Messenger Sports Briefs for February 1

Messenger Sports Briefs for February 1

OC girls still No. 4
in latest AP poll

Obion Central’s girls remained at No. 4 as the Top 5 teams remained unchanged in the latest Associated Press Class 2A state rankings that were released Monday.
The Lady Rebels (23-3) won their seventh straignt game just hours after the poll came out with a double-overtime triumph over two-time reigning state champion Gibson County.
After playing at Milan tonight and at home vs. Haywood on Friday, Central has a late-season showdown with third-ranked Liberty (20-1) on Saturday night as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Troy.
Unbeaten Elizabethton and McMinn Central continue to hold down the top two spots in the double-A girls’ rankings.
OC’s 13AA rival and closest district pursuer, Dyersburg, inched up a spot for the second straight week and now stands at No. 6.
A complete listing of the polls from all classifications can be found on page 9 of today’s sports section.

UT Martin grid boss
to reveal recruits

UT Martin football coach Jason Simpson will host a National Signing Day press conference on Wednesday afternoon in the Duncan Ballroom in the Boling University Center on the UTM campus.
The press conference is to begin at 4:30.
Simpson will announce his signing class and those in attendance will have the opportunity to see video clips of the future Skyhawks.
This press conference will be open to the public.
Wednesday is the first day that athletes can sign binding National Letters of Intent.

UTM freshman Smith
gains league award

For the sixth time this season, a UT Martin men’s basketball team member has been recognized by the Ohio Valley Conference as the league’s adidas® Freshman of the Week.
This time around, it was Terence Smith claiming the honor.
Smith began the week with a 15-point, nine-rebound and four-assist effort in the Skyhawks’ 78-69 comeback victory at SIU Edwardsville last Monday.
On Saturday at Murray State, Smith totaled 17 points while handing out a team-high three assists.
Overall, a Skyhawk has won the adidas® Freshman of the Week award six times in 12 weeks this season.

Skyhawk gal Haislip
honored by the OVC

UT Martin freshman guard Jaclissa Haislip was named the adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week for her effort this past week against Murray State.
Haislip, from Mur-freesboro, played all 40 minutes in the win over Murray State and scored a career-high 24 points to go with 12 rebounds and record her third career double-double. She made eight 3-pointers, four in each half, to set a new school record for treys made and most trifectas attempted (19) in a single game.
Haislip is the fourth UT Martin player to win the Freshman of the Week honor. A UT Martin freshman has picked up the recognition in 11 out of 12 weeks this season.

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