Sports Briefs

Sports Briefs

Posted: Friday, November 25, 2011 12:01 pm

UTM’s Newsome gets
weekly OVC honor

Sophomore guard Jasmine Newsome has been named the women’s basketball adidas Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced earlier today.
Newsome led UT Martin to an 88-69 victory over host Southern Miss. She scored a career-high 39 points in the game and was one point shy from tying the school record for the most points in a single game.
Newsome also set a new record for the most three-pointers made in a game with nine treys. For the week she averaged 20.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. She shot 44.1 percent from the floor and went 9-for-18 from behind the arc.
This is the fourth time Newsome has been recognized by the OVC as the Player of the Week. She won the honor three times as a freshman this past season on Dec. 27, 2010; Jan. 24, 2011; and Feb. 28, 2011.
Newsome was also recognized as the OVC’s Freshman of the Week four times a year ago. She won the honor on Dec. 6 for the first time and then claimed the league’s freshman of the week accolades three consecutive weeks, Jan. 10; Jan 17; and Jan. 24.

UT Martin’s Johnson
tabbed top performer

Sophomore linebacker Ben Johnson  has been named College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Performer of the Week for his effort against Eastern Kentucky.
Johnson led UT Martin in tackles with eight solos, seven assisted and 15 total tackles, the most in a single game by a Skyhawk this season. Johnson also had 2.5 sacks and one quarterback hurry.
The Skyhawks suffered a 23-16 loss at Eastern Kentucky this past Saturday and finished the 2011 season with a 5-6 overall record and a 4-4 Ohio Valley Conference worksheet.
Johnson finished the season with 97 tackles and 7.5 for losses. He also had 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions.

Skyhawk baseball
inks lefty pitcher

UT Martin head baseball coach Bubba Cates has announced the signing of Chris Flores out of Chaminade-Madonna College Prep in Hollywood, Fla.
A 6-4, 170-pound left-handed pitcher, Flores was the staff ace for the Lions as a junior in 2011. He posted a 7-6 record with a 2.23 ERA in 74 innings, fanning 71 batters against only 22 walks. In 13 starts, he tossed eight complete games and earned all-district first team accolades. He also was named a first-teamer by 954 Broward baseball magazine and was an honorable mention selection to the All-South Florida team.
Flores also pitched for the Miami Snappers in the summer of 2011, going 6-1 with a pair of saves. He sported a 1.95 ERA in 38 innings.
It was announced earlier this month that Flores will take part in the inaugural Power Showcase All-World Baseball Classic. He will represent the U.S. in a game that will feature the most prolific 40 amateur prospects in the world (20 born in the U.S. and 20 international). The game will be held Dec. 30 at Chase Field in Phoenix, the home of the defending NL West champion Arizona Diamondbacks.
Published in The WCP 11.23.11

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