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Messenger Sports Briefs for January 14

Messenger Sports Briefs for January 14

Both UCMS squads
learn Area seeding

Both Union City Middle School teams now know their initial opponents in the Small School Area Tournament.
The UCMS girls (14-1) gained the No. 2 seed for the event slated to begin Jan. 21 at Fayette-West in Oakland.
The Lady Twisters will play Halls on Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. in the first round of the eight-team tournament.
Should the UC girls win their opening round game, a meeting with either East or Northview would be set for Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. The girls’ championship game is slated for Jan. 26 at 6 p.m.
On the boys’ side, Union City (7-8) was seeded No. 5. The Twisters play Three Oaks at 2:10 on Jan. 23 in the first round. If UC is victorious in that contest, the locals would battle either Humboldt or Northview on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m.
The boys’ title game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 26.
The winner and runner-up from the Area tourney will move on to the West Sectional.

OVC tourney tickets
can be bought now

All-Session tickets for the 2010 Ohio Valley Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament went on sale through the Sommet Center ticket office and Ticketmaster this morning.
The semifinals and finals will be held March 5-6 at the Sommet Center in downtown Nashville. The event includes four sessions (6 games). The price for an all-session ticket is $50.
The women’s semifinals will begin at Noon on March 5 with the men’s semifinals following at 6 p.m. The women’s championship game will be held at 3 p.m. on March 6 with the men’s championship game beginning at 7 p.m.
Fans can purchase tickets by calling the Sommet Center ticket office (615-770-2040) or Ticketmaster (615-255-9600). Tickets can also be purchased online at
First round games, which will be held at the higher-seed’s homecourt on March 2, are not part of the all-session ticket.

OC Little League
signs up Saturday

The Obion County Little League will be accepting registrations on Saturday for girls and boys interested in playing baseball.
The sign-ups will take place in the Obion Central gym lobby from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The league is open to youths ages 5-12.

East Carolina rout
is latest U of M win

MEMPHIS — Wesley Witherspoon scored 22 points and Doneal Mack added 15 as Memphis extended its Conference USA winning streak to 63 games with a 77-57 victory over East Carolina on Wednesday night.
The victory pulled the Tigers (12-4, 2-0 C-USA) within one game of Kentucky’s 64 straight conference wins in the late 1940s — the longest such streak in NCAA history.
However, the NCAA has ruled that the Tigers will forfeit their 38 wins — 19 of them in Conference USA play — in the 2007-08 season because of questions about guard Derrick Rose’s eligibility under  now-former coach John Calipari.
Memphis has appealed the ruling.
Willie Kemp added 13 for Memphis.
Witherspoon was 6-of-8 from the field and 9 of 10 from the line.
Brock Young led the Pirates (6-11, 0-3) with 21 points, Jontae Sherrod added 11 and Jamar Abrams had 10.

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