Weir wins 2 golds at Charlotte UltraSwim meet

• Brookwood grad Amanda Weir won two gold medals at this past weekend's Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix Series meet in Charlotte, N.C.

The 2004 Olympian won her second race on Sunday, the 100 freestyle in 56.13 seconds. She was first in the 50 free (25.74) earlier in the meet.

Mayne signs with Chipola softball

• Former Dacula pitcher Tiffany Mayne, who finished high school at Faith Academy, has signed a scholarship to play fastpitch softball at Chipola College, a Marianna, Fla., school that won the 2007 National Junior College Athletic Association national title.

Mayne, who plays travel softball for the 18-and-under Home America Lady Falcons, was 8-3 with a 1.46 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 72 innings as a Dacula sophomore in 2004. She is the daughter of Bill Mayne and the late Susan Mayne.

Mill Creek's Thibeau earns scholarship at Truett-McConnell

• Mill Creek grad Derek Thibeau has earned a golf scholarship at Truett-McConnell College after playing the 2006-2007 season as a walk-on. He is the son of Randy and Vickie Thibeau.

Thibeau made every trip as a TMC freshman and shot a team-low score of 76 in his first tournament.

"I knew after his first semester that I wanted to keep him," TMC golf coach Mary Holmes said. "He'll be our team captain next year."

Whorton among the winners at Lanier Speedway

• Chris Whorton won the Akins Ford Dodge Pro Late Model race this past weekend in auto racing action at Lanier National Speedway.

Other race winners were: Kevin Barrett in Serenity Limousine Super Trucks, Casey Roderick in Legends at Lanier Masters, Brandon Dill in Legends at Lanier Semi-Pro, Darrell Bryson in Simpson Trucking Sportsman and Dustin Stephan in Garrison Racing Monster Minis.


Former Vols' coach Mears dies

• KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Ray Mears, the Tennessee basketball coach who presided over the ''Ernie and Bernie show'' during his 15 seasons guiding the Volunteers, died Monday. He was 80.

Mears, a fan favorite and showman who became the winningest men's coach in Tennessee history, died Monday afternoon at a Knoxville nursing home. Funeral plans were pending.

''Coach Mears was a true Tennessee legend,'' UT athletic director Mike Hamilton said. ''He created a tradition of basketball success, pageantry and fan support by which all future basketball teams and coaches will be measured.''

Bruce Pearl, who has adopted the bright orange blazer favored by Mears, said he ''brought a style of play and atmosphere to Tennessee basketball that will always be treasured.''

- From staff, wire reports