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By Staff
Feb. 12, 2002
The Question …
Four Ole Miss basketball coaches have been named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year by the Associated Press. Can you name the coaches and the years?
Star Tracking …
Feb. 12, 2001
WASHINGTON Turns out the West isn't better than the East. At least not in the NBA All-Star game and certainly not when Allen Iverson's leading the way in the fourth quarter. Iverson transformed what looked like a blowout loss into a thrilling, improbable 111-110 comeback victory for the Eastern Conference with a performance Sunday fitting of the 50th anniversary of the game.
The MCC Eagle baseball team improved to 2-1 on the season with an 11-10 win over homestanding Okaloosa-Walton Sunday in the Okaloosa tournament. Adam Smith was the winning pitcher for MCC in his first decision of the season. Michael Gipson got the save.
Feb. 12, 1997
BRANDON For the sixth time in Donald Shirley's seven years at the helm of the Lady Wildcats' basketball program, Meridian High is guaranteed a spot in the first round of the South Mississippi playoffs. Joni Crenshaw pumped in a game-high 28 points and Larissa Neely added 15 more Tuesday afternoon to lead the No. 13 Lady Wildcats to a 56-39 win against the Jackson Provine in the opening round of the Division 5-5A Basketball Tournament at Brandon High.
NEWTON Turned away each time in four previous meetings with Union this season, Steve Nelson's Newton boys finally topped their cross-county rivals Tuesday night, taking a 71-70 overtime win over the Yellow Jackets in the first round of the Division 7-2A tournament.
Feb. 12, 1992
BRANDON The Meridian Lady Wildcats' 64-35 win over Wayne County in the first round of the Division 5-5A basketball tournament Tuesday night is one second-year coach Donald Shirley will remember for a long time. For Meridian, besides advancing to the division championship game Friday night a 6 against Thursday's Hattiesburg-Brandon winner, the win over Wayne County added to the numbers game. It was win number 20 on the season.
PHILADELPHIA The Lady Tornadoes had only nine wins last season. But after last night's 62-32 win over Eupora in the quarterfinals of the Division 5-2A tournament, Philadelphia improved to 22-6.
Ryan Satcher
The Answer …
Rod Barnes in 2001, Rob Evans in 1997, Lee Hunt in 1983 and Bob Weltlich in 1980.
Sports Faces …
Shirley Gaines
Shirley Gaines is considered one of the top female bowlers in Meridian. She has one of the highest league averages at Dixie Bowl at 195 pins per game.
Gaines says her passion for bowling has been going on for 18 years but it is her family that helps maintain it.
Gaines' top game of her 18-year career was a 290 bowled early last year. Her highest series is a 767. She credits her success to a committment to travel and bowl.
Jeff Byrd

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