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By Staff
Jan. 22, 2002
The Question …
Mississippi State has played four men's basketball games in Meridian. Who did they play and in what years?
Star Tracking …
JJan. 22, 2001
For the past three seasons, Jeremy Ruffin and Mario Hill have been a dynamic combination on the football field for Meridian High School. The same could soon be happening at Oxford's Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Ruffin, one of the state's most sought after recruits, announced Monday morning that he intends to play his college football at Ole Miss.
HATTIESBURG These aren't your father's Louisville Cardinals and currently the same thing can be said of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. In a classic role reversal, the Golden Eagles got clutch rebounding and used tough defense to slap a 69-60 decision on the Cardinals in front of 4,414 raucous fans at Reed Green Coliseum.
Jan. 22, 1997
After missing all seven of their free-throw attempts in the fourth period, Leake Academy's Rebels managed to connect on 6-of-10 in in the overtime period and escape with an exciting 58-51 victory over the home standing Lamar High Raiders Tuesday night.
Meridian High's Larissa Neely scored more points by herself in the first quarter Tuesday night than the entire West Lauderdale team did. For one player to outscore their opponent is not unheard of. However, Neely scored only two points in the opening period as MHS took a 17-0 advantage en route to a 57-26 shellacking.
Jan. 22, 1992
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Heisman trophy winner Desmond Howard's decision to leave Michigan in favor of playing professional football come down to one question. What did he have left to prove? Howard's decision to give up his last year of eligibility for the lure of whatever the market will bear for a low first-round NFL pick saddened some, but it surprised no one, save perhaps his mother.
A strange, strange night proved fruitful for the Meridian Community College basketball program. The MCC men were scheduled to play at Clarke College, but returned home when the game's officials failed to show up. The MCC women, on the other hand, scored enough points for both teams, taking a 115-45 victory over Faulkner Tuesday night, giving the Lady Eagles their largest margin of victory in the history of the program.
The Answer …
State beat the Meridian All-Stars in 1925, 1927 and 1930 and downed Meridian College 48-31 in 1920.
Sports Faces …
Brandi Wright
Though just a sophomore, Brandi Wright of Clarkdale knows a lot about the agony of defeat.
Last October, she helped the Lady Bulldogs reach the State 2A Championship series with some brilliant play in the field at second base. She was able to turn four double plays with shortstop Megan Potate as Clarkdale beat Mercy Cross for the South State title in slow-pitch softball.
Four days later, the Lady Bulldogs were up a game in the state finals with Hatley, but lost two straight.
Wright is currently playing soccer for Clarkdale but is already looking forward to fast-pitch softball.
Jeff Byrd

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