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Sports Briefs

Wet fields call off
many spring openers

While both the Obion Central and Union City tennis teams braved the elements to open their 2013 seasons Monday, the rest of the local spring sports schedules for prep teams were washed out.
The South Fulton at Union City baseball game was pushed back until tonight at 6. The game will be played on Thompson Field at Graham Park. A second District 14A matchup between the two programs will be played Wednesday afternoon at 5 at SFHS.
Monday’s Union City at South Fulton season-opening soccer match was postponed. No reschedule date is set. UC is now set to open its season today at home vs. Covington at 5:30 p.m.
Union City’s season-opening softball game — set for today vs. perennial Class 1A power Trinity Christian Academy — has been canceled. The Lady Tornadoes will now begin their campaign Thursday at West Carroll.
South Fulton will open its softball season today with a home game at Murray, while Obion Central is scheduled to play at Gleason in its baseball opener today at 4:30 p.m.
Central’s softball season won’t begin until this weekend with a two-day tournament in Jackson.

Area hoops trio
headed to ’Boro

Lake County, Humboldt and Dyer County will carry the rural West Tennessee banner when the TSSAA boys’ state tournament is played this week in Murfreesboro.
The Falcons — with an 8-23 record after several forfeits during the season — will play Watertown (30-3), Wednesday at 5 p.m., in a Class 1A quarterfinal game.
H’boldt (26-6) is in the bottom bracket and set to face Mt. Pleasant (25-3), Thursday morning at 10.
The  1A semis are set for Friday at 1:30 and 3:15 p.m., with the championship to be played Saturday afternoon at 4 at the Murphy Center.
Dyer County (29-3) is part of the eight-team Class 3A field.
The Choctaws — led by Tennessee signee Robert Hubbs — will play Hillsboro Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 in a quarterfinal game.
The 3A title game is set for Saturday at 2 p.m.

Gleason seeking
boys’ hoop coach

Gleason is in search of a new head coach for the boys’ basketball team after Jamie Roney decided to step down on Friday.
Roney made his decision to step down as the Bulldogs’ head coach to concentrate more on his family life. He and his wife Jennifer are expecting their first child within a month. He wants to use his time to focus on being a dad.
The two-year head coach took over the head coaching job for the 2011-12 season after Lee Lawrence stepped down to concentrate on being athletic director at Gleason.
Roney’s Bulldogs were just 6-50 record in his two years as head coach with a 3-25 record this past season.
The Bulldogs made it to the quarterfinal round of the District 13A Tournament in each of his two seasons.
Roney will remain on staff at Gleason as a junior high teacher.
No timetable is in place for naming a new head coach.

Published in The Messenger 3.12.13

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