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Messenger Sports Briefs for June 21

Messenger Sports Briefs for June 21

UTM senior Askey
a national champ

UT Martin senior Jeff Askey turned in an 88.5-point ride on China Grove in the championship short round at the College National Finals Rodeo on Friday to win the national championship with a cumulative score of 248 points.
Askey is the first UTM cowboy to win a national championship since 1987 when Cody Matthews won the national steer wrestling title.
Overall, the Skyhawk men’s team finished 19th in the nation with 265 points. Vernon College won the national championship with 682.5.
Cory Kirk finished eighth in the nation in the tie-down roping, while Josh Chase turned in a 70-point ride to finish tenth in the nation in bareback riding.
On the women’s side, senior Heather Moore advanced to the championship short round in the barrel racing and turned in a time of 14.79 to finish tenth in the nation.
The women’s team was 29th in the nation, while Gillette College won the national title.

Ken-Tenn golf event
set for this weekend

The annual Ken-Tenn Invitational Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Fulton Country Club.
The entry fee $85. Golf carts will be available or entrants can bring their own.
All totaled, there will be six flights of competition. The championship flight winner will receive $550. Door prizes will also be given away.
Lunch will be served on Saturday and Sunday. A “social hour” is also slated to take place Saturday night at 8:30.
For more information, call 479-3016

Fulton Co. tracksters
bring home medals

The Fulton County track team came home with a pair of medals after competition at the KHSAA Class A State Track Meet on June 5 at the University of Louisville.
In individual events, sophomore Casey Dowty was the top winner for the Lady Pilots with a third-place finish in the triple jump and fourth prize in the 400-meter dash.
Also competing individually was senior Ladaria Gaston, who placed 17th in the 100-meter dash.
Sophomore Dylan Johnson, the lone Pilot boy to qualify, was ninth in the high jump.
In relay action, the 800-meter girls’ relay team of Dowty, Gaston, Raneshia Warren, and Samatha Ward placed ninth. The 400-meter relay team of Gaston, Warren, Ward, and Porsche Wilson placed 14th, while the quartet of Dowty, Warren, Ward, and Sarah Beth Bennett was 18th in the one-mile relay.
In others news involving alumni of the Fulton County track team, Western Kentucky University’s Sharika Smith competed at the NCAA Finals on a 400-meter relay team that placed 20th in the semifinals.
Meanwhile, Pilot alum Chaz Dial earned All-American honors on May 29 as part of the Bethel University men’s 400-meter relay team that placed 6th at the NAIA Track and Field National Championships.

Lester to host camp
on Westview court

UT Martin men’s basketball head coach Jason James, along with assistant coaches and players, will host a fundamental camp beginning today and running through Thursday at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.
Meanwhile, an individual camp hosted by former Skyhawk All-American and current Memphis Grizzlies’ guard Lester Hudson is scheduled for June 28-30 at Westview.
The Skyhawk camp will emphasize the fundamentals of the game, and will feature individualized instruction with low camper-to-coach ratio.
Hudson’s camp will also teach the basics of the game and campers will get an exclusive chance to receive instruction from an NBA player. Hudson — who was one of the most prolific scorers in the NCAA from 2007-09 with UT Martin — led the Skyhawks to their first-ever Ohio Valley Conference championship in 2009 and left as the school’s second all-time leading scorer despite playing just two seasons. He was the Boston Celtics’ only selection in the 2009 NBA Draft and joined his hometown Memphis Grizzlies for the second half of last season.
For questions about either camp, please contact James at 881-7684.

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