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RECREATION NOTEBOOK: Gray has big summer for Meridian Swim Association

By Staff
from combined reports
August 12, 2004
Jacob Gray wrapped up a busy summer of competitive swimming recently with an appearance in the Southern Zone swim meet at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
A member of the Meridian Swim Association, Gray was one of 21 Mississippi swimmers to compete in the meet. Other states represented included Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and West Virginia.
Gray's best time came in the 200 meter butterfly where he placed fifth overall with a best personal time and Mississippi State record of 2:16.57. This time was reported nationally.
He also finished ninth in the 100 fly,14th in the 400 IM, 28th in the 200 free style, and 33rd in the 100 free style.
Gray and MSA teammates Semmes Partridge and Clayton Boyd did well in the State Meet back in July which was held at Delta State University in Cleveland.
Gray won state championships in the 13-14 boys division with a first place in the 200 free style, the 100 butterfly, the 200 butterfly and the 400 IM. He had second place finishes in the 50 free style, the 100 free style, the 400 free style, the 1500 free style and the 200 breast stroke.
Partridge, competing in the girls 11-12 age division, placed sixth in the 100 back stroke, seventh in the 50 back stroke and the 100 back stroke, eighth in the 50 breast stroke, ninth in the 100 free style and 10th in the 50 free style and the 200 IM.
Clayton Boyd, who competed in the 13-14 boys division, placed fifth in the 400 IM, eight in the 200 IM, 11th in the 200 free style and 12th in the 50 free style.
Steve Swogetinsky
Moonlight run set for Friday
The Meridian Parks and Recreation Department will hold the Moonlight Run 2004 at the Northeast Park in Meridian on Friday, starting at 10 p.m. It will be a 5K, a 2 Mile Walk and a kids fun run will start at 10 p.m. The 5K run follows at 10:15 p.m., and the 2 Mile Walk will begin at 10:30 p.m.
For more information, call Nary Quince at 485-1805, or Mark Naylor at 485-1895.
Steve Swogetinsky
Northwood taking entries
for Labor Day Scramble
Northwood Country Club in Meridian is accepting applications for its annual Labor Day Golf Scramble on Sept. 4 and 6.
The first round of the tournament, which will consist of two-person teams, will take place Sept. 4 or earlier. Since Ole Miss and Mississippi State open their football seasons on Sept. 4, club pro Jimmy Gamblin said teams can put in their first round Sept. 3 or earlier.
"We're about half full right now," Gamblin said. "We're expecting up to 96 teams."
In addition to the golf tournament, registration also gets teams in a cocktail party on Sept. 4 and a buffet on Sept. 5.
After the final round on Sept. 6, the winners from each flight will compete in a sudden-death shootout for the tournament's grand prize.
The event is open to non-members.
"We've already got about 25 non-members signed up," Gamblin said.
Will Bardwell
Last weekend to sign up for MYSO
The Meridian Youth Soccer Organization is gearing up for another big season.
This weekend is last call for any players who want to play in the MSO's fall recreation season. There will be an on site sign-up for players this Saturday at the Northeast Complex. The times both days will be 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Registration forms may be picked up at Judge Little or Mr. Rodgers Hamburgers. The deadline to sign up is Aug. 14. For more information, call MSO president Jimmy Lang at 693-8244.
Steve Swogetinsky
Newton youth soccer holds
registration this weekend
The Newton County Youth Soccer Organization will hold its annual registration Saturday at the ball fields in Newton and Decatur.
"We usually have about 160 to sign up and I expect at least that many," said NCYSO president Chris Reed.
The league will hold registration in Decatur from 9 a.m. until noon, and then in Newton from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The youth soccer league is opened to residents of Newton County and proof of residence is required. A birth certificate for new players is also required.
The season will start on Sept. 11. For more information, please call Reed at 683-1389.
Steve Swogetinsky
Soccer referee's clinic set this weekend at East Central CC
There will be a soccer referee's clinic on Saturday and Sunday at East Central Community College. This is a grade 8 official's clinic and is for beginning soccer officials. For more information, please call Chris Reed at 635-4698.
A referee's clinic for officials who need to recertify will be held in Meridian at a later date.
Steve Swogetinsky
Plenty of golf at Quitman CC
The Quitman Country Club will be the site of two upcoming tournaments.
The Clarke County Chamber of Commerce will hold its Fifth Annual Golf Tournament, which is set to be played Aug. 21.
The Chamber of Commerce Tournament tee times will be at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Entry fees are $50 per person. For more information, please call 776-5701, or 776-2161.
Then on Sept. 2, there will be a two-man senior (55+) scramble, 27-hole, golf tournament.. The cost is $35 per person. There will be a hot gun start at 9 a.m. Super Seniors (70-plus) will use white tees. For more information, call the Pro Shop at 776-2582, or W.L. Brown at 776-2451, or Tom Mayatt at 776-2500.
Steve Swogetinsky
Fall softball leagues being formed
Registration is ongoing for the Meridian Recreation Department's fall softball leagues. There will be men's and co-ed leagues. For more information, call 485-1803.
Steve Swogetinsky
Upcoming
Aug. 14: Jackson – Run for the Son 5K. For more information, please call Jim Myrick at (601) 856-9884.
– Aug. 21: Diamondhead – Diamondhead 5K &1 mile run, 8 a.m. For more information, please call Leonard Vergunst at (228)875-6855.
– Aug. 21: Jackson – New Hope Baptist Church Family Enrichment 5K Run/Walk, 8 a.m. For more information, please call Jim Myrick at (601) 856-9884, New Hope Baptist Church 366-7002.
– Aug. 28: Vicksburg – Over the River 5-Mile Run/Walk, 1 mile Fun Run; 8 am. For more information, please call (601) 883-5760.
– Sept. 5: Tupelo – Tupelo Marathon &14.2 Mile, 5 a.m. For more information, please check tupelomarathon@yahoo.com, or www.TupeloRunningClub.Homestead.com.
Steve Swogetinsky

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