UTM softball signee
is best in Indiana
UT Martin softball signee Morgan Lewis was named the Gatorade Indiana Softball Player of the Year last week.
The award, in its 25th year, recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.
Lewis is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year award announced later this month.
The 5-foot-9 right-handed pitcher owned a 29-1 record this season with a 0.27 earned run average, leading the Lutheran High School Saints (32-1) to the Class 1A state championship game.
In the classroom, Lewis has maintained a 3.78 grade point average.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ cross country, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, baseball, softball and boys’ and girls’ track and field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport.
Bass champ VanDam
hoists Paris trophy
Reigning BassMaster Classic champion Kevin VanDam added another trophy to his collection on Saturday in Paris.
The Kalamazoo, Mich., native and No. 1 ranked fisherman in the world won the Tennessee Triumph Bass Tournament with a four-day total of 92 pounds, five ounces at the Kentucky Lake event.
The victory was the 17th on the BASS circuit for VanDam.
VanDam earned a purse of $100,000 for the victory. Edwin evers of Talala, Okla., was second with 85 pounds, 12 ounches of fish, while Terry Butcher, also of Talala came in third with a four-day total of 78 pounds, 15 ounces.
UT Martin baseball
adds Briarcrest pitcher
UT Martin baseball coach Bubba Cates has added Briarcrest’s Cody Miller to his 2010 recruiting class.
Miller, whose fastball has been clocked at over 90 miles per hour, was 3-5 with two saves and a 3.00 earned run average. He helped his team to a fourth-place finish the TSSAA Division II-AA State Tournament.
Miller is playing summer baseball for Dulins Dodgers and, after the first week of the season, the right-hander has been used in relief for three innings. He recorded four strikeouts and has not allowed an earned run.
Ex-Lady Vol Jackson
arrested for 2nd time
CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Tennessee Lady Vol Brittany Jackson has been arrested on a drunken driving and related charges, her second arrest in three weeks.
Police in Cleveland said a vehicle driven by the 26-year-old Jackson hit another vehicle from the rear last Tuesday and she then left the scene on foot.
According to the Cleveland Daily Banner, she is scheduled for a hearing in General Sessions Court July 20 on charges of drunken driving and attempting to leave the scene of an accident.
On May 19, she and her sister were charged with assaulting a woman on the Tennessee Wesleyan College campus in Athens in what police called a domestic incident.
Jackson played for the Lady Vols from 2001 to 2005. In a statement released through attorney Jim Logan, she said she has used “poor and inappropriate judgment” recently.