Local Colleges

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior cross country runner Amanda Cotter made the all-region team with a 19th-place finish in the NCAA South Region meet Friday at Tallahassee, Fla., and Auburn's Ty McCormack won the men's race after having worked in Chattanooga this summer and having won the Riverbend 10k in June.

Eight McCallie School lacrosse players signed letters of intent Thursday to play for NCAA schools next year, making 17 since 2009 with three underclassmen already committed for the future and another senior expected to pick among three Division II universities next week.

Marion County's Erica O'Kane has signed softball scholarship papers with Tennessee State University in Nashville.

David Helton, the Duke University linebacker who prepped at Baylor School, has been named a semifinalist for the Ronnie Lott Impact Trophy.

A memorial service is scheduled for this Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for a man who was born in Chickamauga, Ga., and starred in football at LaFayette High School before earning worldwide acclaim as a swimming coach. Jack Nelson died last Wednesday in Delray Beach, Fla., at the age of 82 from complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Sometimes a major improvement is just too hard to believe, particularly when technology adds some cold hard numbers.

Hixson resident Ron Lane was the Super Pro class winner Saturday night at the Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip, taking the $5,000 top prize with a 4.94-second run on a 4.94 dial at 137.25 mph in his new "undercover" dragster.

Daniel Brantley scored four goals as sixth-seeded Bryan College hammered third seed Union College 7-2 at Barbourville, Ky., in the quarterfinal round of the Appalachian Athletic Conference men's soccer tournament Saturday night, and fourth-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan also advanced with a convincing victory, 4-0 at home against fifth seed Bluefield.

Jason Altman has become the Giant of the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon.

Bryan Jones scored 16 points and Cam High and Weedlens Beauvil added 14 and 12 as the Tennessee Temple men's basketball team beat Blue Mountain 77-67 in Bethel University's tournament Saturday.

Second-seeded Covenant College won the USA South men's soccer tournament Saturday with a 2-0 win over fifth seed Maryville.

Top three per age group (and top 30 overall) in Saturday's 26.2-mile race from Fort Oglethorpe through the national military park:

From his residence in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, Ryan Martin said it was "awesome" that Central High School was in the state football playoffs and had a winning record this year.

USA South player of the year Snoopy Davidson scored twice for Covenant College as the No. 2-seeded Scots defeated North Carolina Wesleyan 2-1 in the men's soccer tournament semifinals Friday at Martinsville, Va.

Barely into the 2014-15 basketball season, Cleveland State opened TCCAA play Friday night with a sweep of visiting Dyersburg State, 77-63 in the women's game and 81-73 in the men's.

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