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Weather delays
tennis tourney

Rain washed away the District 14A-AA Tennis Tournament on Saturday.
What a difference two days will make.
With sunny skies and mild temperatures today, the tournament was slated to play the first three rounds this afternoon, action beginning at 1 p.m.
The tourney will be played in Union City, utilizing both the Union City Courts and the Obion County Fairgrounds courts. The first and second rounds and the quarterfinals will take place today, with the semifinals and finals slated for Tuesday.
The league tourney is just one of many items on a busy schedule this week as local teams try to wrap up their regular seasons and begin the postseason after a spring plagued by bad weather.
South Fulton’s softball team will play three home games today, taking on Humboldt in a District 14A doubleheader before facing Obion Central at 7:30 p.m.
In baseball action, Union City visits Milan, OC travels to Blytheville, Ark., and SF hosts Halls in a 14A game.

Skyhawks earn win
for softball seniors

The University of Tennessee at Martin softball team sent their three seniors out with a win in their final game on Bettye Giles Field Sunday as the host Skyhawks defeated Eastern Illinois 2-1 to wrap up their home slate and earn the series split with the Ohio Valley Conference leading Panthers.
Prior to first pitch of the doubleheader, the Skyhawks recognized their senior trio of Katie Reiff, Leah Taylor and Becca Williams. The trio was part of only the second Ohio Valley Conference regular season championship, along with the program’s second trip to the NCAA Tournament after winning the 2012 OVC Tournament. Together, the 2013 seniors have combined for 281 hits, 34 home runs, 157 RBI, 128 stolen bases and 227 runs scored over their Skyhawk careers.
Sophomore Casey Vincent had a first-pitch hiccup, allowing a quick home run but settled down to notch her 17th complete game and 13 win on the season in Sunday’s nightcap. Vincent allowed just one run over seven innings while registering three punchouts and no walks.
With the win the Skyhawks secured a spot in the OVC tournament hosted by the league’s top seed. The defending OVC tournament champions will make their fifth consecutive appearance in the tournament scheduled for May 8-11.

After draft, Jets
get rid of Tebow

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Tim Tebow has been waived by the Jets, the end of an unsuccessful one-season experiment in New York.
The Heisman Trophy winner attempted just eight passes after his ballyhooed arrival in a trade from the Denver Broncos in March 2012. He threw for 39 yards and rushed 32 times for 102 yards.
Meanwhile, starter Mark Sanchez struggled amid constant questions about Tebow’s playing time. The Jets drafted quarterback Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL draft Friday.
Tebow became expendable when Den-ver got Peyton Manning.

Published in The Messenger 4.29.13

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