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Messenger Sports Briefs for August 19

Messenger Sports Briefs for August 19

Messenger’s Hutchens
is again TSWA head

Longtime Messenger Sports Editor Mike Hutchens will serve a second time as president of the Tennessee Sports Writers Association.
Hutchens was elected to fill the spot on an interim basis, finishing out the second year of Phil Kaplan’s two-year term. Kaplan, the assistant sports editor at the Knoxville News-Sentinial, was recently elected the vice president of the Associated Press Sport Editors and forced to relinquish his TSWA post.
Hutchens, a 26-year veteran of this newspaper, headed the TSWA from 2002-04 when the organization’s membership was at its highest.

Local United Way
to host golf scramble

The United Way of Obion County will be hosting a four-person scramble on Aug. 29 at the Goodyear Wingfoot Golf Course.
Entry fee is $200 per team.
For more information, contact Kurt Baggett at 225-9215 or Tommy Gurle at 335-1618.

Local pro Underwood
in MMA cage on Sat.

Union City resident Zack Underwood will be involved in his third professional mixed martial arts fight Saturday night.
Underwood is part of a 10-bout card at the Millington Naval Gymnasium.
Action is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets are available online at
Underwood has split his first two fights.

E.W. James links event
scheduled for Sept. 17

The E.W. James Charitable Foundation has announced the date of its annual charity golf tournament.
The event will be held at Wynridge Golf Course in Troy on Sept. 17 with tee time set for 10 a.m.
The Exchange Club/Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse was selected by the Foundation’s board this year as the agency to benefit from the golf tournament.
Last year, the Foundation gave a grant of over $15,000 to Visions Autism Center and the company regularly looks for other 501c3 agencies to support. Grant applications and information are available at the company’s Web site under the corporate information tab.
There is also information about the tournament with an entry form posted. The event is open to the public with both individual and team player options.
The four-man scramble event is held over the day with lunch, a steak dinner and refreshments provided.

Skyhawk men’s team
hires former Volunteer

Jason James, the first-year head men’s basketball coach at The University of Tennessee at Martin, announced he has hired former University of Tennessee basketball player Cornelius Jackson as an assistant coach.
Jackson has been an assistant coach at West Virginia State University since 2003.
Jackson was responsible for all recruiting and scheduling at West Virginia State. He also coordinated the video film exchange, scouted opponents and helped develop game plans.
Jackson signed with the University of Tennessee out of high school and, after being a part-time starter for the Vols as a freshman, he transferred to Marshall University, where he finished his collegiate career.
After graduation, Jackson was drafted by the Roanoke Dazzle of the National Basketball Development League (NBDL).
He also played professionally in Germany and Austria.

Trenton product Doaks
signs with French pros

Former Trenton basketball standout Nicchaeus Doaks, who played collegiately at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will continue his hoops career professionally after recently signing with Bordeaux of the French Pro B League. 
The 6-foot-7 forward helped the Mocs to the Southern Conference championship during his senior campaign this past season and finished as the program’s all-time leading rebounder of the school’s Division I era.
Last season, Doaks averaged 13.7 points and 8.6 rebounds. During his career at UTC, he scored 1,406 points and pulled down 818 rebounds. His 131 games played is a school record. Doaks also ranks fourth all-time on Chattanooga’s all-time scoring list.

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