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Messenger Sports Briefs for Jan. 3

Messenger Sports Briefs for Jan. 3

Skyhawks’ Hudson
is No. 1 newcomer

UT Martin’s Lester Hudson averaged 29.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists over the course of his team’s last four games to run away with the Ohio Valley Conference’s newcomer of the week award.
Hudson, who is the nation’s leading scorer at an average of 27.4 points per outing, scored a career-high 36 in the Skyhawks’ loss to No. 15 Vanderbilt.
Tennessee State’s Bruce Price took the OVC’s top individual honors for the week with teammate Gerald Robinson earning the league’s freshman of the week award.

UTM baseball coach
to get ABCA award

UT Martin head baseball coach Bubba Cates will receive the American Baseball Coaches Association 25-year Coaching Award Saturday at the ABCA Convention in Philadelphia.
Cates will begin his 10th year as the head coach of the Skyhawks this season. He has led UTM to two 20-win seasons since 1999 and more than 125 victories.
Before coming to UT Martin, Cates served as head coach at Jackson State Community College. There, he developed the Generals into a nationally ranked program. The 1996 team recorded a sixth-place finish in the Junior College World Series.

Humboldt’s Hayes
is OVC’s top woman

Murray State’s Ashley Hayes extended her double-digit scoring streak to 16 straight games with a 27-point outing against Samford last week en route to earning the Ohio Valley Conference’s first player of the week award for 2008.
Hayes, a junior from Humboldt, also scored 21 points against Jacksonville State and 14 markers against Alabama A&M during the seven day period.
Morehead State’s Afton Perry was named the league’s newcomer of the week after a 14-point, eight rebound and two block outing in a win against UT Martin.

Memphis DC fired
after dismal season

MEMPHIS (AP) — Memphis coach Tommy West said Wednesday he is not bringing back Rick Kravitz as his defensive coordinator.
Kravitz’s contract had expired, and the Tigers gave up an average of 441.5 yards per game in going 7-6 in 2007.
“I appreciate the efforts of Rick with our defense this past season, however, in the process of moving a program from one place to another there are always tough decisions,” West said. “I remain committed to doing what I feel is necessary for our program to reach its fullest potential.”

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