Messenger Sports Briefs for February 15

Messenger Sports Briefs for February 15
Briefly

Lady Rebs are 3rd
in final AP prep poll

The Obion Central girls kept their footing at No. 3 in this week’s Associated Press Prep Basketball Poll — the final one of the campaign.
The Lady Rebels, who host Milan at 8 this evening in a District 13AA Tournament quarterfinal, earned three first-place votes in this week’s poll.
Dyersburg — who lost to OC on Saturday evening — fell four spots to ninth in this week’s 2A poll.
In single-A, Lake County finished the season as the state’s No. 1-ranked team. Liberty (seventh in double-A) was the only other West Tennessee team ranked in the final girls’ poll.
On the boys’ side, Obion Central’s Wednesday opponent — Covington — was listed as second in the double-A ranks, while Westview fell two spots to seventh.
Libery gained all 21 first-place votes and was first in the final boys’ 2A poll.
District 14A top seed Humboldt also made the final AP list at third in single A as did Middleton (fourth).

Ex-Murray St. boss
joins fold at ’Bama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has hired former Miami Hurricanes assistant Joe Pannunzio as director of football operations.
The Crimson Tide announced Pannunzio’s hiring on Friday.
He spent six seasons as Murray State’s head coach and was the Hurricanes’ tight ends coach and special teams coordinator the last five years.
His primary role at Alabama will be to oversee the administration and operation of the football program.
He led Murray State to the 2002 Ohio Valley Conference Champion-ship.

Edmonds’ comeback
stalled by hurt foot

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Jim Edmonds, who recently signed a minor league deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, is questionable for the start of spring drills with a left foot injury.
General manager John Mozeliak said the 40-year-old Edmonds was not walking well and would meet with team doctors soon.
Mozeliak added he didn’t think Edmonds would be ready soon.
The Cardinals signed Edmonds, a key member of the team from 2000-07, to add outfield depth. The eight-time Gold Glove winner is seven homers shy of 400 and 51 hits shy of 2,000.

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