Northwest Whitfield basketball sharpshooter Tanner Quarles is headed to Shorter University.
Quarles, who set a school record with 92 3-point baskets this past season, already has an academic scholarship to attend the Rome, Ga., college and will receive a partial athletic scholarship soon, Northwest coach Ryan Richards said.
"The thing with Shorter is they are still trying to sign a big man, and as soon as they get that done they will know what kind of athletic money they can offer Tanner," Richards said. "He's smart as a whip, so he qualifies for everything academically. They've been recruiting him for some time and Tanner has been told he will get a chance to show what he can do."
Quarles averaged 13 points per game for the 23-win Region 7-AAAA champion Bruins, and Richards believes his game will transition well to the next level.
"He can really shoot it and he can get hot and carry a team for stretches," the coach said. "Tanner knows he will have to get stronger, but he's a gym rat and will do anything to be successful."
Plott signs with Tigers
Coahulla Creek senior catcher Scout Plott signed to play baseball for Chattanooga State last week, and according to Colts coach Michael Bolen the Tigers are getting a steal. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Plott hit .350 this season and excelled behind the plate by throwing out 10 of 18 runners trying to steal.
"He's an outstanding defensive catcher with an unbelievably strong arm," Bolen said. "He's consistently been clocked at 1.9 to two seconds with his release, and that's stout even for a college catcher. He's got great feet and he blocks the ball extremely well. Offensively, he's only going to improve."
Richardson to Bethel
Ringgold offensive lineman Dylan Richardson signed a football scholarship to play at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn., this past week. Richardson (6-4, 300), started two years at Ringgold after transferring from Southeast Whitfield.
"Dylan will be sorely missed from our ranks here at Ringgold, but we are excited that he is going to be in such a great program," Tigers coach Robert Akins said of the guard. "He will definitely make a huge impact early with their program."
Lindsey Young is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who started work at the Chattanooga News-Free Press 24 years ago. He covers the Northwest Georgia prep beat and NASCAR. Lindsey’s hometown is Ringgold, Ga., and he graduated from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School. He received an associate’s degree from Dalton Junior College (now Dalton State) and a bachelor’s degree in communications from UTC. He has won several writing awards, including two Tennessee Sports ...