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Messenger Sports Briefs for January 4

Messenger Sports Briefs for January 4

SF gals win No. 12;
Jr. Devils edged

The South Fulton Middle School girls have filled their first order for a dozen victories.
The Devilettes claimed triumph No. 12 on Monday — a 37-16 rout of Fulton City.
Meanwhile, the SF boys fell victim by the smallest of margins in a 34-33 defeat to its rival.
In the girls’ game, Sydney Easterwood tied for the team-best in the points department with fellow eighth-grader Taylor Rodgers. Both players totaled seven points.
SF’s Maddie Kate Coffey was a mark back of the lead with six tallies, while Sierra Coley and Melanie Johnson both were pesky on defense with five and four steals, respectively.
In the boys’ contest, Cory Pinion had a team-best 11 points, six rebounds and four steals for the Redmen (5-8), while Aaron Hollingsworth and Skylar Grissom both finished with 10.
In other junior high basketball news, the twinbill originally scheduled for Monday between Black Oak and Three Oaks in Dyer County has been rescheduled for this evening.

UC Tennis League
to organize Mon.

The Union City/Northwest Tennessee League of the United States Tennis Association will have an organizational meeting on Monday.
The meeting, which will help to prepare the circuit for the 2011 season, is to take place at the Obion County Public Library. It is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, visit
Additional information can also be obtained by contacting Margie Smith (at 885-9730 or, Bill Dahnke (at 885-0863 or or Monty Mooney (at 697-5898 or

UT Martin’s Butler
holds to OVC award

UT Martin point guard and Gibson County product Heather Butler has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week.
It is Butler’s fourth straight FOTW award and her fifth this season.
Last Tuesday, Butler scored 29 points and made seven 3-pointers against Louisville. It was the second straight game in which the Medina native made seven treys, thus tying her own school record in the process.
Butler and the Skyhawk women return to action this Thursday at home against Austin Peay.

Central alum Fussell
gains Big 12 honor

Obion Central product and University of Texas freshman Chassidy Fussell has been named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Week for games contested Dec. 27-Jan. 2.
It is the second such honor for Fussell this season.
Additionally, Fussell was named the Most Valuable Player of the Maggie Dixon Surf ‘n’ Slam Classic (Dec. 28-30) Torero Division while leading the Longhorns to the event’s title.
The 2010 Messenger/Obion County Prep Player of the Year averaged a team-high 17.7 points over the three-game span last week and scored 16 or more points in each contest.
Additionally, the 5-10 guard nailed the winning 3-pointer from the right corner with 1.3 seconds remaining in UT’s 80-77 win over Cincinnati in the Surf ‘n Slam Classic.
The No. 22 Longhorns open Big 12 Conference action on Saturday at Missouri. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. in Columbia, Mo.