from staff reports
April 1, 2004
While their team didn't win, coaches Steve Hampton and Ernie Watson say they will never forget this past weekend when they coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star basketball game which was held in Pellham, Ala.
Hampton, a native of Meridian and the head coach at Quitman High School, headed the Mississippi team; assisted by Watson, the head coach at Meridian High School. The game came down to the final second. Mississippi got the last shot but it didn't go in and Alabama won 87-86.
Hampton said the team came together last Wednesday for the first time.
Hampton has been at Quitman High School for nine years, where he is the basketball coach and assistant principal. He has a record of 207-165, and his team won the District 5-4A tournament last month.
Watson has been at Meridian High School for five seasons. He previously coached at Provine, Starkville, Mercy Cross and in Louisiana.
In the past, the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game rotated between Clinton and Florence, Ala. When a sponsorship fell through and the game was in danger of being discontinued, the city of Pellham, Ala. picked it up.
Meridian Fast-Pitch Festival set for NE complex Saturday
The Meridian High School softball team will host the Meridian Fast-Pitch Festival this weekend at Northeast Park, with 15 teams pariticipating.
The action begins at 9:30 a.m. and the final games will start around 5 p.m.
Each game will be a six-inning affair or until it hits the hour and 15 mintue time limit, with a 10-run rule in effect after five innings and 15 after three.
Games will be played on fields one, two and four at the Northeast softball complex.
Richton and Southeast Lauderdale open festival play on field four at 9:30 a.m.
Other games on field four include, Enterprise taking on Southeast at 10:45 a.m., Meridian High meeting Richton at noon, Oak Grove and New Hope playing at 1:15 p.m., Meridian High clashing with Moss Point at 2:30 p.m., Oak Grove meeting Harrison Central at 3:45 p.m., and Meridian High and West Lauderdale close play on field four at 5 p.m.
Neshoba Central and Petal will begin play on field two at 9:30 a.m.
Play continues on field two with Petal meeting Oak Grove at 10:45 a.m., Neshoba Central taking on Harrison Central at noon, Petal and West Lauderdale taking the field at 1:15 p.m., Neshoba Central and Greene County play at 2:30 p.m., New Hope clashes with Southeast at 3:45 p.m., and New Hope and Harrison Central close play on field two at 5 p.m.
Greene County and Enterprise will begin play on field one at 9:30 a.m.
West Lauderdale and Wayne County continue play on field one at 10:45 a.m., followed by Moss Point meeting Wayne County at noon, Greene County and Northeast Lauderdale playing at 1:15 p.m., Richton taking on Enterprise at 2:30 p.m., Northeast Lauderdale clashing with Moss Point at 3:45 p.m., and Northeast Lauderdale wrapping up play on field one against Wayne County at 5 p.m.
Sitting down the opponents
Meridian High School pitcher Kedric Martin earned the nickname "K-9" for a good reason.
The junior left-hander is leading the Wildcats in strikeouts this season with 83.
Martin struck out 19 Brandon batters in his latest outing on Tuesday, and he has only walked 14 batters in 2004.
Meridian High schedule change
The Meridian High Wildcats were scheduled to play Demopolis in baseball on Saturday, but the game has been scratched from the schedule. The Wildcats are still scheduled to visit West Lauderdale at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Lady Bears romp twice
West Lincoln overpowered the Enterprise Lady Yellow Jackets in fast-pitch softball Monday. The Lady Bears won 11-0 in the opener and 12-0 in the nightcap, holding Enterprise-Lincoln hitless in the finale.