Weather Ousts Bryan Softball Team In NAIA National Tournament

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

 The Bryan College softball team was scheduled to play Auburn Montgomery Wednesday in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round.  However, due to heavy rainfall and continued inclement weather in Montgomery, Ala., the championship game of the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round – Auburn Montgomery bracket has been rained out.  The NAIA requires each Opening Round champion to be determined by Wednesday. Based on the pre-established inclement weather policy for all NAIA Opening Round sites, the Warhawks were deemed the champions as the highest-seeded undefeated team.  Therefore, the Lions season has come to an unfortunate end.

The Lions had a tremendous run in to the tournament.  Not only was this their first time to make the National Tournament Opening Round, but they won two games.  The softball team ends the season with an overall record of 31-23, the best record in the programs short history.

Bryan Head Coach Rocky Stinson stated, "You hate that the game isn't left up to the girls to win or lose, but to nature herself. It is tough leaving Montgomery with 'what ifs' and 'could have beens' instead of playing. It truly hurts to watch those that didn't get to leave it out there today as there final game was a wash out. They will never know how deeply it hurt to watch the rain pour as they let us know we had no alternative. This group has set an outstanding bar and achieved more in a season than some programs accomplish in decades. It's a bitter sweet feeling, but I hope the seniors understand that they have laid the groundwork for future success. I'm so proud of our group, and it will be tough to replace that maturity."

Prep Volleyball Schedule

Aug. 27  Baylor at Signal Mountain Warren County at Grundy County Aug. 28 Bledsoe County at Notre Dame Boyd-Buchanan at CGLA Bradley Central at East Hamilton Howard at Central CCS at Hixson CSAS at Copper Basin Grace at Silverdale Grundy County at Whitwell Lookout Valley at Sale Creek Central, Ooltewah, Sequoyah at McMinn Central ... (click for more)

Brandon Morgan: UTC's O-Line Veteran

It’s a family tradition in the Morgan household to play in the trenches where the football wars are won or lost on gridirons in the fall. And it has been a successful tradition. Owner of a deep voice and pleasant smile along with solid football technique on his 6-2, 300-pound frame, Mocs redshirt junior Brandon Morgan and his O-Line (Offensive ... (click for more)

City, County Pull The Plug On Downtown Shooting Range

City and county officials have decided to keep the police firing range at Moccasin Bend rather than building an expensive new indoor facility at the former Farmers Market property. County Mayor Jim Coppinger said Sheriff Jim Hammond and new Police Chief Fred Fletcher met recently and decided to "pull the plug" on the project. He said officers felt that the Moccasin Bend range ... (click for more)

Reception Honors County's 2nd-Longest Serving Employee

General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck, at a County Courthouse reception, asked anyone who was working at the courthouse in 1966 to raise their hand. Only Circuit Court Clerk Paula Thompson was able to do so. Judge Shattuck said he believes only Edna Camp of the Criminal Court clerk's office, has been at the courthouse longer. Ms. Thompson did not seek re-election, ... (click for more)

Vote No On Health Insurance Changes Affecting County Teachers

Our Hamilton County School Board will vote on insurance changes effecting both active employees and retirees, who are not on Medicare at this time.  HCEA strongly objects to changes being made at this time and urges a “No” vote.  Insurance had been frozen three years by negotiations.  Since the Educators Professional Negotiations Act was nullified by the 2011 Legislature, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)