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By Staff
Star Tracking …
March 7, 2001
JACKSON If Tuesday night's Class 4A state semifinal was an exam, the Lady Tigers of Crystal Springs were writing the answers before Neshoba Central even asked the questions. All game long, the Lady Tigers had an answer for whatever the Lady Rockets threw at them. Crystal Springs never trailed in taking a 65-58 win. Neshoba Central finished its season with a 28-11 record, while Crystal Springs advances to Saturday afternoon's 4A state championship game against the winner of today's contest between Noxubee County and Raymond.
Stunned. That's the best was to describe the reaction of the Meridian Community College women's basketball team and the crowd following the Region 23 opening round game at Mississippi College Tuesday afternoon. The MCC Lady Eagles' great season ended on a sour note as the Lady Wildcats of Pearl River served as the spoilers shocking coach Hilary Allen's squad 75-74. In the evening's other game, the East Central Community College Lady Warriors knocked off MACJC state champion Jones.
March 7, 1997
JACKSON Willis Tullos' Lady Warriors used their pressing defense to force 26 turnovers Thursday night as the Lady Warriors captured their second consecutive Class 2A girls state basketball championship with a 62-49 win against the Nettleton High Lady Tigers at the Mississippi Coliseum. Choctaw Central won the Class 2A state title in 1996 as well, defeating West Tallahatchie 56-45.
HANCEVILLE, Ala. Shortstop Jason Smith blasted a two-out solo home run in the top of the ninth inning and David Wells came on in the bottom of the frame to pick up his third save of the season, as Meridian Community College rallied to nip homestanding Wallace-Hanceville Community College 5-4.
March 7, 1992
JACKSON If Siskel and Ebert could have seen Kemper County's championship performance Friday afternoon, they'd have given it two thumbs up. The 33-3 Wildcats and head coach Charles Jackson brought home the 3A Class State Championship trophy with a 73-61 win over Humphreys County, sending the huge Kemper County following into a frenzy.
Often in high school baseball, the first couple of games can be a little shaky. The Clarkdale Bulldogs proved this theory correct, as they opened their season by losing a 5-3 decision to the Tigers of Newton.
Ryan Satcher
JACKSON For four years during the 1980's, Narvel Coleman led his Noxubee County Lady Tigers to the Class 4A state championship game as the favorite to win the title, and four times, the Lady Tigers went home as bridesmaids. This year was different. Noxubee went in as David' in a battle against Goliath Port Gibson, and lost a heartbreaker 44-42.
Ryan Satcher
Sports Faces …
Torry Bates
Torry Bates loves playing catcher. He is a catcher for the Meridian High Wildcats, that is until he takes the pitching mound.
On Saturday, Bates threw a complete game in beating Vicksburg 8-2. He also was the hitting star belting his first home run of the season. He finished with four RBIs. But being behind the plate is the best for Bates.
"That's where you see the most action. You see the ball on every play as the catcher,' Bates said.
Bates started playing baseball at the age of eight.
"I played at Phil Hardin in the North Meridian Optimist League. It was fun. I had fun. I played third, pitched, but mostly played catcher."
He hopes to continue to playing after his senior season at Meridian. He batted .345 last season with a team high 31 RBIs.
"I hope so. If I go with academics, I'd want to go to Mississippi State. If it's baseball, I'll wait until the end of the season."
Jeff Byrd

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