Messenger Sports Briefs for May 26

Messenger Sports Briefs for May 26

Championship reign
of TCA softball over

Trinity Christian Academy’s reign as the Class A state softball champion came to an end Saturday.
The Lady Lions, who won the 2006 and 2007 championship, fell to Forrest 5-4 in the state title game at Spring Fling.
TCA was up 4-2 and one out away from a third consecutive crown when a pair of errors helped the Lady Rockets to the state title.
Forrest, who survived the loser’s bracket, also defeated the Lady Lions 10-4 Friday evening.
TCA’s Ellen Renfroe was tagged with the loss with a complete game performance that included 10 strikeouts and just six hits and five runs allowed.

JCS Class A champs
for 1st time in baseball

Jackson Christian School claimed its first-ever Class A state baseball championship after a 10-4 victory over Huntingdon.
Patrick Taggart got the victory in the title tilt with three strikeouts and four runs allowed on eight hits.
Blake Burke absorbed the loss for the Mustangs with Lucas Dill and Cole McAdams both toeing the rubber in relief.
JCS’ Josh Lindsey smacked a two-run homer during the victory.

UT Martin’s Hudson
invited to draft camp

UT Martin’s Lester Hudson has been officially invited to the NBA’s Pre-Draft Camp in Orlando, according to Skyhawk head coach Bret Campbell and’s Jeff Goodman.
The pre-draft camp starts Tuesday and goes through Friday.
Some of the others who have officially been invited to the camp with Hudson include Memphis’ Joey Dorsey, Louisville’s David Padgett, Kansas’ Russell Robinson, Darnell Jackson and Sasha Kaun and Tennessee State’s Bruce Price.
Goodman reports that Kansas’ Mario Chalmers, Rider’s Jason Thompson, Nevada’s JaVelle McGee, Syracuse’s Donte Green and Memphis’ Chris Douglas-Roberts will pass on playing in the game.
Michael Beasley, Derrick Rose, OJ Mayo and Danilo Gallinari have been invited to the camp but as physical-only players.
Hudson put together one of the best all-around seasons in Ohio Valley Conference history in 2007-08 and helped his team make a six-game improvement in its league record. The Skyhawks were picked last (11th) in a preseason poll but finished fourth and qualified for the OVC Tournament.

Gibson County’s Pate
will play at Rhodes

Gibson County High School girls’ basketball standout Jenilee Pate has inked scholarship papers to continue her career at Rhodes College in Memphis.
Pate, a 5-foot-11 forward, averaged 10 points and seven rebounds per game during her senior season.
She was also named to the All-District team and All-Region team while playing for the Lady Pioneers, who advanced to the Class AA State Tournament this season.

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