Weekly winners recognized by TSWA

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MEN’S BASKETBALL: Memphis’ Martin earns as TSWA award winner
– University of Memphis guard Jeremiah Martin earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week accolades, registering 40.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.5 steals in two games for the Tigers.

The Memphis, Tenn., native netted 43 points against Tulane, an American Athletic Conference record, hitting 15-of-24 shots overall with five 3-pointers. The senior added 8-for-11 at the foul line and recorded eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals in the victory.

He followed that with 37 points at Wichita State, connecting on 9-of-19 field goals with five more 3-pointers. He also made all 14 free throws and collected three boards, two assists and two steals in the win over the Shockers. It marked his sixth and seventh 30-plus point games of the season. He has averaged 30.7 points during the month of February.

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
February 19 – Terry Taylor, Austin Peay


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Belmont’s Maggard garners TSWA weekly honor
– Belmont’s Darby Maggard posted Tennessee Sports Writers Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors, averaging 23.5 points and 4.5 assists in two wins for the Bruins.

The Larwill, Ind., native posted 25 points with seven 3-pointers against Eastern Illinois, adding seven assists. The senior guard collected 22 points with four more triples and 9-of-14 shooting overall versus SIU-Edwardsville. Maggard eclipsed 400 career 3-pointers against Eastern Illinois, becoming just the fifth player in Division I history to reach the 400 mark.

She is averaging 17.1 points and 4.3 assists per game this season for Belmont.

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
February 19 – Morgan Martin, Union University


BASEBALL: Vanderbilt’s Bleday, Middle Tennessee’s Wigginton recognized with TSWA weekly accolades
– Vanderbilt’s JJ Bleday and Middle Tennessee’s Peyton Wigginton were named the Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association for their efforts in contests from February 18-24.

Bleday reached base 10 times in three games for the Commodores, going 5-for-9 with five walks and a pair of RBIs. The Panama City Beach, Fla., native singled, walked and scored a run in a 5-4 win against Evansville during the midweek.

The junior outfielder doubled, walked three times and scored a run in the first game of a doubleheader versus Pepperdine and posted two singles and two RBIs in the second contest against the Waves. He is batting .429 with nine RBIs and eight runs scored through eight games.

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Wigginton tossed a complete-game shutout in a 1-0 victory against Bradley. The Franklin, Tenn., native allowed just four hits, walked one and struck out a career-high 12 batters. The sophomore lefthander retired the first 11 batters of the game before giving up a single with two outs in the fourth and got out of trouble in the eighth after giving up a walk and a single, preserving the victory.

He is 1-0 this season with a 0.68 ERA in 13.1 innings of work with 19 strikeouts and just eight hits allowed.

February 19 – Lake Burris, Bryan College (Player); Trey Holland, University of the South (Pitcher)


SOFTBALL: King’s Brokering, Austin Peay’s Rackel selected for TSWA weekly honors
– King University’s Kay Brokering and Austin Peay’s Morgan Rackel received Player and Pitcher of the Week accolades, respectively, from the Tennessee Sportswriters Association for their efforts in contests from February 18-24.

Brokering batted .538 (7-for-13) with four extra-base hits, six RBIs and four runs scored in four games for the Tornado. The Shelbyville, Ind., native posted two hits with a triple, two walks and two runs scored in first of two games versus Queens University and added two hits with a double and two RBIs in the second contest against the Royals.

The senior was 3-for-5 with a double, home run, two runs scored and four RBIs in the second game versus Davis & Elkins. She is batting .579 with four doubles, nine RBIs and seven runs scored in six games this season.


Rackel tossed 23.0 innings in a pair of games, giving up just one run with 25 strikeouts. The Calgary, Alberta, native posted a four-hit shutout (all singles) in the first of three games against McNeese State, striking out nine with three walks. No McNeese runner got past second base in the 4-0 victory.

The senior outlasted the Cowboys in the final game of the series, a 2-1, 16-inning affair. Rackel struck out 16 while scattering 13 hits, throwing 217 total pitches (154 strikes). She allowed a run in the second inning and then none the rest of the way, getting the final 45 outs while giving up 10 hits in the final 14 inning, only one for extra bases.

Rackel improved to 6-3 with a 2.68 ERA over nine appearances and 60.0 innings of work, allowing 59 hits with 66 strikeouts.

February 19 – Abby Fiessinger, Carson-Newman (Player); Brooklin Lee, Belmont (Pitcher)