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Messenger Sports Briefs For Feb. 22

Messenger Sports Briefs For Feb. 22

TSSAA girls’ tourney
could see altering

The TSSAA and Middle Tennessee State University have avoided a scheduling conflict between the high school state basketball tournaments and the Sun Belt Conference tournament, both set to be played at MTSU’s Murphy Center March 5.
“I really think it’s important to be good guests,” stated Ronnie Carter, Executive Director of TSSAA. “When you work together for so long and so well as we have with MTSU, you don’t do things like that to each other. You just work it out, and that’s what we’ve done.”
MTSU’s men will likely host a first-round game. They are currently the fourth seed with three regular-season games remaining.
MTSU’s women are currently the No. 3 seed with three games remaining. The TSSAA girls’ state tournament is scheduled to have six games March 5.
If only MTSU’s men play March 5, all six TSSAA games will be played — but consecutively and at earlier times. The first game would start at 9:30 a.m. and the last at 5 p.m. MTSU’s men would play at 7:30 p.m.
If MTSU’s men and women play March 5, the girls’ state tournament would hold three games one day early (March 4) and three on March 5.

Defending champ
out of 7A girls’ draw

Reigning Class A girls’ state champion Gleason will not have a chance to defend its title after a 57-56 overtime loss in the Region 7A quarterfinals at West Carroll Thursday evening.
The Lady Bulldogs were knocked out of the postseason on a last second shot from West Carroll’s Madison Lane after she sprinted the length of the court to hit the deciding score.
Meanwhile, a pair of Gleason’s District 14A counterparts have advanced to the tourney’s semifinals.
District 14A champ Bradford routed Huntingdon 67-35 with Danielle Proudfit hitting five trifectas and totaling 21 points.
Trenton was also a winner in regional play Thursday with a 76-57 triumph over Bruceton. Rakeshia Perry was the main attraction for the Lady Tide with 29 markers.
In the final Region 7A quarterfinal game Thursday, Clarksburg advanced with a 68-66 victory over Humboldt.
The semifinals of the tournament are now set for Saturday evening at Dresden High School with Bradford taking on West Carroll at 6 and Clarksburg squaring off against Trenton at 7:30.

Rives baseball signups
set for Sat. afternoon

The Rives Athletic Association is set to take baseball registrations Saturday.
The sign-ups are scheduled at Rives City Hall from 4 p.m. until 5:30.
Registrations are set to be taken for T-ball, coach pitch, minor league and little league.
For more information, call 536-6403.

Titans’ coach Fisher
going through divorce

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher has filed for divorce from his wife, Juli, according to court documents.
The couple separated Feb. 10 on grounds of irreconcilable differences, according to the filing entered last Friday in Williamson County Chancery Court.
They married in 1986 and have three children.
The coach first filed for divorce in May 2004, but the couple later reunited.
Their two oldest children now are in college with their third child in high school.
In his wife’s response, she alleges in court documents that Fisher has been guilty of “inappropriate marital conduct.”
“This is a very private matter, and my wish is everyone will respect my family as we go through this difficult process,” Fisher said in a statement.
Jeff Fisher had his contract extended with the Titans through 2011 in September. Tennessee finished the regular season 10-6 last year and was eliminated by San Diego in the first round of the playoffs.

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