Covenant's Blankenship, Soles, Storteboom Earn GSAC Honors

Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Great South Athletic Conference announced its 2012-13 women's basketball honors on Thursday morning and three Covenant players came away with awards. Junior forward Jessie Blankenship was named All-Conference, while Haley Soles and Alexis Storteboom were each selected to the All-Freshmen team.

Blankenship leads the Lady Scots in points per game (14.1) and rebounds per game (7.0) this season while shooting 45 percent from the field. The junior has scored in double figures in all but three games this season and has registered five double-doubles.
The native of Lexington, S.C., surpassed both 500 rebounds and 1,000 points for her career during the season and was also selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 5 team. Blankenship received the third most votes for Player of the Year.

Soles is the second leading scorer for the Lady Scots averaging 10.4 points per contest. She has buried 53 3-pointers to also lead Covenant. Soles, a resident of Bishop, Ga., helped Covenant to an upset win over then-GSAC lead Salem with three consecutive 3-pointers late in the second half as the Lady Scots mounted a comeback that ultimately gave them a 71-70 overtime win.

Storteboom has also made an immediate impact in her freshman season for Covenant. The Lamont, Mich., native is scoring 7.6 points and grabbing 6.9 rebounds per game. She has recorded four double-doubles on the season, including two coming against Salem, and is shooting just over 50 percent from the floor.

"They are all very deserving of these honors," said Covenant head coach Tami Smialek. "They each did an excellent job of stepping up this season."

Salem's Satavia Taylor earned Player of the Year, Pine Manor's Alexis Lee was the Freshman of the Year, and Salem head coach Anita Howard was voted as the Coach of the Year.

The Lady Scots play their final regular season game on Saturday at Warren Wilson in Asheville, N.C. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.

Dalton State Signs Dallas Vaughn To Women's Golf

Dallas Vaughn from White, Ga., in Bartow County, signed on to Dalton State's Women's Golf team Friday morning at the Ottinger Athletic Center. Vaughn was accompanied by her family, friends, and members of the Men's and Women's Golf teams. Vaughn is the only child of Tammy and Kevin Vaughn. West Georgia, Faulkner University, and Middle Tennessee  are some of the ... (click for more)

UTC Football: Thankful for Playoffs, Birthdays

As Americans gather this week to enjoy family, football, a Thursday feast and give prayers of thanks to the Lord for our freedom and many blessings, the UTC football team also has much for which to be thankful. While all other Southern Conference teams have concluded their seasons, the UTC players and coaches are thankful to be back on the practice field this afternoon in preparation ... (click for more)

Kiser Takes Witness Stand For First Time; Says He Did Not Kill Deputy Donald Bond

Marlon Duane Kiser took the witness stand at his post-conviction hearing on Tuesday to declare that he did not kill Deputy Donald Bond, who was gunned down at a produce stand in East Brainerd 13 years ago. Kiser had not opted to go on the stand when he was convicted by a Nashville jury and given the death penalty in 2003. He said he believes it was Mike Chattin, the man he ... (click for more)

Courtney Godwin, 25, Was Victim In Monday Night Fire In Hixson

Chattanooga firefighters battled a fully-involved structure fire in Hixson Monday night, and the incident involved at least one fatality.  Dr. Steve Cogswell with the Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Courtney D. Godwin, 25. Dr. Cogswell said Ms. Godwin died from smoke inhalation.   The first call to 911 Communications was received ... (click for more)

Chattanooga State Faculty Has No Business Being Involved In Hiring Decisions

This letter will hopefully bring some clarity to the recent situation created by the faculty of Chattanooga State Community College. It is based upon my tenure as a member of the faculty at Chattanooga State Technical Institute, the transformation to Chattanooga State Community College, and my service as the financial and administrative officer at Chattanooga State until my retirement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Thanksgiving Conversations

I am not predicting this will happen but I have known it to occur – in the middle of the Thanksgiving feast there will come a lull in the conversation and you can save the day if you’ll immediately look at the person to your right and ask, “What is the smartest thing you ever heard somebody say?” It is an easy thing, because we all love wisdom, and the ploy comes to mind because ... (click for more)