Star Tracking …
June 26, 2001
Four local golfers competed over the weekend in the Regional Optimist Golf Championship held at the Mississippi State University golf course in Starkville. Coming away with first and second place were Daniel Boles with a 73-69 and Clinton Hales 79-67. Boles and Hales have both signed with coach Lou Hart's Meridian Community College golf team. Also competing were Ole Miss signee Reid Davis (76-74) from Lamar and West Lauderdale standout Matt Smith (79-76). Boles and Hales will compete for the National Championship July 18-22 in Palm Beach, Fla.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. After two Alabama high school football players died within five weeks, coaches are learning how to better protect their athletes. Coaches in Alabama said they were stunned to hear of the recent deaths of two football players at North Jackson High School in Stevenson, Ala. On Wednesday, Nick Allen, a 14-year-old sophomore, died after hyperventilating at a morning practice. Last month, junior Drew Privette, 16, died after complaining of a headache at the conclusion of practice. To learn how to prevent the chilling problem from reoccurring Alabama coaches can now take a class.
June 26, 1997
CHARLOTTE, N.C. There were trades that happened, trades that didn't happen and trades that haven't officially happened. All in all, the NBA draft was a big deal. Five trades involving six first-round picks, eight veterans and three second-round picks turned Wednesday night's draft into anything but the Tim Duncan Show. Duncan went first to the San Antonio Spurs in what turned out to be the only predictable moment of the evening except for a rare injection of humor from the bland center from Wake Forest.
Meridian's Lou Weddington Hart came up just short in her bid to win her 10th Mississippi Women's Amateur golf championship Wednesday at the Colonial Country Club's Deerfield course in Madison. Hart fell behind early, but made a charge at the end. Trailing by five holes with seven left to play, Hart forced extra holes before falling on the 22nd hole to Carol Mead of Brandon. By upending Hart, Mead advances to the quarterfinals to face five-time champion Cissye Gallagher at Greenwood.
June 26, 1992
The torch will finally arrive at Ray Stadium tonight in the hand of Meg Tater tonight around 6:30 p.m. The flame will be lit. The State Games of Mississippi will begin. An entire evening of entertainment is planned at Ray Stadium as the State Games officially get under way. There's the parade of athletes, the lighting of the flame, live music and fireworks planned.
Sports Faces …
Seeking a way to stay in touch with members of the 1998 State 2A Boys Championship team, James Denson thought it would be good for the guys from Choctaw Central to get together for the State Games of Mississippi.
Denson, a 6-2 guard, helped lead the Warriors to a gold medal in the 2002 State Games' Adult Mens Basketball Tournament.
Denson averaged nearly 18 points a game in leading the Warriors to a 6-1 record during the competition. He will now just take it easy before reporting to Jacksonville State.