TSWA announces weekly award winners


MEN’S BASKETBALL: Tusculum’s Donaldson earns as TSWA award winner
– Tusculum University’s Donovan Donaldson earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week accolades, averaging 25.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in two victories for the Pioneers.

The Nashville, Tenn., native netted 27 points with four boards and five assists in a two-point victory over Lincoln Memorial, ending a 24-game losing streak to the Railsplitters. He connected on 10-of-20 shots overall with three 3-pointers and hit 4-for-6 at the foul line in the victory.

The senior guard followed that with 24 points, six rebounds and five assists in a win against Wingate University, making 9-of-14 field goals with four 3-pointers. It marked the first season sweep for Tusculum over the Bulldogs since 2010 and helped the Pioneers claim the No. 4 seed in this week’s South Atlantic Conference Championships.

Donaldson averages 15.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game this season.

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
March 1 – Jeremiah Martin, Memphis


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: UT Martin’s Robertson garners TSWA weekly honor
– UT Martin’s Emayne Robertson posted Tennessee Sports Writers Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors, registering 26.0 points, 7.0 assists and 4.0 steals in two victories for the Skyhawks.

The Memphis, Tenn., native recorded 24 points with four boards, six assists and four steals in an overtime win against Belmont, netting the game-winning points and then blocking Belmont’s final shot attempt in a 71-68 triumph. She made 9-of-18 shots with a pair of 3-pointers and played all 45 minutes for UTM.

The senior guard posted 28 points with eight assists and four steals on Senior Day against Tennessee State, connecting on 8-of-14 field goals and hitting 12-for-13 at the foul line. Robertson averages 12.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.8 steals per game this season.

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
March 1 – Darby Maggard, Belmont


BASEBALL: Middle Tennessee’s Antonini, Trevecca’s Douglas recognized with TSWA weekly accolades
– Middle Tennessee’s Aaron Antonini and Trevecca University’s Chase Douglas were named the Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association for their efforts in contests from February 25-March 3.

Antonini batted .500 (11-for-22) with three doubles, one home run, eight RBIs and five runs scored in five games for the Blue Raiders. The Hollywood, Fla., native posted three hits with a solo homer, an RBI double and a two-run double against Tennessee Tech. He also scored three times versus the Golden Eagles.

The junior catcher netted eight hits in three games versus Memphis, including an RBI single and a run-scoring double in the 10th inning in a 2-1 win Friday against the Tigers. He collected three hits and scored twice in the second game of the series and recorded a pair of run-scoring singles in the series finale.

Antonini is batting .395 with three doubles, eight RBIs and seven runs scored in 11 contests this season.


Douglas tossed 9.0 innings over two outings for the Trojans, striking out 10 while allowing just seven hits and two earned runs. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native worked 5.0 innings of relief against Ashland University, giving up one run on three hits with four strikeouts.

The junior righthander picked up a win in relief versus 13th-ranked Southern Indiana, allowing one earned run on four hits in 4.0 innings. He walked three and struck out six, as the Trojans scored twice in the bottom of the ninth for the victory.

Douglas improved to 2-1 with a 4.02 ERA over four appearances and 15.2 innings, giving up 12 hits with 16 strikeouts.

February 19 – Lake Burris, Bryan College (Player); Trey Holland, University of the South (Pitcher)
March 1 – JJ Bleday, Vanderbilt (Player); Peyton Wigginton, Middle Tennessee (Pitcher)


SOFTBALL: Austin Peay’s Liermann, Tennessee Tech’s Arden selected for TSWA weekly honors
– Austin Peay’s Danielle Liermann and Tennessee Tech’s Alyssa Arden received Player and Pitcher of the Week accolades, respectively, from the Tennessee Sports Writers Association for their efforts in contests from February 25-March 3.

Liermann batted .591 (13-for-22) with seven home runs, 14 RBIs and eight runs scored in six games for the Govs. The Simi Valley, Calif., native started the week with a 3-for-4 performance against Middle Tennessee, hitting a solo homer and a two-run shot along with an RBI single, as APSU scored six times in the seventh inning for a 10-6 victory.

The senior infielder posted three hits, all two-run homers, for six RBIs in a win against Radford and was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run versus Coastal Carolina. Liermann collected two more hits with a double and a run scored against Jacksonville and ended the week with a 3-for-3 effort and another two-run homer in the second meeting with Radford.

She is batting .375 with two doubles, eight home runs, 20 RBIs and 15 runs scored in 20 games for APSU.


Arden tossed a pair of complete games, giving up one unearned run while striking out 14, including a no-hitter, in two outings for the Golden Eagles. The Goodlettsville, Tenn., native struck out nine and walked two in the no-hitter against Alabama A&M, though the Bulldogs plated an unearned run on a walk, an error and a sacrifice fly in the 2-1 TTU victory.

The freshman righthander walked two, struck out five and allowed just four hits in a complete-game shutout versus Western Illinois. She improved to 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA in seven appearances over 41.1 innings, posting 33 strikeouts.

February 19 – Abby Fiessinger, Carson-Newman (Player); Brooklin Lee, Belmont (Pitcher)
March 1 – Kay Brokering, King University (Player); Morgan Rackel, Austin Peay (Pitcher)