UTM tennis squad
has share of title
The UT Martin tennis team clinched a portion of its fifth-ever Ohio Valley Conference title on Tuesday with a 6-1 victory at Southeast Missouri.
The Skyhawks — who have now won seven straight matches — are 11-7 overall with a perfect 7-0 OVC mark. UT Martin can clinch the league title outright with a win in its regular-season finale on Saturday or a Jacksonville State loss on Friday at Austin Peay.
Johanie Van Zyl and Greenfield product Katie McCall won their seventh consecutive match with an 8-1 victory at No. 3, while Alice Laing and Anna Winkelmann captured their fifth straight victory at No. 2 by an 8-1 margin.
Jodie Tiley and Anna Marie Herbold won 8-7 at No. 1 to round out doubles action.
Tiley gained her sixth straight triumph at No. 1 singles, winning 6-3, 6-0.
Van Zyl pushed her singles win streak to six with a 6-0, 6-0 triumph at No. 5, while Herbold improved to 6-1 in OVC play with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 6.
Winkelmann produced a 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 and Ivon Simic won at No. 4 by a 6-0, 6-2 margin.
UC youth tennis
to start Saturday
The Union City Civ-itan Club’s youth tennis league will begin play on Saturday.
The league, designed for youngsters ages 6 and up, will play every Saturday (weather permitting) at the Union City Middle School tennis courts.
This week’s session is slated to begin at 9 a.m. and end at 10:30.
Registration cost is $15 per child and it will be taken on Saturday.
Rebel soccer team
falls to Dyersburg
The Obion Central soccer team fell 9-0 to Dyersburg on Tuesday evening.
Samuel Smith had a dozen saves for the Rebels (2-2-2).
OC plays at Trenton next Tuesday.
In another note regarding prep soccer on Tuesday, South Fulton’s match with Trenton has been postponed until Thursday due to an officiating conflict.
UT Martin CC coach
gets nod into Hall
UT Martin cross country coach Gordon Sanders will be inducted into the Hillsdale College Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday.
Sanders was one of the school’s elite distance runners in the nation throughout his career in the early 1980s.
During his career, he set new school records in the two-mile run, the 5,000 meter run and the 10,000 meter run.
After graduating from Hillsdale in 1984, he went on to become a nationally known distance runner, recording the fourth-fastest time of any runner in the country in the 10,000 meter run in 1991.
He was a two-time qualifier for the Olympic Trials, and was ranked as high as 29th in the world in the 10,000 meter event by magazines that cover the sport of running.
Sanders has served as the head cross country at UTM since 2004.
Published in The Messenger 4.6.11