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Saturday morning busy one for Speed

By Staff
from staff reports
Aug. 30, 2004
Early Saturday morning, Enterprise head football coach Joel Speed might have thought he was on a Twilight Zone version of General Hospital.
"I was running between the emergency rooms at Rush and Anderson (hospitals) at two o'clock in the morning," Speed said. "We had three players go to hospital. I've never seen anything like it."
Earlier in the night, Enterprise had dropped a 27-20 decision to Southeast Lauderdale in the season opener for both teams. But the loss was the least of Speed''s problem at that point.
It started with fullback Ike McIlvain, who suffered a cut to his face during a play in which his helmet came off.
"He went on and made the play and had a cut on his face," Speed said. "We would get it to stop bleeding and he would go back in for a few plays. Then they would send him out for blood again. I kept thinking that I wished we had a boxing trainer."
McIlvain didn't go to the hospital, but three of his teammates did.
Center Jonathan Owens went out with heat exhaustion and was taken to the hospital. Defensive back Scott Mosley landed wrong after deflecting a pass and was in the hospital with a contusion between his breast plate and lungs. Also, freshman defensive back Paris Johnson broke his wrist.
"We aren't sure about Jonathan but Scott Mosley is out for seven to 10 days, and then we'll see," said Speed. "I just hope everybody is going to be Okay."
Enterprise plays host to Clarkdale Friday night.
Steve Swogetinsky
Want to support Meridian
High Wildcats' athletics?
Meridian High athletic supporters can join the Wildcat Athletic Booster Club at five different levels.
Individual membership cost $10-$49, Athletic Banquet Club costs $50-$99, Big Blue Club costs $100-$249, Wildcat Club costs $250-$499 and Super Wildcat Club costs $500 and up.
Funds raised from the booster club go towards providing plaques, trophies and awards for all sports.
For more information, call athletic director Vince McLemore at 601-482-4605.
Tony Krausz
Lady Cougar softball changes
Newton County head softball coach Justin Chaney has announced three changes for the 2004 slow-pitch season. The Lady Cougars will host Carthage today at 7 p.m. in a Division 5-3A contest originally slated for Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the Lady Cougars will host Morton at 7 p.m. in another 5-3A game that was previously scheduled for last Thursday. Morton, however, hosted Lake in football on Thursday, while Newton County hosted Kosciusko in football on Friday, leaving the softball action to take a back seat.
And the Aug. 10 rainout at Enterprise has been reset for Sept. 20 with a 6 p.m. start.
Marty Stamper
Another Spinks at defensive back for Wildcats
With Meridian High School holding a commanding lead late in the fourth quarter of its 41-14 rout of Clinton on Friday, head football coach Ed Stanley went to his bench with 7:10 left in the game.
The move showed the potential of Wildcats sophomore Lindsey Spinks, whose older brother Dominique is a starter at defensive back.
The younger Spinks, who also plays in the defensive backfield, deflected two passes from Arrows quarterback Brandon Boone in the games final minutes, nearly intercepting the second pass deflection.
Lindsey Spinks may be able to crack the Wildcats' defensive back rotation of Dominique Spinks, Jamie Hill, Thomas McCoy and Jonathan Byrd if he continues to progress this season.
Tony Krausz
Lady Panthers undefeated in division softball play
The Quitman High Lady Panther softball team leads the Division 5-4A standings with a 4-0 record.
Quitman, which stands 6-5 overall, defeated division rival Laurel 14-0 Thursday night and lost to Southeast Lauderdale 7-4 on Saturday.
Quitman has a busy schedule as it hosts undefeated Clarkdale today at 6 p.m., and then visits division rival Wayne County Tuesday. The Lady Panthers then take a Lauderdale County tour Saturday as they visit Northeast Lauderdale for games at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., and then travel to West Lauderdale for games at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Steve Swogetinsky
Finding their spots
Meridian High's volleyball team's loss to Oak Grove three games to one in the season opener last Thursday helped head coach Eulanda Maxwell figure out how to maximize first-year player Whitney Hood's talent on the court.
Hood, who also plays center for the Lady Wildcats basketball team, will be used exclusively in the front row for Meridian High in its future games.
"Whitney is better up front than in the back for us," Maxwell said. "She makes us better up front, and we will use her there until she gets more comfortable in the back later on."
The Lady Wildcats continue their season against Hattiesburg at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on the road.
Tony Krausz
So close, yet so far
Lake almost upset Morton in football action Thursday night at Morton. The Hornets lost 7-6 to the Panthers, but had the ball at the Morton 1 where quarterback Maurice Pinkston was ruled down to end a 91-yard drive just short of paydirt.
"We were very scrappy and showed a lot of promise for a young team," Lake head coach Ed Amis said.
Terrell Ricks rushed for 94 yards and Pinkston added 67.
Morton's touchdown came on a 92-yard run by quarterback Shay Hodge with 8:50 left in the first quarter.
Marty Stamper
Clarkdale wins by the numbers
If you look at the numbers, it's not surprising that the Clarkdale High School girls softball team is off to a 9-0 start.
As a team, the Lady Bulldogs are batting .452 . They are averaging 12 runs per game, and are giving up 4.4 runs per game.
Six Clarkdale players are batting over .450. Alyssa Bye leads the team with a .652 average, and has brought in 14 runs. She is followed by: Kim Seale .568, 12 RBIs; Sabrina Woodall, .486, 11 RBIs; Lauren Robinson, .467, 12 RBIs; Ashley Bye, .457, 12 RBIs; and, Savannah Satcher, .457, seven RBIs. Whitney Drachenberg, who is batting .387, has been credited with 15 RBIs so far this season.
Clarkdale will travel to Quitman today for a 6 p.m. varsity game. The Lady Bulldogs play at Philadelphia on Thursday and then play twice Saturday, hosting West Lauderdale at noon and 1 p.m., and then visiting Northeast Lauderdale at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. (The varsity plays the second game.)
Clarkdale's junior varsity team went 3-1 in the New Hope JV tournament on Saturday. They took wins over Meridian, Northeast Lauderdale and Starkville, and lost to New Hope.
"Our junior varsity team is made up seventh and eighth graders," said coach Rick Roberson. "They got tired a little bit in the end, but they all played well."
Steve Swogetinsky
Swapping sidelines
Bobby Bowman has spent the last 15 years as an assistant football coach at Nanih Waiya. He is the head football coach at Noxapater this year, the school's third in as many years.
Bowman has eight returning seniors on his Tiger roster.
Noxapater debuted under Bowman Thursday night at home against Union. The Tigers lost the game 21-18.
Marty Stamper

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