The Martin Methodist Women’s Basketball team picked up a victory and the men suffered a heartbreaking defeat as the teams split an SSAC doubleheader Thursday night.


In the opener, the RedHawks never trailed as they claimed a 74-47 victory versus William Carey University.


10 different RedHawks scored in the victory, led by Faith Sherrow’s 14. Keely Ellison added 11 in the win.

 

In the nightcap, the RedHawk men missed a potential game-tying free throw with 5.2 seconds left in an eventual 65-63 defeat to #14 ranked William Carey.


Jordan Olison led the RedHawks with 19 points, while Mook Mason added 13. Big man Chike Augustine had a career-high 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the defeat.

 

Both teams will celebrate Senior Day this Saturday when they host Loyola University-New Orleans. The teams will recognize their seniors in between games of the doubleheader, which begins at 2 p.m.

Rowdy RedHawk won the 2019 SSAC Mascot Challenge, defeating Claws of Bethel University by a score of 1,616 to 1,378 in the finals.


The title is the first ever for Rowdy in the three-year competition. Claws had won the previous two SSAC Mascot Challenges.


Voting for all three rounds took place via polls on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram stories. In all, 9,760 votes were cast in the challenge.


Rowdy claimed more votes in two of the three social media platforms versus Claws.


“We are excited that our RedHawk fans, both new and old, pulled together on social media to help Rowdy earn his first ever Mascot Challenge title,” RedHawks Executive Director of Athletics Jeff Bain said.

Boater Chad Aaron of Lawrenceburg caught five bass Saturday weighing 25 pounds, 14 ounces, to win the FLW Bass Fishing League Choo Choo Division tournament on Lake Guntersville.


For his win, Aaron earned $4,363.


Another Lawrenceburg boater claimed 5th in the tournament, Scott Towry caught five bass weighing 21 pounds 10 ounces and took home $833.

Martin Methodist College inducted Dana Davis and Tom Thurman as the two newest members of its prestigious Sports Hall of Fame, adding them to an elite group featuring 60-plus inductees that include former Olympians, National Champions and school record holders.


Dana Davis was one of the most reliable and dependable student workers in the athletic department’s history. Davis served as both student assistant and student trainer for four seasons with Women’s Basketball and three with Softball. Additionally, she spent two seasons as trainer with the RedHawk soccer programs.


Tom Thurman excelled in both baseball and tennis at Martin Methodist, playing for both Coach Kermit Smith and Jimmy Earle. In addition to his time on the field of play, Thurman was also a member of the Gamma Beta Phi honor society.

Tennessee High School Mr and Miss Basketball winners will be announced in mid-March in conjunction with the TSSAA state basketball tournaments in Murfreesboro.


This year, one of last year’s winners and another local player are nominated.


Marshall County's K.J. Johnson (Class AA boys), who on the award last year is nominated again this year, along with first time nominee, Karly Weathers (Class A girls) of Loretto.

The Martin Methodist Basketball teams claimed victories over Blue Mountain College last night.


The RedHawk women improved to 16-9 on the year and 10-5 in the league with a 76-52 victory. Junior guard Brooklyn Blanchard led the way with 18 points and 10 assists for her first career double-double. Senior Keely Ellison added 14 points in the win.


The RedHawk men snapped a three-game losing skid with their 76-68 victory versus Blue Mountain. Junior forward Isaiah Blacksmith led the way with 15 points and 11 rebounds in his first-ever RedHawk double-double. Senior guard Jordan Olison added 19 points.

In High School Hoops last night the Richland Lady Raiders shutdown The Huntland Lady Hornets…70 to 46. Jessie Jennings tossed-in 21 points, Riley Neely added 17 in the win.


In the nightcap, the Raiders made it a sweep on the evening with a 61 to 54 win over the Hornets. Logan Helton and Daniel Nicholson each had 17 points in the win.

Tennessee Head Football Coach Jeremy Pruitt is just a little excited with the latest news for the Vols.


In Pruitt’s efforts to rebuild at Tennessee, The Vols claimed three big recruiting wins with Five-star offensive lineman Darnell Wright and four-star linebacker Henry To'oto'o (two Oh Toe), both chose the Tennessee Vols on National Signing Day 2019.


In addition, Kenney Solomon a three-star senior cornerback from Myrtle Beach, announced Wednesday afternoon that he has committed to Tennessee, choosing the Vols over Rutgers, Louisville and Colorado on National Signing Day.

In Recent High School Basketball Action..

The Richland Lady Raiders made quick work out of Mt Pleasant…78 to 16. Riley Neely led the way with 25 points, Jessie Jennings tossed-in 18.
Mt Pleasant turned the tables in the nightcap beating the Richland Raiders…62 to 59. Logan Helton had 14, Daniel Nicholson added 13.

The Giles County Bobcats lost to Murfreesboro Central Magnet…52 to 39, There was no score reported in the Ladies Contest.