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Riverside player death
appears self-inflicted

Riverside star baseball pitcher Stephen Gant was found dead early Tuesday afternoon of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Gant, a senior lefthander who led the Panthers to back-to-back Class 1A state championships the past two springs and had signed with Vanderbilt in the fall, was reportedly found by Perry County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Nick Weems and Deputy Mike Dover after a 911 call just after noon.
Gant’s body was found about 30 feet from the roadway with a gunshot wound, Weems said. Gant’s truck, which was still running, was parked in a driveway about 100 feet from his body.
Riverside postponed its scheduled Tuesday afternoon game in the aftermath of the tragedy and will not play the remainder of the week, according to school officials.
Vanderbilt had a moment of silence to remember Gant prior to its Tuesday night game against UT Martin.

DeMoss leaving UT
for WNBA position

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Veteran coach Mickie DeMoss is leaving Pat Summitt’s Tennessee staff to take a position with the WNBA’s Indiana Fever.
She is a 35-year veteran including eight years as head coach at Kentucky and Florida. DeMoss spent the past two seasons at Tennessee and 18 years previously with the Lady Vols.
She said in a news release from Tennessee she’s always wanted to coach in the WNBA.
Summitt announced in August she has early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. Summitt has said she wants to coach as long as she can.
The decision of whether Summitt returns for her 39th season or step down solely belongs to Summitt. She has two years left on her contract, and Tennessee officials have said they will support her in whatever she chooses to do.

Published in The Messenger 4.4.12

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