UC assistant Cates
hired at South Gibson
South Gibson High School announced the hiring of two coaches on Monday.
Lin Cates, who served as an assitant coach for Jeremy Maddox at Union City in the recently-completed campaign, was named the school’s new baseball coach.
Meanwhile, former Bradford girls’ mentor Eric Hampton was named the boys’ basketball coach.
It is the first head coaching job for Cates, who graduated from UT Martin in December. He is to teach in the social studies/history department at the school.
Cates played baseball under his father, Bubba, at UTM. He is a 2005 graduate of Westview.
Hampton returns to rural West Tennessee after serving as the boys’ high school and middle school hoops coach at Frank Hughes School in Nashville the past two years. He also made a coaching stop at Linden Middle School after he left B’ford.
The new SG hoops hire replaces Merideth Richardson-Jacobs, a two-time Miss Basketball at Bradford under Hampton that coached both the girls and boys last season.
Richardson-Jacobs will continue with her duties as the school’s head girls’ basketball coach.
Reelfoot bass tourney
scheduled for Saturday
The Reelfoot Lake Bass Club is set to host its Big Bass Buddy Tournament on Saturday morning.
The event is slated to begin at 6 a.m. and continue until 11 with blastoff and weigh-in both at the Kirby Pocket portion of the lake.
Pre-registration must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Those that pre-register will be entered into the drawing for a $75 gas card. The entry fee is $60.
Sign-ups will also be taken for an hour prior to the tournament on Saturday.
The winning team will take home $400, while second and third place earn $250 and $150, respectively.
For more information, contact Gordon Fox at 885-5541 (days only) or Rick Kelly at 885-2029 (nights only until 9 p.m.).
Pair of Vol players
head to pro diamond
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Two University of Tennessee baseball players are headed to the professional ranks after signing deals in the wake of the Major League Baseball draft.
The juniors, First baseman Cody Hawn and outfielder P.J. Polk, both signed pro contracts after being selected Tuesday.
Hawn signed with Milwaukee after being drafted by the Brewers in the sixth round.
Hawn had 36 home runs in his two seasons at Tennessee, placing him third all-time and just two behind Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who had 38 at UT from 1993-95.
Polk signed with the Detroit Tigers, who selected in the 13th round.
Ex-Lady Vol Parker
has bum shoulder
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leading scorer and rebounder Candace Parker dislocated her left shoulder and is day to day for the Los Angeles Sparks.
Parker was injured in the first half of Sunday’s win against Minnesota.
Parker originally hurt her shoulder Friday night against Seattle and aggravated it while grabbing a rebound Sunday.
She is averaging a team-leading 20.6 points and 10.1 rebounds for the Sparks (3-7), who host Connecticut on Friday.