Star Tracking …
May 10, 2001
HEIDELBERG Heidelberg Academy used three-run homers from Scott McInnis and Matt Culberson and Culberson's solid pitching to take a 9-4 win over Rossville (Tenn.) Christian Academy in Game 1 of their Mississippi Private School Association Class A state semifinal best-of-three series. The series resumes for Games 2 and 3, if needed, Friday at Rossville with a 2 p.m. start. That series winner will face the Porter's Chapel-Huntington (La.) winner for the Academy Class A championship next week. Porter's Chapel had a 1-0 advantage in that series following Tuesday's 6-4 victory at PCA.
ACCRA, Ghana A stampede at a packed soccer match between two top teams from Ghana killed at least 100 people Wednesday night, a top government official said. The panic erupted when police fired tear gas to subdue unruly fans, witnesses said. Accra Hearts, the hometown team was leading 2-1 against Asante Kotoko with five minutes left when Asante supporters began throwing bottles and chairs onto the field, witnesses said. Police responded by firing tear gas, creating panic in the stands as spectators rushed to escape the gas, witnesses said.
May 10, 1997
After the first two games of the AAA Academy South State semifinals, both Lamar's Neil Davis and Centreville's Jason Chabreck were 1-0 in the series. The two were back on the hill for the deciding game Friday night at Lamar, and something had to give. Something did, and it was the Centreville defense. The Tigers committed eight errors including three in the first inning alone allowing Lamar to jump out to a 3-0 lead after one. That was more than enough for Davis. The senior right-hander worked a complete game seven-hitter, striking out 11 and lifting Lamar to a 6-3 win and a chance to play for the State champioship.
May 10, 1992
DECATUR Give a blinding afternoon sun an assist when scoring defending state 2A champion McLaurin's 5-4 extra inning win over Enterprise Saturday that sent the Tigers on to next week's second round of the high school baseball playoffs. With the score tied 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth, pitcher Randy Hagar lofted a towering fly to right field. The Bulldogs' Reggie Richardson had to look directly into the high sky ball of fire and lost the ball in the glare. It fell beside him for a triple and a moment later Hagar's twin brother Ray flied out to left field, the winning run scoring after the catch.
Sports Faces …
With the announcement that Pete Boone was returning to his former role as the athletic director at Ole Miss, the future should remain bright for Rod Barnes, the head mens basketball coach for the Rebels.
One of Boone's key moves during his first tenure as Ole Miss AD was to hire Barnes after Rob Evans left Ole Miss for Arizona State. All Barnes has done is taken the Rebels to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments including a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2001. Last March, the Rebels went 20-11 before being knocked out of the first round by UCLA.
Barnes has been busy this month on the banquet tour with the Red-Blue Caravan. He was in Meridian last week as part of the tour.
What Barnes is looking forward to is next season. Ole Miss returns four starters off a 20-win team.