All-Star basketball teams selected
From staff reports
March 21, 2002
Kimyatta Viverette of Lake has been selected to play in the Mississippi/Alabama Girls' All-Star Basketball Game on June 8 at Mississippi College's A.E. Wood Coliseum.
John Gray of Wayne County and Jason Forte of Bay Springs were picked for the boys' contest.
The girls' game is set for 1 p.m. with the boys' slated for 3 p.m.
Other Mississippi girls' team members familiar to area fans are New Albany's Ellen Buchanan, Provine's Latosha Christmas, Crystal Springs' Ebony Jenkins, Ripley's Claudia Johnson, and Williams-Sullivan's Angela Howard.
Boys who played against area schools include Jarekus Singleton of Clinton, Trey Johnson of Murrah, Byron Sanders of Harrison Central, Ricky Hood of Tupelo (formerly of Meridian), VasShun Newborne and Je'Kel Foster of Natchez, and Marcus Verner of Columbus.
Gina Skelton and Geary Jackson of Wayne County will coach in the games, along with Mary Irving of Natchez and John Neal of Terry. Many may remember Neal during his time at Piney Woods Country Life School.
North/South rosters picked
Seven area players and two coaches have been picked for the North/South All-Star Basketball Games set for July 18 at Mississippi College's A.E. Wood Coliseum. Tipoff times are 6:30 (girls) and 8 p.m. (boys).
On the South girls' roster are Natalie Jordan of Wayne County, Britney Burks of Scott Central, and Lenora Gray of Newton. Lake's Bill Ingersoll will coach in the game along with Calvin Brown of East Marion.
On the South boys' roster are Jessie Jones and Derrick Turner of Heidelberg, Kenny Boyd of Kemper County, and Jamaal Martin of Northeast Lauderdale. Heidelberg's Ted Williams will coach the South team along with Jay Ladner of St. Stanislaus.
No area players made either North team roster.
SEL factor in division race
The Southeast Lauderdale Tigers will take a 7-6 record into the second half of the prep baseball season. More importantly, the Tigers are 4-2 in Division 5-3A play with the lone division losses coming at the hands of a 6-5 decision to defending State 3A Champion West Lauderdale and a loss Tuesday against Philadelphia.
Still, head coach Reggie Richardson is not happy with how his team as played lately. The club dropped its last two games in the Quitman Invitational after beating rival Northeast Lauderdale in the tourney opener.
Our grass is greener
The Kellyville (Okla.) High School baseball team traveled over 400 miles to Mississippi to play over their spring break last week.
Wesson is a native of Mississippi and his brother, Barry, currently plays for the Round Rock Express in the Texas League. (Round Rock was formerly the Jackson Generals).
Kellyville was able to cut expenses on the trip as the 13 players stayed in a trailer at the Wesson's farm in Glenn Allen.
While in Mississippi, the Ponies, who are ranked No. 11 in Oklahoma, split four games. They defeated Indianola Academy 1-0 in eight innings and Carroll Academy 5-0 and lost 4-3 to Pillow Academy and 8-4 to Greenville Christian School.
It showed the players something else.
Pitching, D' key for MHS
Five times this season, the Meridian Wildcats have laid a goose-egg on its opponents.
The teams shutout by the Wildcats this season include: Neshoba Central (5-0), Madison Central (9-0), Louisville (10-0), Wayne County (10-0) and Lumberton (10-0). At least four of these teams have winning records.
Seven times the Wildcats have scored at least 10 runs. They are 7-0 in such games and its a biggest the club is 14-5 on the season.
One area the team has struggled was in one-run games. They were 0-3 until beating Amory 2-1 last Thursday night at MCC's Scaggs Field.
Mustangs to hit the road
The West Jones Mustangs won't play any more home games at Mustang Field this year. All remaining home games will be played at Wooten-Legion Field in Laurel.