Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 12:01 pm
Ex-UTM hoops star
joins another Hall
Ronnie Armstrong, a 1988 UT Martin Athletics Hall of Famer, was one of six inductees in the inaugural Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame.
The class was inducted Monday night with legendary football coach and College Football Hall of Famer Gene Stallings serving as the keynote speaker.
After a stellar career as an all-around athlete at Savannah Central High School, Armstrong went on to a storied basketball career (1963-65) at UT Martin, where he scored more than 900 total points.
He was a two-time All-Volunteer Conference team selection, two–time defensive player of the year and was the team MVP in his senior year.
After his playing career at UT Martin, Armstrong returned to Savannah, where he was the head basketball coach at Central High School from 1966-1976.
Several plans offered
for Vol grid tickets
The 2012 Tennessee football season is approaching, and a new mini-plan and select single-game tickets are on sale began today.
The Tennessee Triple Option is a flexible mini-plan in which fans select either the Florida or Alabama game plus any two of the remaining five home games for only $150. Additionally, single-game tickets will be available to any of the following games: Georgia State, Akron, Troy, Missouri, or Kentucky.
Tickets to the Tennessee season opener at the Georgia Dome against North Carolina State and the Nov. 17 game in Nashville against Vanderbilt are also available.
To order tickets, call the UT Ticket Office at (865) 656-1200 or log on to UTtix.com.
to Griz roster
MEMPHIS (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies announced forwards Marreese Speights and Darrell Arthur have agreed to multi-year contracts with the team.
The team did not disclose terms of the deals announced on Friday, but General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace said in a statement that signing the crucial players is important to the future of the franchise.
Speights came to Memphis in January from Philadelphia and set career highs in scoring (8.8 points), rebounding (6.2 points) and minutes (22.4 minutes) in 60 games. With Speights in the starting lineup, the Grizzlies clinched home court advantage for the first time in the first round of the playoffs.
Arthur missed the entire 2011-12 season with an injury, but the 24-year-old underwent surgery and is expected to play next season.
Kentucky heads up
ESPN tip-off slate
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Defending champion Kentucky will play Duke, and Michigan State meets Kansas in the Champions Classic Doubleheader that will cap ESPN’s 24-hour Tip-Off Marathon.
The network announced Wednesday that the fifth annual day of hoops will start Nov. 12 at 11 p.m. with West Virginia at Gonzaga.
Eleven games will follow, capped by the marquee doubleheader in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. Published in The WCP 7.17.12