Messenger Sports Briefs for Dec. 27

Messenger Sports Briefs for Dec. 27

All local hoop teams
back in action today

All six Obion County high school basketball teams will return to action today and/or tonight after an abbreviated Christmas break.
At Westview High School in Martin, Union City’s girls take on Adamsville at 1 p.m. this afternoon in the opening round of the Lions Club Christmas Tournament.
Meanwhile, both South Fulton clubs will take part in the event at Westview with the girls battling Trinity Christian at 4 p.m. and the boys set to take on the same Jackson school at 5:30.
In Poplar Bluff, Mo., Union City’s unbeaten boys square off with Mills University Studies of Little Rock (Ark.) at the 1st Midwest Bank Showdown Tournament at 8:30 tonight. The event was known as the Poplar Bluff Shootout the past 20 years
At Huntingdon, Obion Central’s girls return to the court this afternoon at 3:30 against Henry County with their male counterparts taking on McKenzie at 5 as part of the Point Guard Classic.

Ex-’Hound Chalmers
among expected stars

Former Union City Greyhounds’ outfielder K.K. Chalmers will begin his senior season at the University of Memphis as one of the most-watched players in the country.
Chalmers, a fan favorite and member of the Greyhounds’ 2005 club, has been named to the 2008 Brooks Wallace Watch List. The Wallace Award is presented annually to the nation’s top player by the College Baseball Foundation.
Chalmers, who batted a team-high .348 and stole 22 bases for UC’s entry in the wooden bat league two years ago, will start for the fourth season for the Tigers this spring.
He is already the U of M’s career leader in stolen bases with 89 and hit .289 with seven home runs, 38 RBIs and 33 stolen bases last season when he helped the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 13 years.

Vols’ Prince lauded
with league honor

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee sophomore guard J.P. Prince has been named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week after leading the 12th-ranked Volunteers to wins over UNC Asheville and at No. 24 Xavier last week.
The Memphis native posted a career-high 13 points against UNC Asheville. He topped that mark with 23 points against Xavier. Prince averaged 18 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds in Tennessee’s two games last week.
He is the second Vols player to earn an SEC weekly honor this season. Brian Williams was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Dec. 17 after scoring 16 points and gathering 14 rebounds in a win over Western Kentucky.

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