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Messenger Sports Briefs for May 6

Messenger Sports Briefs for May 6

South Fulton Boosters
to meet Wednesday

The South Fulton Athletic Booster Club will meet on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the South Fulton High School library.
Normal business of the club and election of the officers for the 2008-09 school year will be discussed and conducted.
All members and prospective members are urged to attend.

UC native Puckett
hired as DSCC coach

The Dyersburg State Community College Lady Eagles basketball team will start its 2008-09 season under the direction of a new head coach.
Union City native Rian Puckett was named the team’s new head coach recently.
Prior to coming to DSCC, Puckett was the women’s basketball head coach at Mid-Continent University in Mayfield.
He has also served as a graduate assistant to the men’s basketball team at Bethel College.
As head coach, Puckett’s duties will include coaching the team, working with student activities and recruiting players.
Puckett is not a stranger to the DSCC campus.
He worked as an adjunct instructor of English and has taught developmental writing courses for the college.
Puckett, along with his wife Michelle, attend Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Yorkville, where he serves as music director. They have one son, Colby.

Fulton County track
to have fund raiser

The Fulton County track & field program will be holding a Mother’s Day eve fund raiser at the Citizen’s Bank in Hickman Saturday.
Starting at 8 a.m., the high school and middle school track teams will host a car wash and bake sale fund raiser that will also offer kids’ crafts, snow cones and school shirts for sale.
All proceeds will go to funding the teams’ trips to the Kentucky state track meets in Lexington and Louisville.

Xpress baseball team
announces tryouts

The Ken-Tenn Xpress baseball team will have two open workout sessions for baseball players 19 years old and younger.
The first tryout will be on May 17 at noon within the confines of Lohaus Field, while the second will be the same time and venue on May 24.
This year, the Xpress will field a senior team (19-and-under) and a junior team (17-and-under).
The senior team will lay in 45 games over the course of two months in six different states, while the junior team will be made up of players 13 years old through 17 years old.
For more information, contact David Wray at 431-8070 or Blake Rhodes at 343-0353.

Pearl dismisses duo
from UT men’s squad

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee sophomore forward Duke Crews and sophomore guard Ramar Smith are being dismissed from the team, coach Bruce Pearl announced Friday.
Pearl would not identify the reason for the dismissals, though he did say the two cases were unrelated and they stemmed from problems over a period of time rather than one specific incident.
“They did a lot of positive things in two years, but we have very, very high expectations for student athletes on and off the court,” Pearl said before the team’s end-of-season banquet, which was not attended by the two players.
Pearl said the two players did not meet his expectations after they were given every opportunity to succeed and instead will transfer to another school, though he did not specify where.
Smith spent half the season as a starting point guard, competing for time with senior Jordan Howell as he struggled with lackluster play.
The Mount Clemens, Mich., native who came in as a highly touted recruit, averaged 7.4 points and 3.2 assists a game last season.
Crews spent about a month on the bench with questions about whether he had a heart condition. The Hampton, Va., native was later cleared and allowed to return to play, finishing the season with an average 5.4 points and four rebounds per game.
Crews served a monthlong suspension before the season began for being late to several team functions and because a campus resident assistant found small amounts of marijuana in Crews’ on-campus apartment. Charges were never filed against Crews, who shared the apartment with other students.