• 77°
franklin county times

Sidelines

By Staff
The Question …
How well do you know the U.S. Open?
1. Who was the first American-born player to win the U.S. Open?
a.) Walter Hagen
b.) John McDermott
c.) Gene Sarazen.
2. Who is the only player to finish under par in three straight U.S. Opens?
a.) Jack Nicklaus.
b.) Ernie Els.
c.) Curtis Strange.
Star Tracking …
June 17, 2001
Meridian's Jacob Gray may only be 11 years old. But if his performance at this year's State Games swimming competition is any indication, Gray certainly has a bright future ahead of him. Gray picked up five first place finished on Saturday at Highland Park, and Meridian's Holly Corbitt also picked up five gold medals of her own. The Meridian Swim Association brought home a combined total of 15 first place finishes. Tupelo Swim Association also picked up 13 first place finishes en route to an overall score of 96.
North Meridian Optimist defeated Diamond Girls 21-20 in the championship game of the 10-under division of the State Games of Mississippi slow-pitch softball tournament Saturday at Northeast Park. NMO went 4-0 in the double-elimination tournament to secure the gold medal. Diamond Girls took the silver medal with Lady Choctaws claiming the bronze. Eight teams participated in the division.
June 17, 1997
NEW YORK Interleague play is doing what baseball owners wanted: Average attendance for the first five days is up 37 percent over the first 10 weeks of the season. "The fan now is giving a very powerful message: They love it," acting commissioner Bud Selig said Monday, a day that saw the New York Mets beat the Yankees 6-0 and the Chicago Cubs beat the White Sox 8-3. Teams averaged crowds of 35,341 for the first 56 interleague games. Before interleague play began last Thursday, teams were averaging 25,833.
June 17, 1992
Most high school seniors head into their final prep season with a goal either to win a state championship or got to an all-star game. Seldom achieve either, but only a handful can attain both. But for a pair of Louisville Wildcats each getting ready for the Mississippi-Alabama Shrine Classic football game both dreams have come true. Lawrence Sangster, the Mississippi Sports Writers' Association Player of the Year, and James Edmond, a first-team all-state noseguard, were both selected to play in the upcoming Shrine Classic in Mobile. The first half of the dream, the Class 4A state title, came with a 3-0 win over Stone County back in November.
Ryan Satcher
The Answer …
1. b.) John McDermott.
2. c.) Curtis Strange.
Sports Faces …
Zach Chisolm
Zach Chisolm not only saw his fifth State Games of Mississippi opening ceremonies on Friday night at Ray Stadium, he also got to play in them as a member of the Meridian Crunch's boys soccer team.
The Crunch won the gold medal on Sunday at Northeast Park beating Clinton 3-1 for the boys 16-and-under title.
Chisolm, 15, says his biggest sports thrill has come in soccer.
Chism attends West Lauderdale High School.
He said the opening ceremonies this year for the Games was one of the best.
Jeff Byrd

x