TSWA announces Player of the Week honors

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MEN’S BASKETBALL: Austin Peay’s Taylor earns as TSWA award winner
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
– Austin Peay’s Terry Taylor earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week accolades, netting 33.5 points and 13.0 rebounds in two games for the Governors.

The Bowling Green, Ky., native started the week with 25 points and eight boards, hitting 10-of-17 field goals with a pair of 3-pointers in a two-point loss to Murray State. The sophomore then exploded for 42 points and 18 boards in a win at Morehead State, connecting on 15-of-28 shots overall with five 3-pointers. He added 7-for-9 at the foul line.

The 42 points marks the most by a player in the OVC this season, besting the mark set earlier this month by Belmont’s Dylan Windler and was the first 40-point game by a Governor since Derek Wright in a triple-overtime contest against Southeast Missouri on January 29, 2008.  It marked the ninth double-double of the season for Taylor, who passed the 500-point mark for the season against Morehead State, becoming only the second player in APSU history to score 500 points in each of their first two seasons, joining James “Fly” Williams.

Taylor averages 20.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per game this season.

2018-19 TSWA MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
November 13 – Tyree Boykin, Union University
November 20 – Grant Teichmann, Carson-Newman
November 27 – Grant Williams, Tennessee
December 4 – Chris Porter-Bunton, Austin Peay
December 11 – Admiral Schofield, Tennessee
December 18 – Terry Taylor, Austin Peay
December 24 – Kyvon Davenport, Memphis
December 31 – Jordan Bone, Tennessee
January 9 – Dylan Windler, Belmont
January 16 – Grant Teichmann, Carson-Newman
January 23 – Donovan Donaldson, Tusculum University
January 29 – Garrison Mathews, Lipscomb
February 7 – Dylan Windler, Belmont
February 14 – Dylan Windler, Belmont

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Union’s Martin garners TSWA weekly honor
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
– Union University’s Morgan Martin posted Tennessee Sports Writers Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors, averaging 22.7 points and 11.7 rebounds in three games for the Bulldogs.

The Davenport, Iowa, native posted 28 points and 21 rebounds in a victory over Christian Brothers, hitting 10-of-12 field goals and 8-for-9 at the foul line. The graduate transfer followed that with 26 points and seven boards versus the University of Montevallo, connecting on 11-of-14 shots overall and 4-of-5 free throws.

Martin concluded the week with 14 points and seven caroms against West Alabama, making 8-for-9 at the foul line. She registered five total blocks in the three victories as well, upping Union’s record this season to 25-1. She averages 17.0 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game this year.

2018-19 TSWA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
November 13 – Mika Wester, Carson-Newman
November 20 – Kayla Marosites, Carson-Newman
November 27 – Rennia Davis, Tennessee
December 4 – Klaire Varney, Maryville College
December 11 – Evina Westbrook, Tennessee
December 18 – Kori West, King University
December 24 – Jenny Roy, Belmont
December 31 – Ellie Harmeyer, Belmont
January 9 – Klaire Varney, Maryville College
January 16 – Britton Boyer, Trevecca University
January 23 – Kayla Marosites, Carson-Newman
January 29 – Morgan Martin, Union University
February 7 – Haris Price, Carson-Newman
February 14 – Haris Price, Carson-Newman

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BASEBALL: Bryan’s Burris, Sewanee’s Holland recognized with TSWA weekly accolades
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
– Bryan College’s Lake Burris and Sewanee’s Trey Holland were named the Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association for their efforts in contests from February 11-17.

Burris batted .615 (8-for-13) in four games for the Lions, posting a double, four home runs, 10 RBIs and seven runs scored. The Chatsworth, Ga., native hit a two-run homer among two hits in a 7-6 victory over Cumberland University and belted three home runs in a three-game series versus Indiana University-Southeast.

The senior belted a pair of solo homers and scored three times in a 10-8 loss to IUS. He was 3-for-4 with a double, one home run and five RBIs in the series finale. For the season Burris is batting .357 with seven homers and 19 RBIs along with 12 runs scored in 12 games this season for 15th-ranked Bryan.

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Holland tossed seven shutout innings against MacMurray College, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out a career-high 11 batters. The lefthander retired the last 14 batters of the game, six via the strikeout, after working in-and-out of trouble in the first two-plus innings thanks to a walk, an error, two balks and a passed ball.

The Durham, N.C., native has now tossed 12 shutout frames in two starts this year with 17 strikeouts and has not allowed an earned run in his last 23 innings dating to last season. Holland is 2-0 with one complete game and just three hits allowed in the two outings.

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SOFTBALL: Carson-Newman’s Fiessinger, Belmont’s Lee selected for TSWA weekly honors
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
– Carson-Newman’s Abby Fiessinger and Belmont’s Brooklin Lee received Player and Pitcher of the Week accolades, respectively, from the Tennessee Sportswriters Association for their efforts in contests from February 11-17.

Fiessinger popped up to shortstop in her first at-bat and then posted eight straight hits over three games for the Eagles, collecting two home runs, five RBIs and five runs scored. The Benton, Ky., native homered among three hits and scored twice against Lander University and was 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored in the first of two contests versus Claflin University.

She followed that with a 3-for-3 performance with another home run, two RBIs and two runs scored against Claflin. Fiessinger is batting .615 (16-for-26) with two doubles, three homers, eight RBIs and nine runs scored in nine games this season.

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Lee posted two victories and one save in three appearances for the Bruins, opening the season with a complete-game no-hitter against Ball State. The junior righthander walked four, hit a batter and struck out nine in the 5-0 win against the Cardinals.

The Burns, Tenn., native tossed six innings in a victory against Drexel, giving up one run on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts. In the final game of the tournament in Madeira Beach, Fla., she posted a save thanks to six strikeouts over three innings.

Windler, Price garner second straight TSWA award honors

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MEN’S BASKETBALL: Belmont’s Windler repeats as TSWA award winner
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
– Belmont University’s Dylan Windler earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week accolades, posting 30.5 points and 13.0 rebounds in a pair of victories for the Bruins.

The Indianapolis, Ind., native registered 20 points and 14 rebounds along with five assists, hitting 9-of-18 shots with a pair of 3-pointers at Eastern Kentucky. The senior followed that with a career-high 41 points on 12-of-20 shooting, including eight 3-pointers, at Morehead State, recording 12 rebounds and three steals. He scored 16 points in the final 4:56 of the first half and 11 in the final 3:31 of regulation in the 96-86 win.

His 41 points represented the most points scored by any player in the OVC this season and was one shy of the Belmont NCAA Division I era single-game scoring record.

Windler ranks among OVC leaders in 10 statistical categories, including third in scoring and first in rebounding. He entered February as one of only five players nationally averaging at least 19.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.

2018-19 TSWA MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
November 13 – Tyree Boykin, Union University
November 20 – Grant Teichmann, Carson-Newman
November 27 – Grant Williams, Tennessee
December 4 – Chris Porter-Bunton, Austin Peay
December 11 – Admiral Schofield, Tennessee
December 18 – Terry Taylor, Austin Peay
December 24 – Kyvon Davenport, Memphis
December 31 – Jordan Bone, Tennessee
January 9 – Dylan Windler, Belmont
January 16 – Grant Teichmann, Carson-Newman
January 23 – Donovan Donaldson, Tusculum University
January 29 – Garrison Mathews, Lipscomb
February 7 – Dylan Windler, Belmont

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Carson-Newman’s Price garners second straight TSWA weekly honor
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
– Carson-Newman’s Haris Price posted Tennessee Sports Writers Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors, averaging 25.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.5 steals in two Eagles victories.

The Gatlinburg, Tenn., native scored 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including 6-for-8 from 3-point range, in a win against Mars Hill University, adding six assists, five rebounds and two steals. The senior guard then netted a game-high 23 points, connecting on 8-of-13 field goals against Coker, recording eight rebounds, five steals and three assists in 23 minutes.

Price moved into ninth place on the all-time scoring list at Carson-Newman with 1,263 points. She is averaging 25 points on 60 percent shooting overall and 49 percent (29-for-49) from 3-point range since the calendar turned to 2019.

2018-19 TSWA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
November 13 – Mika Wester, Carson-Newman
November 20 – Kayla Marosites, Carson-Newman
November 27 – Rennia Davis, Tennessee
December 4 – Klaire Varney, Maryville College
December 11 – Evina Westbrook, Tennessee
December 18 – Kori West, King University
December 24 – Jenny Roy, Belmont
December 31 – Ellie Harmeyer, Belmont
January 9 – Klaire Varney, Maryville College
January 16 – Britton Boyer, Trevecca University
January 23 – Kayla Marosites, Carson-Newman
January 29 – Morgan Martin, Union University
February 7 – Haris Price, Carson-Newman

TSWA announces 2019 Hall of Fame class

Dan Morris

Dan Morris

One man spent his entire career at The Jackson Sun while another spent more than 40 years running the sports department at The Greeneville Sun. And the third member of the 2019 Hall of Fame Class for the Tennessee Sports Writers Association started working at The Tennessean as a teenager and has never left. Dan Morris, the late Tiny Day and Mike Organ are the newest members of the TSWA Hall of Fame, president Tom Kreager announced Tuesday. The trio will be inducted July 11 in a ceremony at Cumberland University in Lebanon.

Morris is a native of Ashland City and started as a sports writer at The Jackson Sun in July 1974 at the age of 21. But Morris already had started working at the Sun while at Tennessee Martin. He married in June 1982 and never left Jackson. Morris was sports writer and sports editor covering youth, high school and college sports. He also covered Al Geiberger shooting a PGA-record 59 in Memphis in 1977 and the 1979 Super Bowl in Miami when Jackson’s Ed “Too Tall” Jones played for Dallas.

He covered amateur boxing along with two World Series involving the St. Louis Cardinals, 19 college football bowl games, 21 national tournaments, Memphis basketball and University of Tennessee football games. He also covered Bear Bryant’s final game as Alabama’s football coach in 1982, a 21-15 win over Illinois in the Memphis Liberty Bowl. Morris retired in 2012, sat out a year and then returned to the Sun in 2013 writing columns and features before finally leaving the paper for good in 2016. 

Mike Organ

Mike Organ

Organ started at The Tennessean in 1975 as a teenager answering phones and running copy on weekends in the sports department and keeping stats at high school football games. He became an intern in his final semester at Middle Tennessee State in 1985, joining the sports department full-time two days after graduating and has spent 33 years with the newspaper. He has been the beat writer for high school sports (1986-88), the Ohio Valley Conference/Middle Tennessee State (1989-90), high school sports editor (1991-92), Vanderbilt beat writer (1993-2002), the Southeastern Conference (2003-04), area colleges (2009-present), sports media critic (2003-06) and Nashville Sounds (2005-2009) along with covering golf, tennis, auto racing, outdoors (2000-present) and the Nashville Predators (2009-10, 12-14).

He added a weekly column in 2013 and also is director of The Tennessean/Metro Parks Schooldays Golf Tournament, the longest running golf tournament in the state. He won Best of Gannett awards for "Beat Coverage" and "Breaking News" during his time covering Vanderbilt. He also was the TSWA’s Outdoors Writer of the Year in 2017.

Organ currently serves on the leadership board for the Greater Nashville Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is also on the National Football Foundation Middle Tennessee Chapter and College Football Hall of Fame executive board, the board of directors for the Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association and is co-founder and chairman of the DuPont High School Sports Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Metro Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2014 and also served on the Nashville Sports Council’s selection committee.

Tiny Day

Tiny Day

Day started overseeing the Sun’s sports section in the late 1940s, and he was in charge until August 1990 when he died of a heart attack in the press box at Greeneville High School while covering a high school football jamboree. He already is in the Northeast Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and Greeneville Recreation Hall of Fame.

Belmont's Windler, Carson-Newman's Price garner TSWA weekly accolades

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MEN’S BASKETBALL: Belmont’s Windler named TSWA award winner
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
– Belmont University’s Dylan Windler earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week accolades, averaging 23.0 points and 14.5 rebounds in two victories for the Bruins.

The Indianapolis, Ind., native posted 23 points, 16 rebounds and four assists in a win against Southeast Missouri, securing a double-double with two minutes left in the first half. He made 7-of-14 shots overall with a pair of 3-pointers and hit all seven free throw attempts.

The senior forward followed that with 23 points and 13 boards versus UT Martin, his 28th career double-double. He connected on 8-of-13 shots with five 3-pointers, helping the Bruins post their fifth consecutive victory.

Windler ranks among OVC leaders in 10 statistical categories, including first in rebounding and third in scoring. He is one of only five NCAA Division I men’s basketball players in the nation averaging 19.0 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game entering February.

2018-19 TSWA MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
November 13 – Tyree Boykin, Union University
November 20 – Grant Teichmann, Carson-Newman
November 27 – Grant Williams, Tennessee
December 4 – Chris Porter-Bunton, Austin Peay
December 11 – Admiral Schofield, Tennessee
December 18 – Terry Taylor, Austin Peay
December 24 – Kyvon Davenport, Memphis
December 31 – Jordan Bone, Tennessee
January 9 – Dylan Windler, Belmont
January 16 – Grant Teichmann, Carson-Newman
January 23 – Donovan Donaldson, Tusculum University
January 29 – Garrison Mathews, Lipscomb

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Carson-Newman’s Price garners TSWA weekly honor
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
– Carson-Newman’s Haris Price posted Tennessee Sports Writers Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors, netting 31.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in two games, including the second-most points in a single game in school history for the Eagles.

The Gatlinburg, Tenn., native scored 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting with a pair of 3-pointers against Lincoln Memorial, adding 10 rebounds, four assists and six steals in the 81-71 victory.

The senior guard then registered 44 points versus Lenoir-Rhyne, hitting 16-of-26 field goals with four triples and 8-for-9 at the foul line. She collected five boards, four assists and three steals in the 89-81 win.

It marked the most points for a Carson-Newman player in a single game since Data Caldwell set a school record with 47 points against Lemoyne-Owen on February 22, 1979. Price averages 19.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game for the Eagles.

2018-19 TSWA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
November 13 – Mika Wester, Carson-Newman
November 20 – Kayla Marosites, Carson-Newman
November 27 – Rennia Davis, Tennessee
December 4 – Klaire Varney, Maryville College
December 11 – Evina Westbrook, Tennessee
December 18 – Kori West, King University
December 24 – Jenny Roy, Belmont
December 31 – Ellie Harmeyer, Belmont
January 9 – Klaire Varney, Maryville College
January 16 – Britton Boyer, Trevecca University
January 23 – Kayla Marosites, Carson-Newman
January 29 – Morgan Martin, Union University

Lipscomb's Mathews, Union's Martin earn TSWA weekly accolades

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MEN’S BASKETBALL: Lipscomb’s Mathews named TSWA award winner
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
– Lipscomb University’s Garrison Mathews earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week accolades, averaging 29.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in three victories for the Bisons.

The Franklin, Tenn., native hit 26-of-47 from the field overall and 12-for-25 from 3-point range in the three outings. The senior guard also made 23-of-28 at the foul line.

Mathews posted 25 points with five boards against Kennesaw State, connecting on 7-of-14 shots overall and 10-for-13 at the foul line. He recorded 31 points and 10 rebounds versus Florida Gulf Coast, his first double-double of the season, hitting six 3-pointers in a come-from-behind victory. He netted 23 points with four triples in the final 19 minutes of the contest.

Mathews collected 31 points with seven boards and three assists at Stetson to end the week, making 10-of-17 field goals with five more 3-pointers. He recorded 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting in the first half against the Hatters.

It marked the eighth and ninth 30-plus point outings of his career. He has netted 20-plus points in 12 games this season, including eight of the last 10 contests. Mathews is averaging 19.8 point, 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 assist per game this season.

2018-19 TSWA MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
November 13 – Tyree Boykin, Union University
November 20 – Grant Teichmann, Carson-Newman
November 27 – Grant Williams, Tennessee
December 4 – Chris Porter-Bunton, Austin Peay
December 11 – Admiral Schofield, Tennessee
December 18 – Terry Taylor, Austin Peay
December 24 – Kyvon Davenport, Memphis
December 31 – Jordan Bone, Tennessee
January 9 – Dylan Windler, Belmont
January 16 – Grant Teichmann, Carson-Newman
January 23 – Donovan Donaldson, Tusculum University

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Union’s Martin garners TSWA weekly honor
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
– Union University’s Morgan Martin posted Tennessee Sports Writers Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors, posting a pair of double-doubles while averaging 15.5 points and 12.0 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

The Davenport, Iowa, native netted 15 points with 13 boards along with two assists and two blocks at West Georgia, hitting 7-of-17 field goals in the 49-42 victory. The graduate transfer followed that with 16 points, 11 rebounds and two steals at Shorter University, connecting on 6-of-16 from the field and 4-for-5 at the foul line in a 75-57 win.

Martin averages 16.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per game for Union, 19-1 on the season.

2018-19 TSWA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
November 13 – Mika Wester, Carson-Newman
November 20 – Kayla Marosites, Carson-Newman
November 27 – Rennia Davis, Tennessee
December 4 – Klaire Varney, Maryville College
December 11 – Evina Westbrook, Tennessee
December 18 – Kori West, King University
December 24 – Jenny Roy, Belmont
December 31 – Ellie Harmeyer, Belmont
January 9 – Klaire Varney, Maryville College
January 16 – Britton Boyer, Trevecca University
January 23 – Kayla Marosites, Carson-Newman