published Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Former UT Lady Vols All-American Chamique Holdsclaw to speak at Bradley youth event

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    Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings (24) looks to pass against then-Washington Mystics forward (and former Lady Vols teammate) Chamique Holdsclaw in a 2003 game in Indianapolis.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Former Tennessee Lady Vols All-American Chamique Holdsclaw, who went onto WNBA greatness as well, will be the guest speaker for the third annual Bradley County Youth Basketball All-Stars tournament Feb. 20-23 at Ocoee Middle School in Cleveland. It is for elementary school players in Cleveland and the surrounding county, blended from a draft, and play will begin in both Ocoee gyms soon after her 6 p.m. talk that Friday, after the opening ceremony at 5:30. Admission will cost $5 for adults, $3 for middle and high school students, according to organizer Bartlee Norton. Holdsclaw and last year's speaker, former Tennessee Wesleyan College and longtime Harlem Globetrotters showman Paul Gaffney, are lined up to play in the coaches' game Thursday night following the youth players' free-throw, hot shot, 3-point and even slam-dunk competitions.

• Former Chicago Bulls star Bob Love will share stories from his life Thursday morning at Southern Adventist University's Iles P.E. Center, beginning at 11, and the public is invited at no charge. Love, who played for the Bulls from 1969 to 1976, is the team's No. 3 all-time scorer behind Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, and he was a three-time NBA All-Star and a three-time selection to the league's all-defensive team. Part of his presentation will be about overcoming a stuttering disability, and he is a winner of the Individual Achievement Award for Communicative Disorders as well as the Oscar Robertson Leadership Award.

• Tennessee Wesleyan junior forward Armeka Booker followed up her fifth Appalachian Athletic Conference player-of-the-week award this basketball season with her second statewide selection by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association. Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes is the TSWA men's honoree, also for the second time. Booker had 40 points and 28 rebounds in two wins last week for AAC leader TWC, plus four blocks against second-place Union College. She and the Lady Bulldogs beat Tennessee Temple 66-42 in a nonleague game Tuesday night, but the Temple men won 84-81 in the doubleheader nightcap. Temple's Lady Crusaders already have a forfeit win for Saturday's scheduled game against Lynchburg College.


• Renowned sports psychologist Dr. Jack Llewellyn will be the guest speaker for the state Dizzy Dean banquet March 8 at Abba's House on Hixson Pike, and the public is invited. Dr. Llewellyn has worked with many baseball players, race-car drivers and athletes from other sports, and he has written and spoken extensively on youth sports. The banquet will begin at 7 p.m. but doors will open at 5 that Saturday, and tickets can be reserved by calling Roger Stevens at 508-4267 or Rusty Romito at 280-0615.


• Chattanooga TPC chairman Mike Jenkins revealed the Chattanooga area men's golf schedule on Tuesday during the Chattanooga District Golf Association annual meeting. The TPC series begins with the Cleveland Country Club Invitational on May 3-4. The Signal Mountain Invitational will be May 16-18. The North Georgia Invitational is June 7-8, the Chattanooga Men's Metro is July 11-13 and the Brainerd Invitational is Aug. 9-10. The season will conclude with the Chattanooga TPC on Oct. 2-5 at Council Fire. The biggest change to the schedule is that the CDGA 4-Ball Match Play tournament final have been moved up to June 28-29.

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