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Local sports enjoyed big week

By By Steve Swogetinsky/special to The Star
July 16, 2004
If you enjoy summer recreation sports, you had plenty to do last weekend.
There was the Sunfish Summer Triathlon, which was held at Okatibbee Lake and drew more than 150 people to for a competition of swimming, biking and running.
There was the State Games of Mississippi/Meridian Invitational Swim Meet at Highland Park, which drew about 175 youth swimmers from Meridian and across the state.
There was two state Babe Ruth state baseball tournaments held at Q.V. Sykes Field with the Meridian 13-year-old team winning one title while the Meridian 14-year-old squad came in second.
And, there was the ASA 10-and-under State Softball tournament, which was held at the Sammie Davidson Complex.
Coming up
And, there is more coming up in weeks to come.
Today, for example, there is the Class C Girls Fast-pitch State Tournament for teams in the 10, 12, 14 and 16 and under categories. More than 40 teams are expected for the tournament that will be played over the weekend at Sammie Davidson and the Northeast Softball complexes.
And coming up the following Saturday, July 24, will be the 25th Heart O' Dixie Triathlon which is hosted by the Philadelphia Sertoma Club at Lake Tiak-O'Khata. The event will consist of a hlaf-mile swim, in Lake Tiak-O'Khata, followed by a 27-mile bike race followed by a seven-mile run. The triathlon starts at 6:30 a.m., and the finish line will be at the Neshoba County Fairgrounds. For more information, call 601-650-0067.
MSA impressive in State Games of Mississippi swim meet
It certainly hasn't taken some members of the Meridian Swim Association long to shake off the rust after being out of the water for nearly a year. Six MSA swimmers have qualified to compete in the State Long Course Meet in Cleveland during the last weekend of the July. This includes Aaron Ng, David Meek, Clayton Boyd, Jacob Gray and Semmes Partridge.
The Meridian Swim Association compiled 643 points finished second to only the powerful Mississippi Makos, which scored 1,568 points during the three-day event.
It takes a lot of help
It takes a lot of planning and volunteered hours to put on such events as softball tournaments, swim meets, baseball tournaments and triathlons.
Faith Vaughn, a long-time board member and past president of the Meridian Swim Association, served as meet manager of the State Games of Mississippi/Meridian Invitation Swim Meet this past weekend. Vaughn said advance work on such an event starts months in advance.
"You are worn out when it's over," Vaughn said Sunday afternoon after the meet had ended. "We have 20 volunteers taking the tents and equipment down, and we had a few less putting them up on Thursday when we were setting up. It takes a lot to put an event like this on, but we have a good group of team parents and sponsors, and they all really help."
Hot weather running
Here are some of the upcoming running events across the state.
– July 17: Pascagoula – Homeport Causeway Classic 5K, 1 mile run; 8 a.m. Info: Leonard Vergunst (228)875-6855.
– Aug. 7: Pass Christian – Summer Beach Run, 5K &1 mile run; 8 a.m. Info: Leonard Vergunst (228)875-6855.
– The Midnight Run, Sponsored by the Meridian Parks and Recreation Department, in will be held at to Northeast Complex. For more information, call the Meridian Parks and Recreation Department at 485-1802.

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