Baylor's Clements, Brunner Sign Wrestling Scholarships

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - by B.B. Branton

Baylor senior wrestlers Brandon Brunner and Houston Clements are focused on winning a state team title in February and then will take their mat talents to the next level a year from now.

On Wednesday, Brunner signed to wrestle at South Dakota State under former UTC head coach Chris Bono, while Clements is staying in the South and has signed with North Carolina.

"The UNC coaches are great and they have expressed how much they want me to be part of the program," said Clements who is a two-time state medalist, two-time high school All-American and Ohio tournament of champions winner and has a 3.

75 GPA.

"Signing with UNC means I have the opportunity to wrestle at a high level and attain a great education which is a win-win situation."

Brunner is a three-time state champion and carries a 3.4 GPA and committed to South Dakota State in the summer.

I have known coach Bono and assistant coach Israel Silva (former UTC wrestler) since I was in the fifth grade and they coached me in middle school when I attended the UTC Kids Club workouts for four years,” said Brunner. “So when they recruited me to attend South Dakota State it was a pretty easy decision to make.”

contact B.B. Branton at






Briarcrest Beats Baylor For D-II Volleyball Title

MURFREESBORO – The 2016 volleyball season didn’t end like the Baylor girls would have liked, but they have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of after getting beat by Briarcrest in the D-II Class AA state final here at MTSU’s Murphy Center Friday afternoon. The Lady Saints had beaten Baylor in a winners bracket final on Thursday and proved it was no fluke as they won in three straight ... (click for more)

Thomas Porter, Taylor Luthringer Win Front Runner Titles

Signal Mountain's Taylor Luthringer and Thomas Porter were the individual winners of the annual Front Runner Invitational cross country race at Baylor Thursday afternoon while the Baylor girls and the McCallie boys were the team champions. Luthringer covered the 3.1-mile course in 19 minutes, three seconds to beat runner-up Carley Braman of GPS by 35 seconds.  Kathryn ... (click for more)

Domestic Assault Charge Dismissed Against Bobby Stone In Case Involving Mayor's Top Advisor; Stone Says Berke Had Inappropriate Relationship With His Wife; Says Berke And Fletcher Conspired To Arrest Him

A charge of domestic assault was dismissed Friday morning against Bobby Stone in a case involving a top advisor to Mayor Andy Berke.  Afterward, Mr. Stone told reporters that the mayor had an inappropriate relationship with his wife, Lacie Stone. He also charged that Mayor Berke and Police Chief Fred Fletcher conspired to arrest him. Mr. Stone is expected to file ... (click for more)

Christopher Padgett Taken Into Custody

A Chattanooga man who went on the lam after cutting off his ankle monitor and failing to show up for the third day of his felony murder trial is back in custody. Christopher Padgett was arrested by Chattanooga Police in the 3200 block of South Street at 12:55 a.m. He had made a $350,000 bond just before the start of his trial in the slaying of taxi driver Nathan ... (click for more)

Literacy Is Critical

Government spending is often portrayed as a freight train "quickly running out of track." And there is some truth to that statement. There is not an endless supply of money to fund every good idea that comes along, and we must acknowledge that problem. Fiscal responsibility is a must.  That is why spending on priority issues like public education is important. You can spend ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Prayer Over Despair

As a strong proponent of early voting, I joined hundreds at the Hamilton County Election Commission headquarters on Amnicola Highway yesterday to exercise what I consider one of our greatest freedoms – “for the people, by the people.” Candidly, I have never been as upset or as disappointed over my choices for President in my life. Locally I am fine with our candidates but to pick ... (click for more)