Dalton State Signs Walton High’s Lisa Van Der Ross

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Lisa van der Ross inked on the DS campus. Seated from left, Colin van der Ross, father; Lisa van der Ross and Rene van der Ross, mother. Standing, Dalton State golf coaches Jim McGrew, Marsha Whitener, and Ben Rickett.
Lisa van der Ross inked on the DS campus. Seated from left, Colin van der Ross, father; Lisa van der Ross and Rene van der Ross, mother. Standing, Dalton State golf coaches Jim McGrew, Marsha Whitener, and Ben Rickett.

Dalton State golf coaches have been busy this week. The Roadrunners have now picked-up former Walton High golfer Lisa van der Ross.

“I love the homely feel that Dalton State had the moment I walked on campus,” said van der Ross. “The people are so friendly and I get to continue playing a sport that I love.”

Van der Ross, 18, is a 2013 honor graduate (3.6 GPA) who plans to major in business and finance. She played in AAAAA regional and state tournaments during both years on the Raiders’ varsity golf team.

Dalton state women’s coach Jim McGrew sees a winner in the Johannesburg, South Africa native. ”She is an outstanding student with the potential on the golf course to help us become a championship program,” said McGrew.

Lisa is the daughter of Rene and Colin van der Ross of Marietta. She has one brother, Darryn van der Ross, 23.

Dalton State golf teams will play their home games at The Farm, one of the most prestigious courses in the state. The team also has an excellent relationship with Dalton Golf and Country Club and with Nob North Municipal Course.   


3 Months Of Ripken Experience: 363 Teams, 23 States, $6.7 Million

The first three months of youth baseball tournaments at the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge have been everything the city expected – and perhaps more. “Baseball lives on statistics, and the numbers coming out of the Ripken Experience are awesome. Visitor spending of $6.7 million in Pigeon Forge is simply wonderful,” said Eric Brackins, Pigeon Forge assistant city manager, who ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: Taking Off The Bracelet

"God doesn't take things away to be cruel. He takes things away to make room for other things. He takes things away to lighten us. He takes things away so we can fly." - Pat Summitt Since the spring of 2012 I have worn an orange and blue bracelet with the words, "Fierce Courage" on one side, and Coach Pat Summitt's signature on the other. For more than four years, that bracelet ... (click for more)

Blakemore, Corbett, Rachels Charged In Red Bank Heroin Death

Three Chattanooga residents have been charged with distribution of heroin that led to the death of an individual in Red Bank in February. Authorities have cited a recent rise in heroin abuse in the Chattanooga area, causing several overdose deaths, including three in one recent weekend.   A federal grand jury on Tuesday returned a superseding indictment charging ... (click for more)

Teen Shot Multiple Times On 4th Avenue; 2nd Youth Shot Twice On Pinewood Avenue; Woman Shot Twice On 25th Street

A teen was shot multiple times on 4th Avenue on Monday night. The victim was 19-year-old JaMarcus Davis. A second teen, 18-year-old Jaylain Ballard, was shot twice early Tuesday morning on Pinewood Avenue. Marion Heard, 45, was shot twice early Tuesday morning on 25th Street. In the first incident, Chattanooga Police responded at 7:20 p.m. to the area of the 2600 block ... (click for more)

General Bell: Chattanooga Needs The Coolidge Medal Of Honor Heritage Center - And Response (7)

I'm pleased and indeed compelled to let you know a bit more about the exciting and most honorable "Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center" planned for Coolidge Park.     Here's what the Heritage Center will be:  It will be a fitting capstone for Chattanooga's Coolidge Park on Northshore in downtown Chattanooga.  While this exceptional Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Pat Summitt’s Dash

In 1996 a woman named Linda Ellis wrote one of life’s most beautiful poems. Called “The Dash,” its first two verses read like this: “I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end. “He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke the following date with tears, but he said what ... (click for more)