Covenant’s Smith na­tional qual­i­fier

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Covenant Col­lege se­nior Lilly Smith qual­i­fied for the NCAA Divi­sion III cross coun­try meet with a ninth-place fin­ish of 22:57.66 in the South/South­east Re­gion women’s 6-kilo­me­ter race Satur­day at Berry Col­lege. She be­came the first Lady Scot to be an NCAA all-re­gion run­ner. The na­tional meet is set for this Satur­day at Win­neconne, Wis­con­sin. Both Covenant teams were ninth as well, while Se­wa­nee’s were 17th out of 32 women’s teams and 21st out of 33 men’s.

SOC­CER

› Ten­nessee Wes­leyan won the Ap­palachian Ath­letic Con­fer­ence women’s soc­cer tour­na­ment Satur­day with a 5-1 rout of vis­it­ing Mil­li­gan. Han­nah Dear­ing scored the first goal in the 10th minute and Dayna Ran­dall and Chloe Rootes net­ted two each in the 11th con­sec­u­tive win for the Lady Bull­dogs (12-5-1), who lost their first three games and five of their first six un­der new coach Bryan Walker. Els van Hooi­j­donk set up Ran­dall’s sec­ond score, and Ran­dall dou­ble-as­sisted with Livia Walker on Rootes’ first.

› State cham­pion Girls Prepara­tory School landed five of the 17 Divi­sion II-AA all-state play­ers se­lected by Ten­nessee’s high school soc­cer coaches as­so­ci­a­tion for 2018, and Bay­lor had two. The GPS all-staters are sopho­more for­ward Ash­ley Grant, se­nior for­ward Kylie Eisel­stein, sopho­more mid­fielder Syd­ney Mor­ris, se­nior mid­fielder Lane Lawrence and ju­nior Meg Priest, the only de­fender listed. Bay­lor’s are se­nior for­ward Av­ery Davis and se­nior mid­fielder Mya McGee.

VOL­LEY­BALL

› Sil­via Sar­tori capped her Lee Univer­sity vol­ley­ball ca­reer as the Gulf South Con­fer­ence player of the year and a third­time All-GSC first-team se­lec­tion, and fel­low se­nior MaKayla Beebe was the libero of the year and an­other first-teamer. Lady Flames ju­nior set­ter Hanna Matthews from Oolte­wah made the sec­ond team. Beebe was sec­ond-team twice be­fore and Sar­tori was as a fresh­man.

› The Univer­sity of Ten­nessee at Chat­tanooga is seeded sev­enth in the South­ern Con­fer­ence vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment and is sched­uled to open Fri­day at 5 p.m. in that event at UNC Greens­boro against No. 2 seed Sam­ford. The Mocs (10-19, 6-10) and Bull­dogs (16-14, 11-5) split their reg­u­lar-sea­son matches.

TEN­NIS

› Matt Bar­nett, the Hix­son res­i­dent who has trained at the Smith Stearns Ten­nis Academy on Hilton Head Is­land in South Carolina the last two years, has com­mit­ted to play col­le­giately for Se­wa­nee start­ing in the 2019 fall se­mes­ter. He will grad­u­ate from Hilton Head Prepara­tory School in May. “I was con­sid­er­ing sev­eral other schools, but once I vis­ited Se­wa­nee it felt like a good fit,” Bar­nett said. “Not only does it have a great ten­nis pro­gram but also great aca­demics.” The Tigers have be­come ac­cus­tomed to na­tional rank­ings.

BAS­KET­BALL

› De­spite a ca­reer-high 26 points and nine re­bounds from Michael McGuirk, who was 6-of-7 on 3-point shots, the Lee Univer­sity men’s bas­ket­ball team lost a close home game in the sea­son-open­ing GSC/SSC Chal­lenge for the sec­ond day in a row Satur­day, 86-82 to Palm Beach Atlantic. Cody Jones, Ryan Mont­gomery and Quay Kennedy added 12 points apiece for Lee, and Ken­trell Evans had six as­sists.

› Lee won 71-50 at Saint Leo (Florida) in a women’s GSC/SSC Chal­lenge game, as Ha­ley Schu­bert and Abby Ber­tram each scored 16 points, Schu­bert with five steals and Ber­tram with four 3s, and Becca Cheeks grabbed eight re­bounds. Lind­sey Roddy had five as­sists.

› Play­ing at home in the SSAC/Mid-South Chal­lenge, the NAIA’s 15th-ranked Dal­ton State men de­feated No. 8 Pikeville 84-73 on Fri­day but lost 82-80 to No. 16 Cum­ber­lands on Satur­day. Against Pikeville, Eli­jah Sta­ley and Sean Cran­ney each scored 17 points, Sta­ley with 10 re­bounds, and Sean Chis­lom had 11 re­bounds with 10 points. Randy Bell and D’An­fer­nee Pugh scored 12 and 11. Satur­day, Aaron Bur­ress scored 18 on 7-of-8 shoot­ing and Bell added 15 while Cran­ney had 11 as­sists with 12 points, Sta­ley also scored 12 and Chis­lom scored 11. The Road­run­ners (2-2) led by 12 late in the first half and 81-78 with 20 sec­onds left in the game.

› Covenant’s men opened their sea­son with a 103-98 over­time loss at Birm­ing­ham-South­ern, af­ter lead­ing by 16 in the first half. In de­feat, Will Crumly had 26 points and 11 re­bounds, Bai­ley Spragg had 23 points, seven as­sists and seven re­bounds and James Mitchell scored 21 points with five 3s.

› Jonathon King scored 23 points and De­laino Walker added 20 plus 11 re­bounds as Cleve­land State’s men edged vis­it­ing Camp­bellsville-Som­er­set 70-67. Also for the Cougars (2-2), Domont’a Wright col­lected 10 re­bounds and blocked four shots.

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