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Meet the Wildcats' set for Saturday

By Staff
From Staff Reports
Feb. 8, 2002
The Meridian High School baseball team will be hosting "Meet The Wildcats" Day this Saturday.
The action starts at 1:30 p.m. when the public is invited to come to John Moss Field and take pictures of the team or individual players.
At 2 p.m. fans will be allowed to take some swings or see how fast they can throw according to a radar gun. The charge is $1 per throw or swing.
Also a home run derby, with an entry fee of $5, is open to the public.
The Wildcats will then play a three-inning scrimmage beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Austin Bishop
No such thing as a good loss for Shirley
His team may have played one of the state's top 5A teams to within a basket, but Meridian Head Coach Donald Shirley was not happy.
The 62-59 loss drops Meridian to 14-10 on the season. The Lady Wildcats had their chances. They had a 45-44 lead in the fourth quarter. Even down one late, they still had a chance but a walking turnover near mid-court gave the ball back to Wayne County.
The Lady War Eagles then converted a timely inside basket by Natalie Jordan to go up three.
The Lady Wildcats were called for blocking fouls instead.
Jeff Byrd
Baseball tournament brackets released
The line-up for three area high school baseball tournaments have been announced.
The action gets underway Feb. 15 and Feb. 16 with the Meridian Preseason Coca-Cola Lauderdale County Tournament. Each team will play two games in the event, which is set for MHS' John Moss Field.
At 4 p.m. on Feb. 15 West Lauderdale takes on Neshoba Central, while Meridian faces Northeast Lauderdale at 7 p.m.
Saturday's action has Northeast and Southeast facing off at 10 a.m., while Clarkdale and Southeast play at 1 p.m.
The 4 p.m. game features Clarkdale and West Lauderdale, while Meridian and Neshoba Central wrap things up at 7 p.m.
The Enterprise Spring Classic, set for March 23, is a three-team round-robin event.
Enterprise and Union play at 10 a.m., while Choctaw County (Ala.) and Union face off at 1 p.m. followed by Enterprise and Choctaw County at 4 p.m. If a winner is not decided after one round of play, a tie-breaker game will be played at p.m.
The Quitman High School invitational is set for three days March 11 through March 13 and features a total of 10 games.
On Monday, March 1, Southeast Lauderdale and Northeast Lauderdale play at 11 a.m., followed by Northeast and Raymond at 1:30 p.m. and Union and Raymond at 4 p.m. Union and Quitman wrap up the day's play at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday's action has Southeast and Raymond playing at 1 p.m., Southeast and Union facing off at 3:30 p.m. and Quitman and Northeast playing at 6 p.m.
On Wednesday, Northeast and Union begins the action at 11 a.m., followed by Quitman and Southeast Lauderdale at 1:30 p.m. and Quitman and Raymond at 4 p.m.
Austin Bishop
Natchez's Davis bound for SI
Natchez High School track star Janice Davis will soon be gracing the pages of Sports Illustrated. She was recently photographed for the magazine after being named's Nike Athlete of the Week for the week of Jan. 17-24.
She will be profiled in the Faces in the Crowd in SI.
One of her goals is a berth in the 2004 Summer OIympics at Athens, Greece.
Marty Stamper
Nettleton to retire Ferguson's 88
Nettleton High School plans to retire New York Jets defensive lineman Jason Ferguson's No. 88 during next week's Division 2-3A basketball tournament at Nettleton.
Ferguson was an all-state player at Nettleton and Itawamba Community College before going on to the University of Georgia.
Marty Stamper
St. Stanislaus hires Wittman
St. Stanislaus has named Casey Wittman its new head football coach. Wittman replaces Dave Kenson, who resigned last month after leading the Rockachaws for five years. St. Stanislaus went 2-8 in 2001.
Wittman is a 1984 graduate of St. Stanislaus. He later played at Gulf Coast Community College.
He comes to SSC after a two-year stint as offensive coordinator at Pass Christian. This will be his first head coaching job.
Wittman was selected from 17 applicants.
Marty Stamper
Kivlan gets No. 100
St. Stanislaus boys' soccer coach Andy Kivlan got his 100th win in five seasons with the Rockachaws with Tuesday's 5-0 win over Laurel for the Class 4A South State championship.
The game was played in wind, rain, and sleet at Brother Phillip Memorial Stadium.
Up 5-0 16 minutes into the second half, Kivlan began pulling his starters, sending them to the locker room to change clothes.
The Rockachaws improved to 21-2-1, while Laurel wound up 13-5.
Marty Stamper