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Messenger Sports Briefs for October 21

Messenger Sports Briefs for October 21
Briefly

Dyersburg’s Counce
earns Titans’ award

The Tennessee Titans announced Monday that Dyersburg football coach James Counce Sr. has been named the Titans’ High School Football Coach of the Week for Week 8.
The eighth-ranked Trojans outlasted No.11 Crockett County 42-41 in triple overtime in a Region 7-3A thriller last week.
In a critical contest to decide the likely No. 2 seed in the league, Dyersburg and Crockett County went back and fourth with the outcome being decided on the final play of the game. After both teams traded scores in each overtime, Dyersburg registered a sack on an attempted two-point conversion by Crockett County in the final overtime to give the Trojans the dramatic victory.
“It’s an honor for our school and our students to have Coach Counce and for him to receive this award re-confirms just that,” said Dyersburg Athletic Director James Counce Jr. “The kids will jump over the moon for him and that is a credit to the way he coaches and cares about each of his student-athletes.”
Counce joined South Fulton’s Kelly Spivey, Jeff Morris of Milan and Henry County’s Joe Gaddis as rural West Tennessee coaches to win the award this season.
Through the Titans Foundation, team owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. will make a $1,000 contribution to the Dyersburg High School football program in Coach Counce’s honor.

Jr. Twister League
selling Boston Butts

The Union City Jr. Tornado Football League is selling fully cooked “Boston Butts” for $25 and ribs for $15. 
They will be ready for pick up at War Memorial Stadium in Union City on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. through noon.
Interested persons are encouraged to contact any coach in the Jr. Tornadoes’ League or call Wayne Baker at 446-4115 or Dan Faulkner at 270-309-0196.

Lady Rebels to benefit
from Friday supper

The Obion Central girls’ basketball team will benefit from a ham and bean supper that is set for Friday evening.
The supper, which is sponsored by the Lady Rebels’ Rebounder Club, will begin at 5 p.m. prior to the OC-Haywood football game with to-go orders available.
Plates are $3 per person.
For more information, contact Obion Central High School at 536-4688.

Valdez records ace
at Goodyear course

Jorge Valdez fired a hole-in-one on No. 17 on the Goodyear Wingfoot Golf Co-urse Saturday.
He used a 5-wood to cover the 172-yard distance.
Witnesses were Corky Adams, David Squyres and David Crider.

Graduation rate up
among UT athletes

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee men’s and women’s athletics departments say their graduation rates are improving.
The university announced last week a graduation rate of 78 percent for athletes who entered the university from 1998-99 through 2001-02.
This was up from the figure announced a year ago of 73 percent for those in school from 1997 to 2000.
Nationally, 79 percent of all student-athletes who entered school in the fall of 2001 have graduated and 78 percent of those who entered college between 1998 and 2001 earned degrees within six years. Both are one-point increases over last year’s report.

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