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Messenger Sports Briefs for September 10

Messenger Sports Briefs for September 10

Union City now 3-0
in conference play

Keontre Murrell scored three touchdowns and Drake Parker ran for two scores and four two-point conversions to lead Union City’s Middle School football team to a 38-22 victory over visiting Lake County Tuesday night.
The West Tennessee Athletic Conference victory improved the Jr. Tornadoes to 3-0 in league play heading into next week’s showdown at unbeaten Northview. UC is 4-1 overall.
Murrell ran to paydirt from 30 and six yards out and caught a 31-yard scoring pass from Travis Rutland in the Twisters’ Tuesday night triumph. Parker had TD gallops of nine and 37 yards in addition to tacking on the two-point plays after each of Union City’s first four touchdowns.
The locals led 24-0 at the half and 32-0 after three periods before reserves gave up two touchdowns in as many plays in the fourth quarter to make the final tally closer.
Bud Miller led UC defensively with eight tackles. Brett Gore was in on seven stops, while Rutland and Joseph Shanks recorded six stops apiece.

Locals among the best
at Soybean Road Race

A handful of Obion County natives placed well at the Soybean Festvial’s 5K Road Race last weekend.
For starters, in the 14-to-16 year-old boys’ division, Joshua Gale of Obion took first place with a 19:16, while Travis Daniel (19:57) of Union City came in at second and Kyle Byars (20:21) of Rives third.
Elsewhere, on the male side, Kyle Byassee of Union City finished third in the 17-to-19-year-old division, while Richard Elam had the same finish in the 40-49 age group.
On the girls’ side, Kelsey Barnes of Union City topped the charts in the 14-to-16 age group with a time of 22:55, while Rives’ native Jennifer Brooks was second in the 17-to-19 division.
Elisha Faulkner of South Fulton brought home runner-up honors in the 30-39 women’s division with a time of 26:59.

Central team effort
betters SF individuals

South Fulton had the lowest individual scores but Obion Central had a knack for consistency in its victory during a three-way golf match that Dyer County also took part in Tuesday at Wynridge Greens in Troy.
The Rebels’ cumulative score of 170 was enough to edge DC (173) and top the Red Devils (183).
Jake Lawrence paced OC with a 40 with John Michael Green carding a 42, Ethan Rudd a 43 and Chase Wallace a 45.
For SF, Justin Cranford was the match’s overall medalist with a 38, while Chase Mayfield was a shot off his teammate’s pace with a 39.
Otherwise, Hunter Hutchins shot a 49 and Blake Pilcher totaled 57 for South Fulton.
Both local golf squads return to action Thursday with SF hosting a match at the Fulton Country Club and Central taking on Union City at the Goodyear Wingfoot Golf Course.

New women’s coach
hired at Lambuth

Lambuth University has found what the school believes is the right man to lead its women’s basketball program.
Bob Bolden was hired to succeed Joe Reints as the Lady Eagles’ skipper.
Bolden is no stranger to the head coaching ranks as he was the skipper at Arkansas-Monticello for two seasons.
Ironically, that school plays in the Gulf South Conference — the league that Lambuth might play in if they are accepted into the NCAA Division II fraternity.
For now, the Lady Eagles will continue with a NAIA schedule, although they could begin D-II play by 2010.

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