takes South Side job
The merry-go-round that is the high school coaching business in rural West Tennessee is already in full swing.
Humboldt head football coach Carey Craig confirmed Wednesday he would be leaving the Viking program to take over the same position at Jackson South Side.
Craig previously was an assistant at South Side under Jerry Hayes, who officially announced his long-rumored retirement on Tuesday.
After his 13-year stint at South Side, Craig spent the past six years as the Humboldt skipper, compiling a 37-34 mark with three state playoff berths in six seasons.
Humboldt wasted little time filling the vacancy left by Craig’s departure, promoting offensive coordinator Dan Bland to head coach.
The 63-year-old Bland has been in the business for nearly 40 years and has head coaching experience at six other high schools, including Milan and Jackson Central-Merry.
Bland’s all-time coaching record is 140-83.
Greyhounds, Fulton will have new skippers
Both the Union City Gre-yhounds and the Fulton Railroaders will have new skippers when the 2008 KIT League baseball season opens next summer.
Jonathan Estes, who is currently the head baseball coach at Harris-Stowe University in St. Louis, has been announced as the manager for the UC club, according to a Kitty League release.
Estes spent two years in the St. Louis Cardinals’ farm system.
He will replace Chris LeGuenec, who piloted the Greyhounds to the Kitty League postseason championship over Fulton in his only season on the job.
Estes’ younger brother, David, will guide the Railroaders. He was an assistant coach for Fulton this past season.
He is an assistant coach at Harris-Stowe and will replace Brian Hicks, who led Fulton to the league’s regular season pennant during the summer.
H’crest will honor
Hillcrest will celebrate eighth grade night for basketball players and cheerleaders prior to its jayvee twinbill against Obion County School System rival Ridgemont to-night.
The school’s parent-teacher organization will also hold a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 until 6:30 in the cafeteria.
Tickets are $5 per adult and $3 per child for the dinner. Carryout is available for the event..