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Clarkdale gets good start to soccer season

By Staff
From Staff Reports/The Meridian Star
Nov. 25, 2001
While there official record may just be 1-0, the Bulldogs of Clarkdale High School have already outscored soccer opponents three times this season.
The CHS boys beat Wayne County 7-2 on Monday to open the regular season, but the weekend before the Bulldogs took two wins, tied one and lost one in the Laurel Tournament. The games in the Laurel Tournament do not count on the record because they are not regulation in length. The tourney games were just 50 minutes, while regular games are 90 minutes.
Clarkdale beat Northeast Jones 2-0 and Petal 1-0, tied South Jones 0-0 and lost to West Jones 2-1.
The Bulldogs return to action this week when they travel to Southeast Lauderdale at 6 p.m. on Tuesday then visit Richland at 7 p.m. on Thursday before hosting Northeast Lauderdale at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
Austin Bishop
Basketball opens for Raiders
The basketball season finally opens for the Lamar School high school boys basketball team on Tuesday when the Raiders take on Leake Academy in Madden. The game will mark the debut of new Raider head coach Tristan Howell.
The Raiders waited this late to start their season in order to allow their participating football players to get in some form of basketball shape.
Following the Leake game, Lamar will head to Jackson Prep on Nov. 29. The home opener is set for Dec. 1 against Newton Academy.
Howell is very familiar with the gym at Leake Academy, he played for the Rebels in High School.
Jeff Byrd
Hood does good for Tupelo
Former Meridian Wildcat Ricky Hood tossed in 17 points in Tupelo's 80-65 win over Pontotoc last week.
The Golden Wave improved to 4-1 with the win.
Meridian travels to Tupelo for division games on Dec. 7.
Marty Stamper
SEL looking for another title
The Southeast Lady Tigers are off to a good start at another title year with a 7-1 record so far.
The Lady Tigers are feeling the loss of last year's team leader Monique Horner, but they may have two girls who can fill those shoes. Seniors Lesley Ruffin and Kenitta Cooley have both been hot with the ball this season.
Josh Taylor
Whole lotta points being scored
Heading into Friday's playoff games, the Durant Tigers had scored the most touchdowns in Mississippi this fall, racking up 79. Clarksdale had the second-highest total with 73.
Of area interest, Newton led the east Mississippi teams in touchdowns scored with 54, followed by Wayne Academy at 53 and Winston Academy with 46.
Marty Stamper
The grand experiment continues
Madison Central took a 3-0 win over Jackson Prep in high school boys soccer last week. It was the next in a series of athletic competitions between teams belonging to the Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Mississippi Private School Association.
Lamar School has competed in a cross-country meet with MHSAA teams already and could take on a public school in a basketball tournament later in the year.
Lamar and Northeast Lauderdale are scheduled to play baseball this season, but no other scheduled games between public schools and area private schools have been reported to The Meridian Star.
Austin Bishop
Clarkdale improving football program
Football is becoming serious business at Clarkdale High. The Bulldogs finished the 2001 season with an overall record of 3-7 under first year head coach Bubba Hathorn.
Hathorn began the team's off-season program on the Tuesday following the Bulldogs' last game of the 2001 season.
The off season basically consists of weight training and athletic drills. "It's not as intense as the season, but it's very focused and very structured."
Hathorn says he has learned a lot through his years as a coach. "Football is no longer a seasonal sport," he said. "The kids understood my disappointment about not getting into the playoffs this year and they want to set the standard for teams in the future. The best thing is getting to see these kids grow up and become men right in front of your eyes."
Josh Taylor
Don't kick it to Towner
Lake's LaDonavon Towner, a 150-pound junior, returned three punts for touchdowns this fall for the Hornets.
Marty Stamper
Hey, Mr. Tally-man
Mooreville drilled Falkner 99-26 last week with Jim Tally scoring 15 points, Lance Tally tossing in 11, and Russ Tally adding 10.
The Troopers improved to 5-0 with the win.
Marty Stamper
Eyes for the ball
Kemper County's Eric Hubbard, a 5-foot-10, 266-pound senior lineman, recovered seven fumbles in 2001.
West Lauderdale's Tyler Herrington, a 6-foot, 170-pound senior, had four fumble recoveries.
– Marty Stamper
Kicking straight and true
Newton County's David McConnell, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound senior, led Class 3A in kick scoring with 65 points prior to Friday's game with Collins. McConnell had kicked seven field goals, including a long kick of 53 yards against Morton.
In second place in Class 3A with 61 points was West Lauderdale's Will Moseley, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound senior, with 61. Moseley had 10 field goals with a long kick of 50 yards at Philadelphia.
Winston Academy's Jay McMillin, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior, kicked 46 points this fall, making four field goals with a long kick of 40 yards.
– Marty Stamper