University of Tennessee at Chattanooga defensive end Davis Tull, the first Mocs football player ever to repeat as player of the year in the Southern Conference, is also UTC's first academic All-American. The Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America announced its Division I All-American team Thursday, and the redshirt junior is the fourth UTC athlete in as many years to be recognized. He is UTC's all-time sack leader with 26.5, in 34 career games. The Health and Human Performance major has a 3.52 grade point average.
• Tusculum College wide receiver Justin Houston from Bradley Central High School was a second-team selection on the Daktronics NCAA Division II all-region team that includes the states of Tennesse, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
• Northwest Georgia's three state softball championship teams were well represented in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association all-state teams. In Class AAAA, Northwest Whitfield had the state player of the year in catcher Bayli Cruse, the coach of the year in Jason Brooker and first-team players Colbie Thomas, Ashley Conner and BriLeigh Baggett, while Macy Weeks made the second team. Rival Heritage had the pitcher of the year, Lauren Lawson, as well as first-team members Olivia Tamewitz and Shelby Hammontree to go with second-team member Ali Roberts. Class AA champion Calhoun swept awards with coach of the year Diane Smith, player of the year shortstop Taylor Kelly and pitcher of the year Kinsey Liscio. Also, Alyssa Shawgo, Ryan Brzozoski and Jana Johns were first-team selections and Emily Weatherman and Raleigh Fitch were named to the second team. Class A champion Gordon Lee had the coach of the year, Dana Mull, and pitcher of the year, Emily Armour, to go with first-teamers Tiffany Holland and Jordyn Hamill and second-team selection Courtland Middleton.
• The Lee University volleyball team split its two matches as pool play began Thursday in the National Christian College Athletic Association Division I national tournament in Kissimmee, Fla. The Lady Flames lost 3-1 (28-26, 17-25, 28-26, 25-21) to Bethel College of Indiana after beating Roberts Wesleyan 3-0 (25-14, 25-11, 28-26). Each team plays two pool matches again today with the semifinals and championship match set for Saturday. Lee's Paula Martins had 14 kills with a .722 attack percentage against the New York school and had 15 kills and 14 digs against Bethel, when Erin Hill also had 15 kills, Latrice Johnson made 12 kills and 12 digs, Lauren Williams had 10 kills and Camil Martinez had 45 assists with 13 digs. Libby Peigen had 10 digs despite playing on a bad knee, and Deborah Magalhaes had 10 as well. Williams had eight kills and four aces against Roberts Wesleyan, when Martinez had 29 assists, Johnson had 11 digs and Sarah Smith had 10 digs.
• After losing its last three games against non-NCAA teams by three points, the Tennessee Temple women's basketball team finally recorded its first win of the season Tuesday night -- by three points, 86-83, at Fisk. TaQuasha O'Neal had 33 points and six assists and Angel Foster had 28 points and 12 rebounds for Temple (1-6), which got 14 points and another six assists from Amanda Rector and nine rebounds from Alexis McGhee. Chattanooga State transfer Stevonna Scott led Fisk (5-4) with 30 points.
• Freshman forward Charron Woodley scored 19 points and Kiarra Parks and Alisha Bridges added 18 and 17 as Georgia Northwestern beat the Covenant junior varsity 71-56 in college women's basketball Wednesday. Alex Quimby had 20 for Covenant, and Elizabeth Bell scored 16.
• The Ooltewah boys' basketball game against visiting Walker Valley was suspended with 2:23 left in the first quarter Thursday night because of a problem with condensation on the floor. Walker Valley won the girls' game.
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