Star Tracking …
May 9, 2001
DECATUR The East Central Community College Board of Trustees Tuesday officially approved head football coach Terry Underwood to be the new Athletics Director. Underwood will succeed outgoing women's basketball coach Sammy Pace, who retired last week after successfully leading the program for 16 years. Pace's resignation was accepted by the board on Tuesday, as well. Pace's resignation is effective June 30, 2001. Underwood will continue his football coaching duties. He has led the Warrior gridiron program for three years, arriving as the assistant in 1995 under then-coach Willie Coats.
Twenty strikeouts didn't earn Randy Johnson a share of the record. He didn't even get a win. "This was a game to put in a time capsule and let people of the future watch it," Johnson said after fanning 20 in nine innings against Cincinnati on Tuesday night. Arizona went on to beat Cincinnati 4-3 in 11 innings, overcoming a 3-1 deficit in the 11th, but Johnson won't be listed alongside Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood in the record book because the game went extras, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, baseball's statistician.
May 9, 1997
Top-ranked Meridian Community College started fast Thursday night against Holmes Community College ace Roy Oswalt, scoring five runs in the first inning en route to a 12-0 win in the first round of the Region 23 Baseball Tournament at MCC Field. Oswalt (11-4), a Mississippi State signee, came in with a sparkling 0.65 earned run average. That climbed in the top of the first thanks to a two-out two-run homer off the bat of Eagles third baseman Scott Cheek and a three-run blast by designated hitter Chris Curry. Cheek's homer was his 19th of the season, while Curry connected for his 10th of the year.
Jamie Clark's East Central Community College Warriors put on a hitting clinic Thursday afternoon, pounding out 15 hits en route to a 12-1 win against the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Bulldogs in the first round of the Region 23 Baseball Tournament at Meridian Community College Field. East Central and Mississippi Gulf Coast are certainly not strangers to one another. Coming into Thursday's showdown, the Bulldogs held a 4-2 advantage in the season series, including defeating the Warriors in the finals of the state tournament last weekend. However, East Central had the last laugh Thursday.
May 9, 1992
A group of mothers sat on the visiting bleachers, and they weren't pleased. The night before, as they reminded many Friday night, their Loyd Star team had been "robbed" on a controversial call late in the game. And after Southeast Lauderdale staged a come-from-behind 8-7 win in the bottom of the seventh Friday, these mothers have another story to tell the grandchildren about. The Tigers, down 7-4 in the seventh, scored five runs to take the dramatic win.
Sports Faces …
The job of the Wildcat mascot is to keep the home fans motivated in their support of the Meridian Wildcats, whether it's hot or not.
Donning the Wildcat suit for Monday night's South State 5A baseball playoff game at John Moss Field was junior Katie Snowden.
Was the suit hot? "Yes," Snowden said. "But, I can eat a lot."
She has been the Wildcat mascot since the football season last fall.
So what is the Wildcat's favorite food these days?