Sportspourri: Racing, wrestling & more ...
Feb 22, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Sports notes from around the region through Feb. 18:• Blountville driver Nate Monteith finished 19th in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model portion of the inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach on Monday, Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway. Monteith started the race in 16th and climbed up to fifth before a blown engine on lap 106 stopped his charge. Kyle Larson won the event.• Sullivan South senior Samantha Hammonds captured the 125-pound girls championship on Saturday at the TSSAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 17 in Franklin, Tenn. Hammonds won the title with a 1:25 pin over Pigeon Forge’s Chelsea Vamedoe. Hammonds had to beat two competitors on the way to the finals, which she did with pins of 42 seconds and 2:49. Dobyns-Bennett’s Bryson Begley won both his matches to grab a third-place finish in the boys’ 195-pound weight class.• J.I. Burton’s Colby Dean made history at the VHSL Group A state wrestling tournament in Salem, Va., by winning four titles. On Saturday, Feb. 17, Dean edged Parry McCluer’s Nathan Tomlin 5-3 in the championship match. Colby’s younger brother, Logan Dean, also made it to a title match in 170 but lost to Clarke County’s Ben Wallace by a 7-4 decision.• Former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt became the newest recipient of the New York Athletic Club’s Winged Foot Legends Award on Tuesday, Feb. 11. The award recognizes coaches and other individuals who were particularly influential within the sport of college basketball. Summitt stepped down as the Lady Vols’ head coach last April after announcing in 2011 that she has early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. She won 1,098 games and eight national titles in 38 seasons, giving her the most career Division I wins of any men’s or women’s coach in history.