published Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Hixson's Caroline Hensley ranked 7th overall in world in women's water skiing

Caroline Hensley
Caroline Hensley
Photo by Alex Washburn.

Hixson's Caroline Hensley is ranked seventh in the world overall and sixth in slalom in women's water skiing, according to the recently released preliminary world rankings, and her 163-foot jump at the USA Team Trials in October in Groveland, Fla., was approved this month as a women's national record for ages 18-25. The 22-year-old Hensley, a Baylor School graduate, was a four-year water skiing All-American at Alabama who now works as an engineer at Chattem.

Football

• The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Russ Huesman was 17th in the voting for the Eddie Robinson Award for the top coach in the NCAA Football Championship Series, with two first-place votes, and the Mocs' Davis Tull was 13th in the balloting for the Buck Buchanan Award for the national defensive player of the year. The junior defensive end also got two first-place votes and received four each for second and third, nine for fourth and seventh for fifth in the voting announced Monday by The Sports Network. Montana State defensive end Brad Daly was the Buchanan winner, and Craig Bohl from two-time defending champion and top-seeded North Dakota State repeated as the Robinson honoree.

Basketball

• Lee University won its first two Gulf South Conference basketball games Monday night, the Lady Flames beating West Florida 58-53 and the Flames completing the sweep, 82-76. Karley Miller and Hollie German scored 17 and 16 points and Jenna Adams had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Flames (5-2). Corey Billingsley hit 12 of 13 free throws in scoring 24 points for the Flames (5-2), who got 13 and 12 from Valentino Thomas and Stedmon Ford.

• April Besley from Dalton had 18 rebounds, four assists and 11 points and Erika Woodfin from Dade County was 4-of-4 on 3-point shots in scoring 14 points as Reinhardt (6-7) beat Tennessee Temple 66-60 in women's basketball Monday in Waleska, Ga. Payton Smith from Sonoraville added five steals and five assists in the win, while TaQuasha O'Neal scored 22 points and Amanda Rector had 13 points and three steals for Temple (3-8).

• Georgia Northwestern of NJCAA Division III was no match for visiting Gadsden State, a 12-2 juco Division I member, in women's basketball Monday in Rome, Ga. Taylor Adams led four double-figure scorers with 18 points in Gadsden's 89-43 victory. Kiarra Parks with 15 was the only two-digit scorer for the Lady Bobcats (3-11).

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