published Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Stevens, Scott earn TGA honors and other sports news

Chattanooga's Scott Stevens was the Tennessee Golf Association's Harold Eller Junior Player of the Year for 2013, and Maggie Scott from Charleston was the state's Women's Senior Amateur Player of the Year for the 11th time since the award was established in 2000. Scott won her ninth women's senior state amateur title -- and 10th state amateur title overall -- with a four-stroke victory this year at Ridgeway Country Club. Stevens, a Chattanooga Christian School junior who has committed to play collegiately for South Carolina, had two wins in the TGA Junior Tour's Ashland Elite Series, finished third in the TGA Junior Amateur at Cleveland Country Club and made the cut for the TGA State Amateur at Chattanooga Golf & Country Club.

Boxing

• Chattanooga native Ryan Martin is scheduled for his second professional boxing fight Friday night at Resorts World Casino NYC in Queens, where three months ago he won his pro lightweight debut by knockout. The winner of 12 national amateur titles while representing Chattanooga's YCAP program had a scheduled Nov. 9 fight canceled because his opponent didn't make weight. Now 20 and fighting out of Cleveland, Ohio, under the promotion of Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Martin is set to fight Eric Jamar Goodall (1-2) of Las Vegas on Friday's "Big Apple Boxing" card. "It's very exciting to be fighting on the big stage in New York City," Martin said in a recent release. "I just take one fight at a time, but it was frustrating in November when my fight was canceled. What I'm learning as a pro is general ring knowledge."

Basketball

• Keila Formont had team-highs of 19 points and nine rebounds, but the Bryan College women's basketball team lost 73-64 on Wednesday evening at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla. Formont was 3-of-4 on 3-point shooting. Taylor Neuharth added 15 points for Bryan (10-4).

• Taylor Hawkins from Sequoyah High School in Madisonville, Tenn., was one of two recruits from the early signing period announced this week by Carson-Newman men's basketball coach Chuck Benson. The other was 6-foot-4 guard Mason Bates from Cookeville High. Hawkins, a 6-3 guard, averaged 19.4 points and 8.2 rebounds a game last year for Sequoyah and already is a two-time All-Monroe County selection. He's averaging 14.5 points and 6.4 rebounds so far in his senior season. "He's athletic and has perimeter skills, plus he just has tremendous work ethic," Benson said in a CNU release. Hawkins has a 3.6 grade point average.

Football

• Slade Dale, Christian Plott, Dakota Baer, Ryan Emmer and Dallas McGhee from Class AAA state semifinalist Ringgold High School will be part of a heavy contingent of Chattanooga-area Georgia high school football players on the North All-Star team facing the Central All-Stars at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. It is part of the all-day DL Scott Coalition Bowl and High School Junior and Senior All-Star Games that also include six youth-team games, the Atlanta Junior All-Stars versus the Augusta All-Stars (4 p.m.) and another senior game matching East Georgia against West Georgia (7:45). Tickets cost $22.50 for the day. The first game is at 8 a.m. The 10-under Scenic City Stars from Chattanooga are set to play the East Metro Titans at noon. North Murray's David Gann is the head coach of the North All-Stars, who also include Jermaine Conyers, Noah Cooper and Dillion Peterman of Ridgeland; Isaiah Mack, Tevin McDaniel and Andy Whisenant of Northwest Whitfield; Tristan Evans and Jacob Gilbert of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe; John Chastain and Jordan Ray of North Murray; Tydus Curtis of Calhoun; Devan Byars of Chattooga; Nich Bartley of Christian Heritage; Mikey Williams of Dade County; Lyle Durham of Dalton; Jacob Mitchell of Gordon Central; Andrew Slaton of Sonoraville; and Bret Peterson of Trion; as well as players from Adairsville, Cartersville, Darlington, Dawson County, East Paulding, Model, Pepperell, Pickens County, River Ridge, Rome, Sequoyah and Woodland.

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