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Messenger Sports Briefs for December 22

Messenger Sports Briefs for December 22
Briefly

UCMS teams split
at Lake County

The Union City Middle School girls’ basketball teams split a pair of makeup games at Lake County over the weekend, winning the B-team matchup 31-24, but losing the varsity tilt 32-24.
On the boys’ side, UC destroyed the Falcons 51-31.
In the girls’ jayvee game, Kristian Davis and Kaleigh Bynum each scored eight points to lead the Lady Tornadoes to their fifth win in six West Tennessee Athletic Conference games.
In the A-game, Amber Fair totaled 13 points and seven steals despite the locals’ setback.
Union City is now 8-2 in league play and 8-4 overall.
For the UC boys, Travis Rutland poured in 21 points and he pulled down nine rebounds, while Keylon Hyde was good for 22 caroms and eight markers.
The B-team will play its postseason tournament at Dyersburg Jan. 10, while the varsity squads will next see action Jan. 6 at Dyersburg.

Chattanooga job
not for Simpson

UT Martin head football coach Jason Simpson has withdrawn his name from consideration for the vacant head coaching position at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Simpson, who is currently on vacation, notified Phil Dane, the director of intercollegiate athletics at UT Martin, of his decision late Saturday night.
According to various news sources, Chattanooga officials will name a new head coach this afternoon. Simpson was one of three finalists for the job.
After three years at UTM, Simpson has guided the Skyhawks to a 21-14 overall record, the 2006 Ohio Valley Conference Championship and the team’s first postseason appearance since 1988.
This past season, Simpson led the Skyhawks to an 8-4 record and the team was one win away from winning its second conference title in the past three seasons.

Henry Co.’s Teague
will play at Florida

Class 4A Mr. Football Back of the Year Marsalis Teague of Henry County made his decision about what college he will attend over the weekend.
And the decision is one that cannot be satisfying to Tennessee fans.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound quarterback committed to Urban Meyer and the University of Florida recently.
Teague chose the Gators over UT, Alabama and a handful of other colleges.
This past season, Teague threw for over 1,300 yards and he rushed for an additional 1,600 as the Patriots advanced to the Class 4A semifinals.

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