Ripley no match
for OC soccer
Obion Central’s latest prep soccer victory was the Rebels’ easiest of the season.
OC scored 45 seconds into Friday’s match at Ripley, then went on to a 15-1 blowout triumph.
Central remained perfect with the lopsided win, now 6-0 heading into Tuesday’s meeting with Union City at War Memorial Stadium.
Jose Camacho and Eric Torres recorded hat tricks for OC vs. Ripley Friday.
Jackson Smith, Mario Ramirez, Albert Vasquez and Alberto Acevedo all scored two goals apiece for the Rebels while Will Bright also found the net for the winners.
Alberto and Antonio Acevedo combined for four saves in goal for Obion Central.
Central outshot the Tigers 20-5 and led 11-1 at the intermission.
Win over Trojans
keeps UCMS perfect
Santiago Ruiz scored twice, and Braxton Waddell had a dozen saves in goal as the Union City Middle School soccer team remained unbeaten on the season with a 3-2 triumph over Dyersburg Friday afternoon.
Allan Noj also scored a goal for the Twisters, now 6-0.
Union City will host Trenton this afternoon at 4:30.
Twisters shut out
Union City shut out Dyersburg in the second half — a first-team feat in the inaugural season of the program — but still lost 3-0 in prep soccer Friday.
The Tornadoes are still looking for their first win.
D’burg scored on a pair of penalty kicks after UC defenders committed fouls inside the penalty box and outshot the Twisters 28-5.
Union City hosts Ripley at 6 p.m.
bound for NBA
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel will enter the NBA draft as he continues recovering from a torn ACL.
The 6-foot-10 freshman is projected to be a lottery pick despite sustaining his season-ending knee injury on Feb. 12. He led the nation with 4.4 blocks per game, and averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds.
Noel also had 50 steals for Kentucky (21-12), earning Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year honors, along with first team all-conference and freshman team selections.
Noel says he’s loved his time with the Wildcats but feels he’s “ready to take the next step to the NBA.”
Considered the nation’s top recruit last year, Noel was often compared to Kentucky All-American Anthony Davis, now in the NBA after leading the Wildcats to a national championship as a freshman.
Published in The Messenger 4.15.13