published Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Bryan's Simpson NAIA All-American and other sports news

Bryan College senior Anthony Simpson from Nashville surged at the end to sixth place and the last All-America spot in the 5000-meter run Saturday at the NAIA national indoor track and field meet at Geneva, Ohio, and classmate Alex Stephens from Cleveland High School was 10th in the 3000. Stephens finished in 8:43.61 in his last college race, in an event won in 8:18.36. Simpson was ninth with 400 meters left in his race and outleaned three others at the finish for a 14:43.34, less than six seconds behind the winning 14:37.53. He's a two-time All-American in cross country.

Basketball

• The Walters State basketball teams swept the TCCAA/NJCAA Region VII tournament championships and trips to Kansas for national tournaments with victories Saturday in Harriman, Tenn. The Walters men edged top-seeded Columbia State 81-79 as tournament MVP Aaron Wheeler and all-tournament Denard Williams had 21 and 17 points and eight and 10 rebounds and former Tyner and Cleveland State star Trey Suttles, also an all-tournament pick, scored 14 points. The Senators forfeited six early-season wins and went into December 2-10 but now are 20-13 with an 8-1 record since the end of January. T.J. Dunans led the Chargers with 21 points and seven rebounds. The nationally second-ranked Lady Senators are 32-0 after beating second-seeded host Roane State 76-57. Walters was led by four players with 11 or 10 points, and none of them were their four all-tournament players, including MiShannon Wilbanks from Red Bank. All-tourney players Shauntae Brown and Ashley Cox led Roane with 15 and 11 points after scoring 15 apiece in Friday's win over Southwest Tennessee, when Crossville's Cox also had nine rebounds and four steals. Her fellow Stone Memorial graduate Nicole Hassler scored 10 points in each game.

Golf

• The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's golf team plays Monday and Tuesday in the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate tournament in South Carolina. Half of the 18-team field is ranked in the national top 100, led by No. 7 Virginia.

• The Dalton State men's golf team plays Monday and Tuesday in the Sand Shark Classic at OldField Golf Club in Okatie, S.C., after tying for fifth in the 11-team Doublegate Collegiate Invitational last Monday and Tuesday at Albany, Ga. The Roadrunners' Chase Jones tied for third individually at 223, Levi Nix tied for 18th at 230 and Anthony D'Angelo and Tobias Ebner shared the 24th spot at 233 as the team shot 916, five shots out of second place. Eastern Florida State won with a 904.

Tennis

• The UTC women's tennis team opened Southern Conference play Saturday with a 7-0 sweep of Georgia Southern at the Champions Club, where the UTC men beat The Citadel 5-2 in another league match.

Baseball

• The Chattanooga State baseball team improved to 6-3 in TCCAA games with its second consecutive weekend sweep, this time of visiting Motlow. The Tigers (11-6) won 7-3 behind pitcher Zach Thompson on Friday and beat the Bucks (16-11, 3-6) 4-1 and 4-0 Saturday as Tyler Troutt and Austin Godwin pitched a solid first game and Brennan Swindoll threw a one-hitter.

• Lee University edged West Alabama 2-1 in 11 innings and lost 4-3 in their Gulf South Conference baseball games Saturday at Olympic Field in Cleveland. Andres Nelo and Zacary Hawkins each was 2-for-4 in the win for Lee (13-7, 6-5), with strong pitching from Jeremy Stawychny, Jeremy Bales and Grayson Bailey, and Nelo and Siosi Poti batted in a run each in each game.

• Point University beat Bryan College 5-3 in the first game of their Appalachian Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday at Dayton, but the host Lions won 10-6 in the series finale. Kevin Roberts and Tyler Latham each was 1-for-2 with a homer for Bryan (13-10, 5-1) in the first game, and Roberts had three hits, an RBI and a run in game two, when Justin Morhardt had two hits and four RBIs and Grant Zawadzki and Preston King each homered and singled and plated two runs.

• Cleveland State's three-game TCCAA baseball series at Dyersburg State is being played today and Monday after originally being scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The teams plan to play two today.

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