By Ed Greif
Stone Memorial senior Brock Rowan added to a growing list of honors Thursday, as he was named to the PrepXtra Boys First Team by the Knoxville NewsSentinel.
Rowan burned the nets for 117 three-point baskets as a senior and 388 for his career for the Panthers, which qualified for back-to-back state tournament appearances during his sophomore and junior seasons.
Rowan averaged 19 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game this season, and will continue his career at Shorter University in 2013-'14.
Last Friday, I had the opportunity to play in a fund-raising golf outing for the UTC Moc football team at The Champions Club at Hampton Creek near Ooltewah.
Kudos goes to former Mocs Johnny Owens and Donnie Lepard for organizing the tournament with Chattanooga Coach Russ Huesman and his staff. The tournament is held the Friday before the Blue and Gold game which caps spring practice.
Kudos, also, to David Vaughn, head PGA professional at the club, for figuring out how to play the tournament, as the course was unplayable due to flooding because of the heavy rain which drenched the area.
With 13 of the 18 holes inaccessible due to flood waters, the tournament was played over holes 1, 2, 3, 9 and 10, twice, making par 38 (19 for the five holes). The winning score was 10-under par 28.
Jerry Walker, Geoge Mooney, Bob Lambert and I finished with a five-under-par 33, which fell in the middle of the pack.
Huesman and his staff were on the course delivering drinks and making everyone feel right at home.
It was a nice to see former Mocs Jerry Walker, Lance Pettus, Tom and Gary Patrick, Bryon Coleman, Vince Stafford, Bob Lambert, Bob Hurst, George Moody and Dr. Frank Trundle, whose team won the tournament. Dr. Reed Sanderlin, former UTC golf coach and teacher of mine, also played. Coleman is father of Green Bay Packer and former Moc quarterback B.J. Coleman. There were are a lot of memories being relived Friday afternoon.
Speaking of Chattanooga, David Blackburn was introduced as the school's new vice chancellor and athletic director Tuesday afternoon. Blackburn was senior associate athletic director at the University of Tennessee and is a native of Philadelphia, TN. He and his wife, Andrea, have two daughters, Emma (15) and Charlee (3).
Blackburn's biggest task is to find a men's and women's basketball coach, since Moc coach John Shulman was relieved off his duties and Lady Moc coach Wes Moore is now the head coach at North Carolina State.
As of Wednesday morning, there were 96 men registered for the 2013 Tennessee Senior State Open, May 13-14 at Stonehenge. There will be two divisions — a regular senior division for those 50-64 and a super senior division for those 65 and older.
Also, there were 12 amateurs and two professionals already registered for the Tennessee Women's State Open at Stonehenge, July 19-21. Vanderbilt senior Lauren Stratten is the defending champion. I expect her to back to defend her championship, along Lady Commodore teammate and former champion Kendal Martindale to be in the field.
With Dr. Donald Andrews being named as Cumberland County's new director of schools, I hope he can work with both high school principals, athletic directors and coaches and the elementary principals and coaches to improve the elementary athletic programs in Cumberland County. He officially takes over July 1.
There is now countywide elementary soccer, baseball, softball and volleyball in place, but there still needs to be change to a middle school format for football and basketball.
There will never be state championships in football or basketball unless some improvement are made. SMHS boys and girls came up one victory short of making the championship games in 2011-'12.
Both CCHS and SMHS have lost in the opening rounds of the football playoffs, and will be in the same district for the next four school years.
Qualified teachers who want to be head coaches must be hired to coach on the elementary level. Zoning is in place for the elementary schools which needs to be enforced. If a student wants to attend a certain elementary school, his or her parents need to move into that zone.
The county elementary schools should join the TMSAA, which has rules to govern elementary and middle school athletics.
(Ed Greif is the Chronicle sports editor and his column appears periodically.)