Messenger Sports Briefs for May 6

Messenger Sports Briefs for May 6

Rebel soccer team
clinches 2nd place

The Obion Central soccer team clinched second place and homefield berth in the Region 7 A-AA semifinals with a 2-1 victory over Haywood Thursday in Brownsville.
Conner Rinker and David Reyna scored goals for the Rebels (7-2-2), who will likely host either Milan or Ripley Tuesday at Troy after locking up a runnerup regular season finish in the East Division of the region.
Goal keeper Sammuel Smith recorded eight saves in Thursday’s triumph for OC.
Central will need two postseason wins to advance to the sectionals.

Central alum Fussell
in Team USA tryout

Texas women’s basketball guard Chassidy Fussell — an Obion Central product and the 2010 Class 2A Miss Basketball winner — is among 35 of the nation’s top 19-and-under athletes who have accepted invitations to attend the 2011 USA Women’s U19 World Championship Team Trials.
Trials will be held May 22-25 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
A unanimous selection on the 2011 Big 12 All-Freshman Team and an All-Big 12 Second Team honoree, Fussell led the Longhorns in conference play with 17.8 points per game, a mark that ranked seventh-best overall in the league and second-best among all league freshmen.
She was the only freshman in the Big 12 to rank in the top-three in her class in scoring, steals, free throw percentage and rebounding in all 16 regular-season league contests. A three-time Big 12 Freshman of the Week, Fussell became the first rookie to lead Texas in scoring since the 2003-04 season.
Wynridge winners
ahead by two strokes

The team of Danny Carpenter, Haskin Ridens and Bobby LaRue combined to shoot a 8-under-par and win the men’s scramble at Wynridge Greens in Troy on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the team of Tom Cleveland, Frank Canale, Ray Swift and Cory Grady teamed to total 6-under and finished in second via a scorecard playoff.
Wynridge Greens holds its weekly men’s scramble every Thursday.
For more information, contact the course at 536-4653.

Late PGAer Nichols
in OVC Hall class

Former Tennessee Tech golf coach Bobby Nichols, who passed away in March 2008, and former Ohio Valley Conference chief operating officer Ron English have been elected into the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame.
The duo will be officially inducted at the annual OVC honors luncheon, which will be held June 3 at the Doubletree Hotel in Nashville.
After playing professionally, Nichols took over the Tennessee Tech men’s golf program in 1979 and was responsible for establishing the Golden Eagle women’s team in 1986.
A 32-year veteran with the TTU program, Nichols passed away at the age of 66 on March 16, 2008, after a battle with cancer.
The longest-tenured full-time employee in OVC history, English joined the staff in July 1992 as an assistant commissioner.
In his 15 years of service to the league he worked with tournament operations, finances, marketing, media relations and served as interim commissioner from February to May 2003.

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