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Leake softball team on a roll

By By Marty Stamper/The Meridian Star
April 5, 2001
For years, Leake Academy has been known statewide for its basketball, especially its girls' basketball.
The LA girls' slow-pitch softball team is trying to lay claim to its share of recognition this spring.
The Lady Rebels improved to 12-0 by winning four games to bring home the championship of the Brandon Tournament of Champions Saturday.
Leake opened with an 11-2 win over Central Academy, then beat defending Academy AA state champion Amite 11-0 in the second game. The Leake girls headed to the finals with a 12-2 win over Oak Hill.
In the championship contest, Leake rallied from a 9-7 deficit with an eight-run sixth inning to take a 15-10 win over Central.
Cumberland's daughter, Kelly, is batting a stout .792 (38-for-48) with 38 RBIs through the first dozen games.
Other key contributors are Anna Lisa Posey, Paige Posey, Kristen Chipley, Ashton Agent, Megan McNeil, Jessica Dickens, Anya Dickerson, Lacie Culpepper, Traci Harrell, Sarah James, and Mandy Dennis.
Leake previously won its own tournament, beating Kemper 9-2, Manchester 15-0, and Oak Hill 16-6.
Leake is scheduled to play at Kemper on Saturday before hosting Jackson Academy on Monday.
Burts leads NCA: David Burt led Newton County Academy to a 173-181 win over Winston Academy in a nine-hole golf tournament at Newton Country Club last week.
Burt shot a 5-over par 41 to take medalist honors.
Josh Gresham led Winston with a 43. Gresham has taken medalist honors in two tournaments this spring, while the Patriots already have three tournament championships to their credit.
Whippets win at Dancing Rabbit: Kosciusko shot a 343 to defeat second-place West Lauderdale by three strokes in an 18-hole match at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club last week.
The Whippets were followed by West Lauderdale (346), Meridian (350), Newton County (391), Carthage (403), Philadelphia (442), and Choctaw Central (506).
Cobi Edwards of Kosciusko took medalist honors with an 11-over par 83. Shane Parks led West Lauderdale with an 85, while Bradley Futch and Tommy Robinson both shot 85 for Meridian.
Trojans to host tourney on Friday: Northeast Lauderdale will play host to Forest, Pearl, and West Jones in the Northeast Lauderdale Invitational golf tournament at NAS Meridian on Friday.
Marty Stamper is a sports writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail him at mstamper@themeridianstar.com.

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