Walters State up to No. 2

from staff reports


   The Walters State Senators (31-3) are the No. 2 team in the nation according to the latest poll released by the National Junior College Athletic Association. The ranking is the highest ever for a Walters State team.
   This is the first poll since the pre-season, when the Senators were ranked No. 4. In the latest poll, the Ken Campbell-coached squad only trails Dixie State College of Utah (27-6).
   They are on pace to shatter the school's single-season record for victories, tied by last year's team at 44.
   Happy Valley graduate Garth McKinney is leading the charge. Currently, McKinney ranks eighth in the nation with 12 home runs. He's also No. 10 in the country with a .454 batting average and is fifth in the country with 54 RBI's.
   Next up for the Morristown school is a three-game series this weekend at Roane State Community College.
   MILLIGAN GROUNDS EAGLES
   from staff reports
   Milligan used a 16-hit attack to get past Carson-Newman 12-10 in collegiate baseball action on Wednesday in Jefferson City.
   Scott Shealy was the most adept behind the plate going 4-for-6 with three RBI's. Former Science Hill alum Dustin Price was 3-for-6 in the game, all doubles which resulted in a game-high 6 RBI's. Ryan Dunn also added three hits for the Buffs.
   Matt Simmons (2-2) picked up the win for Milligan, who improved as a team to 18-21 on the season. Their next encounter is today at 2:00 p.m. when they host Mars Hill College.
   LADY BUFFS SWEEP VI
   from staff reports
   Milligan scored 36 runs in a two-game doubleheader against Virginia Intermont in women's softball action. They won 21-6 and 15-3 to improve 15-9 and 14-3 in Appalachian Athletic Conference.
   In the first contest, the Lady Buffs scored 21 runs on 20 hits. Shelby Banion led the charge going 3-for-4 with 3 RBI's. Brooke Davis contributed three more hits and three RBI's, while Danielle Gilley went 3-for-5 with four RBI's. Seven of Milligan's players had multi-hit efforts.
   Brandy Waddle tossed a complete game allowing seven hits while striking out five batters. Her record now stands at 9-4 overall and 8-2 in the conference.
   Ashley Fine clamped down in the second game allowing only three runs on seven hits to run her record to 6-1 in league play and 6-5 overall.
   Carrissa Ellis was 2-for-2 in game two with Andrea Henriott going 2-for-3 with four RBI's. Davis also continued her offensive hot streak picking up two hits and four RBI's.
   Milligan travels to Montreat on Saturday to play a doubleheader.
   BUFFS SIGN BASKETBALL, SOCCER RECRUITS
   from staff reports
   Coach Tony Wallingford announced that Marc Pintaure, a 6-1 guard from Gatlinburg-Pittman, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Milligan College next season.
   A three-year starter at G-P, Pintaure averaged 19.6 points per game as a senior and was named District 2-AA Player of the Year and was honorable mention All-State.
   He holds the career three-point record for the Highlanders with 289 threes, the single season mark with 137 threes and is a member of the Gatlinburg-Pittman 1500 point club.
   Pintaure led the Highlanders to a 28-5 record and a district championship this past season and comes with a 3.5 grade point average.
   Soccer standout Michael Ryans from San Antonio, Texas will also be in a Buffalo uniform next season. Ryans, a striker/midfielder, played at O'Connor High School in San Antonio. He does have some local connections as his grandparents live in Johnson City.