Messenger Sports Briefs for May 30

Messenger Sports Briefs for May 30
Briefly Ex-UT Martin coach files suit vs. school MARTIN (AP) — A former volleyball coach contends in a lawsuit that the University of Tennessee at Martin treated her unfairly because of her gender. The U.S. District Court suit was filed in Jackson by former coach Amy Draper, who argues she was wrongly dismissed in January and replaced by a less experienced male coach. The university declined comment on the lawsuit Thursday. In the gender discrimination suit, Draper also argues that UT Martin administrators slight women’s sports in violation of federal law. The suit asked for unspecified monetary damages. UC girls’ softball team holds ’09 tryouts Mon. The Union City High School girls’ softball team will be holding tryouts for the 2009 season Monday night. The tryouts will take place at the Lady Twisters’ field in Graham Park and begin at 6 p.m. All prospective players are asked to bring their own softball equipment in order to take part in the tryouts. For further information, contact UCHS head coach Shane Sisco. Central standout Joost to play All-Star game Obion Central’s Caleb Joost will have the opportunity to play on a professional baseball field Wednesday as part of the first-ever West Tennessee High School Baseball All-Star Classic. Joost will take to the field at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Pringles Park in Jackson as part of the Black team that will be coached by Lambuth coach John Barlowe. Meanwhile, Union City’s Craig Lowrance was selected to play on the Gray team, but he will not be able to participate in the game. Tickets for the event can be purchased prior to the game for $5. On a side note, anyone who attends Wednesday’s 12:05 p.m. Southern League contest between the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx and Tennessee Smokies will receive free admission to the classic. EKU, Samford tops in overall OVC race Eastern Kentucky University claimed its fifth consecutive and 15th overall Ohio Valley Conference men’s all-sport trophy, while Samford University claimed its third women’s all-sports trophy. The all-sports trophies, symbols of overall athletic excellence in OVC sponsored championships, will be presented tonight at the league’s annual Honors Luncheon in Nashville. Eastern Kentucky continued its dominance of the trophy, as the 15 all-time wins are the most ever on in men’s competition. The Colonels achieved the feat with a first place finish in cross country, golf, football and indoor track and field. Samford, which won its first award in 2003-04, claimed its second straight award this season, winning a tight race where the top three teams were separated by only 4.5 points. The Bulldogs were first in tennis and second in basketball, cross country, outdoor track and field and soccer. W’ridge men winners get victory by a stroke Jason Powell, Jason Smith, Daniel Booker Sr., Daniel Booker Jr. and Thomas Jeuss combined to shoot 7-under-par and earn first-place honors in the weekly men’s scramble at Wynridge Greens in Troy Thursday evening. The team of Kevin James, Sidney Chappell, David Puckett, Winky Faulkner and David Blincoe finished in second with a score of 6-under-par. Wynridge Greens holds its weekly men’s scramble every Thursday. For more information, contact the course at 536-4653.

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