Star Tracking …
May 11, 2001
The Lamar School golf team proved Thursday, they aren't only the best team in Academy AAA, they are the best team in the MPSA period. The Raiders captured the Overall Golf Championship that was held at Canebrake Country Club in Hattiesburg Thursday. And perhaps most impressive was the victory, a five-shot margin over Parklane Academy, came without a stellar performance from Ole Miss signee and team leader senior Reid Davis. Instead it was freshman sensation J.T. Williamson who came through for the Raiders, taking top medalist honors by firing a 69 on a sunny day.
The West Lauderdale Knights have their backs pinned solidly to the wall in the Class 3A state championship baseball series after dropping Game 1 5-4 Thursday night at Independence. Independence, 28-10, scored on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh to take the series opener. The game was delayed for nearly an hour due to rain in the bottom of the second inning. The Knights, 34-5, are hoping to claim their ninth state title in a 13-year span, but will have to win two straight to accomplish that feat.
May 11, 1997
BOAZ, Ala. If there was any doubt to whom the top Junior College slow-pitch softball team in the nation was, Meridian Community College answered that question early in the championship game. The Lady Eagles scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning and cruised to a 21-8 victory over host Snead State and claimed the 1997 National Junior College Athletic Association Slow-Pitch Softball National Championship at Paradise Park Saturday. The Lady Eagles (49-12) won two of three games on the day, falling in their tournament opener to South Georgia 14-7. Robert Eakins' charges righted themselves in their second game, beating Snead State 13-7 before the blowout win in the title game.
ENTERPRISE It was a homerun derby Saturday afternoon in the opening game of the best-of-three Class 1A South State Championship series as the visiting Cathedral High Green Wave knocked off the Enterprise High Bulldogs 18-9. The win gives Cathedral a 1-0 lead in the series. Ken Beesley's 27-1 Green Wave hit five home runs to three for Joel Speed's 15-10 Bulldogs.
May 11, 1992
When David Blevins' three-run homer came to rest just beyond the right field fence, there were enough Eagles spread across Meridian Community College's Field to make it look like a nature reserve. MCC assistant coach Scott Berry was on his knees in the third base coach's box in thanks for the game-winning homer, while several of the players were rolling around in the infield and more than a dozen were on each side of the third base line waiting for Blevins to approach the plate. Blevins' shot with two outs and the game tied in the bottom of the ninth did more than give MCC a 9-6 win over arch-rival Delgado and the Region 23 Baseball Tournament Championship, it ended six years of frustration for MCC coach Corky Palmer.
Sports Faces …
Nate Salant is the Commissioner of the Gulf South Conference. When Salant took over in 1992, the GSC was consider a weak league for most of its womens' sports, basketball being a big exception since Delta State was coming off its third national championship in four years.
He says that Meridian will play a part in the GSC future by continuing to host the Women's Fast-pitch Tournament.