Messenger Sports Briefs for May 27

Messenger Sports Briefs for May 27
Briefly Murfreesboro is home for 2009 Spring Fling The Spring Fling will stay in Murfreesboro… at least for one more year. The Olympic-style event that crowns multiple spring sports champions in Tennessee high school athletics, will return to the mid-state area in 2009 after the TSSAA extended its contract with Murfreesboro for one year at the conclusion of this year’s Fling. The last three Spring Flings have been hosted by Murfreesboro. Before coming to Murfreesboro, Spring Fling, which features the state championships for five high school spring sports, was held in Chattanooga from 1994 through 2002. Memphis was then the host site of the event for three years, before it was awarded to Murfreesboro, where it has enjoyed immense success. Trenton’s Crenshaw signs with Lambuth Trenton High School baseball standout Carson Crenshaw recently signed scholarship papers to continue his career at Lambuth University. The 5-foot-11 catcher finished his senior campaign with a .293 batting average, 11 runs batted in and six doubles. Defensively, Crenshaw recorded a near perfect year with just one error in 17 putout attempts. Crenshaw played for Todd Lumley at Peabody. Vandy baseballers to face Oklahoma NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt will play Oklahoma in the first round of the double-elimination NCAA Regional Tournament in Tempe, Ariz. The defending Southeastern Conference champs went 40-20 during the regular season but were eliminated by Ole Miss in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament over the weekend. They are scheduled to play Friday against the third-seeded Sooners. The winner of the faceoff will take on the winner of the Long Beach regional. This is the fourth time in five seasons Vanderbilt has played in the NCAA postseason. Lipscomb will also take on Georgia on Friday in Athens, Ga. The Nashville university went 32-28 in the regular season and this will be its first NCAA Tournament appearance after defeating Gardner-Webb 10-9 on Sunday in the Atlantic Sun Tournament. Memphis b-ballers taking tour of China MEMPHIS (AP) — Memphis coaches and players, along with other Conference USA teams, are taking a nine-day tour of China that will include three exhibition games with the national team. The university said seven Memphis players, two from Southern Mississippi, two from University of Texas at El Paso and one from Tulsa began a 20-hour plane ride on Sunday. Memphis coach John Calipari and head coaches from UTEP and Tulsa will lead the team in three games in Dongguan, Yangjian and Huizhou. The tour is part of a five-year initiative started last year by Calipari when he hosted 15 Chinese coaches. They evaluated the basketball program prior to its run up to the NCAA championship game.

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