OCSS squads start
area tourney tonight
All five of the Obion County School System’s schools will be in action in the opening round of the Area 5 tournament in Martin, beginning tonight.
In the girls’ draw, Hillcrest battles Lake Road at 5:30 tonight, while South Fulton takes on Black Oak later in the evening at 8.
Lake Road plays Paris Inman Saturday afternoon at 4:30.
On the boys’ slate, Ridgemont plays Lake Road at 6:45 tonight, while South Fulton plays Hillcrest at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday.
Black Oak will play the host Martin at 8:15 Saturday night.
UCMS boys eliminated
from WTAC tourney
Union City’s boys fared somewhat better than their female counterparts did in the opening round of the West Tennessee Athletic Conference’s tournament. However, the Twisters found the same end result in a 48-40 loss at Brighton Tuesday.
Shyheim Slayton paced UC with 14 points with both Payton Mosley and Travis Rutland pulling down 13 and 11 rebounds, respectively.
The Jr. Twisters trailed 26-23 at intermission.
The UCMS boys return to action Jan. 26 against Humboldt in the Small School Area tournament at Tiptonville.
H’don hires Swenson
Huntingdon will join the fray of rural West Tennessee schools with a new head football coach this fall.
Eric Swenson was hired as the school’s new gridiron skipper this week to replace the retiring Mike Mansfield.
Mansfield, who serves as an assistant principal at HHS, is set to retire at the end of the current academic school year.
The legendary Mansfield led the Mustangs to the 2003 Class AA state championship while posting a 151-62 record in 17 seasons at the program’s helm.
Mansfield’s’ longtime defensive coordinator Jimmy Pritchard is also retiring from the coaching game.
Swenson is a familiar face to the Huntingdon faithful. Though he has been the head man at Hickman County in Middle Tennessee the past three seasons, Swenson was the Mustangs’ offensive coordinator for nine years prior to that stint.
commits to Arkansas
A familiar face will join the SEC football ranks this fall.
Humboldt’s Elijah Epperson, who also stars on the school’s basketball team, has committed verbally to continue his grid career at Arkansas under newly-hired head coach Bobby Petrino.
Epperson is expected to play tight end for the Razorbacks.
The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder is expected to be fully recovered from a dislocated elbow that hampered his senior campaign and ready to play in the fall at Arkansas.
National signing day for college football recruits is Feb. 6.
Foster set to return
to UT for senior year
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee junior running back Arian Foster will return to the Vols for his senior season instead of entering the NFL draft.
“This was a tough decision for me and my family and everyone who was involved with it,” Foster told a news conference Tuesday. “I feel like one more year of polishing myself, I will be ready for the next level.”
Foster was the Vols’ leading rusher in 2007 with 1,193 yards and 12 touchdowns. He averaged 4.9 yards per carry and 85.2 rushing yards per game. He also caught 39 passes for 340 yards.
The San Diego, Calif., product was rated a second-round prospect by the NFL Draft advisory board.
Foster believes he could be a first-round pick after another year in college.
Foster needs 685 yards to pass Travis Henry (1997-2000) as the school’s all-time rushing leader, who has 3,078 yards.
Last week, junior linebacker Jerod Mayo declared his intention to forgo his final season and enter the NFL draft. Three other players — offensive linemen Anthony Parker and Ramon Foster and punter Britton Colquitt — said they are coming back for their senior years.