Star Tracking …
June 6, 2001
Twenty golfers from the area are among a field of 144 golfers competing for the 86th Mississippi Golf Association State Amateur Championship which will be played at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Thursday-Sunday. Golfers with Meridian connections include Dan Angero, Earl Aycock, Jr., Daniel Boles, Doyle Bryan, Clinton Hales, Judge Little, Randy Pool, Robert Sanford, H.G. Weddington, and John Thomas Williamson, all of Meridian; Meridian Community College golfers Cameron Hunt, Brandon Laird, Dan Luke and Morgan Stewart; and former Meridianites Johnny Lang and Mike Taylor. Other golfers from the area include Ken Bush of Newton, Robert Luke of Hickory, and Scott Ray and Robert Tranum of Louisville. Rett Crowder of Jackson is the three-time defending champion.
ALAMEDA, Calif. While he might look a bit out of place in silver and black, Jerry Rice says he's a real Oakland Raider. After 16 record-breaking years across San Francisco Bay with the 49ers, Rice ended months of speculation about his future by signing with the Oakland Raiders. Rice, a 12-time Pro Bowl selection who won three Super Bowls in San Francisco, was released by the 49ers on Monday because of salary cap problems.
June 6, 1997
When Alex Rodriguez hit for the cycle, a lucky Seattle Mariners fan hit the jackpot. Rodriguez became the first Seattle player to hit for the cycle in a nine-inning game as the Mariners routed the Detroit Tigers 14-6 Thursday night. "I'm excited, but I guess it hasn't hit me yet," Rodriguez said. Pamela Altazan of Cashmere, Wash., also should be excited. She won $1 million in a promotional contest when Rodriguez hit for the cycle getting a single, double, triple and homer in one game. Altazan filled out an entry form for the contest, which awards the $1 million prize if a Mariners player hits for the cycle. Her name was randomly selected before the game, and she was announced as the winner on radio and television broadcasts.
Meridian Community College golfer Robert Dreyfus continues to climb up the standings at the NJCAA Division II National Golf Tournament, standing in fifth place after three rounds. Headed into Friday morning's final round at Woodlake Country Club in Vass, N.C., Dreyfus stood at 229, six strokes off the leading pace of Muskegon's Ryan Cutter (223).
June 6, 1992
CHICAGO The Portland Trail Blazers overcame Michael Jordon, having two starters foul out and a 9-point deficit in the last four minutes to gain a split in the NBA Finals Friday night. Danny Ainge, filling in after Clyde Drexler fouled out, scored nine of his 17 points in overtime as the Trail Blazers rallied for a 115-104 victory over the Chicago Bulls to even the NBA Finals 1-1.
Sports Faces …
Mark Freeman, 8, is one of 80 or so kids improving their skills at the Meridian Community College summer baseball camp at Scaggs Field.
Freeman, of Quitman, plays baseball at the Quitman Complex. He says he loves being at the MCC Baseball Camp.
He's also picked up a few valuable tips.
His favorite major league team: "The Cubs."