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Scots host Christopher Newport for homecoming
Maryville College celebrates homecoming this weekend, and, for the school’s football team, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Conference co-front-runner Christopher Newport is in town. The Captains sit atop the USA South Athletic Conference standings at 4-1, 2-0 in league play, with Averett (3-2, 2-0) and Maryville (3-3, 2-1) right in the thick of the race for the conference’s automatic playoff berth. The Scots enter with the USA South’s top-ranked offense at 29.2 points per game, tied with North Carolina Wesleyan College. The Captains bring the conference’s top-ranked scoring defense to the showdown.

Maryville will be without the services of senior defensive star Colby Townsend for the contest. The All-American defensive end suffered a broken ankle in last week’s 24-14 win at defending champion Ferrum, effectively ending his final campaign in a Maryville uniform. Kickoff at Honaker Field is 1:30 p.m.

Hightower named USA South rookie of the week
Fayetteville, N.C. — Maryville College freshman running back Rommel Hightower has been named USA South Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for his efforts against Ferrum College last weekend. Hightower earned the same accolade for his efforts against LaGrange College earlier this season. The former Lenoir City High School Panther earned both of his honors against opponents nicknamed Panthers.

Hightower scampered for 111 yards on 24 carries against Ferrum. He darted for two rushing touchdowns in helping the Scots defeat the Panthers, 20-14. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry and hauled in a Justin Price pass for an additional 16 yards of offense.

Six to be inducted onto MC's Athletic Wall of Fame
The Maryville College Wall of Fame, established by the Honaker Club in 1975 and an ongoing project sponsored by the Scots Club, will induct six new members on Friday. The Wall of Fame recognizes outstanding individuals who have contributed to the tradition of Maryville athletics. Over the past 31 years, 142 honorees have been inducted. Friday, the following six individuals will be honored for their achievements.

Jim Thurston, a 1951 graduate, excelled in track and cross country during his tenure as a Highlander. Dr. William Napier, a 1965 graduate, played both the offensive and defensive lines for football teams that went 25-8 in four seasons under Boydson Baird and Monk Tomlinson. Kandis Schram, a 1985 graduate, has set new standards in volleyball coaching success at Maryville. The Lady Scot coach collected her 500th coaching victory earlier this week. Randy Evans, a 1989 graduate and present head women’s soccer coach at the University of Oklahoma, set two school career and season records while playing soccer for the Scots for three seasons. Leah Onks England, a 1994 graduate, is Maryville’s No. 2 career scorer in women’s basketball. Dr. Ken Bell, an orthopaedic surgeon at Maryville Orthopaedic Clinic, is being honored for his contributions to Maryville’s athletic training and his service to the college for over 20 years.

The honorees will be inducted at a ceremony luncheon in Pearson’s Presidential Dining Room on Friday at 11 a.m. The group will honored at halftime of the Scots homecoming game with Christopher Newport.

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