Messenger Sports Briefs for March 11

Messenger Sports Briefs for March 11

Memorial service
to celebrate Guthrie

A memorial service celebrating the life of long-time rural West Tennessee football coach Sam Guthrie will be held on Monday at 3 p.m. in Gleason.
The service will follow two hours of visitation with the family at First Baptist Church.
Guthrie, 69, died early Thursday morning after a lengthy bout with illness.
He retired from Gleason High School and teaching in 2006. Guthrie’s other stops in West Tennessee during his prep coaching career included Gibson County and McNairy Central.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nancy; daughter, Amy Foss of Cleveland and son, Brian Guthrie of Murfreesboro along with four grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to “The Coach Sam Guthrie Scholarship Fund” in care of the Bank of Gleason.

All Stars announced
for East-West game

Tentative rosters have been set for both the East and West teams that will face off against each other this weekend in the annual East-West All-Star game at Middle Tennessee Christian School in Murfreesboro.
The event, co-sponsored by the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association and the Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee, tips off at 11:30 Saturday morning.
The current list includes 24 players, some of whom could be playing for a state championship on Saturday. Thus, they would miss the All-Star game.
Those representing rural West Tennessee in the game are Greenfield’s Jordan Galey, Jackson North Side’s Jessica Cobb, Henry County’s Tiana Porter and the Liberty duo of Ann Jones and Keona Kirby.

USC alum, ex-pro
on Skyhawk sideline

Bernard Riley, a former Southern Cal defensive lineman, has been named the new defensive line coach at UT Martin.
Riley spent the past five years at Lakewood High School in Long Beach, Calif., where he coached the defensive line.
Before joining Lake-wood High School as an assistant coach, Riley played professionally in the NFL and Arena League.
He was briefly with  the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL and the Los Angeles Avengers and Columbus Destroyers in the Arena Football League.
In 2007, Riley was the starting nose tackle and tight end for the Columbus Destroyers who advanced to Arena Bowl XXI.
Riley was one of four USC Trojan football players who received national attention for going to the aid of a USC student who fell out of her apartment on Sept 1, 2000, and became impaled on the spikes of a security fence.

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