Lee's Emery First Team All-American Golfer

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Lee senior Matt Emery is a first team All-American for the second straight year and junior Hunter Vest was named to the second team of the 2013 NAIA Men’s Golf All-America teams, as selected by the NAIA-Men’s Golf Coaches Association All-America Committee. A total of 45 student-athletes were honored with 15 individuals being named to each of the three teams.

"I am very proud of both Matt and Hunter," said Lee coach John Maupin. "They have had excellent seasons and are very deserving of this honor.
They have worked very hard and were our most consistent players this season. They backed up this award with some outstanding play at the national tournament. Matt marks only the third first team All-American in program history. Additionally, this is the first time we have had two players in the same season named to the second team or higher."

Said Emery, "Being chosen as an All-American for the second straight year is such an honor. Each year I set individual goals and being an All-American at the end of the year is always one of them. This honor shows that practice and dedication can be individually rewarded."

Vest said, "To be on an All-American team was one of my goals when the year started. Being selected on the second team means a lot to me and is proof that hard work pays off. I'm looking forward to building off this and having an even better year next year."

Oklahoma City, who claimed its second-straight national crown after a dominant performance at this year’s national championships, landed three individuals – Michael Palmer, James Marchesani and Sondre Ronold – on the first team, while Anthony Marchesani received second team recognition. The Stars four All-Americans is tied for the most with Johnson & Wales (Fla.), who landed two on the second team (Damon Salo and Colin Brennan) and two on the third team (Brandon Meltzer and Jordan Meltzer).

Repeat All-Americans include: Emery of Lee (Tenn.), Palmer and James Marchesani of Oklahoma City, Aaron Flores of Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), Nathan Anderson of Texas Wesleyan, Niel DuPreez of Lubbock Christian (Texas), Billy Nisbet of SCAD Savannah (Ga.), Jordan Meltzer of Johnson & Wales, and Brandon Thompson of Morningside (Iowa).
Eighteen of the 45 award winners are seniors, while 13 are sophomores, 12 are juniors and two are freshman.

2013 NAIA Men's Golf All-Americans
First Team
Name School Class Hometown
Jose Mariao Vega Bellevue (Neb.) So. Medellin, Colombia
Davis Garner Bellevue (Neb.) Sr. Washington Terrance, Utah
Adam Loran Cal State San Marcos Sr. San Jose, Calif.
Alastair Tidcombe Cumberlands (Ky.) Jr. Nova Scotia, Canada
Michael Slavin Grand View (Iowa) Sr. Johnston, Iowa
Matt Emery* Lee (Tenn.) Jr. Franklin, Tenn.
Joss Gosling Northwood (Texas) So. Harpenden, England
Michael Palmer* Oklahoma City Sr. Johannesburg, South Africa
James Marchesani* Oklahoma City Jr. Rosebud, Australia
Sondre Ronold Oklahoma City Sr. Stavanger, Norway
Aaron Flores* Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) Sr. San Antonio, Texas
Nathan Anderson* Texas Wesleyan Sr. Burleson, Texas
Thane Ringler The Master's (Calif.) Jr. Hutchinson, Kan.
Trevor Banks Virginia Intermont Sr. Lancaster, S.C.
Julian Taylor* William Woods (Mo.) So. York, England
Second Team
Name School Class Hometown
Chien Hau Tan Ashford (Iowa) Sr. Sabah, Malaysia
Conner Kozak British Columbia So. Vernon, B.C.
Ryan Odom Cal State San Marcos Fr. Corona, Calif.
Hugo Alvarez Asorey Cumberlands (Ky.) Jr. Oviedo, Spain
Damon Salo Johnson & Wales (Fla.) So. -
Colin Brennan Johnson & Wales (Fla.) Sr. Andover, Mass.
Hunter Vest Lee (Tenn.) Jr. Cleveland, Tenn.
Niel DuPreez* Lubbock Christian (Texas) Jr. Queenstown, South Africa
Neil Malenke Northwestern (Iowa) Jr. Orange City, Iowa
Anthony Marchesani Oklahoma City Fr. Rosebud, Australia
Billy Nisbet* SCAD Savannah (Ga.) Jr. Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Omar Tejeira St. Thomas (Fla.) Sr. Panama
Zach Cabra St. Thomas (Texas) So. McKinney, Texas
Dylan Anthony Texas Wesleyan Sr. Temple, Texas
Darryn Ellis Wayland Baptist (Texas) Sr. Durban, South Africa
Third Team
Name School Class Hometown
Ben Johnson Bethany (Kan.) So. West Sussex, England
Brady Klotz Bethel (Ind.) Sr. Nappanee, Ind.
Scott Secord British Columbia So. Calgary, Alberta
Jed Dalton Concordia (Ore.) Sr. Seattle, Wash.
Joel Sawyer Emmanuel (Ga.) So. Elberton, Ga.
Trey Stoll Grace (Ind.) Jr. Mentone, Ind.
Brandon Meltzer Johnson & Wales (Fla.) Sr. Garden City, N.Y.
Jordan Meltzer* Johnson & Wales (Fla.) Sr. Garden City, N.Y.
Trey Pfund Marian (Ind.) Sr. Sellersburg, Ind.
Brandon Thompson* Morningside (Iowa) So. Totland, England
Ryan Kiewiet Northwestern (Iowa) Jr. Grundy Center, Iowa
Derek Trofimczuk Northwood (Texas) So. Cameron Park, Calif.
Daniel Thompsett Rocky Mountain (Mont.) So. Aboyne, Scotland
Shane Gilbert Southwestern (Kan.) So. Derby, Kan.
Blake Vinson Texas Wesleyan Jr. Fort Worth, Texas
* - 2012 All-American

Lookouts Keep Rolling With 3-1 Win Over M-Braves Saturday

Edgar Corcino and the Lookouts pitching staff combined to send Chattanooga fans home happy on Fan Appreciation Night with a 3-1 win over the Mississippi Braves.  Corcino tripled in two runs to start the scoring in home half of the fourth Saturday. Ryan Walker and Travis Harrison came home to score on the big hit and gave the Lookouts a lead they would hold the rest of the ... (click for more)

Dalton State Women's Soccer Defeats Johnson & Wales University 4-2

The Dalton State women’s soccer team did it again. The Lady Roadrunners found themselves down by 2-0 at halftime against Johnson & Wales University (Fl.) “After making some adjustments during the break, I could tell the girls were fired up and hungry and I had a great feeling we would win the game,” said DS Coach Kerem Daser. “I guess you can call my ladies the comeback ... (click for more)

Family Forced From Home After Storm Blows Tree Down

As a severe thunderstorm blew through the Chattanooga area Sunday afternoon, high winds knocked down a large tree onto a house around  4 p.m.  at 1105 E. 13th Street. Captain David Thompson, Jr. said no one was injured, but the damage was severe enough that the family would have to stay elsewhere  tonight . Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Southeast ... (click for more)

Michael Wilson Back In Bradley County; Due In Court On Monday

Michael Wilson is back in Bradley County, and was escorted into the Correctional Facility around 8:15 p.m. Wilson’s first appearance in court will be on Monday, at 9 a.m. in the Bradley County General Sessions Courtroom at the Judicial Complex at 2290 Blythe Ave. Wilson was arrested last week, after e ndangered Bradley County child Skyla Wilson was found safe in Colorado ... (click for more)

Pedestrians Have The Right Of Way - And Response (3)

Often I visit Gold's Gym at Chestnut and 4th Street. I  park in the theater parking lot at Broad and 4th Street.  I depend on the walk signs to get me there safely.  Most days I almost get hit by someone turning left or right coming from the exit ramp off 27 or turning right on 4th street from Chestnut. This happened yesterday as I was almost mowed down by a garbage ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Girls - ‘I Can And I Will’

Every night after the Rodriguez girls went to sleep not that long ago in a grim, rat-infested basement apartment on Chicago’s South Side, their father – a boxing referee who came to America from Puerto Rico -- would kneel beside the girls’ bed and whisper in each child’s ear. Their parents made them sleep hot-dog style, tightly wrapped in the same sheet and pressed together to protect ... (click for more)