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UTM softball team
posts high grades

Ninety percent of the UT Martin softball team made the Dean’s List for the fall semester and the Ohio Valley Conference regular season and tournament champions sported a 3.43 Grade Point Average (GPA).
“It is the highest GPA I can remember our team having since I came to UT Martin 11 years ago,” UT Martin head coach Donley Canary said.
Seventeen out of 19 players on the team made the Dean’s List and four players earned a perfect 4.0.
“I never had 17 players on one team make the Dean’s List,” Canary said.
Students or student-athletes must make a minimum GPA of 3.20 and be enrolled in at least 12 hours to make the University Honor Roll (formerly the Dean’s List).
“I attribute 90 percent of this success to our assistant coaches, Ashley Archer and Daniel Farmer,” Canary said.
The UT Martin softball team is no stranger to academic success. Under the direction of Canary the team has been ranked as high as the top 10 for grades among teams in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

Canaan leads Racers
to win over EIU

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Isaiah Canaan netted 17 points as Murray State trounced OVC rival Eastern Illinois 70-49 Thursday night.
Dexter Fields added 12 points and Ed Daniel 10 with nine rebounds for the Racers (13-4, 4-1), who have won four of their past five.
Murray State drained 52.2 percent (24-of-46) from the field, including 11-of-25 from 3-point range with Canaan hitting 5-of-10 from deep and Fields knocking down 4-of-9.
Tied 31-31 with 17:30 left, Murray State went on an 18-2 run fueled by six 3-pointers, including three by Fields and two by Canaan, for a 49-33 lead with 12:03 left.
Sherman Blanford and Josh Piper hit 11 points each for the Panthers.
 (3-16, 0-6), who have lost 12 straight.
Murray State won the rebound battle 31-21, and no Panther registered more than four boards. The Racers scored 13 second-chance points to Eastern Illinois’ 4.

Published in The Messenger 1.18.13

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