball doubleheader Saturday. Jacob Simpson (2-1) was the winning pitcher for the host Tigers (3-4), and Alan Komorowski got a two-inning save when Sewanee scored 10 runs in the sixth. Jack Rogers had a two-run double in that barrage after singling in the first run of the game in the first. James Snover also had two Tigers hits in that game, and he and John Rafferty each had two RBIs.

• CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- Lee University's baseball team improved its record to 19-2 as Kris Hall and relievers Matt Passauer and Joe Fabre combined to pitch a four-hitter with 16 strikeouts Saturday in an 8-1 SSAC win over Truett-McConnell. Hall (5-0) had 12 strikeouts in his seven innings. Corey Davis was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for the Flames, and Jorge Saez also homered while Blake Barber and Mike Moore had two hits each. The teams play a doubleheader today.

General

• A memorial service for longtime Chattanooga Times sports writer Eddie Davidson will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church on Brainerd Road. Davidson is best recalled for his coverage of golf and wrestling but handled assignments for a wide variety of sports before his retirement in 1994 ended a 40-year Times career. He died last Sunday at the age of 82.

• The usual Chattanooga Quarterback Club noon luncheon meeting will not be held Monday.

• Nearly 600 people have committed to attend the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' "Road to Victory" banquet Monday featuring former NFL player and coach Dan Reeves, but some seats remain. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Anyone interested should call FCA area director Jay Fowler at 309-4255.

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