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UTM football slate
will have change

The University of Tennessee at Martin has made a change to its 2008 football schedule in order to avoid a conflict with fall break.
The Skyhawks will host perennial Ohio Valley Conference power Eastern Illinois on Oct. 9 at Hardy M. Graham Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
The game was originally scheduled for noon Oct. 11.
Skyhawk season football tickets go on sale soon.
For more information about tickets or to purchase season tickets, call the Skyhawk Ticket Office at (731) 881-7207.

Wynridge winners
shoot 10-under-par

The victors in the weekly men’s scramble at Wynridge Greens shot a 10-under par score in Troy Thursday evening.
Walter Shumate, Bill Rodgers, Tim Naifeh and Cory Ferguson combined for the winning score.
Keith Gilliam, Nick Gilliam, Robert Huffstutter and Ray Swift shot an 8-under to finish in second.
Wynridge Greens holds its weekly men’s scramble every Thursday.
For more information, contact the course at 536-4653.

Ladies soccer aide
hired by Skyhawks

Rachel Napoli has joined the UT Martin women’s soccer program as an assistant coach. Napoli’s primary duties will include on-field coaching and recruiting, in addition to overseeing the team’s travel arrangements and fund-raising needs.
“It is great to have her aboard. She brings a lot of enthusiasm and insight to the game. Her intuition for the game will help our staff and her personality will definitely help our ability to recruit,” said Skyhawk head coach Craig Roberts.
Prior to joining the UT Martin staff, Napoli served as an assistant soccer coach at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Penn., for the past two seasons.
During her time at the NCAA Division II Kutztown, she was actively involved in every aspect of the program’s advancement.
In addition to on-field coaching, her recruiting ability helped land many of the top players in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Napoli’s coaching ability didn’t go unnoticed while at Kutztown, as she was hired as the U18 girls’ head coach of FC Revolution, one of Eastern Pennsylvania’s most successful youth soccer clubs.

Manassas star Buckner
commits to Ole Miss

Manassas basketball standout and rising senior Reginald Buckner has committed to Ole Miss.
The 6-foot-8 forward had other scholarship offers on the table from Baylor, Bradley, Georgia State, Lamar, Middle Tennesee, Southeast Missouri and UTEP.
As a junior last season and a member of the Tigers’ team that finished as Class A runner-up to Union City, Buckner averaged 16 points, 13.7 rebounds and 6.7 blocks per game.

Ex-Memphis standout
now a coach in ABA

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A newly formed minor league basketball team in southern Kentucky has hired an NBA veteran as its first coach.
The Kentucky Mavericks of the American Basketball Association tapped former Memphis State star and longtime NBA player Vincent Askew to lead the team.
Askew played for eight teams in nine NBA seasons.
Askew’s most recent head coaching job was in the Continental Basketball Association, where he coached the Albany Patroons.
The Mavericks are scheduled to begin play later this year.
The American Basketball Association has 43 franchises in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Singapore and the Bahamas.

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