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By Staff
Feb. 1, 2002
The Question …
What Mississippi high school has had the most prep football playoff appearances since 1981?
Star Tracking …
Feb. 1, 2001
LOUISVILLE Tossing a football around in the backyard is a normal and sometimes mundane activity for most 11-year olds. But for 11-year-old Rebecca Carter, playing with a pigskin has definitely taken her places. The Winston Academy student finished second in the nationwide Gatorade Punt, Pass and Kick competition held during the AFC Wild Card round of the National Football League playoffs.
The Rush/Jay Powell Baseball Camp is getting nearer. Saturday's camp at West Lauderdale High School is expected to draw more than 400 youngsters. But before that, Powell will also be at Rush Hospital for a luncheon and reception Friday at noon.
Feb. 1, 1997
A consistent defensive effort and timely free-throw shooting helped the Meridian High boys' basketball team overcome a furious comeback by No. 10 Jackson Murrah and take a 75-69 upset victory in Division 5-5A action Friday night.
Forest quarterback Clint Wilkerson has decided to take his talents west, as he verbally committed to Louisiana Tech University, a family member told The Meridian Star Friday afternoon. Wilkerson, who was on his way to Ruston, La. to announce his decision to the Bulldogs staff Friday, was unavailable for comment.
Teams win game, but it take teamwork to win championships. And coach Alex George's Knights of West Lauderdale used just that Friday night to keep their state title hopes alive as they squeezed past the visiting Bay High Tigers 1-0 at the Jaycee Soccer Complex in the opening round of the MHSAA Class II soccer state playoffs.
Feb. 1, 1992
Geary Jackson didn't return to his home town. It came to him. And for the first time since coming to Meridian High School, he bit the hand that once fed him. "Personally, there's some mixed emotions, " the first-year Wildcat coach said after his team survived an overtime period and knocked off seventh-ranked Wayne County 80-77 in a key Division 5-5A game Friday night.
JACKSON Lusia Harris Stewart broke ground nearly two decades ago in leading fledgling Delta State to three national women's basketball titles. Now she's doing it again. Stewart, who says victories now are measured in little successes in her special education classroom at Ruleville Central High School, was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame Friday. She joined AAU star Nera White as the first women players to be honored.
Ryan Satcher
The Answer …
Warren Central has made 19 playoff appearances since 1981. Of the 19, they have won two state titles.
Sports Faces …
Deidra Johnson
Even when things aren't going well for the Southeast Lauderdale Tigers, Deidra Johnson and her fellow cheerleaders are there to provide a cheery voice.
Johnson is one of the veteran cheerleaders for Southeast even though she is just a junior.
Providing moral support is the biggest reason why Johnson cheers.
Cheerleading also provides a competitive outlet.
Jeff Byrd

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