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Messenger Sports Briefs for November 4

Messenger Sports Briefs for November 4

MJ Skyhawk debut
gets passing grade

MJ Brown made a splash in his debut with UT Martin in an exhibition basketball game Monday night.
The Skyhawks defeated Bethel 90-71 at the Elam Center and the two-time Class A Mr. Basketball from Union City High School totaled 10 points and five assists in 27 minutes of action.
However, there was room for improvement in Brown’s play as he turned the basketball over six times.
Furthermore, fellow former Union City standout Marquis Weddle struggled as he scored just six points on a 2-for-14 evening from the field. Weddle played 34 minutes.
NBA prospect Lester Hudson was the star of the show with 26 markers and 18 rebounds.
The UTM men’s team opens the 2008-09 season on Nov. 14 when they host Maryville University from St. Louis. Tipoff for that game is set for 11:30 a.m.

SF basketball tix
on sale at school

Season tickets for both the upcoming South Fulton Middle School and SFHS basketball season are now on sale.
Tickets for all of the middle school’s home games are $15 for students and $20 for adults.
Meanwhile, high school season tickets are $25 for students and $40 for adults.
For more information, contact the middle school at 479-1449 or the high school at 479-1441.

Reelfoot Road Race
set for Saturday

The 30th annual Reelfoot Road Race is set for Saturday with the event beginning at Union City High School.
A pair of races — one 5K and the other 10K have been scheduled — with entry fee $16 on the day of the race. The first 150 entrants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt.
Team rates will be available for any schools participating that have three or more entries.
Race proceeds will benefit the Hillcrest Booster Club.
Registration forms are available at Doctor’s Clinic, Health Quest and Snap Fitness.
For more information, visit or contact Bruce Brown at 885-1978.

UTM footballers
up to 20th in polls

The University of Tennessee at Martin football team has moved up to No. 20 in both The Sports Network Poll and the FCS Coaches Poll.
Both polls were released Monday afternoon.
The Skyhawks, 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference, debuted in both polls last week after claiming a 31-30 victory over Jacksonville State on Oct. 23 in a game that was televised nationally on ESPNU.
The James Madison Dukes are No. 1 in both The Sports Network Poll and the FCS Coaches Poll. The Dukes kept their ranking after defeating Colonial Athletic Association rival Delaware 41-7 on Saturday.
The Skyhawks will travel to play the Southeastern Conference entry Auburn this week.

Bowling a finalist
for Titans’ honor

The Tennessee Titans announced Monday that Dobyns-Bennett head coach Graham Clark has been named the Titans High School Football Coach of the Week for Week 10.
The Dobyns-Bennett Indians defeated Science Hill 10-6 to capture the Region 1-5A championship.
Union City head coach Darren Bowling also received votes for his team’s 63-22 beating of Gleason.
Dobyns-Bennett’s victory over Science Hill pushed the Indians to 10-0 in 2008 and extended their winning streak over Science Hill to 15 consecutive games. On fourth down, with 1:41 left in the contest, Dobyns-Bennett defender Derrick Steele knocked down what would have been a lead-changing touchdown catch to seal the victory for the No.1 Indians.
Through the Titans Foundation, team owner K.S. “Bud” Adams Jr. will make a $1,000 contribution to the Dobyns-Bennett High School football program in Coach Clark’s honor.
Also receiving votes for the coach of the week was Hendersonville’s Bruce Hatfield whose club avenged three earlier losses in past years to Hunters Lane to defeat them 17-6 in 2008, Howard’s Alvin Tarver who led his team to a 33-14 region title victory over McMinn Central and Smyrna’s Matt Williams whose club picked off three passes to secure a 23-7 victory over Wilson Central.

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