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Leake Academy full of young talent on the court

By Staff
From Staff Reports
Dec. 28, 2001
Good young basketball players at Leake Academy just keep on coming.
Last year it was then-freshman Kristen Caldwell who made a big splash for the Rebelettes, becoming the team's most prolific scorer by the end of the year.
But leave it up to veteran Leake coach Doyle Wolverton to find a way to turn Caldwell, still just a sophomore, into a veteran.
He brought up eighth-grader Greggina Tadlock to the varsity for the East Central Community College tournament this week, and she stepped right in and performed like a veteran.
Tadlock led the team with 17 points as Leake beat Lamar 62-33. Wolverton has a history of bringing up younger players to the varsity, but only if they are good enough to step right in and contribute.
Austin Bishop
Lady Warriors still plenty good
Although the Choctaw Central High School girls basketball team lost such key performers as Melinda Ben and Crystal Lewis off last year's team, the Lady Warriors are still finding plenty of ways to win.
CCHS is 12-1 going into this weekend's tournament at Cherokee, N.C.
The only loss was 64-56 to an undefeated Williams-Sullivan team.
The most impressive wins for the Lady Warriors this season have come over Vicksburg (72-48), Southeast Lauderdale (85-70), West Lauderdale (68-61) and Louisville (76-56).
Choctaw Central will have some big tests coming up in the second half of the season, beginning with the Central Mississippi Classic in Forest Jan. 2-5.
CCHS hosts Southeast Lauderdale on Jan. 15 and travels to West Lauderdale on Jan. 18.
Austin Bishop
Knight becomes a Choctaw
Former Lamar High School baseball and football standout Chris Knight has decided to continue his athletic career at Mississippi College in the spring.
Knight played catcher for Meridian Community College the past two seasons, before opting to walk on at Mississippi State University.
After the first semester Knight decided to transfer to Mississippi College where he is expected to contribute right away for the Division III Choctaws.
Knight hit .351 for the Eagles last season, ripping 11 doubles and driving in 18 runs. He started 29 games and played in 33 for MCC.
Austin Bishop
Duron steps down at Evangel
Denny Duron has retired as offensive coordinator at Evangel High School in Shreveport, La., to concentrate on his pastoral duties at First Assembly of God.
Duron started the Eagles' football program in 1989 and was head coach for three years.
Evangel beat West Monroe 34-27 a few weeks ago for the Louisiana Class 5A state championship. It was the seventh state championship for Evangel and avenged a 37-13 regular season loss to West Monroe.
Evangel finished 14-1 this year.
West Monroe has won six state championships since 1993.
Marty Stamper
John Curtis extends national record
John Curtis High School in New Orleans extended its national record for state championships in football to 17 with a 30-0 win over Baker.
It was the 13th state championship for Curtis in the 21 years that the Louisiana state championships have been played in the Superdome in New Orleans.
Marty Stamper
Hot at the beginning and the end
In last week's 74-50 win over defending Louisiana Class 5A state champion Jesuit in the War on the Shore VI at St. Stanislaus, the unbeaten Gulfport Admirals scored the game's first 21 points and then the last 21 points.
Gulfport improved to 14-0, while the Blue Jays of Jesuit fell to 11-3.
The amazing thing about Gulfport's record is that the Admirals have yet to play a home game this season. Their new gym is slated to open on Jan. 31.
Marty Stamper
Quite a tradition at Sumter County
The Sumter County boys have had a great deal of success on the hardwood in recent years.
Sumter won Class 4A state championships in 1988, 1994, 1998, and 1999.
Neighboring Livingston won the 4A state title in 1987.
Alabama went to six classes in 1985.
Marty Stamper
South Leake continues dominance
The South Leake Wildcats and Wildkittens swept the Leake County Tournament championships with wins over Thomastown last weekend.
The Wildkittens won 70-47 to improve to 12-3. The Wildcats posted an 83-80 win as they improved to 10-5.
Marty Stamper