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Messenger Sports Briefs for April 17

Messenger Sports Briefs for April 17

UCMS soccer squad

edges Trenton bunch

Union City’s Middle School soccer team won its fourth match of the spring Thursday, beating Trenton 3-2.

Travis Rutland scored two of the Tornadoes’ three goals, with Woodson Miles accounting for the other. Clay Treece had a pair of assists for the locals.

Now 4-3 on the season, UC will close its regular season April 27 at Paris Inman with postseason play likely at a later date, according to head coach Rob Nettles.

Skyhawk men’s team

inks post from Jersey

UT Martin men’s basketball coach Bret Campbell announced that Ronald Spencer, a 6-9, 215-pound, post player from New Jersey, has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Skyhawks this fall.

Spencer played this past season for Vincent Robinson at Nia Prep in Newark, N.J., where he averaged 12.7 points, 12.2 rebounds and four blocks per game.

Spencer helped Nia Prep earn a 29-7 overall record and finish 11th in the nation among prep schools.

He earned first team all-tournament honors at the prestigious Apex Prep Tournament.

Spencer finished this past season in the Top 20 of the New Jersey Hoops Class of 2009.

“We are extremely excited to have Ronald join our Skyhawk family,” Campbell said. “Ronald has the potential to become an outstanding inside player in the Ohio Valley Conference. He is quick off the floor, he rebounds out of his area and he is a high energy guy.”

Spencer was being recruited by Western Kentucky, Alabama A&M, Iona, Kentucky, Saint Peter’s, Central Connecticut, South Alabama, Morehead State and Quinnipiac.

Spencer said he made the decision to play at UT Martin on the plane on his way home from his official visit.

Alabama will roll on

without Ken Stabler

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Ken Stabler won’t return as the football color analyst for Alabama radio broadcasts.

The former Crimson Tide and NFL quarterback had been on leave from his duties since his arrest on a drunken-driving charge last June.

He was found not guilty by a judge in Robertsdale, Ala.

Crimson Tide Sports Network general manager Jim Carabin and Alabama athletic director Mal Moore announced the decision Thursday.

In a statement released by the university, Stabler said: “I will continue to support UA in any way possible and wish only the best to the entire Alabama family.”

No permanent replacement has been named.

Former Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage is handling color duties for Saturday’s spring game.