The Chattanooga Elite 16-under boys won the AAU national basketball championship last week in Orlando, Fla., going 7-0 with a 75-56 victory over Team New York in the semifinals and a 71-61 defeat of the Wellington Wolves from Coral Gables, Fla., in the championship game. Members of the team coached by Karl Williams and Keith Easterwood were Trey Autry, Malik Beavers, Patrick Good, Devante Jones, Emmanuel Lane, Bradley McCurdy, Corey McDonald, Ryan Montgomery, Peyton Parker, Dajuonta Ross, Isaiah Shopshire and Adrian Thomas. They represent seven high schools, including six from the Chattanooga area.
• The Lady Trotters based in Jefferson City, Tenn., will play the Greensboro (N.C.) Gaters for the AAU seventh-grade girls' Division I national basketball champoionship today at McKenzie Arena. The Lady Trotters were designated AAU fifth-grade national champions two years ago. This year's team went 3-0 in pool play and on Monday won 42-31 over the Cincinnati Heat Premier and 60-55 over North Texas Lights Out. The Gaters won 46-42 over CBC Boyd from North Carolina and 65-56 over Peak Performance Black from Georgia to reach the final. In Division II, the Jacksonville (Fla.) Lady Rams beat the Alabama Sparks 54-48 and Kentucky's Central Sparx downed the Dayton (Ohio) Vipers 36-28 to reach the 12:45 final at McKenzie. In Division III, the Chattanooga area's hastily pulled together Tennessee Xtreme girls will play for third place against Clarksville SOL at 9 a.m. at Maclellan Gym, before the Garden Sparks Teal face the Indiana's Finest Fry in a showdown of Hoosier State teams for the championship at 11:30 in McKenzie. The Xtreme won 43-38 over the McMinn Fire on Monday evening.
• Samantha Griffith of Ooltewah, who is about to begin her Lipscomb University golf career, shot a 73 Monday at Council Fire to lead stroke-play qualifying for the 2014 Chattanooga Women's City tournament. Griffith began her day with 15-foot downhill putts for par and birdie at Nos. 1 and 2 and added a short putt for birdie at No. 6 and a chip-in birdie from behind the bunker on No. 12. She will face Pam Austin in the championship flight quarterfinals this morning, when No. 2 seed Rachel Rebne takes on Linda Carter, Phyllis Loftsgard meets Natalie Javadi and Kathy Vaughn plays Hazel Davis. Carlene Ryon heads the first flight quarterfinals that have Nancy Logue, Patty Donahoo, Lynn McGee, Jeanie Reedy, Barb Monaghan, Rosalie Basten and Debbie Durham seeded two through eight. The second-flight matchups are No. 1 Casandra Godbold against Judy Mabe, Lesley Dunn against Karen Martin, Sharon Powell against Nancy Hora and Kate Gerbitz against Lynn Heck, and the third-flight pairings are Patty Jones and Evelyn Williams with byes, Brittany Marcum against Vicki Dolan and Edwina Montgomery against Pam Potter.
• Emily Hangstefer of Signal Mountain was part of a 3-0 United States victory over Germany in the first day of the Maere Cup international competition at Chattanooga's Champions Club for hearing-impaired tennis players. Playing at No. 1 singles, she won when her opponent was overcome by the heat. Great Britain beat Russia and faces the USA this morning, and China downed Japan while Spain got past India in other women's matches. The U.S. with Daniel Hangstefer as one of the players will begin men's Dresse Cup competition today.
• Josh Powell from Trenton, Ga., won the $1,500 Super Pro class top prize Saturday night at the Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip. The 28-year-old mechanic and son of Optimist Super Gas class champion Rocky Powell won with a 5.24-second burst on a 5.24 dial in a 350 Chevrolet small-block dragster. Chattanooga's Dereck Pickle was second with a 5.77 run on a 5.76 dial in his new 555 Chevy-powered dragster. Marty Goldsmith of Ringgold won the Foot Brake class with an 8.16 run on an 8.15 dial in his 1976 Plymouth; David Bigham of Calhoun, Ga., was second. Miles Walters of Whitwell won the Junior Dragster class with an 8.40 on an 8.38; Austin Rogers of Dallas, Ga., was the runner-up. Cynthia Warnock continued her run of having the low elapsed time (4.59) and top speed (149.25 mph) in the weekly meets.
• Longtime local wrestling coach and official Charlie Goss was in intensive care at Erlanger hospital Monday night. His wife, Carol, said in an email that doctors still are trying to determine his problem but that it is not his heart. Goss was a two-time state wrestling champion at East Ridge High School who has remained involved in the sport in that community at the youth, middle school and high school levels in addition to officiating. He is a member of the Tennessee chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
• The Chattanooga Cyclones 16-under baseball team won its first three pool games at the mammoth Perfect Game World Wood Bat national tournament, beginning with a 3-2 defeat in Emerson, Ga., of the nationally ranked Marucci Elite Houston team coached by former major league star Andy Pettitte. Devin Lancaster was the winning pitcher with a save from Corbin Brooksbank for the Cyclones, while Alex Darras had an RBI hit and Cade Evans had a hit and scored a run. Quinn Smith pitched a complete game and Noah Hill had three hits and two RBIs in the Cyclones' 5-2 victory over the Evoshield Canes in Smyrna, Ga. Evans had an RBI and two stolen bases and scored twice in that game, and Hunter Oliver hit an RBI double. Hill and Alex Tucker each had two hits and two RBIs and Evans had two hits, an RBI and three runs in an 11-9 win in Marietta over nationally sixth-ranked SWFL. Darras was the winning pitcher in relief, and Brooksbank had another save.
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