Upperman Edges Howard 44-42 in State Sectionals


Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) Upperman denied Howard a return trip to the state tournament on Monday night as they defeated the Hustlin’ Tigers 44-42 in the state sectionals. The Bees were up 25-21 at halftime, and they quickly got the lead to nine points early in the third quarter. Howard’s Calvin James had a steal and dunk with just under three minutes to go in the third period to cut the deficit to one.  Came down to free throws to settle the outcome. Howard trailed 42-40 with 14 seconds left when Xavier Fisher went to the line and hit two free throws to tie the game. Then the Bees Braxton Allen was fouled with five seconds left, and he also hit both of his free throws to put Upperman ahead 44-42. Xavier Fisher attempted a three at the buzzer, but it hit off the back of the rim, and Upperman celebrated a two point victory.

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.