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MHS fares well in indoor track meet

By Staff
From staff reports
Jan. 21, 2002
The Meridian High School boys indoor tack and field team took seventh place over the weekend at the WIreless Magnolia Classic held at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.
Leading the way for the Wildcats was Quarius Hodges who took first-place in the shot put with a distance of 49 feet, eight inches.
Kevin Moore was third in the long Jump with a distance of 19 feet, 10 inches and the 3200 meter relay team of Kenneth Nobles, Jeremy Alford, David Moore and Peter Davidson took third.
DeAngelo Jones was eighth in the triple jump, while David Moore took eighth in the 800 meter.
The Wildcats finished the meet with 26 points in the event which featured 17 teams in the large school boys division.
Austin Bishop
Neshoba, Noxubee swap
Noxubee County was scheduled to host the Division 2-4A basketball tournament this year, but the Noxubee folks decided they'd rather host in 2003 when their new gym is scheduled to be completed.
That suited Neshoba Central just fine as it was slated to host in 2003 but quickly agreed to swap years.
Marty Stamper
Lady Flames' wins few
This hasn't been a banner year for the University Christian School Lady Flames. They have only two wins in their first 28 games, but one of the victories was quite unusual.
UCS went into overtime with Union Academy and both teams started the extra period with five players. By the time the game ended, however, the Lady Flames were down to just two players but still managed to hold on for the win.
Union Academy won the rematch 28-20 on Jan. 17.
The Lady Flames' other win was against Chamberlain-Hunt.
Marty Stamper
Watts gets No. 700
Central Hinds Academy basketball coach Shelby Watts picked up his 700th boys' victory Friday with a 66-52 win over Copiah Academy at Raymond.
He became the ninth coach to reach the 700-win milestone in boys' basketball in Mississippi.
Watts, now in his 37th season, also had coaching stops at Raymond and Forest Hill. He will reach another milestone with his next loss as it will be Watts' 400th.
Marty Stampe
Can't anybody here shoot?
The Franklin County Lady Bulldogs had big troubles getting the zero off their side of the scoreboard in a recent game with the Lady Tigers of Crystal Springs. The first quarter ended with Crystal Springs ahead 22-0.
By the time halftime rolled around, the Lady Tigers had 34 points while Franklin County still remained on zero with 18 turnovers having a lot to do with the offensive ineptness.
Finally, with 3:52 left in the third quarter, Franklin County broke the drought on a 3-pointer from Yolonda Felton. That's 20 minutes and eight seconds without a single point.
Crystal Springs, 12-5, went on to win 50-16 to drop Franklin County to 0-18. The Lady Tigers reached the Class 4A state championship game last year with a 65-58 semifinal win over Neshoba Central. Raymond beat Crystal Springs 64-60 in the finals. Crystal Springs has dropped to Class 3A this year.
Marty Stamper
Bed too hot for Ingomar
The Class 1A Ingomar Falcons entered Saturday's game with Class 5A Tupelo in the Kiwanis Hot Bed Classic at New Albany with a 24-1 record and the No. 1 ranking in The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal's poll.
Braxton Robins scored 28 points and Ricky Hood added 23 as Tupelo sprinted to a 27-point first-half lead before going on to post an 81-69 victory.
Ingomar got as close as seven points in the second half. Tupelo improved to 18-6 with the win.
In other games in the Hot Bed Classic, the 20-2 Columbus boys ended 14-2 Corinth's 14-game win streak with a 55-50 loss; Myrtle improved to 5-14 with a 74-54 beating of East Union; Ashland, 19-4, got past 17-9 West Union 80-59; Oxford, 16-7, put an 88-56 beating on 15-5 Winfield, Ala.; and Mooreville, 20-3, spoiled host New Albany's day with a 64-42 spanking.
Marty Stamper
Coast Hoops Fest on Feb. 2
The eighth-annual Hoops Fest 02 is slated for Feb. 2 at the Coast Coliseum in Biloxi with seven boys' basketball games on tap.
The schedule has Bay High taking on D'Iberville at 11 a.m., Ocean Springs meeting Long Beach at 12:30 p.m., Stone County squaring off with East Central at 2, St. Stanislaus facing St. John at 3:30, Harrison Central playing Pass Christian at 5, Gulfport and Biloxi doing battle at 6:30, and Gautier meeting Pascagoula at 8.
Tickets are $4 in advance at any of the participating schools and $6 at the gate. A ticket is good for the whole day.
Among the highlight performers will be blue-chipper Byron Sanders of Harrison Central and 6-foot-6 junior Kenny Hooks of East Central.
Marty Stamper
WL to honor hoop alums
The West Lauderdale basketball program would like to invite its alumnus from the 1952 Collinsville girls team, the 1961 Center Hill girls team and the boys team from West Lauderdale in 1964, 1965 and 1967 to a tea on Jan. 29.
The tea honoring these State Champions will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the band hal adjacent to the gym. The teams will be honored at halftime of the girls game that night.
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