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MHS wins Southeast Invitational

By By Richard Dark/The Meridian Star
April 4, 2001
The Meridian High Wildcats took first place in the Southeast Lauderdale Invitational Tuesday in a match that had to be cut short by rain.
Meridian took first place with a composite score of 161, followed closely behind by Clarkdale's 163. The Quitman Panthers came in third place with a 174. The Meridian "B" team carded a 182, while host Southeast finished with a 202.
Leading the way for the Cats was Tommy Robinson and Wesley Morgan with a 39. David Bailey fired a 41 and Andrew Thomas had a score of 42.
For Clarkdale, Daniel Boles was the low man with a 38. Paul Gowen had a 39. Jared Culpepper and William Clinton each carded a 43.
Quitman's Yancey Whitaker recorded the day's low round with a 37. Other Panthers were Seth Conner, 44; Clark Hunter, 46; and Barry Howard scored a 47.
For the homestanding Tigers, Patrick Ezell collected a 44, Travis Riley fired a 51, Logan Williams came away with a 53 and Kenny Neal carded a 54.
The Meridian High B' team scores were Daniel Whitehead, 43; Dennis Graham, 45; William Ledbetter and Benji Gray, 46 and Eric Tullos' 48.
The Tiger golf team will next be in action Tuesday at Lakeview Golf Club.
The Northeast Lauderdale Trojans took first place in the South Jones Tournament before the rains came Tuesday afternoon.
The Trojans composite score of 306 was four strokes higher than second place finisher West Jones in the six-team field.
Individual scores for the Trojans were: A.J. Long with a 74, Clinton Hales with a 75, John Barr's 76, Joel Weaver's 81 and Brian Stringer recorded an 85.
Union took first place in a home field match against Sebastopol and Noxapater.
The Yellow Jackets carded a 176, while Sebastopol recorded a 209 to Noxapater's 262.
Late Monday
Louisville and Neshoba Central finished fourth and fifth, respectively in a match played at Louisville Country Club. The Rockets finished with a 185, followed by Louisville's 186. LHS' Daniel Hailey was the tourney medalist with a 37.
The West Lauderdale Knights golf team took first place at the par 72 Leake County CC. West compiled a 310, followed by Carthage's 336. Newton County came in third with a 396, followed by Choctaw Central's 481.
Shane Parker was the tourney medalist with a 71. Michael Kelly had the top round for the Cougars with 87 and Choctaw Central's Joseph Martin had a 118.
The Forest Bearcats beat Pearl at Patrick Farms, 333-337. John Ering led FHS with a 79.
Richard Dark is a sports writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail him at rdark@themeridianstar.com.

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