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Messenger Sports Briefs for December 27

Messenger Sports Briefs for December 27
Briefly

SF product Vowell
is Sun Coach of Year

South Fulton and UT Martin product Tab Vowell — the head football coach at Jackson North Side — has been named The Jackson Sun All-West Tennessee Coach of the Year.
Vowell skipppered the Indians to their first-ever undefeated regular season and the District 13AAA crown.
JNS completed the 2010 football campaign with a 12-1 worksheet under Vowell, whose father James died of cancer midway through the season.

Cookeville great site
says TSSAA director

COOKEVILLE (AP) — TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress says Cookeville has been well received as the site for the annual football championship games.
According to the Cookeville Herald-Citizen, Childress said he’s had no negative comments from those at the games Dec. 2-4 at Tucker Stadium at Tennessee Tech.
The paper reported that 22,981 tickets were sold, up 6.6 percent over last year when the games also were in Cookeville.
The TSSAA Board of Control has granted a two-year extension to Cookeville to host the games through 2012. Next year’s games are Dec. 1-3.
Childress said he was impressed by the amount of volunteer support for the games in the Cookeville area.

Hopson is Vol hero
with final layup

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl made sure his players didn’t leave the locker room feeling too happy heading into their holiday break.
The 19th-ranked Volunteers finally ended a three-game losing skid with a 66-65 win over Belmont on Thursday night but blew a 13-point lead and needed a layup by Scotty Hopson — who totaled 19 points — with 5.7 seconds left to get the victory.
Tennessee (8-3) has never lost four games in a row during Pearl’s six seasons at the helm, but was on the verge of doing that after a 7-0 start and a win over No. 3 Pittsburgh on Dec. 11 with narrow losses to Oakland, Charlotte and Southern California.
The Vols had a 62-56 lead with 2:47 to go, but the Bruins (9-3) scored the next seven points. Jon House was fouled by Brian Williams as he hit a layup with 48 seconds left to make it 63-62, but missed the foul shot.
Tobias Harris added 17 points and five steals for Tennessee.
The Vols host UT Martin on Wednesday.

Kentucky gridders
get word from RB

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — University of Kentucky football got an early Christmas present when Georgia running back Josh Clemons committed to the program.
The Courier-Journal reported the 5-foot-11, 200-pound from Fayette Whitewater High School picked Kentucky on Friday over Mississippi State, Cincinnati and Northwestern.
Clemons had more than 3,000 rushing yards combined in his final two years of high school and 18 touchdowns as a senior. He averaged eight yards a carry this past season.

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