Chattanooga State Softball Team Finishes Third In National Tournament

Monday, May 19, 2014

After finishing third in the Region VII tournament in 2013, the Lady Tigers were hungry for more and got close enough to taste it before falling to the team that beat them not once, but twice – Central Florida, dashing any chance of bringing home the tournament title. The Lady Tigers took third place in the 2014 National NJCAA Division I Softball Tournament during play at St. George, Utah.

Two ChattState players were honored at the tournament.

Sophomore 3rd baseman Khadija Neely from Roanoke, AL was awarded Defensive Player of the Tournament and freshman outfielder Courtney Crawford from Ft. Oglethorpe, GA was awarded All Tournament.

Fighting their way to the top began with a 10-1 victory over 13th seed Darton State on May 14. Next, they defeated 12th seed North Central Texas 11-4 on May 15 before falling to 8th seed Central Florida 4-2 on May 16. Now in the losers bracket, the Lady Tigers still had a chance at the title and hung on through a 2-0 win against 6th seed Odessa and a 10-3 win against 7th seed Southern Union State before the final fall to nemesis Central Florida 6-3 on May 17, the final day of the tournament. In the end, Central Florida fell to first-time tournament winners Angelina College of Lufkin, Texas.

Chattanooga State Community College softball has a long illustrious history of success. Blythe Golden, head coach, Amanda Brooke Lindsey and Caitlin Ortiz, assistant coaches, coach the Lady Tigers Softball team. Kim Smith serves as athletic director and Dr. James L. Catanzaro is president. For more information about ChattState softball, visit

Moc Golfers Tied For Second At Palmetto Intercollegiate

The Chattanooga Mocs women’s golf team opened with four-over par 292 in the Palmetto Intercollegiate first round. That puts the ladies tied with Coastal Carolina, two shots behind Ole Miss at +2.   Sophomore Monica San Juan is tied for first individually at 2-under 70. She placed five birdies on her card including two in a crucial stretch late in the round.   The ... (click for more)

Lee Women Win, Men Tie Delta State

After playing a scoreless first half with visiting Delta State, McKenzie Bricker scored in the 64th minute and Lauren Peters assured the victory with a goal in the 89 minute as Lee improved to 9-1-0 in Gulf South Conference play and 12-2-1 overall with the 2-0 decision over the Lady Statesmen.    It was Senior Day on a perfect Sunday afternoon for soccer, but Lee head ... (click for more)

Howard Simmons, 47, Shot And Killed In St. Elmo Monday Morning; Police Interview Person Of Interest

Howard Simmons, 47, was shot and killed in St. Elmo Monday morning. Police said they had interviewed a person of interest in the slaying. Chattanooga Police at 8:30 a.m. responded to a person shot at the 5000 block of Florida Ave. Upon police arrival the victim, Simmons, had already succumbed to his injuries. Ms. Simmons suffered at least one gunshot wound. At this time ... (click for more)

Erlanger To Open Cancer Center On Gunbarrel Road At East Campus

Work is set to begin soon on construction of a new Cancer Center by Erlanger Health System at its Gunbarrel Road East Campus. Erlanger is joining with a development firm, Chatt East 3 LLC of Alabama, on the four-story project located just south of Women's East Hospital on a wooded five-acre tract. Erlanger will be leasing the bottom three floors at a rate of $16.05 per square ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Testerman Forum

I badly misjudged how long it would take me to do my “early voting.” I was in-and-out in no time so I got to the Hamilton County School Board’s agenda meeting well enough beforehand to have an “educational forum” with board member David Testerman. If you haven’t noticed, forums and summits and “community enlightenment” groups are the new rage and, as my friend David laughed, “They ... (click for more)