Messenger Sports Briefs for May 20

Messenger Sports Briefs for May 20

Bradford baseball job
goes to ex-OC aide

Former Obion Central football assistant Mark Rich has landed on his feet as the new head baseball coach at Bradford High School.
Rich, who served one season on Jason Driggers’ Rebel staff last fall, played baseball at both Huntingdon and Dyersburg State. He was an assistant coach to Josh Fronabarger at West Carroll with the War Eagle baseball program for two years prior to coming to OCCHS.
The 28-year-old Rich says he plans to begin work at Bradford this summer, focusing on the game field that was rendered unplayable two years ago by a tornado that devastated the town. He also plans on conducting several individual and skills camps prior to the 2008-09 school year beginning in August.
Larry Eddings served as the Red Devils’ interim coach this past season. Eddings, Bradford’s boys’ basketball coach the past two years, will not return to that capacity in 2008-09 either.
Rich will teach history at BHS.

Troy native sinks ace
at Wynridge Greens

Pete Caldwell of Troy recorded a hole-in-one recently at Wynridge Greens.
Caldwell’s ace came on the 91-yard, seventh hole while using a pitching wedge.
Jerry Grady, H.L. Tipton, Danny Arnold and Tommy Lovell all witnessed Caldwell’s hole-in-one.

Railroaders fill team
with old face, new guy

A familiar face will be in the Fulton Railroaders’ dugout during the 2008 KIT League season.
Cory Hodskins, a member of the 2007 Fulton team, will return to the Railroaders for the upcoming campaign.
In ’07, Hodskins came to the team after the season’s start from the University of Cincinnati. As a utility infielder/outfielder, he managed a .245 batting average and a .337 on base average, with 21 RBI and 21 runs scored. During post-season play, he excelled in leading the Railroaders hitters with a .375 batting average, a .524 on-base percentage and a .688 slugging average.
For the 2008 school year, Hodskins transferred to Murray State University.
Meanwhile, the team filled out its 22-man roster by signing Kurt Dudley from Springfield College.
During his freshman year at SC, Kurt was lauded for having the best outfield arm in the Springfield program.

Ridgeway grid coach
may be fired again

MEMPHIS (AP) — A Memphis high school football coach who received a three-year suspension in 2001 for accepting money from a Kentucky assistant coach may be out of a job again.
Tim Thompson has been serving as the interim coach at Ridgeway High School and was set to rejoin Memphis City Schools as head coach in August.
But Ridgeway Principal Jim Long says Thompson violated Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association rules by allowing one or more students from other schools to participate with his players in a scrimmage last week.
Long says he notified the TSSAA. He says he will re-evaluate hiring Thompson once the school has completed its investigation.
Thompson could not immediately be reached for comment.
He is the only Memphis City Schools coach to win two football state titles.
Thompson spent the past two prep seasons coaching at Fayette-Ware High School in Somerville.
Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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