UTC's Dr. Pepper Classic Opens Tonight

UTC vs. High Point at 7 p.m.

Friday, December 28, 2012 - by B.B. Branton

The 23rd Dr.Pepper Classic tips off today at 4:30 p.m. as Austin Peay faces Utah Valley followed by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga-High Point (N.C.) game at 7.

The Mocs (3-8) have won 14 of the 23 titles and three of the last four, including a 74-59 triumph against Utah Valley in last year’s final.

UTC is 36-8 (81.8%) in all Dr. Pepper Classic games and 21-1 in opening round games.

4:30 P.M.   Austin Peay (4-8) vs. Utah Valley (6-8)

Austin Peay Governors are led by Travis Betran (15.4 ppg, 2.3 assists), Anthony Campbell (13.8 ppg, 4.5 rbpg) and Chris Horton (8.9 ppg, 6.9 rbpg).

Governors have wins against SoCon teams, Samford and Western Carolina … APSU has lost four straight and five of last six.

Utah Valley is led by Ben Aird (12.6 ppg, 7.7 rbpg) and Holton Hunsaker (11.1 ppg) …

Playing in Six States … after today’s game, the Wolverines will have played in six states outside of Utah … Indiana (L), North Carolina (W,L) , California (W,L,L), Washington (L) and Alabama  (W).

7 p.m. – High Point (4-6) vs.  Chattanooga (3-8)

High Point (N.C.) Panthers are led by John Brown (18.1 ppg) and Allan Chaney (13.8 ppg, 8.1 rbpg)

Human Interest Note: 6-9 Allan Chaney is a graduate student and did not play college basketball for 44 months  … due to a heart ailment - viral myocarditis — an inflammation of the heart that can be fatal  - plus sitting out a year after transferring to Va. Tech from U. of Florida … did not play from March 5, 2009 at Florida to Nov.9, 2012 at High Point ..  started at U. of Florida in the fall of 2008 then transferred to Va. Tech but never played … The NCAA has given him a medical redshirt year for 2013-14.

Chaney averaged 26 ppg and 15 rbpg at New London (Conn.) HS …

As has Austin Peay, the Panthers have two wins against SoCon schools; UNCG (81-73) and a 22-point road win Appalachian State.

Common Opponent with UTC:  both have lost to Eastern Kentucky

UTC is 3-8 and beat Reinhardt 108-78 on Dec. 21 … Z. Mason leads the Mocs in scoring (12.0), and rebounding (7.1) … Drazen Zlovaric leads in FG% (52.4%) … Ronrico White is first in 3-pt FG% (33.3%) and FT% (78.8%) …

UTC leads the SoCon in rebounding margin (+8.1) … 26th in the NCAA.


Randy Smith: SEC Picks Week 10

With the release of the first poll by the College Football Playoff committee, it becomes more evident than ever that the SEC is the most dominant league in college football. Fans from other leagues can continue to complain about the sports media in this country being "SEC biased" all they want. The bottom line is this; the SEC is clearly where the best football is played, each and ... (click for more)

Covenant's Kaufmann, Burgess, Stanford Earn USA South Runners Of The Year, Head Coach

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Cross country runners Eliot Kaufmann and Beth Burgess were named the USA South Runners of the Year and head coach Katie Stanford was selected as the Coach of the Year on the men's side, announced the league on Wednesday morning. Kaufmann also earned Rookie of the Year accolades. Additionally, Stephen Dillon and Ruthie Cargill were Covenant's representatives ... (click for more)

Downtown Chattanooga Apartment Complex Fetches $15 Million

Walnut Commons, the first downtown apartment complex built in many years, sold for $15 million, one of the developers said. John Clark said the initial estimate on the project was $11 million and it wound up costing around $12 million to build. "We're very pleased with the sale," he said. Mr. Clark, along with partners David Hudson and Bob McKenzie, are selling their stock ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Principal Ronald Hughes Named Tennessee's 2014-15 Principal Of The Year

A Hamilton County elementary school principal and an Anderson County supervisor have earned top honors for their work in Tennessee education. Ronald Hughes, principal of Apison Elementary School in Chattanooga, was named Tennessee’s 2014-15 Principal of the Year. He has served as principal at Apison Elementary for the past six years, and spent three decades working in Tennessee ... (click for more)

Congratulations To Ron Hughes

Hearty congratulations to Ron Hughes for being selected as Tennessee State Elementary Principal of the Year for 2014. Wherever Ron has been assigned as principal, he has exhibited strong leadership both academically and morally. His faith in God and his love for the students of Hamilton County have guided his actions and everyone that has benefited from the excellent education ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Brittany’s Days Dwindle

So here we are, facing what is known as “Devil’s Night” before Halloween comes, and the almost macabre news now comes that Brittany Maynard, the beautiful girl who has chosen to end her life as soon as Saturday, is struggling to meet her own deadline. She has inoperable brain cancer and, at best, only months to live. The 29-year-old, who was married shortly before her devastating ... (click for more)