Adams, Dixon-Shourd Inductees To Bradley Bearette Hall Of Fame

Ceremony To Be Held Between Games Tonight At Smiddy Arena

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - by Special to Chattanoogan.com

Bradley Central will induct two former players into the Bearette Hall of Fame between games pitting District 5-AAA rivals Bradley and McMinn County tonight at Jim Smiddy Arena.

Jody Adams and Sandra (Dixon) Shourd are the inductees.

A current Bearettes player, senior Brooke Copeland, is in line for another honor – she’s a candidate for the McDonald’s All-American Team. If selected for this year’s nationally televised games to be played at the United Center in Chicago in April, the University of Florida signee will be among the top players picked to fill rosters for 24 girls teams, according to the Cleveland Daily Banner.

Player selections will be announced on Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.

Adams, daughter of former Bradley baseball coach Joe Adams, played at Bradley Central and then for Pat Summitt at Tennessee. She is currently the head women’s basketball coach at Wichita State and the Lady Shockers have a 13-2 record. She has coached the Lady Shockers for six years.

At Bradley from 1987-89, Adams scored a 2,478 career points and was an all-state pick all three seasons of varsity play. She earned all-America selections to Street & Smith, Converse and USA her senior season before signing with Tennessee, where she was a member of the Lady Vols’ 1991 national championship team.

Adams was a student assistant at Tennessee and had assistant positions at Auburn, Wake Forest, Minnesota, Missouri-Kansas City and Southern Illinois before landing her first head coaching job at Murray State in 2007.

Shourd played for the legendary Smiddy from 1968-71 when girls teams played the old six-on-six style of basketball. The Bearettes and Shourd won a state title in 1970.

Copeland, a 6-foot-2-inch post, earned all-state honors in basketball and volleyball as a junior, has put up double-double numbers the past two seasons. She has scored 1,900-plus points and led the Bearettes to a 103-16 record so far this season.

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 



Hamilton Heights Teams Romp In NACA National Tourney

Hamilton Heights’ boys’ and girls’ teams posted opening-round, late-night victories in the NACA Division I national tournament at Fort Bluff in Dayton, Tennessee, on Wednesday. The Hawks (23-7) defeated Mountain Mission of Grundy, Virginia, 60-36, and the Lady Hawks blasted New Hope from Landover, Maryland, 69-34. Coach Zach Ferrell’s Hawks built a 20-15 lead, but took ... (click for more)

Randy Smth: My Mistakes And Grant Williams

At the ripe old age of 66 years old, soon to be 67, I find myself making more mistakes than I used to make; many more. In a column I wrote last week about the Howard-Riverside rivalry, I referred to one of the key figures on the great Riverside squads as Sylvester Davenport. Davenport actually was a star at Soddy-Daisy in the early 1970s. The 6'-7" player to whom I was thinking ... (click for more)

City Officials Believe Fish Kill In Small Creek In Hixson Is Related To Weather Changes

City officials said they believe a fish kill in a Hixson Creek is related to weather changes. Officials said, "The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is presently investigating the cause of the large numbers of dead fish seen in a wet weather conveyance that runs into the Tennessee River. At this point, officials believe that the cause is related to weather   occurrences earlier ... (click for more)

East Ridge Council Approves Funding For $2.3 Million Camp Jordan Upgrade; Christopher Harris Chosen As Administrative Hearing Officer

The city of East Ridge is continuing to make improvements and upgrades in the city’s appearance and facilities. At the Jan. 11 city council meeting, approval was given for moving forward to make improvements at Camp Jordan Park. This overhaul for the 40-year-old park includes upgrades to restrooms, concessions, fencing, bleachers, grading baseball and softball fields, turfing the ... (click for more)

Reflections On Billy Graham

Sandra and I are saddened this morning after learning of the death of Billy Graham. We rejoice today, because Mr. Graham once said "It will be reported that Billy Graham has died, but that won't be the truth. He said the truth is that he had only moved to a new location".  I remember when we named 15th Street as Billy Graham Avenue, his daughter Gigi came for the dedication ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We’re The Angriest State

WalletHub, a financial-health website that has found it can draw a lot of attention by ranking the states on which is “fattest,” smartest, and so forth, has just announced its “sinful” rating and Tennessee churches should be ashamed of the job they are doing in making the Volunteer State a haven for puritans. Then again, our tourism may soon explode … remember Sodom & Gomorrah. ... (click for more)