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Sports Briefs 9.6.11

Sports Briefs 9.6.11

 Phillip White adds fourth hole-in-one

Phillip White of Union City added to his collection of holes-in-one Monday. Using a 6-iron on the 140-yard No. 15 hole at Poplar Meadows Country Club, White holed out for his fourth career ace. Witnesses included Bob Sanders, Lowell Collins and Charles Denaburg.

Wingfoot will be site of 4-person scramble

The United Way of Obion County will host a four-person golf scramble at Wingfoot Park Oct. 20. Entry fee for the 18-hole scramble event is $250 per team, and lunch will be provided. The tournament will have registration at 11 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at noon. A cash prize will be awarded to the winners. Entry forms, with checks payable to United Way of Obion County, should be mailed to Williams Sausage Co., Inc., attn. Lesley Anderson, at 5132 Old Troy-Hickman Road in Union City by Oct. 7. For more information, call Anderson at (731) 886-1384 or Michelle Creswell at (731) 885-7658.

Pair from Jax State take OVC grid honors

Jacksonville State quarterback Coty Blanchard and teammate Washaun Ealey earned adidas Ohio Valley Conference awards for their efforts in the Gamecocks’ 24-23 come-from-behind victory over UT Martin last week. Blanchard came off the bench to replace injured starter Marques Ivory and led ninth-ranked JSU to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to earn offensive player of the week honors. Ealey, a transfer from Georgia, was the league’s top newcomer. Eastern Kentucky’s Patrick McClellan was the OVC Defensive Player of the Week, with Colonel punter Jordan Berry the Specialist of the Week.

UTM takes another volleyball award

For the second consecutive week, UT Martin’s Kasey Elswick — a defensive specialist from Louisville, Ky. — has been named the adidas Ohio Valley Conference Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week. Elswick had 71 digs (6.45 dps) in three matches for UTM this past weekend at the First State Skyhawk Invitational to move up to second on the school’s career digs lists with 1,255 digs. She needs just 147 digs to become UT Martin’s all-time digs leader. Elswick posted 26 digs in both the UAB and Stephen F. Austin matches. The honor marks the third time Elswick has claimed the league’s Defensive Player of the Week accolade and the fifth time UT Martin has had a Defensive Player of the Week. Elswick wrapped up the league’s first 2011 Defensive Player of the Week mention for her effort in the Mississippi State Maroon Classic where she recorded 73 digs in three matches and led the Skyhawks to the tournament title. The Skyhawks, currently 3-3, return to action today at Alabama A&M. The first serve is set for 6 p.m. UCHS linksters 2nd in three-way match MEMPHIS (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies’ mascot has been named the 2011 NBA Mascot of the Year. It’s the first time Grizz has won the award, which was selected by his peers at the league’s annual mascot meetings in Milwaukee. Now entering his 17th season, Grizz is known for his spectacular stunts and shenanigans. Greg Campbell is the Grizzlies’ president of business operations. He says the award “is a tremendous honor for Grizz, the Grizzlies organization and members of Grizz Nation across the world.” Published in The Messenger 9.6.11

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