UTC's Mason Named To All-Conference Preseason Team

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The preseason Southern Conference men’s basketball predictions came out of Spartanburg on Thursday with the Chattanooga Mocs picked seventh by the coaches and media. Senior forward Z. Mason (Nashville, Tenn.) was one of 10 tabbed to the all-conference squad.

“It’s going to be an exciting year in the SoCon,” Head Coach Will Wade said. “There are a lot of senior-laden, experienced teams in the league. We look forward to the conference season.

“Z. is one of the best players in the league,” Wade added. “He certainly has ‘Player of the Year’ potential. We are eager to get started.”

Elon is the consensus favorite in the league by the coaches and media. The coaches list has the Phoenix followed by Davidson, Western Carolina, Appalachian State and Samford (tied), Wofford, Chattanooga, UNCG, Georgia Southern, Furman and The Citadel.

The 11 head coaches predict De’Mon Brooks of Davidson as the preseason player of the year. Brooks headlines a 10-person all-conference squad with Mason, Jay Canty (App), Ryley Beaumont (Elon), Jack Isenbarger (Elon), Lucas Troutman (Elon), Raijon Kelly (Samford), Tim Williams (Samford), Trey Sumler (WCU) and Karl Cochran (Wofford).

The league media members nearly mirror the coaches team-for-team. Elon leads Davidson, Western Carolina, Samford, Wofford, App State, Chattanooga, UNCG, Furman, Georgia Southern and The Citadel in that poll.

The Mocs open the 2013-14 campaign November 8 against nearby Covenant College. Game time is 5:30 p.m., preceding the Lady Mocs season opener with Alabama.

Tickets are available on GoMocs.com (link above) or by calling 266-MOCS (6627).


Jacksonville Shuts Out Lookouts, 6-0.

The Chattanooga Lookouts could not overcome an early four-run deficit and ended up dropping the final game of the team's five game series against the Jacksonville Suns, 6-0, in front of 4,685 fans at AT&T Field on Star Wars Night.      With one out in the first inning the Suns loaded the bases and scored first on a RBI single by Alfredo Silverio.  The ... (click for more)

Samford Defeats UTC Tennis Women 4-0

A excellent season with 18 wins and five all-conference players for Chattanooga women's tennis  came to a disappointing end Friday with a 4-0 loss to Samford in a semifinal match of the Southern Conference Tennis Championship at Champions Club in Rivermont. The No.2 Samford Bulldogs (20-2) won two of the three doubles to claim the doubles team point and then ... (click for more)

Bus Driver Will Not Face Charges In Tragic Bus Accident

Sergeant Tommy Sturdivan announced in a Friday afternoon press conference that the investigation into the death of six-year-old Zackery Bryant at Chattanooga Valley Elementary has been officially declared complete and that there will be no criminal charges. Zackery died tragically on Monday morning after being hit by a school bus after stepping off. According to Sgt. Sturdivan, ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy May Begin Effort To Allow Wine In Grocery Stores; Concussion Forms Required For Sporting Events; WWTA Chided For Causing Potholes

The Soddy Daisy Commission is considering taking steps to allow wine in grocery stores now that Tennessee lawmakers have voted to lift restrictions. To have the law appear on the next ballot for a vote, Mayor Janice Cagle said a petition with an amount of signatures totaling 10 percent of the number of voters in the last general election will have to be collected. Commissioner ... (click for more)

State Moving Forward In Educational Improvements

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education released the following statement from President and CEO Jamie Woodson regarding the 2014 legislative session in Tennessee and HB1549/SB1835, which passed the General Assembly Thursday: After a year of extensive public and legislative conversation regarding higher academic standards and related strategies to improve student learning, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Nudge By Angel Kilbride

Way above us, high in the heavens, a handsome angel everybody calls Ben yelled to Saint Peter on Thursday and told him, “Better send me a couple of rubies and maybe an amethyst … Dad’s crown just got bigger.” To you such a scenario may sound silly and foolish but Bill Kilbride, a dynamic genius who has just been named as president-elect of Chattanooga’s Chamber of Commerce, knows ... (click for more)