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Rick Floyd sank his fourth hole-in-one last Thursday at Brainerd, while playing with Ronnie Tucker, Charlie Hill and Ray Best. The ace was a 125-yarder on No. 14, and he used a 9-iron.

The National Junior College Athletic Association released its all-academic teams for the 2013-14 school year this week, and Chattanooga State was represented in both baseball and softball.

In all the excitement over the Ironman triathlon's Chattanooga debut on the last Sunday of this September, perhaps some people have forgotten about the city's existing big-deal triathlon on the last Sunday in June.

Chattanooga State basketball coach Jay Price has had considerable recruiting success this year in the Atlanta and Tallahassee areas. Six of his seven men's signees came from near the Georgia and Florida capitals.

Ringgold resident Sport Allmond qualified Monday at Old Fort Golf Club in Murfreesboro for the U.S. Junior Amateur next month at The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston.

Recent Rhea County High School graduate Gloria Pascual has signed a letter of intent to join the Dalton State College cross country program.

It's been a while, and since we started drifting away from our daily Atlanta Braves report on "Press Row" on ESPN Radio 105.1, the Braves started drifting away from the top spot in the National League East. So maybe we're to blame.

Dr. Keith Dressler handed off the baton of the Chattanooga Tennis Foundation presidency to Kate Bailey on Monday, three years after he succeeded Bailey's mother, Elaine O'Dell, following her own three years in the office.

Ron Bishop could talk to anybody. And pretty much did.

Mark McCarter is a Brainerd High School graduate and former Chattanooga News-Free Press assistant sports editor who now is a columnist for the Huntsville Times. He is a four-time Southern League Writer of the Year and a four-time Alabama Sportswriter of the Year.

Alan Pressley remembers the day he took Stan Farmer to a planning meeting for the Central High School C-Club's first reunion in 1990.

Ty McCormack is a temporary Chattanooga resident who has starred as a runner at Clemson and now Auburn, and Saturday morning he breezed to the overall victory in the Riverbend Run 10k.

For the second year in a row, Tennessee Temple University has lost a successful men's basketball coach after one season.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Jaclyn Traina pitched a four-hitter, Leona Lafaele hit a two-run homer and the Alabama softball beat Southeastern Conference rival Kentucky 2-0 on Friday night in the Women's College World Series.

As Tennessee Temple University continues to rebuild its athletic program, alumnus Randy Crawford will be more involved than he already has been.

For a first-time event of such magnitude, the Thunder Rock 100 trail race last weekend went remarkably well, even with unusual weather. But then it takes unusual people to take on such a challenge.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Riverdale picked the perfect time to find a second postseason goal.

  • May 18th, 2014  |
  • By Daily News Journal

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Jeremy Bales' baseball career has had even more movement than one of his sidearm pitches, but the collegiate part of that will end this week at Mason, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, as Lee University again takes part in a season-ending World Series.

That didn't take long.

SEWANEE, Tenn. — Three players from Chattanooga prep schools have played very big parts in the Sewanee tennis teams' march to national tournaments this spring.

Fifth-seeded Bryan College began the Appalachian Athletic Conference baseball tournament Monday in Kingsport, Tenn., with a 13-inning 4-3 win over fourth seed St. Andrews and will face top-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan tonight.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Blake Ray is a former walk-on bullpen catcher who became a key member of the Lee University baseball offense this year, but that's not the amazing part of his story.

Donnie Tant plans finally to retire from league bowling when A Senior Family's season ends next week at Holiday Bowl Brainerd. But she's been doing it for 65 years, and she turned 98 on Sunday.

Dig, clear, carry, measure, saw, cut, hammer, hike, explore — it's all part of completing Tennessee's 53rd state park.

  • May 1st, 2014  |
  • By By Gary Petty

The latest chapter in the storied rivalry between Baylor and McCallie ended as a scoreless tie on the soccer field, but that does not mean it was short on action.

  • April 26th, 2014  |
  • By Ron Bush  |

Dogs and handmade bicycles will be among the display highlights Saturday at Coolidge Park, but the best part of the day may be the bargains on outdoor equipment.

  • April 24th, 2014  |
  • By Ron Bush  |

Rossville resident Bill Nesbitt is on his way to Reno, Nev., for a huge milestone.

  • April 23rd, 2014  |
  • By Ron Bush  |

After finishing third in the Chickamauga Chase 15-kilometer race the last two years, Isaac Pacheco really wanted the bayonet award that goes to the overall winner.

  • April 20th, 2014  |
  • By Ron Bush  |

Eva VanHook has a wonderful name for her organization's fundraiser Saturday, but she takes no credit for the idea.

  • April 17th, 2014  |
  • By Ron Bush  |

The Chattanooga Locomotion women's football team begins its 14th season tonight with a game against the Huntsville Tigers at Red Bank High School. It kicks off at 7, and tickets cost $10 with children 8 and under admitted free.

  • April 12th, 2014  |
  • By Ron Bush  |

The new giant jewel for May in the Salomon Rock/Creek Trail Series sold out in two days when registration opened in mid-January, but earlier races in the series have not been filling as fast as usual.

  • April 10th, 2014  |
  • By Ron Bush  |

The Tennessee Train women's football team needed only one game in 2014 to match the victory total of its inaugural 2013 season.

The Lee University women's basketball team left the NAIA as its Division I national runner-up last year. By late Saturday afternoon this year's Lady Flames hope to be one notch higher in Division I of the National Christian College Athletic Association.

  • March 19th, 2014  |
  • By Ron Bush  |

All season there has been a buzz around women's college basketball about Connecticut and Notre Dame.

  • March 18th, 2014  |
  • By Ron Bush  |

Tennessee Wesleyan College is at the NAIA Division II women’s basketball national tournament for the fourth time in five years, and the Lady Bulldogs won a game in the event in 2011.

  • March 12th, 2014  |
  • By Ron Bush  |

Fresh off another doubles victory in a tournament in Florida, Wesley Cash of Chattanooga and Mark Vines of Lynchburg, Fla., were named Tuesday by the U.S. Tennis Association as repeat participants for the United States in the ITF Seniors World Championships.

If the Tennessee Temple University Crusaders return this month to the National Christian College Athletic Association Division I basketball tournament, they will have one national tournament already behind them.

Tennessee topped Mississippi State in a must-win endeavor Wednesday night in Starkville.

Uncle Sam wants you — if you're a teenager with an interest in fly-fishing.

A couple of long shots paid off Sunday afternoon for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga softball team, which didn't need much.

Football players. Soccer players.

Even in a 21-year major league baseball career that took him all over the country, Rick Honeycutt didn't forget where he came from. He never really left the Chattanooga area, in fact, as his primary residence.

One family took double pride in the second induction ceremony for the Cleveland State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Yankee Stadium in New York was "the house that Ruth built," based on the home run excitement and fan interest generated by Babe Ruth.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Hollie German is a senior secondary math education major with a grade point average just a shade under 4.0 at Lee University. That's got to help her with all the numbers she puts up playing basketball.

On a Chattanooga State roster of 28 players this year, only three were on the team last spring. Continual turnover is a characteristic of junior college sports, but this is extreme by any measure.

In a case of one big adventure literally leading to another, Rhea County native Brad Tallent recently finished a kayak trip of more than 3,000 miles from Nova Scotia in Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.

The Chattanooga Track Club said thank-you Friday morning to government and other civic leaders who helped the city become the Road Runners Club of America's Outstanding Runner Friendly Community for 2013.

The Lee University women's basketball team edged a longtime NAIA nemesis, Union University, 68-66 in an NCAA Division II matchup Monday in Jackson, Tenn., but Union defeated the Lee men 69-66 with a 41-34 second half in the Gulf South Conference doubleheader.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is shifting its emphasis from building and protecting species populations to maintaining habitats and increasing access, and it wants to hear about it from wild people throughout the state.

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