Many local footballers
on nice West TN list
Members of the Class 1A state champion Union City football team and two players on both the Obion Central and South Fulton got late Christmas presents on Sunday morning.
UC head coach Darren Bowling was named the Jackson Sun’s Coach of the Year, while Tornado kicker Jorge Guerri claimed the Special Teams Player of the Year award.
Other Tornado players were honored on The Sun’s All-West Tennessee team. Fullback Josh Nicks was a first-teamer as was defensive lineman Ronnie Fair.
Obion Central’s Patrick Haskins was also selected as an athlete on the first team offense.
Rebel offensive lineman Aaron Cary and Twister center Will Arnold were both on the second team.
Otherwise, UC’s Chase Bowling, Rance Barnes, Keylon Hyde, Kendrick Price and Jacob Worley all earned honorable mention recognition as did South Fulton’s Sam Curtis and Jared Fowler.
Vols show some rust
during Bowl practice
ATLANTA (AP) — The Tennessee Volunteers are a bit rusty coming off their short holiday break in new surroundings as they resume preparations for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.
Coach Lane Kiffin says he thought Saturday’s practice was OK but he said a lot of things didn’t go perfectly. He credits that to the break and the Vols getting used to the hotel in Georgia in the final days before Thursday night’s game.
Their first practice was at Decatur High School on Saturday morning after arriving in Atlanta on Friday night.
Kiffin still is trying to decide on a kicker. Neither Daniel Lincoln, Chad Cunningham nor Devin Mathis are kicking consistently enough that Kiffin has picked a starter.
Kiffin says that’s a big concern for the Vols playing against Virginia Tech.
Sounds baseball team
could get new stadium
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Sounds and the city of Nashville are discussing a riverfront ballpark for the Triple-A baseball team to replace three-decade-old Greer Stadium.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean told The Tennessean the city is talking with the Sounds’ ownership group about the old Nashville Thermal Transfer Plant site, where the previous owners had a deal with the city that fell apart in the spring of 2007.
Dean says he’s eager to build a new ballpark and expects the team to make a proposal.
A Sounds spokesman did not return two phone calls from the newspaper seeking comment from the owners last week.
Dean said the economic recession has made development much more difficult. But he said a new ballpark could spur development downtown, which would be one of the main reasons to build it.
Caray voice of Braves
on regional networks
ATLANTA (AP) — Chip Caray is headed back to the Atlanta Braves broadcasting booth.
Caray said last week he was hired to be the team’s play-by-play man on Fox Sports South and SportsSouth and he is expected to work about 105 games next season. The hire came three weeks after parting ways with Turner Sports.
The 44-year-old is the son of late Braves broadcaster Skip Caray and a grandson of famed broadcaster Harry Caray. He called first-round playoff games for TBS during the past three seasons and also worked a few dozen Atlanta games this season for a local Turner-owned station.
Caray is replacing Jon Sciambi, who left after the 2009 season for a full-time job at ESPN.
He says, “I couldn’t imagine a better situation.”