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franklin county times

State Games a family affair

By Staff
TIME OUT Kyle Russell, left, and Conner Bancroft, with BellSouth Pioneers of Meridian, enjoy trapping crawfish Saturday between their games at the Jaycee Soccer Complex. Photo by Paula Merritt / The Meridian Star.
By Tony Krausz / assistant sports editor
June 22, 2003
The State Games of Mississippi was more than just a time for Greenville's Debbie Tackett to help coach the Wild Frogs, an Under-12 girls soccer team.
She also made time to visit her relatives in the Queen City between games on Saturday. Tackett went to visit her uncle and his wife, Tommy and Kay Boren.
With 10 events running on the second weekend of the statewide contest, participants found themselves with some idle time on their hands as they waited for their turn to flex their competitive muscles.
U-12 girls' Laurel-Jones County Soccer Association coach Craig Winship made sure his team stayed together and out of the heat between matches at the Jaycee Soccer Complex.
Todd Lott of Greenville, whose daughter, Morgan, plays for the Wild Frogs, didn't make his way to a movie, but the coach for the Washington School varsity football team did find away to relax in an air conditioned environment.
At the track and field events, the participants didn't have as much time between heats to go catch the latest flick. Most competitors stayed close to the track at Meridian Community College waiting for their event to be called to action.
Tylertown High School runner Antrell Young, who participated in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, said the main thing was just to stay out of the sun.
Those who couldn't just doze off during their down time or escape to the movie theater found the spare time to be a great chance to meet fellow competitors.