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January 29, 2013

Golden Eagle basketball teams featured at Chamber of Commerce gathering


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- When members of the Cookeville/Putnam County Chamber of Commerce gathered Tuesday morning for their monthly "Before Hours" event, the featured guests were Tennessee Tech women's basketball head coach Jim Davis, assistant men's coach Russ Willemsn (head coach Steve Payne is out of town recruiting), and Golden Eagle players Mitchell Hill and Dennis Ogbe.

A large crowd was on hand at the Leslie Towne Center, and the chamber members took advantage of the opportunity to meet and talk with the players and coaches.

"We are very proud of our student-athletes, and they are champion students as well as champion athletes," said Director of Athletics Mark Wilson. "They are succeeding in the classroom as well as on the fields of competition. Last semester, our student-athletes had a combined 3.14 grade point average, the seventh consecutive semester they have achieved a GPA above 3.0."

Tech's team are on the road for the next two weeks, returning to Eblen Center for a doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 9, against Jacksonville State. Wilson announced that doubleheader to be "Communiversity Night" at Eblen Center, and detailed plans for Chamber members to be guests of the teams. The women's game begins at 5:30 p.m., with the men's contest following at approimately 7:30 p.m.

More information or tickets for the games, visit or call the Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center (931-372-3940).

Golden Eagle junior Dennis Ogbe visits with members of the Chamber of Commerce Tuesday morning: