McMullen gets game near home
From Staff Reports
Dec. 24 2001
Interim Raymond girls basketball coach Monty McMullen was anxious to play a game in the Meridian area.
That's why he jumped at the chance to set up a meeting with Southeast Lauderdale on Thursday night. It brought together 2001 state champions from Class 4A in Raymond and Class 3A in Southeast Lauderdale.
On hand to see the game were many of McMullen's family and his college roommate from William Carey College in Enterprise head boys basketball coach Mark Davis.
McMullen prepped at Lamar School where he was a three-sport athlete playing football, basketball and baseball for the Raiders. He was named to the Mississippi Private School Association All-Star team.
McMullen then went on to play baseball for East Central Community under the late Jamie Clark. He later became a student assistant coach at William Carey.
McMullen was hired as the head baseball coach at Raymond. When the school suspended the head girls basketball coach in November, McMullen took the post. The team has gone 3-5 which includes the 55-39 loss to Southeast.
Richey nearing the top rung
Baldwyn coach Sam Richey will soon become the winningest boys' basketball coach in state history. A 58-56 win over Shannon Friday night was Richey's 863rd. He trails only former Gulfport legend Bert Jenkins, who has 866, and former Pearl River Central legend Roland Ladner, who won 867 games.
Richey's career record entering this week was 863-360. He has won six state championships. The first came at Jumpertown in 1971 with the next five coming at Wheeler in 1980, 1988, 1990, 1991, and 1992.
Football deadline nearing
The last day to submit nomninations for the Meridain Star All-Area football team is Wednesday.
The fax number is 485-1275. Nominations will be taken by phone at 693-1551, ext. 3234 or ext. 3235 through Wednesday at 11 a.m.