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State Games winds down this weekend

By Staff
SLIDE District Six's Jeremy Greene is safe at second on a steal against District Eight's Ty Summerlin in a game played Thursday at MCC's Scaggs' field.Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star
By Penny Randall / staff writer
June 27, 2003
If you missed last weekend's opening of the State Games of Mississippi don't worry this weekend offers another wide range of sporting events.
The 12th annual Olympic-style event is expected to attract more than 10,000 visitors to the Meridian area, including 5,000 athletes competing in a total of 28 amateur athletic events.
Baseball and basketball competitions are expected to be the heaviest draw this weekend. The baseball teams were picked at eight different community college sites across Mississippi last Saturday.
All that's left for those players is to "play ball" at Meridian Community College's Scaggs Field.
The baseball teams are divided into two pools of four with Districts 1-4 representing the north part of Mississippi and Districts 5-8 representing the south half the state.
The actual tournament began Thursday with four games scheduled through Saturday. Sunday could have anywhere from one to three games. Game times are 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. through Saturday.
Sunday's times depend on how many teams are remaining.
A field of 24 teams have entered in the boys portion of the four-day basketball tournament which started Thursday at five gym locations in the Meridian and the Newton County area.
The girls field, however, came in at 18 teams, a low level in comparison to past State Games.
Meridian High, which won the boys gold medal last year, will not have the homecourt advantage this time. The Meridian High Physical Education Building's playing floor has been torn up to repair rain damage.
Northwest Junior High School will serve as the substitute host for the Meridian High pool games. Meridian Community College's Ivy Center will serve the other Meridian pool and will host the medal round games on Sunday.
For more information, call the State Games office at 482-0205.