Messenger Sports Briefs for January 25

Messenger Sports Briefs for January 25

Lady Rebels No. 4
in latest rankings

Obion Central inched up a spot to No. 4 in the latest Associated Press Girls’ Class 2A state rankings.
The Lady Rebels (21-3), who won their only game last week in overtime at Covington, moved past Cannon County, which lost twice last week to now-No. 6 Upperman.
OC still trails unbeaten and top-ranked Elizabethton, McMinn Central and Liberty.
Dyersburg (18-4) also moved up one position to No. 7.
Lake County (17-3) advanced one place to No. 2 in the single-A listing.
On the boys’ side, Middleton and Humboldt flip-flopped in Class 1A, the former now second and the latter third. Westview, despite back-to-back losses, is still ranked in 2A at No. 9 with Covington remaining at No. 3.
A complete poll listing can be found on page 7.

Local Underwood
in ’Boro main event

Union City resident Zach Underwood is in the main event for Sportfight X Saturday evening at the Murphy Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.
Altogether, the card will feature 14 total bouts.  
Underwood (7-3 as a pro and fighting in the lightweight division) will take on Mike Traylor (5-1) in the main event.   
Bell time is set for 7 and the card is slated to be televised on Fox Sports South.
Tickets can be purchased at

UTM gal Newsome
is OVC standout

UT Martin freshman Jasmine Newsome picked up two of three adidas Ohio Valley Conference women’s basketball weekly honors on Monday. The 5-foot-7 point guard was named the OVC’s Player of the Week and the league’s Freshman of the Week for her effort last week against Southeast Missouri State and Eastern Illinois.
Newsome scored a career-high 35 points and made the game-winning shot Saturday to lead UT Martin to an 80-78 come-from-behind victory over Eastern Illinois. She scored 11 points in the Skyhawks’ win 92-62 victory over Southeast Missouri.
For the week, Newsome shot 52.9 percent from the field to go along with 10 assists and eight steals.
Newsome is the second Skyhawk to earn both the Player and Freshman of the Week honors this season. Heather Butler claimed both accolades the week beginning Dec. 27.

Ex-Skyhawk trainer
lands full-time gig

Martin Methodist College has added UT Martin alum Whitney Thompson as an assistant athletic trainer.
Thompson is a recent graduate of the UTM, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance with concentration in Athletic Training.
She served within the Skyhawks athletic department over the past four years while logging the majority of her work with the basketball and football teams.
Thompson is a graduate of Giles County, where she played basketball under Billy Mayfield.

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