Recent Sewanee graduate Jenny Liles added another 2013 postseason honor Tuesday with the announcement by the College Sports Information Directors of America that she made the Capital One Academic All-America team for NCAA Division III women’s tennis. The valedictorian of the prestigious University of the South earlier earned All-America honors on the court in both singles and doubles, and she was the Southern Athletic Association’s inaugural Woman of the Year. Liles graduated with a 4.0 grade point average as a double major in biochemistry and English.
• Covenant College junior outfielder David Lockwood from Conyers, Ga., and sophomore pitcher Micah Mabe from Cumming, Ga., made the Rawlings NCAA Division III All-South Region third team as selected by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Lockwood batted .349 with two home runs, five triples, 14 doubles, 40 runs scored and 37 driven in for the Scots (28-19) this past season, and he had a 16-game hitting streak. He went 8-for-17 in the National Christian College Athletic Association’s loaded Mid-East Regional, helping Covenant go to the NCCAA World Series for the first time. Mabe, a second-team NCCAA All-American, was 7-3 with a 2.43 earned run average in 12 starts, and he struck out 69 batters while walking only 16 in 74 innings. The left-hander set a Scots modern-era record with 13 strikeouts in one game.
• Recent Ridgeland High School graduate Xavier McLin has signed enrollment papers to continue his basketball career at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. The 6-foot-2 wing player, also a track and field standout, averaged just over 10 points a game for the basketball Panthers, according to a GNTC release, but missed part of his senior year with a hand injury. “We thought we may lose him for the season, but he fought his way back and was ready to play by our region tournament,” Ridgeland coach David Stoker said. “He’s a great kid with great potential. ... He got most of his points this year when he found his stride and really started taking the basketball to the rim.” Said GNTC coach David Stephenson: “This is an excellent signing to begin closing out this year’s recruitment. Xavier is a solid person, with great character that he takes the length of the court for the length of the game.”
• The Chattanooga State Athletic Hall of Fame dinner ceremony for the inductions of Kim O’Kelley Wingate for softball, Alicia Ransom Woolwine for basketball and Drew Bowlin for baseball is set for June 21 at 6 p.m at the Walden Club in downtown Chattanooga, and tickets cost $50. The public is invited but seating is limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 697-3380.
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