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By Staff
Feb. 23, 2002
The Question …
What's the longest losing streak in Mississippi prep football history?
Star Tracking …
Feb. 23, 2001
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. The University of Alabama received a preliminary letter of inquiry Thursday that the NCAA is investigating allege recruiting violations in its football program, The Tuscaloosa News reported on its website. The NCAA is investigating "possible violations by staff members and representatives" of Alabama, including offering inducements to prospective student-athletes and providing extra benefits to enrolled student athletes from 1997 to 2000, according to the letter sent to university President Andrew Sorenson.
This year marks the return of the Sports Car Club of America National Tour to Meridian. The tour officially begins its 2001 campaign here in the Queen City. The full slate of weekend SCCA activities gets jump started at the Meridian Regional Airport with open Test and Tune Practice Course.
Feb. 23, 1997
Newton County Academy coach Coyte Vance knows about winning state championships in basketball as the veteran head man has already secured three in his coaching tenure. But now, his Generals have experienced the excitement of the ordeal as the whipped Riverdale Academy of East Point, La. Saturday night 70-43 at East Rankin Academy in Pelahatchie to take home the championship hardware in the MPSA Class A 1997 State Tournament.
For the third time in eight days, the Meridian Lady Wildcats played a game that went right down to the wire. But unlike wins in the Division 5-5A tournament final and South State semifinals, good fortune was not on the Lady Wildcats' side in Saturday night's South State final against Jackson-Murrah. The visiting Lady Mustangs jumped out to an 11-2 lead and held on for a 46-44 win and the South State crown. The victory did not come easy for Murrah, however, as the Lady Mustangs (31-4) had to come up with two steals in the game's final 17 seconds to preserve the victory.
Feb. 23, 1992
OXFORD Maybe Johnny Walker should have thought before he acted. The Mississippi State forward not only fouled SEC leading scorer Joe Harvell with 4:11 left in Saturday night's State-Ole Miss game, he shoved him. Hard. To the floor. And the victim didn't like it. So Harvell came up with the perfect plan. He led the Rebels to an 86-78 revenge victory over the Bulldogs, helping take a little air out of State's NCAA "bubble".
MEADVILLE After Friday night's loss to host Franklin County, Kemper County's chances of making its first-ever tipr to the "Big House" had been dimmed dramatically. But on Saturday, Vincent Nave found the spotlight, and it was the Cats' light to the state tournament. Nave scored 17 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter and turned in a triple-double as Kemper County defeated Poplarville 71-59 in the consolation game of the South Mississippi 3A tournament.
Compiled by Ryan Satcher
The Answer …
Jim Hill High School lost 44 straight games from 1978-1983.
Sports Faces …
Brittany Butler
Cheering runs in the blood of Southeast Lauderdale Middle School cheerleader Brittany Butler.
Butler is the younger sister of Courtney and Jennifer Butler who are cheerleaders at the SEL high school.
Along with cheering, Butler is active in Beta, FCA, and summer league softball.
Butler plans to become a high school cheerleader, and play high school softball also.
After high school graduation, Butler wants to become a lawyer.
Butler is the daughter of Dewayne and Sharon Butler.

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