Messenger Sports Briefs for January 13

Messenger Sports Briefs for January 13

‘General’ consensus
is Sarge for mascot

The Jackson Generals have announced that “Sarge” will be the new mascot name for the double-A baseball team formerly known as the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx.
The bulldog is to sport a camouflage Generals’ baseball uniform with a green helmet, featuring three gold stars.
The name “Sarge” was selected from over 150 eligible nominations through a contest.
Alexandria Callison, 6, of Jackson  was randomly selected out of eight eligible submissions of Sarge to receive two season tickets to all 2011 Jackson Generals home baseball games.
Other top names that were nominated were General Jackson, Andy, Duke and Homer.
The Jackson Generals are the double-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.
Tickets for the 2011 season are currently available and can be purchased by calling the Generals at 988-5299 or by visiting the team’s office at Pringles Park.
The Jackson Generals open the 2011 season April 7 at the Mississippi Braves.
The home opener is slated for April 13 against the defending Southern League champion Jack-sonville Suns.

SF Booster Club
to meet Monday

The South Fulton High School and Middle School Booster Club will meet on Monday evening.
The meeting will take place in the school’s library, beginning at 6.
An array of subjects regarding the athletic programs at both schools will be discussed.
All parents, coaches, administrators, booster club members and supporters of the SF athletic programs are encouraged to attend.
For more information, contact Ted Barclay at 479-1847.

Mania for Mariani
as Titan goes home

HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — If Mariani Mania hadn’t hit Havre before now, it sure did on Sunday when Tennessee Titans rookie return man Marc Mariani made a trip home to sign autographs and raise money for local charities.
Steve Mariani says his son thought an initial plan to have him autograph photos and other memorabilia from 1-4 p.m. was a lot longer than was needed.
Mariani was wrong. People showed up hours in advance and the mall stayed open well past its 5 p.m. closing time as Mariani signed autographs and talked with fans until after midnight, raising about $9,000 to be shared among St. Jude school, the Havre Public Schools Foundation and the local Boys & Girls Club.
David Murray, who coached football at Havre Middle School, says Mariani’s story of walking on at the University of Montana, being drafted by the Titans and earning a spot in the Pro Bowl inspires kids.

Ex-Boise St. lineman
to play at Memphis

MEMPHIS (AP) — Defensive lineman Zach Gholson, who formerly played at Boise State, has signed with Memphis.
Gholson walked on at Boise State and played in nine games as a true freshman in 2009.
He played the 2010 season at Palomar College
The Tigers said in a news release Tuesday that Gholson will begin classes at Memphis this week, and will participate in practices this spring.

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