Tennessee senior free safety Jonathan Hefney set a school record in a 21-17 Outback Bowl victory over Wisconsin.
Hefney, who played at Rock Hill High School, established a school mark by making his 50th career start, all consecutively. Hefney was tied with ex-Vols and current Green Bay center Scott Wells for the record for non-specialists.
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Hefney had eight tackles in the Vols' victory. For the season, he had 96 tackles, third-best on a 10-4 team. He had two tackles for loss, broke up four passes and recorded one interception.
Hefney was recently ranked as the third-best senior free safety in college football. He was rated behind No. 1 Simeon Castille of Alabama and No. 2 Thomas DeCoud of California.
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• ALABAMA: Former Clover standout Talisha Chandler continues to be a consistent performer, especially in rebounding, for the Crimson Tide.
The 6-foot-2 sophomore center is averaging 9.4 rebounds a game, which is fifth-best in the SEC. Chandler is averaging 3.13 offensive rebounds and 6.3 defensive rebounds per game.
Chandler pulled down a personal-best 18 rebounds in a 75-58 loss to Belmont earlier this season.
She's averaging 7.0 points a game for the 7-8 Crimson Tide, which opens SEC play tonight at home against South Carolina.
• CONVERSE: It will be a homecoming of sorts for three former Rock Hill-area women's basketball players when the Valkyries visit Winthrop for a 7 p.m. game Saturday.
Returning to the area are Myra Hendley (Westminster Catawba), Jessica McMahan (York) and Kendra Bothof (Fort Mill).
Hendley, a 5-7 senior, is averaging almost a point a game for the Valkyries, who are 2-15. McMahan, a 5-7 sophomore, is averaging 1.4 points a game and Bothof, a 6-1 freshman, is at 6.7 points a contest.
• GUILFORD: The Quakers and former Northwestern standout Mat Stanley were ranked No. 11 in the latest D3hoops.com poll heading into Wednesday's home game against Hampden-Sydney.
The Quakers were 6-2, 1-0 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
Stanley, a 6-1 junior guard, has appeared in four games for coach Tom Palombo's Quakers, averaging 1.5 points a game in 3.3 minutes. All of Stanley's six points have come on a 2-for-3 performance from the 3-point line.
• NEWBERRY: Indians senior offensive guard Heath Benedict could hear his name called during the 2008 NFL Draft April 26-27.
Benedict, a 6-6, 328-pounder who started his career at Tennessee before transferring, is considered by some observers as the No. 2 small college prospect in the nation, trailing only Hampton defensive end Kendall Langford.
Benedict is rated as the No. 3 senior guard by USA Today/Sports Weekly. First was Roy Schuening of Oregon State with Tennessee's Eric Young, a Union native, was second.
Benedict was born in The Netherlands, grew up in New Jersey and now calls Greer home. He was named to the Associated Press' Little All-American first team for the second straight year. He has also picked up many other awards including being selected as a second-team All-American by Daktronics, Inc.
In the past two season, Benedict helped the Indians to a combined record of 20-4 and the South Atlantic Conference championship in 2006.
• WICHITA STATE: The Shockers, in their first year under former Winthrop basketball coach Gregg Marshall, have gotten off to a slow start.
The Shockers dropped to 8-7, 1-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference, with their 71-47 loss at Missouri State Tuesday.
The Shockers fell behind 13-0 and didn't score until almost five minutes had elapsed.