A reunion for all former Chattanooga Golden Gloves boxers has been scheduled for Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m at the Luken Boxing Gym behind Red Bank High School, and not only fighters but also coaches, officials, family members, friends and fans are invited to take part. All are encouraged to bring photos, scrapbooks and memories to share. There is no charge to attend, but barbecue plates from Shuford's will be available for $10 apiece. Anyone planning to come should call Skipper Fairbanks at 877-4113, Alfred O'Dell at 827-4608 or Jacky Godwin at 692-4597.
Track & Field
• Charlie Baker of Hixson continued his run of track and field gold medals in biennial National Senior Olympics competition with two golds and three bronzes this past week in Cleveland, but this year's success followed a light stroke on Jan. 5 and three months in which he was not allowed to run. Baker took gold in the men's 85-89 age group in long jump and the 400-meter relay, and he was third in the 50, the 400 and the high jump, giving him 16 medals in national seniors competition over the years. He added fourth-place 2013 ribbons in the 100 and 200.
• Tiana Mills already was planning to attend Carson-Newman University, but then came a better way to do it. In addition to taking classes at the NCAA Division II school in Jefferson City, Tenn., the 2013 Girls Preparatory School graduate will be on scholarship with the track and field team, along with Ooltewah long and triple jumper T.J. Davis, Ooltewah hurdler Phillip McClain and Arts & Sciences shot and discus thrower Christianna Smith. Two local recruits to the Eagles football team, Courtney Heard from CSAS (Tyner football) and Jamal Jones from Lookout Valley, also plan to help in track, according to Carson-Newman coach David Needs, who became the full-time director of tradk and field and cross country in June, giving up his longtime role as football quarterbacks coach as track becomes an official sport of the South Atlantic Conference. Needs saw Mills at the TSSAA Division II state meet in Murfreesboro, where she significantly surpassed her previous best long jump with a second-place leap of 18 feet, 1 inch. She was third in the discus with a toss of 101-10 and fifth in the triple jump at 34-1.5. GPS coach Stacey Hill said Mills has exceeded 115 feet in the discus and is capable of "going 39 or so" with continued work in the triple jump. "Tiana also ran the 4x200 relay for us," said Hill, who holds a Carson-Newman track record. "She's the kind of athlete who can step into their program and help quickly, I think, and they're obviously getting more serious about their program." Mills won the Division II East sectional in the long jump and discus and was second in the triple. She had picked Carson-Newman for academic and spiritual reasons, as well as its not-too-far distance from home, and planned to try club volleyball if she didn't walk on in track, "but it all worked out," she said. "I'm excited." In further showing its new attention to running, Carson-Newman recently hired two-time Olympian Jose "Tony" Parrilla, a former University of Tennessee standout, as its cross country head coach. CSAS's Smith was the shot put winner and discus runner-up in the Class A/AA sectional.
• Young area golfers Tucker Snipes of Rocky Face, Ga., and Colby Hipp of Chatsworth are among the 128 entrants in a 36-hole qualifier Monday and Tuesday at Athens (Ga.) Country Club for the 113th U.S. Amateur Championship set for Aug. 12-18 at Brookline, Mass. Four U.S. Am berths and two alternate spots will be awarded. The field includes players from Canada, France, South Africa and New Zealand as well as from Illinois, Texas and Montana in the United States.
• The North Georgia Chiefs Baseball Club playing out of Boynton recently won the Dizzy Dean Senior Division World Series in Southaven, Miss. The Chiefs lost their opening game, 2-0 to the East Alabama Canes, but then won five close games in a row for the championship. The Boynton bunch allowed opponents just over one run per game in the tournament behind pitchers Kevin Carr, Keith Pacmayer, Justin Garmany, Earl Dupree, Will Greer and Blane Swift. Swift also had a home run, two doubles and four RBIs in earning MVP honors. The Chiefs won 5-3 over JPRD of Louisiana, 2-0 over Grenada, Miss., 1-0 over the Florida Black Sox and 3-0 and 3-2 over the Canes, after a five-hour-plus rain delay before the championship series. The Canes took a 2-0 lead in the final, scoring on a balk and an obstruction call, but in the fifth inning pinch runner Dupree scored from first on a throwing error on Greer's sacrifice bunt and Greer then scored on a Steiner Davis grounder. In the seventh, Matthew Banks led off with a line-drive single for the Chiefs and took second on a wild pitch, and after a Hunter Davis walk Greer moved the runners up with another bunt and Zack Turner hit a sacrifice fly. Turner, Carr and Pacmayer joined Swift on the all-tournament team, and Turner, Davis, Dylan Simmons, Mason Hamilton and Micah Wyatt each had three hits and at least one RBI.
• The Sierra Club's Cherokee Chapter will hold its monthly meeting Monday night at 7 at Outdoor Chattanooga in Coolidge Park, and the program will feature a member's report on visiting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The public is welcome.
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