The shorthanded Chattanooga Football Club squad lost to a new National Premier Soccer League member, the Gulfcoast Texans, 1-0 on Saturday night in Pensacola, Fla. After a scoreless first half, the Texans scored early in the second for the game's only goal. Chattanooga FC (1-1 NPSL Southeast) played without several players who were unable to make the trip to Florida. It was the second loss of the week for CFC, which fell on penalty kicks to the Carolina Dynamno on Tuesday in the first round of the U.S. Open Cup. The Texans' goal came after former CFC player Carl Reynolds' shot deflected off the crossbar and Yazeed Davids was able to put the ball in past goalkeeper Greg Hartley on the rebound.
• Murray County forward Cheyenne Sancho signed scholarship papers this past week to continue her soccer career at Tennessee Temple University. "She is an aggressive player, and I believe she will be able to help us put pressure on defenses, allowing us to score more goals," Temple coach Emmanuel Awotula said. Sancho scored more than 20 goals and added six assists in 14 games before spraining an ankle, and without her the Lady Indians lost two of their last three regular-season games. Sancho said she talked to Wesleyan College in Macon early in the season but did not follow up by sending video. She spent the night on Temple's campus at the time of tryouts, "and I liked the atmosphere," she said. "The girls were great, the coach is great, and I like having to go to church services."
• Chase Jackson of Sequoyah High School in Madisonville, Tenn., recently signed to play soccer for nearby Hiwassee College. "Chase is a great midfielder with a lot of experience," Hiwassee coach Dustin Debty said. "I am expecting him to make a huge impact on the team and help us to far." Sequoyah lost to Boyd-Buchanan in the District 5-A/AA semifinals.
• Three members of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga running program put on a thrilling finish Saturday morning in the Chattanooga Chase 8-kilometer race from Riverview Park. Paul Stuart from Brentwood, Tenn., edged John Gilpin from Nashville with each timed in 25:45, and Lucas Cotter from Collierville was two seconds behind. Former Lady Mocs star Lanni Marchant, meanwhile, won both the 8k and the women's 1-mile in the event moved up from its usual Memorial Day date. Her 8k tie of 27:16 was 11th overall. Patrick Hall was the men's 1-mile winner after finishing sixth in the 8k.
• Nick Lewis of Mempihs won the Scenic City Trail Marathon held Saturday on Raccoon Mountain in 2 hours, 55 minutes, 44 seconds. Atlanta's Matt Shechtman was second in 3:01:55 in the Salomon Rock/Creek Trail Series event with 18-year-old Alec Blenis of Roswell, Ga., third in 3:02:07, Shane Curtsinger fourth in 3:03:20 and area resident Tom Sell fifth and the 45-over winner in 3:08:08. Meredith Smith of Nashville was the women's winner and 25th overall in 3:34:16 with Signal Mountain's Nancy Costilow second in 3:42:39. Daniel Mueller of Nashville and 18-year-old Annie Kelly of Alpharetta, Ga., were the half marathon winners in 1:19:34 and 1:30:26, the latter a women's course record.
• McCallie School track and field co-captain Jack Jones has announced that he will attend and run track for Washington and Lee University in 2013-14. That is an NCAA Division III school in Lexington, Va. He won the 400-meter dash in 50.2 seconds in the Division II East Region meet Thursday and anchored the 4x400 relay that set a meet record of 3:27.6 -- the fastest time for that event in the Chattanooga area this season.
• Defending champion David Noll Jr. of Dalton took the lead Saturday in the second round of the Georgia Mid-Amateur golf tournament at The Savannah Golf Club. He shot a 4-under-par 67 and is at 138, two shots ahead of second-place Cameron Hooper of Atlanta.
• The 65th annual Tennessee State Open golf tournament will run Tuesday through Thursday at Gaylord Springs Golf Links in Knoxville with 156 entrants. Sponsored chiefly by SunTrust and presented by Coca-Cola, the event will include 12 past champions, including 2009 winner Bryce Ledford from Ooltewah, McCallie School and the UTC. Other former champs in the 2013 field are Bob Wolcott (1983), Rob Long (1987, 2003), Steve Munson (1991), Jared Melson (1995), Walt Chapman (1996), Garrett Willis (2000), Tim Jackson (2002), Justin Metzger (2006), Grant Leaver (2010), Jonathan Fly (2011) and Craig Smith (2012).
• Brier Davis and Chad Toliver are 2013 lacrosse All-Americans from McCallie School, and teammates Cam Linsley, Geoge Ehlers and Tate Boyce were first-team TSLA all-state selections. Defender Wesley Self made the all-state second team from coach Troy Kemp's Blue Tornado. Davis, an attack player, is headed to Hofstra University while face-off specialist Ehlers is going to Cornell, goalie Boyce is committed to Providence College and Linsley is committed to Roanoke University. Toliver, also a football standout, is uncommitted with another year of high school to go.
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