Sideline View by Dale McKee

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Well, August is here, and that means football fans are gearing up for the season. Our favorite team has yet to taste defeat, and we’re hopeful that the loss column stays blank as we hope for the state championship. We love high school football in our state. It is a focal point of a lot of people’s lives from August through December. Our football schedules are posted on our refrigerators, and our calendars have all the high school, college and pro games of our favorite teams highlighted.

Remember, these high school athletes give their all for us. They pride themselves on representing their communities with honor and dignity. They have worked hard over the summer and in recent days in heat that is unbearable to the rest of us, so when they mess up, remember for whom they are playing. They play for their teammates, for their schools and for their communities.

Long Ago Facts about Mississippi High School Football

Longtime Vicksburg sportswriter Ernest Bowker informed high school football fans that Vicksburg High School will play its 1,000th game in their season opener against Madison Central this week. Also, Hattiesburg High School will play in its 1,000th game when the Tigers take on Petal in their opener. According to ahsfhs.org website that chronicles the history of our state’s high school football, Clarksdale is presently the only member of the 1,000th club with 1,052 played games. Meridian and Laurel will also join the club as they enter the season with each having played 991 games. Meridian High School has the most football wins in state history with 693. Clarksdale is second with 653, followed by Laurel with 602. If you are passionate about high school football, ahsfhs.org is your site, as it contains a wealth of information and even has information on long past teams. Keep in mind that the site is a work in progress and is not complete.

Baseball News

The Biloxi Shuckers’ 10-game winning streak was halted by the Mobile Bay Bears Saturday night, 4-2. The Shuckers have won both halves of the South League season and will host games 1 and 2 of the Southern Division Championship Series on September 4-5 at MGM Park in Biloxi.

The other pro baseball team in our state, the Mississippi Braves, are only three wins shy of winning their 1,000th game. They play the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Minnesota Twins) for six games this Sunday through Thursday. They are in fourth place in the Southern League South standings at 25-29 as they enter this week’s play.

Taylorsville’s Billy Hamilton was released by the Kansas City Royals this week. He was batting .211 with 18 steals at the time of his release.

MSU quarterback to be named this week

Some football coaches are very tight lipped about naming a starting quarterback before their opening game, but not Joe Moorhead who will probably name one this week. Penn State transfer Tommy Stevens and Keytaon Thompson are the front runners.

The Little Rock community in Newton County once was the home of Beulah Hubbard High School. Today, that community is the proud home of the U.S. Amateur Champion Andy Ogletree. He is a senior at Georgia Tech and won the 119thU.S. Amateur Championship with a 2-1 victory over Vanderbilt senior John Augenstein at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. The Union High graduate beat fellow Mississippian Cohen Trolio of West Point in the semifinals.

College Basketball News

Southern Mississippi basketball coach Jay Ladner is talking to Ole Miss about playing a preseason game in November at the Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. The teams last played in 2008. In the future, according to a story in the Biloxi Sun-Herald, Ladner would like to play yearly on the Coast.

Contact Dale at ddmckee18@yahoo.com