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Pool players shoot for Vegas trip

By By Marty Stamper / sports writer
June 11, 2004
Sixteen teams from Meridian and Hattiesburg will be battling it out on the pool table this weekend for a possible nine-day stay in Las Vegas.
The teams will be competing in a double-elimination tournament, Friday-Sunday, at Shooters Billiard Center. There will be six and possibly seven rounds to determine the area's American Poolplayers Association team that will go to Vegas later this summer for the APA National Team Championship.
Nationally, the APA had nearly 250,000 members by the end of 2003. It is the largest amateur pool organization in the country and is open to men and women over the age of 21.
Eleven of the teams in this weekend's City Finals are from Meridian. They are Smooth Strokers, Knight Crawlers, Pizza Shoppe Shooters, Ball Breakers, Shooting Stars, Hooters, The Rat Cats, Duck Shooters, Table Runners, Shufflebeans, and the Great White Shooters.
Hattiesburg's five representatives are N-Stroke, The Ball Busters, Puff's Dragons, Tal's Golden Eagles, and Dead Stroke.
The APA has really taken off in Meridian in its first year.
The team that comes out on top this weekend can begin planning for the APA National Team Championships, Aug. 20-28, at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Vegas. How long they'll stay depends on how well they play in Nevada.
Women's main event coming
Next week's Mississippi Women's Golf Association state amateur at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club at Choctaw should be wide open.
Several players who have won the event before are scheduled to participate. In that number are defending champion Renee Chastain of Brandon, nine-time champions Lou Hart (1970-73, 1976, 1978, 1984, 1989-90) of Meridian and Cissye Gallagher (1986-88, 1993-94, 1997-99, 2001) of Greenwood, 2002 champion Amanda Mathis of Picayune, and 2000 champion Pam Posey of Meridian.
Also coming is 2003 runner-up Alexis Rather of Tupelo and 2004 junior state am champion Leigh Phillips of Meridian.
Phillips finished sixth in the Exxon-BFI Future Tour Championship last week at Greenville Golf and Country Club. She shot a 78-76 154 to defeat Katherine Jones by three strokes. Jones skipped last week's junior state am which Phillips won.
The 71st women's state am begins Monday with an 18-hole stroke play qualifying round. Match play will run Tuesday-Thursday.
Dixie wins at Grand Junction
Dixie State of Utah won the 2004 NJCAA Division I baseball championship in the recent tournament at Grand Junction, Colo.
The Rebels lost 9-1 to San Jacinto-North in the first championship game, but bounced back to take a 4-3 thriller over the Gators in the title game.
Grand Rapids rules at Millington
In the Division II tournament at Millington, Tenn., Grand Rapids (Mich.) went through the field without a loss to capture the championship.
Grand Rapids defeated L.B. Wallace of Alabama 5-3 in the championship contest to wrap up a 43-15 season. Wallace defeated LSU Eunice in the third-place game.

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