Blast from the Past

July 30, 1980

Stringer’s Mark Ishee was selected to take part in the Mississippi High School All-Star football contest. Former Stringer head coach Joe Dowling, now at Lumberton, was selected to be an assistant coach of the South team.

July 31, 1990

Northeast Jones pitcher Kirk Landrum signed a baseball scholarship with Bobby Glaze and the JCJC Bobcats. Landrum played for Don Stewart at NEJ.

July 31, 1995

The Jones County Dizzy Dean League 15-16- year-old All-Stars blanked Maryland, 9-0, in their World Series opener in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Heath Butler hurled six innings in gaining the win, while Kevin Sanford pitched the final inning. Josh O’Neal and Brett Cooley each led the offense with two hits for Coach Mark Uldrick’s team. Kenny Holifield, Brent Murphy, Josh Smith, Shane Welch and Butler all added singles.

August 1, 2000

John Randall Moore blasted a three-run home run in leading Laurel-Jones County to an 11-5 win over Covington County in the Dixie Majors State Tournament. Moore also pitched four innings and one-hit the losers. Kody Sasser had two singles to lead the offense, while Will Thames cleared the bases with a triple. Jonathan Myrick also tripled while Chris Thomas added a double.

August 2, 1970

Rod Gilbreath blasted a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 11th inning in leading Twin Falls, Idaho, past Billings, Montana, 13-12.

August 3, 1970

Bay Springs running back Harry Harrison scored the South All-Stars’ only touchdown in their 13-7 loss to the North All-Stars in the Mississippi High School Football All-Star game.

Starkville quarterback Paul Millsap teamed up with teammate Bill Buckley on two TD passes for the winners. Harrison caught a 43-yard TD pass from Purvis quarterback Bill Toler.

August 3, 1990

South Jones tennis star Kristi Clay signed to play tennis at MUW in Columbus. Clay was the Class 4-A runner-up in the state girls’ singles championship. She joined her sister Jan on the team.

August 4, 1980

Laurel opened the Dixie Majors World Series at Legion Field with a 4-1 win over North Carolina. Joey Kitchens homered for the local team, while Greg Rodgers tripled and Chip Geiger doubled. Blane Alsworth, Rocky Purvis, Simmy Cooley and Steve Kenny added singles. Jay Reeves fanned eight and limited North Carolina to three hits in six innings of mound work. David Freeman faced three batters in the seventh in relief for Laurel.

Starkville running back Joe Carter led the North to an easy 41-0 win over the South All-Stars in the annual High School All-Star game played in Jackson. Laurel linebacker Lee Cole was named the defensive player of the game as he recovered a fumble and had 15 tackles.

August 4, 1995

Jamie Chandler won the ReMax District Long Drive Championship in Nashville with a 372-yard shot.

August 5, 1980

J.R. Bragg three-hit Tennessee as Laurel nipped Tennessee, 1-0, in the second game of the Dixie Majors World Series. Bragg fanned only one batter but also walked only one batter. Chip Geiger tripled while Greg Rodgers and Bragg added singles.

In the second game of the day for the local team, Laurel won over Florida, 5-2, as David Freeman was the winning pitcher. Freeman allowed five hits and also fanned five batters in five innings of work. Jay Reeves hurled the final two innings. Blane Alsworth and Steve Kenny both doubled while Chip Geiger, Freeman and Reeves all singled for the local team. Over 2,000 fans were in attendance at the newly named Billy ‘Snerd’ Wooten American Legion Field.

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