Star Tracking …
March 8, 2001
JACKSON After what has to be one of the most grueling contests of his career, Lake girls' basketball coach Bill Ingersoll managed a smile. Lake, horrible from the free-throw line the entire contest, got two freebies from Roxana Rogers with 27.7 seconds left lifting the Lady Hornets to a 59-58 win over Durant in front of an estimated 1,400 fans in the Class 1A state semifinals at the Mississippi Coliseum.
JACKSON Veteran Noxubee County head coach Narvel Colemon liked his team's chances in a rematch with defending state champion on Raymond here in the Class 4A Girls State Tournament Wednesday. But the Lady Rangers quickly proved why they are the state's No. 3 ranked team. Raymond scored the first six points of the game and never trailed, whipping Noxubee 73-55 in the 4A semifinals.
CLINTON Beat us once, shame on you. Beat us twice, shame on us. Beat us three times . . . not gonna happen. The East Central Community College Lady Warriors extracted their revenge for a pair of big-time blowouts administered by the Lady Wolves of Copiah-Lincoln at the right time… in the semifinals of the Region 23 Tournament at Mississippi College's A.E. Wood Coliseum Wednesday night. The Lady Warriors outscored nationally-ranked and previously once-beaten Co-Lin 74-71 to advance to tonight's 6 p.m. championship game with Northwest Mississippi.
March 8, 1997
Chris Ballard allowed only one hit in three innings of relief pitching and went 3-for-3 at the plate to propel the Bulldogs of Clarkdale to a narrow 8-7 decision over visiting Northeast Lauderdale in the first game of a doubleheader, and Luke Gault went 4-for-4 with four RBIs for the Bulldogs as Clarkdale swept the twinbill with an impressive 11-1 conquest in the nightcap.
Freshman Brent Doolittle delivered a game-winning double in the bottom of the eighth as the West Lauderdale Knights eased past visiting West Jones for an exciting 7-6 victory in extra innings Friday night in prep baseball action. With the thrilling win, West Lauderdale moved to 2-1 on the young season.
March 8, 1992
HATTIESBURG It was not a send-off befitting of a favorite son. Two things ended in Southern Mississippi's 80-70 loss to No. 21 Tulane at Reed Green Coliseum Saturday Clarence Weatherspoon's home career and any remote chance for the Golden Eagles to finish the season with as many wins as losses without winning the Metro Conference tournament, which begins Friday in Louisville. A crowd of 6,707 watched officiating bother Weatherspoon a little bit and the Green Wave bother the Eagles a little bit more, as Tulane clinched the Metro's regular season championship.
Sports Faces …
Dominick Spinks is just a ninth grader on the Meridian High baseball team but is already looking forward to following in his older brother Jason Spinks' footsteps.
Jason Spinks has been the top pitcher for the Wildcats this season with a 3-0 mark and a no-hitter already on the season.
Hopefully, I can be even better than he is," Dominick said of Jason's legacy.
Dominick has been playing baseball since he was six. He grew up playing in the Crestwood League. That is where he had his baseball highlight.