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Amy Brown resigns as TTU women’s basketball coach
Buzachero posts win for Las Vegas 51s
Livingston Academy to hold volleyball camp July 13-15

Amy Brown resigns as TTU women’s basketball coach
Tennessee Tech women’s basketball coach Amy Brown has resigned from her position with the Golden Eagles, according to a report by Thomas Corhern in the Herald-Citizen.

The Overton County native recently finished her third season as head coach of the TTU women’s basketball program, with a 29-61 record (.322), 25-33 in Ohio Valley Conference.

Brown was just the third head coach in the Tech women’s basketball program’s history, following Marynell Meadors (1970-86) and Bill Worrell (1986-2006). She was assistant coach for 10 seasons.

A 1991 Livingston Academy graduate, Brown played at and received her degree from Louisiana Tech before joining the Golden Eaglette coaching staff as an assistant.

“It was a hard decision after 13 years of being at Tech,” Brown told the Herald-Citizen, “but I’m leaving to pursue other job opportunities and options. It’s one of those things where I am loyal to Tech. I appreciate everything that (University president) Dr. (Bob) Bell, (TTU athletics director) Mark (Wilson), the administration, the staff, my assistants and the players have done for me and throughout the years.

“It was a hard decision, but I have to take into consideration the best interests for my long-term interests.”

A national search to replace Brown has begun.

Brown met with the on-campus Golden Eagles on Tuesday, telling them of her decision, then called the other members of the TTU basketball team to inform them, according to Corhern’s report. Brown chose not to elaborate on any new positions, but other sources alluded to a possible administrative position.

The status of staffers Stacie Childress and Misty Garrett is now uncertain.

“There was a lot of thought and prayer that went into making the decision to try to make the best decision for my long-term goals,” she told Corhern. “I appreciate everything that Tech’s done for me, and I can’t wait to be a fan. I will always remain loyal to Tennessee Tech.”

While at Livingston, Brown was a member of the 1990 Class AA champion Lady Wildcat squad and was named the Class AA Miss Basketball that season while averaging more than 20 points a game. She was also named to USA Today’s Top 25 Super Team that season.

As a member of the Lady Techsters, Brown played in the NCAA Tournament all four seasons, reaching the title game in 1994. In her collegiate career, Brown averaged 9 points and 4 rebounds a game, shooting 48% from the field and 81% from the foul line.

Brown received her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech in health and physical education in 1996, then joined the Golden Eaglette coaching staff for the 1996-97 campaign under the direction of head coach Bill Worrell.

In 2000, Brown received her master’s degree in instuctional leadership from TTU.
As an assistant at Tech, Brown helped lead the Golden Eaglettes to five consecutive OVC championships from 1998 through 2002, then another top finish in the 2005-06 campaign, Worrell’s final year at the helm.

On June 16, 2006, Brown was introduced as the third head coach in the program’s 39-year history. Her first season, 2006-07, ended up as the best season under Brown’s direction with a 12-18 record, 11-9 in the OVC, then fell in the opening round of the OVC tournament to Samford.

In 2007-08, the Golden Eagles went 8-22, 7-13 in the league, and Tech had its first season without a postseason appearance, missing the OVC Tournament.

Last season, Tech won 5 of its last 7 conference games to edge into the conference tournament, falling to Eastern Illinois. Tech was 9-21, 7-11 in the league.

In her 13 seasons on the Tech staff, the program went 208-167.



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Buzachero posts win for Las Vegas 51s
Overton County native Edward Dale “Bubbie” Buzachero has been pitching well lately for the Las Vegas 51s, the AAA affiliated of the Toronto Blue Jays.

He earned a 5-4 win on Sunday, July 5 against the Fresno Grizzlies. Buzachero was brought into the game in relief of T.J. Beam with the game tied at 4 in the 7th inning.

He struck out Steve Holm swinging, then induced a ground-out from Eugenio Velez. Joe Borchard grounded out to shortstop Angel Sanchez who threw to first baseman Randy Ruiz to end the inning.

Buzachero began the 8th inning by inducing a fly-out from Kevin Frandsen to right fielder Jason Lane, then John Bowker hit a ground-out to shortstop Sanchez who threw to first for the second out.

Jesus Guzman hit a ground-ball single to right field.

With Matt Downs batting, Buzachero threw a wild pitch, allowing Guzman to advance to second. Downs then grounded out to third baseman Kevin Howard who threw to first for the last out of the inning.

A Kyle Phillips home run for the 51s in the top of the 9th gave Las Vegas a 5-4 lead.
Jonah Bayliss relieved Buzachero for the bottom of the 9th inning and held on for the save.

Buzachero threw 29 pitches in his two innings on the mound, 20 for strikes, and faced 7 batters.

The former Livingston Academy standout came into a game against the Reno Aces in the 7th inning on Friday, July 3. He came into the game in relief of T.J. Beam.

Trent Oeltjen grounded out to second baseman Howie Clark who threw to first
baseman Randy Ruiz for the first out of the inning.

After a Chris Roberson ground-ball single to left field, Buzachero threw a wild pitch that allowed Roberson to advance to second.

Rusty Ryal grounded out to second baseman Clark who threw to first for the second out. Roberson moved over to third.

Josh Whitesell then hit a fly-ball out to left field Joe Inglett to end the inning.

Buzachero had a 1-2-3 8th inning, inducing a ground-out from John Hester, a fly-out
from Orlando Mercado, and another ground-out from Abraham O. Nunez.

Bill Murphy then relieved Buzachero for the 9th inning.

Las Vegas lost 1-3.

Buzachero threw 28 pitches in his two innings, 22 of them for strikes, in facing 7 batters.

Earlier in the week, he entered a game against the Sacramento River Cats in the 6th inning on Tuesday, June 30.

He entered the game after the River Cats scored 3 runs to go up 5-0, and Sacramento had men on first and third. Buzachero replaced David Purcey on the mound and then struck out Aaron Cunningham to put out the fire and end the inning.

In the 7th inning, Eric Munson grounded out to second baseman Joe Inglett who threw to first baseman Brett Harper for the first out.

Matt Carson then grounded out to third baseman Kevin Howard who threw to first for the second out.

After Chris Denorfia hit his 10th double of the season on a fly-ball to center, Anthony Recker grounded out to third baseman Howard who threw to first for the third out.

Sean Stidfole then relieved Buzachero for the 8th inning.

Las Vegas lost 2-5.

Buzachero threw 24 pitches in 1.1 innings, 14 for strikes, while facing 5 batters.



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Livingston Academy to hold volleyball camp July 13-15
Livingston Academy Volleyball team will host a volleyball camp Monday, July 13 through Wednesday, July 15. The camp is for any girl who will be in fourth through eighth grades during the 2009-2010 school year. The camp will begin at 8 a.m. and end at noon each day. Cost is $40 and all checks should be made payable to L.A. Volleyball.

The girls will learn basic rules of volleyball and different skills to play the game.

Each child will receive a t-shirt on the last day of camp. Send camp forms to L.A. Volleyball, C/O Christie Jenkins, 612 Preston Street, Livingston, TN 38570.

Concessions will be available.

 

 



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