Maze named to SEC service team

Tennessee point guard Bobby Maze was named to the 12-man SEC Community Service team for the 2009-10 men's basketball season on Monday.

A senior from Suitland, Md., Maze has been an intricate part of Tennessee's community efforts and has volunteered for numerous events during his two years in Knoxville.

In 2008-09, Maze assisted with the Hoops for Hope basketball tournament for children with Down Syndrome. He also visited with patients at East Tennessee Children's Hospital and helped to raise the walls on a new home for a woman in need as part of a Habitat For Humanity project.

Maze was the featured speaker during the 2009 April Play Day event for the Boys & Girls Club at Apostolic Christian, as he helped to mentor at-risk youth.

This season, Maze again took part in the Hoops for Hope tournament and visited with patients at ETCH and UT Medical Center in conjunction with the basketball program's OUTLIVE initiative. He also assisted with Knoxville's Race For The Cure.

Maze averages 9.5 points and 3.2 assists per game for the Vols. He leads the team in free-throw shooting (.824) and ranks second in the SEC with a 2.3 assist/turnover ratio.

Six On All-SEC Team: Six members of the Tennessee women's track & field team have been named to the All-SEC team, and two Lady Vols have been named to the All-Freshman team, the league announced Monday.

First-team All-SEC consists of the first-place finishers from the recent SEC Indoor Championships, while the second team consists of the runners-up. The All-Freshman team includes the top-finishing freshmen in each event.

First-team members for Tennessee are seniors Jackie Areson (5,000 meters) and Phoebe Wright (800), and the distance medley relay team of Wright, junior Kim White, sophomore Chanelle Price and Areson. The DMR team set a meet record in the process.

Second-team honorees include sophomore Brittany Sheffey and junior Annie Alexander. Sheffey finished second in both the mile and 3,000 meters, while Alexander was the runner-up in the shot put.

Lady Vols earning All-Freshman status were Jessie Harrison and Kia Jackson. Harrison was sixth in the weight throw, while Jackson was fifth in the long jump.

No members of the UT men's team received honors.

Renfroe SEC's Top Freshman: For the third consecutive week a member of the No. 20 Tennessee softball team has been honored by the SEC, as pitcher Ivy Renfroe has been named SEC Freshman of the Week.

Renfroe, from Humboldt, Tenn., helped the Lady Vols (13-4) to a 5-0 record and the Tennessee Classic title, posting a 0.81 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings over four appearances.

Renfroe limited No. 13 Texas to two runs on five hits with five strikeouts in six innings in a 3-2 victory. Texas entered the game 16-2 with more than 30 home runs.

The Lady Vols open SEC play today with a three-game series at Mississippi State (13-6). Today's doubleheader begins at 5 p.m. EST.

Pappas Second: Two-time NCAA decathlon champion Jake Arnold beat out former Tennessee star Tom Pappas on Sunday to win the USA Indoor Combined Events Championships in Bloomington, Ind.

Arnold, who needed to defeat Pappas, the 2003 World decathlon champion and a three-time Olympian, by 4.50 seconds in the final event (1,000 meters) to win the overall title, crossed the finish line first in 2:49.62 (770 points), with Pappas finishing fifth in 2:55.72 (707 points).

Arnold finished with 5,861 points. Pappas, a two-time winner of this event (2000, '02), was second with 5,845.

UT Trio Represents U.S.: A trio of former Tennessee Vols will represent the United States at the upcoming IAAF World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar. Tim Mack (pole vault), Sarah Bowman (1,500meters) and DeeDee Trotter (400) will compete in the event, which runs Friday through Sunday.

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TommyJack writes:

Major props to B. Maze.

MiserableFloridaVol writes:

Couldn't be prouder of this guy. Way to step it up!!! B Maze has been big for this team.

bocawayne writes:

What a great young man to give back to the community like this! You are a true Volunteer Bobby, in more ways than one. Thank you for making UT your home for the past two years.

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

That is so great of you to give back Bobby. That says alot about you right there. Love the way you have elevated your play and your great FT%!
You guys have been playing some major ball. Keep it up and bring home the tourney championship!

Richardutm writes:

After hearing of the problems of the past six months, it was good to hear about the good. This probably won't make ESPN but more should be made of college athletes who find time for community service. If I could say anything to Bobby Maze it would be thank you for your good deeds AND thank you for showing what what we should all be about.

GerryOP writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Major props to B. Maze.

What TJ said.

makelemonade writes:

Sure makes me wish we had you for 4 years instead of 2. You may never play in the NBA like your look alike, Allen Iverson, but you've got him beat in the character department, hands down. You're an All-Star.

vol88 writes:

Glad to see stories like this getting press! Thanks B Maze.

eduardo writes:

The greatest community effort has yet to be seen by B Maze...Josh Selby mean anything to ya???

RoadTrip writes:

Kudos to all of the student athletes involved.

Bobby - like makelemonade and RRz2 here is another Vol that wishes you had been with CBP and the program for all 4 years. When you are in gear, focused and playing tough D there are none better. Thanks for being all Vol.

GBO!

volsunited writes:

I am more proud of this than an all-sec selection. When young people show this kind of character and bring such a positive light to the university and the men and women over there is more important than anything on the court. Congratulations to Mr. Maze and good luck going further.

Gumby#1381110 writes:

Great job Bobby! This is the kind of stories about our kids that I want to see, many times the media just reports the bad things they do, so this is refreshing!

VolunteerLifer writes:

Way to go, Bobby. You are someone that we Volunteer fans are proud of.

I don't understand how I DIDN'T KNOW about this side of Bobby at all. I read everything the KNS and others publish about these guys. Why is it that guns and dope gets all the coverage even though guys like Bobby are also on this team, and their off-court activities get none of the coverage? (Until now, at the end of his senior season, of course)

This would be a good feature for ESPN if they cared.

allvol9 writes:

Way to represent UT....Bobby. Just a shame this does not get more pub instead of the bad pub we have gotten this year. Proud of Bobby for giving back so much to the community. This speaks volumns about a person! His play on the court has been fantastic as well. Congratulations Bobby.

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

in response to VolunteerLifer:

Way to go, Bobby. You are someone that we Volunteer fans are proud of.

I don't understand how I DIDN'T KNOW about this side of Bobby at all. I read everything the KNS and others publish about these guys. Why is it that guns and dope gets all the coverage even though guys like Bobby are also on this team, and their off-court activities get none of the coverage? (Until now, at the end of his senior season, of course)

This would be a good feature for ESPN if they cared.

And if you followed Cameron Tatum's Twitter posts, you'd also see a humble young man committed to his faith, not a "thug" that's out breaking the law, as everyone was so quick to condemn him.

We, as fans, are partly to blame. Go back and look at the number of message board posts on articles after the arrests or after Tennessee losses and then compare those to any article after a win. Seems, at least on this site which is trying to generate press, that the attention is most sharply focused on all the bad and negative that goes on. That is a direct indictment of the reactionary media AND the fan base that makes their "objective" journalism vital to the bottom line...

johnlg00 writes:

in response to steviejanowski:

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I had the exact same thought! It's aMAZEing how many pixels have been wasted branding Booby as a thug because some people on here equate tats to thugdom. I had an aunt who used to say that nobody with tats could go to heaven because they were the "mark of the beast"! I guess some others on here had that kind of upbringing, too. I'm glad I got over it. BTW, Bobby will get his degree in May with a 3.5 GPA, another bitter pill for the haters to swallow. Go get 'em, Bobby! Finish strong! Thanks for coming here and for all you have done, on and off the court!

Gumby#1381110 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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I know I don't like people judging me for having a funny head and for my friends funny names like Pokey. It hurts sometimes! :(

Gumby#1381110 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Its ok doc. You didn't make fun of me for my comments so I won't make fun of you for misspelling. You know its especially hard on me because not only do I have a funny shaped head, but I also have dreadlocks and tatoos. I have a tatoo on my arm of my dog nopey. Nopey also has dreadlocks.

mrvol2u writes:

Thank you Mr. Maze for your contributions off the court. It has been fun watching you play. I hope you and the Vols dance a long time!

Thanks to the other men and women mentioned here and to those not mentioned.

A full time commitment to a college sport and to academics leaves very little free time. To give up some of that time to help others is always noble. Thanks!

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