Clopton returning home
Going home can be nice.
At least that's what Tommy Clopton hopes. The current East Central Community College assistant football coach has been named head football coach at Wesson High School.
Clopton, 29, has served the past five years on the ECCC staff. He worked as offensive line coach, secondary coach and wide receivers/tight ends coach.
The Warriors made two state playoff appearances during his time on Terry Underwood's staff.
Wesson athletic director/high school principal Ronald Greer said the school was fortunate to obtain someone of Clopton's caliber. "We are tickled to death to get someone of his quality and character. We had 21 applicants for the job and narrowed it down to five. He was the most qualified candidate we had for the job."
Clopton graduated from Wesson in 1992. He clearly understands the local rivalries. Playing for his father, Rickey Clopton, at Wesson, the Cobras enjoyed three straight outstanding campaigns, going 31-4. They reached the South State 2A finals his senior year.
Clopton said he will continue as a full-time teacher at East Central until May, when his contract expires. He will commute for spring football practice which will start the last week in April.
Brookhaven Daily Leader
Three was definitely enough
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. The T.R. Miller Lady Tigers (30-2) made their way to the AHSAA girls Class 3A State Championship game with a minimal of players scoring.
Just three Lady Tigers tallied points in the team's 44-34 win over the DAR Lady Patriots (27-7).
Joy McCorvey scored a game-high 21 points for T.R. Miller, and Ashley Samuel added 17 points. Jasmine Sanford rounded out the Lady Tigers' scoring sheet with six points.
Please report changes, results, old scores
Coaches and scorekeepers are urged to inform the sports staff of The Meridian Star when games are postponed, canceled or rescheduled.
We also encourage all area teams to report the results of their games. Please include first and last names of all athletes when these reports are made. We also ask all Lauderdale County high school softball and baseball teams (this includes Meridian and Lamar) to send in an updated list of their wins and losses.
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Now that's a mountain to climb
Coming from behind is nothing new for high school athletes, but the Crystal Springs baseball team found their first-inning ditch a little too much to climb out of on Friday night.
Magee scored 20 runs in the first inning and went on to win the game 28-2 by the run rule after four innings of play.
Magee banged out 22 hits in the game.