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Messenger Sports Briefs for June 7

Messenger Sports Briefs for June 7

UC duo, Devilette
all softball All-Stars

A trio of local recently-graduated softball standouts are set to take to the diamond once more at the high school level in the inaugural West Tennessee All-Star Game at 4 Wednesday afternoon in Jackson.
South Fulton infielder Kayla Davidson — an Austin Peay signee — will be joined by Union City’s Paige Fisher and Karly Hollis on the Blue team within the confines of the West Tennessee Healthcare Complex.
Davidson led the Devilettes in home runs and RBI this spring on a team that claimed third place at the TSSAA State Tournament for the second time in school history and won a program-record 34 games.
Hollis and Fisher were both key components of UC’s recent softball surge, helping the locals to the regional tournament for the first three times in school history during their four years of play.
Obion Central’s Ethan Davis will also play at the West Tennessee Baseball All-Star Game on Wednesday at 6 at Pringles Park — home of the WestTenn Diamond Jaxx.
The Jaxx will play a noon game beforehand.

Couples at W’ridge
have close finish

Larry and Debbie Barnes carded a two-day total of 121 to win the championship flight of the Wynridge Greens couples scramble by just one shot over the weekend.
Meanwhile, Vikki McLeary and Kirk Vowell combined for a 122 in second place, while Robert and Sandy Barclay (126) claimed third.
In the first flight, Matt and Jackie Russell totaled a 129 to earn the top prize.
Jerry and Mikki McLeary got second with a 133, while Steve and Debbie Forsythe finished a shot behind (134) in third.
Danny Arnold and Cheryl Brundige’s 136 was good enough to win the second flight.
Second-place honors went to Don and Sharon Dills, who came to the clubhouse a shot back at 137. The third-place duo of Evan and Marilyn Forbess also carded a 137.

EKU is best sport
among OVC schools

Eastern Kentucky University was named the recipient of the Ohio Valley Conference’s annual Institutional Sportsmanship Award on Friday at the league’s annual Honors Luncheon in Nashville.
The award goes to the conference institution selected by its peers to have best exhibited the standards of sportsmanship and ethical conduct as outlined by the OVC and NCAA.

Florida boss Urban
hopes pain is in past

SANDESTIN, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Urban Meyer is taking medication, feeling “fantastic” and hoping his chest pain is history.
Speaking at the SEC’s annual spring meetings last week, Meyer said doctors have diagnosed the chest pain that bothered him the last three years as esophageal spasms. Although he declined to discuss his health in further detail, he said he is taking medication and that his heart is completely healthy.
Meyer briefly resigned in late December, citing health concerns three weeks after he was rushed to a hospital. He changed his mind the following day and  decided to take a leave of absence following Florida’s bowl game.
Meyer said the diagnosis came in January and he’s been pain-free since.

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