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Messenger Sports Briefs for September 17

Messenger Sports Briefs for September 17

OC falls just short
to moving on in golf

Obion Central just missed out on qualifying for the regional golf tournament, placing fourth in the 14-team District 14A-AA Boys Tournament at The Farms on Tuesday.
The Rebels’ 343 total was edged out by tourney champion Gibson County (322), Milan (332) and host Dyersburg (335). The top three teams advance to the Region 7A-AA Tournament next week at the same venue.
South Fulton finished 10th with a 418, while Union City came in at No. 13 with a 465.
John Michael Green shot a 79 to pace OC’s effort. Jake Lawrence had an 87, as did teammate Chase Wallace, while Ethan Rudd carded a 90.
For SF, Chase Mayfield and Justin Cranford both shot 88s, with Hunter Hutchins firing a 112 and Austin Puckett a 130.
On the UC side, Britton Bugg carded a 109, Larkin Austin shot 116, Jackson Donnell and Turner Ams finished at 120 and Cameron Graham came in at 124.
Central’s Green, who missed making the regional individually as he fell in a playoff, and both Mayfield and Cranford of South Fulton were all named to the all-district team.

OC cross country gals
place 4th in Jackson

The Obion Central girls’ cro-ss country team finished fourth at the Liberty Invitational in Jackson on Monday.
Kelsey Barnes was the only medalist for OC as she recorded a 12th-place finish. Joshua Gale led the boys’ team with a time of 19:00.
The Central cross country team next runs in the Tennessee Classic in Nashville on Saturday.

Racer skipper Griffin
suspended by OVC

The Ohio Valley Conference has issued a one-game suspension to Murray State University head football coach Matt Griffin for comments made about officiating following Murray State’s 42-23 loss to Illinois State.
Griffin, who previously was the head man at UT Martin, will serve the suspension on Saturday when the Racers play at Western Kentucky.
“The core values of the Ohio Valley Conference are sportsmanship and ethical conduct and, as a result, we hold our coaches, student-athletes and administrators to a high standard of conduct,” said Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher, OVC Commissioner. “Coach Griffin’s comments were not consistent with the principles outlined in the OVC’s sportsmanship statement.
“The OVC has in place a program that provides ample opportunity for feedback and criticism. In this case, Matt did not work within our system.”

Weekly Titans’ award
goes to Lincoln coach

The Tennessee Titans ann-ounced Monday that Louis Thompson, head football coach of Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville, has been named the Titans High School Football Coach of the Week for Week Three.
The Lincoln County Falcons defeated the perennial powerhouse Riverdale 26-13 to earn their second consecutive win of 2008.
Also receiving strong consideration in this week’s poll was Joe Gaddis of Henry County High School, whose club defeated Westview High School 48-7 to continue their unbeaten streak in 2008, Tyner Academy’s Wayne Turner who led his team to a 32-28 victory over Knoxville Fulton, giving Fulton its first loss to a Chattanooga opponent since 1957 and Kevin Creasy of Trousdale County High School, whose team shutout No.3 in class 2A Smith County 20-0.