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Messenger Sports Briefs for May 7

Messenger Sports Briefs for May 7
Briefly

UTM softballer Bain
is top OVC freshman

UT Martin’s Jenny Bain was named the Ohio Valley Conference’s Freshman of the Year Wednesday night when the league handed out its annual accolades at the OVC Softball Tournament Awards Banquet. Bain was also named to the All-OVC First Team and OVC All-Newcomer Team. Joining Bain on the All-OVC First Team was junior Megan Williams, while junior Laura Roberts was named to the All-OVC Second Team.
 Bain, from Hendersonville, becomes only the second Skyhawk to be named the OVC’s top freshman, joining Ashley Benbow who claimed the honor in 2007. Bain emerged as one of the biggest surprises in the entire conference this year. Not recruited as a power hitter, she exploded on the scene with 13 home runs this year.
Williams, from Murfre-esboro, makes her second career appearance on an All-OVC team. This is her first appearance on the first team.
Roberts, from Johnston City, Ill., earned her first  recognition on an all-league squad with the second team nod.
 
WLJT golf tourney
slated for June 11

The 12th annual WLJT Northwest Tennessee Golf Tournament is scheduled for June 11 at Persimmon Hills Golf Course near Sharon.
Tee time is slated for 1 p.m. after a noon lunch.
The event will be in a four-person scramble format with four divisions of play.
The $70 entry fee covers lunch, cart, green fees, a spot in the putting contest, two mulligans and tickets for door prizes.
For more information, call WLJT at 881-7561 or send an e-mail to mshumake@utm.edu.

B’ford girls’ mentor
is now Larry Eddings

Bradford High School will lose its girls’ basketball coach, but gain a principal.
Shane Paschall has resigned his position as the Lady Red Devils’ mentor to accept the principal’s job vacated when current high school headmaster Rusty Taylor took a similar position at the Bradford Elementary School.
Paschall compiled an 80-77 mark during his five years as the Lady Red Devils’ coach. Over the last two seasons, Bradford has gone 51-15, returning to some of its former glory with a state tournament appearance in ’08 and a sectional berth this past season.
Bradford didn’t look far to find Paschall’s successor.
Assistant coach Larry Eddings has been selected to take the spot.
Eddings, who has previous head coaching experience at Gibson County and Bethel College, comes in with a 264-133 record as a skipper.