published Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Golf Mocs third in Linger Longer

EATONTON, Ga. -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's golf team is in third place out of 12 teams after Saturday's two rounds in the Linger Longer Invitational tournament at the Reynolds Plantation's Great Waters Course. Seventh-ranked Alabama leads at 564, five shots ahead of No. 25 Georgia, and UTC is at 577, one shot better than Kennesaw State. Senior Stephan Jaeger led the Mocs with a 2-under 142 (68-74), tying him for 11th individually, and Steven Fox and Chris Robb had second rounds of 69 and 71 to tie for 15th at 143. Liam Johnston is tied for 38th at 149. Three golfers share the lead at 139.

• HAWKINSVILLE, Ga. -- Matt Oxford of Rocky Face and partner Philip Hughes of Kennesaw are in eighth place at 143 in the championship flight after two rounds of the 24th annual Georgia Four-Ball golf tournament at Southern Hills Golf Club. The Macon duo of Ryan Emory and Billy Foshee lead at 132. Calhoun's Hal Lamb and Adairsville's Rick Brown are seventh in the first flight at 141, one shot better than Dalton's Duane McMullen and Tony Patterson. Dalton's Howell Kerr and Calhoun's Greg Brock are tied for fifth at 141 and Calhoun's Bob and Mike Nance share eighth place at 142 in the third flight.

• NEWNAN, Ga. -- Ringgold High School junior Brooks Thomas won the overall individual championship at the inaugural Cougar Invitational tournament Saturday at Orchard Hills Golf Course. Thomas paced a fourth-place team finish for the Tigers. Roswell won with a total of 294.

Swimming

• ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Baylor Swim Club finished eighth out of 423 teams and eighth in the boys' standings at the NCSA junior nationals Saturday, with Kristen Vredeveld repeating her 50-meter freestyle victory in 25.91 seconds and Luke Kaliszak finishing second in the 50 backstroke in 26.82 after a 10th-place 100 back finish Friday. Also for Baylor, Christian Carbone earned his third Olympic Trials cut time of the meet with a fourth-place 200 breaststroke and just missed another with his fourth-place 200 individual medley, and the boys' medley relay team of Kaliszak, Carbone, Joey Carbone and Sam McHugh finished fifth with a national championships qualifying time of 3:24.13. Annika Collevoll, Mikaya Reynolds, Hannah Peiffer and Vredeveld were 12th in the girls' 400 medley relay.

Tennis

• SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Wofford's Sarah Evans from Chattanooga and GPS won in singles and teamed with Guinn Garcia for a doubles victory Saturday, but the Terriers fell 5-2 to UTC's visiting Lady Mocs. Emily Hangstefer of Signal Mountain and Shaina Singh won together and separately for UTC (11-3, 3-2) against the team coached by Hangstefer's sister, and UTC's Hangstefer won in singles against Garcia, a niece of the UTC men's coach.

Soccer

• CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The four-time defending NAIA women's soccer champions have added four recruits for the 2012 season, Lee University coach Matt Yelton recently announced: defender Marie Eliassen from Haugesund, Norway; goalkeeper Marbel Egwuenu from Lagos, Nigeria, by way of Georgia Perimeter College; forward Molly McLaughlin from Trinity Christian Academy in Lexington, Ky.; and defender Tessa Piety from Christian Academy of Knoxville. Eliassen was voted the best player on her Haugar club in 2010, helped win the Arsenal Cup with her regional team and has been on Norway's under-19 national team. Egwuenu was the starting keeper for Nigeria's u-17 and u-20 teams, playing for both in 2008, and she had 16 shutouts and a 0.31 goals-against average as a Georgia Perimeter freshman, when she was a second-team NJCAA All-American, and allowed only eight goals in her sophomore season. McLaughlin's Lexington Futbol Club teams reached state finals the last three years and the USYS Region II tournament in 2011, when she led the club in goals scored. She also has excelled in track and cross country. Piety was a key part of three CAK state champions, and coach Ried Estus said she "is the most competitive and passionate player to play for me during my 25 years of coaching." Her FC Alliance club team has reached state finals five times and the Southern Regionals three times and has won the Region 3 Premier League championship.

• McMinn County defender Kelaiah King is one of six women's soccer recruits whose commitments were announced Friday by Tusculum College. "Kelaiah is a very positive, upbeat person who competes for every ball," Tusculum coach Mike Joy said in the school release. She was all-region last fall for the Lady Cherokees and also plays for the McMinn United club program.

Lacrosse

• COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Meg Welton scored six goals for Sewanee in a 20-14 SCAC women's lacrosse loss Saturday at Colorado College. Sewanee (6-3, 0-1) cut a 12-6 deficit to 14-13 before the hosts netted five goals in a row. Molly Arnold, Oivia Vietor and Jean Juricic had two goals each and Amy Nusbaum made 13 saves in defeat.

Football

• UTC football coach Russ Huesman will be the guest speaker at the Chattanooga Quarterback Club's noon luncheon meeting Monday at Finley Stadium, and he will introduce new assistant coaches Alex Atkins, Adam Braithwaite, Thomas Brown and Wesley Satterfield. The public is invited. Attendance costs $10 with a meal, $4 without. Huesman will report on spring practice and talk about the Mocs' spring game this Saturday.

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