The Question …
Called the Most Recognized Human Being on earth, who once left pro basketball to try pro baseball, but then returned to basketball, the sport in which he has been called the best player ever?
Star Tracking …
March 15, 2001
STARKVILLE Marckell Patterson scored 21 points, 18 in the first half, as Mississippi State beat Southern Mississippi 75-68 in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament on Wednesday night. Freshman center Mario Austin added 12 points and had three assists.
The Meridian High Wildcats were able to complete a rain-shortened game in the Hattiesburg Tournament Wednesday. The Wildcats scored five runs in the first inning that fueled a 13-6 rout of No. 3-ranked Moss Point. John Iverson threw at two-hitter to lead the Cats to the win. Meridian improved to 8-4 on the season.
March 15, 1997
KANSAS CITY, Mo. It was no mystery how Temple planned to beat Mississippi. Knowing it and solving it were two different things for Ole Miss, which set a record for ineptitude on offense. A matchup zone, the trademark of John Chaney's team, befuddled Mississippi as ninth-seeded Temple scored a 62-40 victory in the Midwest Regional Friday night.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Shalonda Enis had 23 points Friday as No. 8 Alabama geared up for tougher things to come with a 94-50 win over St. Francis in the opening round of the NCAA East Regional. Alabama (24-6) won its first-round tournament game for the sixth straight year and advanced to play St. Joseph's a 70-52 winner over Kansas State earlier Friday. A win against the seventh-seeded Hawks on Sunday would put the Crimson Tide in the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year.
Meridian Community College sophomore catcher Paul Phillips ripped two home runs and drove in five runs Friday afternoon to lead the No. 1-ranked Eagles to an 8-5 win against the Muscatine (Iowa) Community College Indians in game one of a junior college doubleheader at MCC Field.
March 15, 1992
LOUISVILLE It was everything it was supposed to be and a little bit more. It was No. 1 vs. No. 3 and a game that give coaches gray hairs. The No. 1 Tupelo Golden Wave scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh to defeat No. 3 Meridian 2-1 and earn the championship trophy in the Louisville Spring Holiday Classic Saturday afternoon. Meridian captured second place. The Golden Wave run their record to 8-0 while Meridian falls to 8-2.
The Answer …
Sports Faces …
Jody Blount is a key cog for the Union Yellowjackets. He is one of their top pitchers when he is not playing shortstop. His team pulled out a 5-4 win over Southeast Lauderdale on Wednesday to avoid going winless in the Quitman Invitational.
Blount said he likes playing the field.