Star Tracking …
April 20, 2001
Clutch hits put the Meridian Wildcats in command of their Class 5A first round playoff game against the Long Beach Bearcats. Clutch pitching ended it. The Wildcats took a 6-2 win in Thursday night's opener at John Moss field. The best-of-three opening round series shifts to the coast today for the second game. The Cats will bring John Hays Compton to the mound.
The home-standing Bulldogs took the first game of a best-of-three series with Loyd Star in front of the home crowd here Thursday night as they claimed the opener 5-2. Clarkdale got its biggest hit of the night from the ninth batter in the line-up and designated hitter Corey Godwin who ripped a 2-RBI double in the bottom of the fourth that broke open a 1-1 tie. That hit gave the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead and would be all they would need.
With a rugged schedule, the Clarkdale fast-pitch softball team has faced plenty of high-profile pitchers this season. But the Lady Bulldogs have faced none more dominating than Newton County's April Bufkin Thursday night. Bufkin tossed a pair of one-hitters, mowing down Clarkdale as Newton County took 6-0 and 2-1 wins to sweep the best-of-three series from the Lady Bulldogs in the MHSAA Class 3A/2A/1A Region 3 championship.
April 20, 1997
Saturday afternoon's long wait proved to be worth it for former Meridian High Wildcats and Clemson Tigers standout Dexter McCleon. After watching the NFL draft unfold on ESPN, the All-Atlantic Coast Conference cornerback finally got the news he was waiting on. McCleon was selected with the 10th pick in the second round, 40th choice overall, of Saturday's NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams.
Scott Berry's top-ranked Meridian Community College Eagles took over sole possession of first place in the Miss-Lou Conference standings with a doubleheader sweep Saturday afternoon of the visiting Delgado Community College Dolphins in junior college baseball action. Berry said his 40-5 Eagles needed to do the little things to defeat Delgado, who earlier this season took two of three from MCC in New Orleans. The Eagles combined solid pitching, good defense and timely hitting to sweep the Dolphins, MCC won the opener 9-1, then took the second game by an 8-3 count.
April 20, 1992
AUBURN, Ala. Ricky Joe Redd had three hits and drove in a pair of runs to lead Mississippi State to an 8-3 Southeastern Conference victory over Auburn. Carlton Loewer (4-3) picked up the win in relief of Mississippi State starter Jay Powell, who left the game after two innings with arm trouble. Powell, the former West Lauderdale star, had tenderness in his elbow. His status for the remainder of the season is unclear.