Notebook: Schmidt leads Delta State into regional final

Mar. 17, 2014 @ 04:23 PM

 Devin Schmidt continued his breakout freshman season at Delta State on Sunday.

The Sevier County product scored 22 points and ripped down 11 boards to lead the Statesmen past Saint Leo University, 70-61, in the NCAA’s Division II South Region tournament. The win moves DSU into today’s region final against No. 8 Tuskeegee. The winner moves into the national quarterfinals next week in Evansville, Ind.

Against Saint Leo, Schmidt was 8 of 12 from the field and played all 40 minutes. His 22 points led the Statesmen, with Willie Readus chipping in 11. The performance followed an 82-77 overtime win over Barry University in the tournament opener when Schmidt scored nine points.

Seymour’s Lopez makes debut

TAMPA, Fla. — Former Seymour kicker Carlos Lopez got plenty of action in his Arena League debut on Friday.

Lopez finished 8 of 9 on extra points to help the Tampa Bay Storm when the season opener against the New Orleans VooDoo, 62-57. Lopez had 10 kickoffs for 563 yards and three touchbacks in front of 10,370 fans at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Lopez was assigned to the Storm on Oct. 1. He played 34 games at Carson-Newman before finishing his collegiate career at Middle Tennessee State University in 2012. He played football and soccer at Seymour High School, earning All-District, All-Region and All-State honors.

Crowe gets first SEC win

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Wil Crowe allowed just one run and six hits over 5 1/3 innings to move to 4-0 in a 3-1 victory over Ole Miss on Saturday.

The former Pigeon Forge standout struck out two and walked just one, holding the Rebels off the board until the fourth inning. Crowe now has an ERA 1.10 and has allowed just four runs in 32 2/3 innings.

Cross wins junior tournament

KODAK — Sevier County’s Spencer Cross needed a two-hole playoff to capture the Knoxville Junior Shootout on Sunday.

Cross won the 15-18 year-old division of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour event at River Islands Golf Club over Bristol’s Chase Roswall. The freshman birdied the second playoff hole for the win. He finished the weekend with a 156, shooting 76 the first day and 77 the second. His five birdies over the two days led his division.