Wrestling Officials Annual Awards Dinner

Stevison, DeBien Honored

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

Cleveland's Chris DeBien was selected wrestler of the year and teammate Austin Stevison received the Bill Hodges Memorial Scholarship at the annual Chattanooga Wrestling Officials Association Awards Banquet Thursday night at Wally's in East Ridge.

DeBien, a junior, won his third state title last month at 126, while Stevison, a 2012 state champ, placed second at 132 as the Blue Raiders won the TSSAA D-I AAA state traditional team title. Stevison has signed to wrestle at UTC next school year.

Coach of the Year - Hixson's Garrick Hall is the coach of the year after leading the Wildcats to the inaugural D-I A-AA state traditional team championship.

Special Awards

Been Had - Jeff Rufolo was given the award for the second straight year

Horses Rear End - Jake Sewell, for disqualifying a Chattanooga Central wrestler for not having his singlet straps over his shoulders before the match

The Donnie Award - Andy Burroughs for being kicked in the face and having his glasses broke during a match.

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net


Amor, Etter Tie For Pro-Am Honors

Doug Amor and Bruce Etter each shot 76 and tied for low-pro honors recently in the Chattanooga Chapter TN PGA Pro-Am at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club. The Results: Low Professional: T1st: (76) Doug Amor & Bruce Etter 3rd: (78) Richard Rebne Professional Skins: Bruce Etter #2 & #15, Nathan Schlie #4 & #9, Tad Holley #3, Thomas Campbell #10 ... (click for more)

Lee Competes In Tennessee Rust Buster Track Meet

The Lee University Track & Field teams finished their weekend with a trip to the University of Tennessee Rust Buster at Tom Black Track. The two squads combined to reach two new provisional marks and improve upon another. Adrian Martin met the provisional standard in the 200-meter dash with a fifth-place time of 24.24. The time to beat was 24.53. She also placed sixth (12.00) ... (click for more)

Robert Driver Jr. Shot At Bar Near Hamilton Place On Sunday Night

A man was shot at a bar near Hamilton Place Mall on Sunday night. At approximately  9:51 p.m.,  Chattanooga Police officers responded to the report of a person shot in the parking lot of Bar Louie located at 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.   Responding officers located 34-year-old Robert Driver Jr. suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local ... (click for more)

1 Person Killed In 3-Car Accident In Dalton On Saturday

There was a fatal three-vehicle crash on the South Bypass in Dalton just south of Sawgrass Drive  on Saturday  at approximately  4:30 pm . The crash happened when the driver of a black Ford Mustang traveling southbound on the bypass for some reason left its lane of travel and crossed over the center line and hit a 2004 Chevy Silverado truck head on. ... (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret - And Response

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: This Library Comes Alive

I am pretty positive that I haven’t stepped foot in a library in the last 50 years. Between the ever-widening Internet, with all of its search engines and infinite resources, I have got about as much use for a library as I would if I read a book about a transgender person. I have neither the time or inclination. Be like trying to teach a pig to sing – the pig always get bored. ... (click for more)