Star Tracking …
April 14, 2001
The Meridian Community College Eagles swept Delgado Community College 2-1 and 10-7 Friday at Scaggs Field to clinch a berth in the Region 23 Division I Tournament, May 10-13. For MCC first-year head coach Russ McNickle, that's just the starting point for his team which improved to 6-2 in the Miss-Lou Conference with four games remaining. Delgado fell to 4-7 with one league game left. Bossier Parrish is 4-5 with three games remaining at MCC.
They say death comes in threes; sadly, that seems to be a theme that is playing out here as Meridian lost another one of its own and coincidentally, another with ties to the professional athletic world. Following the tragic loss of former Meridian High standout Brian Cole last week, is former T.J. Harris High School standout James W. (Papa) Hayes. Hayes passed away Monday, April 9 at Riley Hospital at the age of 60 after losing a battle to congestive heart failure. In his life, Hayes went on from Harris to star at Jackson State University in the early 60's before heading to the pro ranks as a player with the Minnesota Vikings and later with the Houston Oilers. After football, Hayes became a high school coach in Indiana. He returned to the Queen City 10 years ago.
April 14, 1997
AUGUSTA, Ga. Tiger Woods' victory walk up the 18th fairway was detoured by a wild hook off the final tee at the Masters, which was probably just as well.Shortly after he drained a bending 4-foot putt for par on the final hole Sunday that gave him the lowest score in the 63-year history of the Masters, Woods choked back tears as he embraced his parents.
STARKVILLE Former West Lauderdale standout Jeremy Jackson struck out a career-high 15 batters as No. 15 Mississippi State defeated top-ranked Louisiana State 4-1 Sunday in Southeastern Conference play. Jackson raised his record to 6-2 by working seven and one-third innings, allowing just one Tiger run on two hits and five walks. The sophomore left-hander twice struck out the side, and struck out a least once all but one batter in the LSU starting lineup.
April 14, 1992
HATTIESBURG What started out a pitcher's duel ended in a pitcher's nightmare, but the dreams were sweet for Southern Mississippi's Andy Woodard. The deuces were wild when Woodard went deep with the third Ole Miss pitcher of the game. His two-run shot off Ryan Young with two strikes and two outs in the bottom of the eighth lifted the Golden Eagles to a 6-4 win before a Peter Taylor Park crowd of 1,027. Doug Benefiel scored ahead of Woodard, as the Eagles (21-16) scored four runs on four hits in the eighth inning.
Sports Faces …
Last week, 11-year-old Holly Corbitt was busy running the Raider Run at Lamar School. She is a sixth grader at Lamar and runs on the Raider track and cross country.
Funny thing is, running is not her main sport.
This July, she will compete at the State Long-Course meet at the newly renovated pool at Delta State University in Cleveland.