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Posted: Friday, July 6, 2012 12:00 pm

TSSAA pushes back
classification meeting

The TSSAA Board of Control meeting to decide football classification beginning next year has been pushed back to July 16.
The session was originally scheduled four days earlier but a scheduling conflict with a pair of board members and another issue with a teaching conference reportedly necessitated the change.
The National Federation of State High School Associations will also hold meetings in Nashville on July 11.
The Board of Control is expected to make its recommendation to Executive Director Bernard Childress following the meeting on whether to keep the current football set-up that has three classes for the regular season before being divided into six for the playoffs, or returning to a five-class alignment that was in place from 1992-2008.
Thought a four-class system has been discussed for all sports, it is expected that every sport other than football will remain in its current three-class alignment.
The classification issue is revisited every four years by the TSSAA and the upcoming decision will not take effect until the 2013-14 school year.

Railroaders run up
9th straight win

The Fulton Railroaders continued their torrid streak and climb in the Ohio Valley League standings with their ninth consecutive win Monday, a 10-8 victory over first-place Hopkinsville.
The Roalroaders are now 14-11, and just 21⁄2 games behind the Hoppers in second place after starting the year at 5-11.
Catcher Billy O’Connor drove in four runs with a pair of doubles for Fulton Monday night, while Rob Hogenkamp went 2-for-3 with four runs scored. Both Austin Bryant and Andrew Cash had two RBIs apiece, while Erik Manning had three hits in five at-bats.
Fulton is managed by former UT Martin player Albert Destrade, who finished as the second runner-up on the CBS-TV reality series Survivor in 2011.
The Railroaders will host Owensboro tonight. Home games are played at Lohaus Field at 101 Thedford St.

Webster steps up
on UT hoop staff

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin has promoted Tracy Webster to associate head coach.
Webster, entering his second season with the Volunteers, had been assistant coach. He has worked closely with Tennessee’s guards.
Martin said Webster is a tireless worker who deserves to be rewarded.

ETSU expanding
athletic center

JOHNSON CITY (AP) — East Tennessee State University has broken ground for an expansion of the Wayne G. Basler Center for Physical Activity.
The 20,000-square-foot expansion is expected to be completed in the fall 2013. The work includes an extended weight and cardio room with new machines; a multi-use court for basketball, volleyball and indoor soccer; and studio spaces for yoga, Pilates and martial arts.
The expansion also includes a field house, a covered pavilion and parking.
The center is 10 years old. Published in The WCP 7.5.12

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