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Friends honor Brian Cole's memory

By Staff
MEMORABILIA Greg Cole of Meridian looks over some of his late brother's memorabilia Tuesday. These items and others will be auctioned Saturday to help fund the Brian Keith Cole Scholarship Fund for Meridian High School students. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Steve Gillespie/The Meridian Star
Oct. 31, 2001
A bat signed by New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza, autographed baseballs and photos are some of the sports memorabilia items to be auctioned Saturday to help fund a scholarship in memory of Brian Cole.
The auction will be held at 5 p.m. at the Howard Johnson on Highway 11/80. Other items to be auctioned include baseball cards and a baseball autographed by San Diego Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn.
James Bounds, Meridian High School principal, said more than $13,000 has been donated to the Brian Keith Cole Scholarship Fund so far. A $5,000 donation was made earlier this month by the Mets organization and a matching amount was contributed by Piazza.
Brian Cole, a 1997 Meridian High School graduate, was on the Mets organization's 40-man roster when he was killed in an automobile accident in March. Cole was on his way to Meridian from spring training camp in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Brian's brother, Greg Cole, of Meridian, said the idea of the scholarship came from Brian, who talked of putting his nephew through college.
Anyone wanting to contribute to the scholarship fund can send donations to the attention of Principal James Bounds, Meridian High School, 2320 32nd St., Meridian, MS 39305.
For more information, call Billy Burnham, MHS athletic director, at 484-4443.
Steve Gillespie is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551, ext. 3233, or e-mail him at sgillespie@themeridianstar.com.

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