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American Deli cashiers speak out after mall melee

Facebook video of Friday confrontation with customers goes viral

By Zack Plair zplair@cdispatch.com

A steady stream of custom- ers waited patiently in line Saturday at American Deli in Leigh Mall when Briana Jack- son began her shift at 4 p.m. Jackson, a 23-year-old assis-

son began her shift at 4 p.m. Jackson, a 23-year-old assis- Jackson W r i g


her shift at 4 p.m. Jackson, a 23-year-old assis- Jackson W r i g h t


tant manager, and co-worker Yaharra Wright, 22, took and filled orders as normal — al- most as if the night before had never happened. But on social media, a vid- eo of their Friday night melee

involving three customers had garnered thousands of shares and well more than 100,000 views just on Facebook in less than 24 hours. “It’s all kind of blurred to me, but my self-defense kicked in,” Jackson told The Dispatch on Saturday. “… I work another job besides this one, and people there were asking me about the fight earlier today. A lot of peo- ple are talking about it.” A woman eating at anoth- er restaurant in the mall took

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‘A better deal’

Plea agreements incentivize defendants to admit to crimes, keep the justice system moving

By iSaBEllE alTMaN ia ltman@cdispatch.com

S tarkville resident James Bardwell had a choice. He could go to trial for sexual battery and two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon. Or, he could accept a plea agreement from the

state to confess to the weapons charges, spend the next 18 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections and not have to register as a sex offender when released. Bardwell took the plea deal earlier this month during the most recent term of Oktibbeha County Circuit Court. As a habitual offender, he isn’t eligible for parole, meaning he will spend every day of his sentence in prison. It’s a high prison sentence for weapons charges, said District Attorney Scott Colom. But from the prosecutors’ standpoint, it made sense. There was plenty of evidence supporting the weapons charges and less supporting the sexual battery charge, which prosecutors felt deserved a significant sentence. Bardwell, 35, was accused of having sex with a victim younger than 14. However,

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with a victim younger than 14. However , See PLeAs , 8A Courtesy photo A still

Courtesy photo

A still shot from

the cell phone video footage of

a fight Friday at

American Deli shows a customer standing on the counter during the altercation in Leigh Mall. The fight between two employees and three customers reportedly began after one of the customer’s card was declined.

Stephanie Johnson, director of the New Hope-based Recovery House, poses at the facility in this Dis- patch file photo. She is resign- ing after 30 years working at the organi- zation.

is resign- ing after 30 years working at the organi- zation. Dispatch file photo Weather Cammie

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working at the organi- zation. Dispatch file photo Weather Cammie Ballard Second grade, Caledonia High 52

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Cloudy and cool Full forecast on page 2A.

Five Questions

1 What Paul Simon song title was

inspired by a chicken-and-egg dish at a Chinese restaurant?

2 What retro school supply features

illustrations of high-school sports?

3 What novel features a cruel slave

owner name Simon Legree?

4 What is the only continent without

native reptiles?

5 What sauce is used in traditional

eggs Benedict?


Answers, 6D


Classifieds 5D Comics Insert Crossword 6D Dear Abby 2D Lifestyles 1C

Obituaries 4A Opinions 6A Scene & Seen 1D

The drive to help women succeed

director of recovery house stepping down after 30 years

By iSaBEllE alTMaN ia ltman@cdispatch.com

N early every time the board of trustees for Recovery House meets, Executive Director Stephanie Johnson is there

with a letter from a woman who has been touched by the program. “They may be somewhere else and have been out of there for a while, and we’ll get a letter about their lives being changed and what

it meant to them,” said board president Nell

Bateman. “And that just does your heart good.” Since its founding in 1985, Recovery House,

a local addiction treatment center for women,

has served more than 1,500 women in Missis- sippi – many of them under Johnson, who has worked at the center nearly as long as it has been in operation. Johnson has been at the helm as executive director since 2001, applying for grants, work- ing with counselors and overseeing more than

a dozen women at a time living on the center’s 90-acre campus in New Hope while they work to kick their addiction and get their lives back

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Salute to the Beatles: The

Starkville-MSU Symphony Chorus

salutes The Beatles with a free 3 p.m. program at Trinity Presbyte-

rian Church, 607 Hospital Road, Starkville.

Exhibit reception: A 2 p.m.

reception opens an exhibit by Cathy Pilkinton of Columbus at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St.,

West Point. Gallery talk at 2:30 p.m.

Hammer to the Manor: Watch

the pilot episode of HGTV’s show, which was filmed in Starkville. The public viewing will be noon to 2 p.m. at Fire Station Park in Starkville. Food by BIN 612.

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Lowndes County Supervisor Harry

Sanders, World War II veteran Bradford Freeman, Columbus Air Force Base Com- mander Col. Samantha Weeks and Columbus

Councilman Bill Gavin place a wreath honor- ing veterans during the Veterans Day Ceremo- ny downtown Saturday morning. For more photos of the parade,

see page 4A. Photo by Deanna Robinson/ Dispatch Staff

inside todaY

4A. Photo by Deanna Robinson/ Dispatch Staff inside todaY Check out The Dispatch’s tribute to our

Check out The Dispatch’s tribute to our nation’s finest.


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DiD you hear?


New York City’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree goes up

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feller Center on Saturday. “Millions of people will come to visit Shelby.” Figueroa, 49, explained that she refers to the tree as “she” because “I felt she has a female spirit.” Figueroa said that when she and Gutierrez bought their house, the previous owner said Rockefeller Center’s gardener had his

NEW YORK — The Rockefeller Center Christ- mas tree is in place and will soon be strung with 50,000 lights as one of New York City’s star holiday attrac- tions, a gift from a same- sex married couple. The 72-foot-tall, 12-ton Norway spruce arrived on


flatbed trailer Saturday


morning and was hoisted by a crane into a spot over-

eye on the tree. Gutierrez, 47, said she initially was reluctant to give up the spruce, but Figueroa con- vinced her. Erik Pauze, the cen- ter’s head gardener, also attended the ceremony. He cared for the tree over the summer, watering and feeding it compost tea as the couple watched out- side their home. After the tree is disman- tled, it will be donated to Habitat for Humanity to help build housing. The legacy of the famed New York holiday tree reaches back to Christmas Eve in 1931, during the Great Depression. Work- ers building Rockefeller Center pooled their money to buy a 20-foot tree they decorated with garland handmade by their fami- lies.

looking the Rockefeller skating rink. Millions of people are expected to vis-


the tree, which will stay

up till Jan. 7. Crowds will see the tree burst alive with 5 miles (8 kilometers) of LED multicolored lights and a 900-pound Swarovski crys- tal star during a televised ceremony on Nov. 28. The 75-year-old spruce came from Wallkill, 60 miles (96 kilometers) north of New York. It was donated by Lissette Guti- errez and her wife, Shirley Figueroa, from their home property. They nicknamed the tree “Shelby.” “Now it’s not my tree, it’s the world’s tree; I’m so happy to be able to share her with everyone,” Figueroa said at Rocke-



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Say What?

“That was a multiple-goal game for us. It just didn’t happen.”

Mississippi State women’s soccer coach Tom Anagnost, talking about his team’s 1-0 loss to Lipscomb on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Story, 5B.

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A Centennial and a day to Remember

V eterans Day is the day

set aside to honor the

men and women who

Rufus Ward
Rufus Ward

have served and are serving our county. They have been and are willing to put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. Today, the veterans of Vietnam and Korea are aging and those of World War II are fewer and fewer. We must always remem-

ber and recognize their honor, patriotism and willing sacrifice,

and also that of those who have more recently served and are still serving around the world. This year marks the centennial of America’s entry into World War I. It was a war in which many from the Golden Triangle served. It is time to remember a little-remem- bered war, one where the fighting ended at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918. Three years ago, a monument to those who served in World War I was dedicated in front of the Lowndes County Courthouse. The monument incorporated marble tablets that had been saved from a wall of the old Magnolia Bowl. Saturday’s Veterans Day tribute in Columbus began with a parade, which ended in front of the courthouse. A cer- emony there was followed by a flyover by Columbus Air Force Base planes and the laying of a wreath at the veter- ans monument. The centennial of World War I reminded me that when I was growing up, it was the veterans of World War I who were the old men telling stories of long ago. I especially recall Col. Wilfred Beaver, Curtis “Pop” Friday, Eugene Hardy and Samuel Kaye. Though I never knew Capt. Sam Kaye, I heard so many stories about him it seemed like I did. Interestingly, all of those heroes of an earlier age had served in the air service the ancestor of today’s Air Force. Capt. Kaye served with Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker and his famous 94th “Hat in the Ring” Squadron. By the end

of the war, Kaye commanded the squadron’s First Flight. Kaye’s Spad airplane became known as his “Acrobatic Easter Egg,” as he had painted it light blue with white

and red polka dots. Kaye was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for action in which he and Lt. Reed Chambers attacked a

formation of six German planes -- shooting down one and forcing the others to retire back to German lines. Kaye

later received a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Sec-

ond Distinguished Service Cross for an action in which he encountered a formation of seven German Fokker air- planes, and though greatly outnumbered, attacked them and shot down one. Kaye was also awarded the Croix de Guerre by France for “exceptional prowess in the air.”

Col. Beaver was a World War I British pilot in the famed Royal Flying Corps No. 20 Squadron. He was cred- ited with shooting down 19 German aircraft. In June 1918, he was awarded the “British Military Cross” at Bucking- ham Palace by King George V. The citation called him “a patrol leader of great dash and ability.” He received the award not long after he had survived being shot down over his own airfield by one Freiherr von Richthofen, the “Red Baron.” After the war, Beaver emigrated to the United States. At the outset of World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was commissioned at his former British rank of captain. By the end of the war he was a lieutenant colonel commanding the U.S. 8th Air Force’s 447th Bomb Group in England. Micky Brislin Sr. served in his unit and married Beaver’s daughter, Pat. They all moved to Columbus when Bruce Lumber Company opened a plant here. Hardy was another Lowndes County native who joined the Army Air Service during World War I. He enlisted in September 1917. The Sept. 16, 1917, Columbus Dispatch carried an account of the going away party given him by “the Hardy Boys and T.C. Billups” at the Bell Cafe in Co- lumbus. During the war, he was commissioned as a lieutenant and flew a Spad in France. I recall him telling me stories about being one of the pilots who developed a technique that later became known as dive-bombing. One of the first people I recall meeting when I moved to West Point was Curtis “Pop” Friday. Pop, as everyone knew him, had been an instructor at the Army Air Ser-

knew him, had been an instructor at the Army Air Ser- Courtesy photo Capt. Sam Kaye’s

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Capt. Sam Kaye’s Spad airplane was known as his “Acrobatic Easter Egg,” as he had painted it light blue with white and red polka dots.

vice’s Payne Field at West Point. Payne Field opened in

March 1918 as a pilot training base. Before the field was closed

in March 1920, more

than 1,500 pilots had trained there. The pilots were known as “birdmen” and the

aircraft as “buzz wag- ons.” Pop married

a local girl, Virginia East, and remained

in West Point.

While writing about the World

War I veterans that I knew, I realized there are a lot of local he- roes from the “War

to End All Wars” that

I never knew and

whose heroic actions may now be known only to God. We don’t

have to go very far in Columbus to find the graves of such men. At least four World War I veterans are buried in Sandfield Cemetery and often overlooked is the role of black American sol- diers during that war. Following in the footsteps of their Indian Wars fore-bearers, members of the U.S. 92nd Infantry Division were known as the Buffalo Soldiers, and their division was the Buffalo Division. The division’s 366th Infantry Regiment is noted for being the first U.S. Army combat regiment composed of black soldiers to be completely commanded by black officers. Two men who served in France as Buffalo Soldiers of the 92nd, Will Hargrove and Emmett Lanier, were from Columbus and are buried in Sandfield Cemetery. The 92nd Division saw action in France during the fall of 1918 in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Because oth- er American and British divisions did not want to fight alongside black troops, the 92nd was in combat mostly alongside French troops. Their combat role occurred at the close of the war and they suffered relatively light ca- sualties. But their losses were among the most tragic of the war. In 1918, negotiations between the Allies and the Ger- mans resulted in an Armistice which was set to go into effect at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11. The 92nd Division, however, was ordered to make a last assault against the German defenses beginning at 5 a.m. that day, just six hours pri- or to the Armistice. The attack was across open ground and was driven back by heavy machine gun fire. Another assault was made around 9:30 but was halted when firing ceased at 11. It is two survivors of that heroic, but tragic, effort who rest in Sandfield. I have had many questions asked about the razing of one of the oldest and most historically significant homes in Columbus. This is not the day to address that but a time to honor the heroes among us, our veterans and ac- tive duty military. To all of them a big thank you for all you have done and all you do to keep our country safe. Rufus Ward is a local historian. Email your questions about local history to him at rufushistory@aol.com.

about local history to him at rufushistory@aol.com. Courtesy photo During World War I, Capt. Sam Kaye

Courtesy photo

During World War I, Capt. Sam Kaye served with Capt. Eddie

Rickenbacker and his famous 94th “Hat in the Ring” Squad- ron. Kaye was awarded the Dis- tinguished Service Cross and

a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in

lieu of a Second Distinguished Service Cross. He was also awarded the Croix de Guerre, by

France for “exceptional prowess

in the air.”




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Murder suspect in Mississippi trooper shooting released

ThE aSSociaTEd PrESS

CORINTH — The suspect charged with capital murder in the shooting of an off-duty Mis- sissippi Highway Patrol trooper has been released from jail. Attorneys for Troy Antho- ny Eaton, 43, of Rienzi, said their client was released Friday shortly after Tippah County Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth set bond at $200,000 on the capital murder charge and $100,000 on an attempted murder charge. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Eaton faces charges in the death of 32-year-old Trooper Josh Smith. The incident happened near the Hatchie River south of Walnut

on Sept. 30 in a rural, isolated area near the Alcorn/Tippah County line. Attorney Jamie Franks has said Eaton was defending him- self and others. The judge also granted a mo- tion by the state to postpone a preliminary hearing that was set for next week. Holding a preliminary hearing would be “premature and could be det- rimental to the integrity of the investigation,” the motion re- questing the continuance stat- ed.

“At this point, the investiga- tion is still fluid and ongoing by the Mississippi Bureau of Inves- tigation,” the motion states. The motion also noted that Eaton’s attorneys want subpoe-

nas issued to several officials and agencies. The defense attorneys are seeking infor- mation on Smith, such as tox- icology reports, employment records, 911 calls and other documents. Prior to his release Friday, Eaton had been held in jail with- out bond for about 40 days. He turned himself in on Sept. 30, hours after the shooting. The bond includes condi- tions that Eaton not have any contact with Smith’s family, Tippah County District Attor- ney Ben Creekmore said. The charging affidavit against Eaton alleges that he killed Smith knowing that Smith was acting in an official capacity as a law enforcement

officer. But the defense at- torneys have said there are a “multitude of witnesses” who support the claim that Eaton was exercising his legal right to self-defense when Smith, who was off-duty, was fatally shot. Creekmore said he is not aware of anything that would indicate that Eaton is not prop- erly charged. Eaton is also charged with the attempted murder of Rickie Dale Vick, 38, of Michigan City. Tippah County Coroner Chris McCallister has said it appears that Eaton was sitting inside a vehicle on the passen- ger side when he allegedly shot and killed Smith. It appears Smith was standing outside the vehicle when he was shot once

in the head/face area, McCal- lister has said. Witnesses said Smith was armed with a firearm when he was fatally shot, Davis said. It is unclear when the case may be presented to a grand jury, said Creekmore, adding that it depends on how long it takes MBI to complete its in- vestigation. The next regular grand jury will be in April. Eaton was allegedly beat up inside the Tippah County Jail a few days after his arrest and was relocated to Marshall County to ensure his safety, Franks said. The FBI said it was looking into the jail-beating allegation to see if there were any civil rights vi- olations.

Recovery House

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on track. But after more than 30 years at Recovery House, Johnson has resigned as executive director, effec- tive Dec. 31, to take the same position at S.A.F.E. Inc. in Tupelo. While it was a hard de- cision, Johnson said she’s excited to continue her work building women’s self-esteem and self-con- fidence in a new place. “I just have so much passion for helping wom- en to succeed,” she said.

tions Johnson has seen, she said addiction to crystal meth is particu- larly common and hard to shake. “It’s such a strong addictive drug and it affects the nervous sys- tem,” Johnson said. “…

A lot of women struggle

to stay here because the cravings can be extreme. They feel really anxious and when they come in, they’re unable to sleep. So getting them really grounded and stabilized

is very important.”

Women in the pro- gram undergo therapy and counseling in both group and individual ses- sions. One of the things that has changed most about treating addiction since the 1980s is that treatment has become more focused on address-

ing underlying traumas instead of just treating the addiction, something Johnson said Recovery House embraced under Fannon. Those traumas can include anything from loss of a loved one or divorce to sexual abuse and domestic violence, said Johnson. There are plenty of stories that stand out to Johnson from her time

at Recovery House. She

knows a woman who went through “many years

ago” who is now manag-

ing two local restaurants; a veteran currently strug-

gling with post-traumatic stress disorder who is working with counsel- ors who are experts at addressing trauma; and women who came in as teenagers with nothing but a GED who went on to attain college degrees after leaving. Many of the clients have come back to work for the center. Others have gone to work for similar organizations. Johnson mentioned two former clients now working on the coast, one as a therapist and one as

a drug treatment coordi-

nator. “She refers a lot of her clients to us,” Johnson said.

From the helped to the helper

Johnson began volun- teering at the center in 1988 under then-director

Josie Fannon, who John- son said was her mentor.

It was the year after

Johnson went through the program herself. Johnson didn’t talk much about her own struggles with addiction, but said Fannon and others at Recovery House helped her through it, inspiring her to find ways to help other women. “That’s where my pas- sion came from,” Johnson said. “What was given to me, I wanted to be able to give to someone else. … I feel like it came from someone reaching out and helping me and my life changing so much.” Fannon applied for

a grant creating the

position of administrative

assistant, giving Johnson

a full-time job. At that

time, funding was low and everyone pitched in to “get this program going,” Johnson said. “I tilled the front yard in order for them to put down grass seed,” she remembered. “We all did

things like that. We just worked and did what we had to do.” When Fannon left in 2001, Johnson took over her position. “Stephanie has meant so much to Recovery House,” Bateman said. “She came through the program, she has worked there, she has been the leader there for so many years now. It has evolved through the years with the same goals in mind and the same heart for what they’re doing. …

I just can’t say enough

about how much we all appreciate her, and I

speak for the board and those people who work there, those women who’ve gone through the program. It’s made

a difference in so many lives.”

The program

Women at Recovery House undergo a 90-day residential program of addiction treatment, after which they may stay in transitional housing for several months while working. Of the different addic-

Funding struggles

Recovery House has

never held fundraisers, receiving most of its money from local, state and federal grants. In the past, the bulk

of the funding came

from two grants from the Department of Housing

and Urban Development, which totaled $375,000, that Johnson began securing after becoming executive director. However, she said, in the past two years, HUD has begun rolling back its funding for transition-

al housing programs,

meaning Recovery House lost $250,000.

On top of that, John-

son said, state and local funding has dried up. Recovery House has been receiving less money from United Way of Lowndes County, something she said is happening with all local nonprofit organizations.

“We’ve just been struggling, especially for the last two years, financially to be able to continue doing what we’re doing without changing so many of the services we provide that

are very important to our clients in order to go out and remain clean and sober,” Johnson said. The funding cuts have particularly been hard on transitional housing programs. Where before, Recovery House could offer long-term help with child care and transpor- tation to and from jobs, those programs have been scaled back. Bateman said the board is looking for other fundraising options. “We do know that that’s something we’re going to have to do,” she said.

Moving forward

Part of the reason Johnson is moving to Tupelo is to get married.

Her husband-to-be’s work will take him all over north Mississippi, so it’s easier for him to be based out of Tupelo. Being there will also keep her closer to some of her children. “I had gotten to where

I was just ready for a change,” she said. “… I’ve

done this for 30 years, so

I felt like it was time for me to step aside and let someone else come in

that has that energy and … take Recovery House to the next level.” She added that passion she had to help women is something she’ll carry with her to S.A.F.E., Tu- pelo’s domestic violence shelter. The organization is run similarly to Recov-

ery House and deals with many of the same issues. “So often where you have domestic violence, you will have drugs and substances or vice-ver- sa,” she said. Bateman said the board has already begun the application process of

finding a new director. “We’ll be looking at what Stephanie brought to the job as our outline,” Bateman said. “Because she’s done such a good job. We need to use her as our example for the next director of the pro- gram.”

“Because she’s done such a good job. We need to use her as our example for
“Because she’s done such a good job. We need to use her as our example for
“Because she’s done such a good job. We need to use her as our example for

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RiGHT: Columbus High’s Kalyn Abrams, 17, Erin Billups, 17, and Jazmyn Gore, 15, march in the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Columbus Saturday morning. Kalyn is the daughter of Orlando and Meshay Abrams. Erin is the daughter of Anthony Billups and Bettina Henderson. Jazmyn is the daughter of Joanne Gore. LEFT: Columbus Air Force Base Honor Guard, Columbus High Junior Air Force ROTC, and the CAFB 14th Flying Training Wing Formation lead the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Columbus Saturday morning.

Veterans Day Parade in downtown Columbus Saturday morning. Laura Daniels/Special to The Dispatch RIGHT: The first
Veterans Day Parade in downtown Columbus Saturday morning. Laura Daniels/Special to The Dispatch RIGHT: The first

Laura Daniels/Special to The Dispatch

RIGHT: The first Veterans Day parade took place in downtown Starkville on Saturday beginning at the Oktibbeha County Courthouse. The Boy Scouts marched in the pa- rade carrying the U.S. flag and their troop flag. LEFT: Starkville High School’s JROTC led the parade carrying the American flag and flags from each of the branches of the United States military.

Around the World

Leaders laud fallen soldiers on eve of armistice centennial

PARIS — Traveling from across the world to monuments honor- ing soldiers who fell 100 years ago, victors and vanquished alike marked those sacrifices Saturday ahead of Armistice Day and assessed alliances that have been redrawn dramatically since the dark days of World War I. The leaders of for- mer enemies France and Germany, in an intimate gesture that underscored their countries’ current roles as guarantors of peace in Europe, held their heads together at the

site north of Paris where the defeated Germans and the Allies signed the agreement that ended the 1914-18 war. After Chancellor An- gela Merkel briefly snug- gled her head into the neck of French President Emmanuel Macron, the two went inside a replica of the train car where the armistice was reached and put their names in a guestbook. Macron then took Merkel’s hand in his, again highlighting the changes on the continent where two world wars were fought in the 20th century. “Our Europe has been at peace for 73 years. There is no precedent for

it, and it is at peace be-

cause we willed it and first and foremost, because Germany and France wanted it,” he said. Merkel was equally convinced of the power their friendship exudes. “The will is there, and

I say this for Germany with full conviction, to do everything to achieve

a more peaceful order in

the world even though we know we have very, very much work still ahead of us,” she said. The open show of af- fection was a welcome an- tidote for Macron. Earlier Saturday, the French lead- er had a somewhat awk- ward meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

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WEST POINT — Beatrice Kidd, 87, died Nov. 9, 2018. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Lee-Sykes Funeral Home of Columbus.

Elmer Spann

VERNON, Ala. — Elmer Ann Spann, 76, died Nov. 9, 2018, at the Fayette Medical Center in Fayette, Alabama. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Dowdle Funeral Home Chapel

in Millport with James Godsey and Brian Reeves officiating. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Dowdle Funeral Home is in charge of ar- rangements. Mrs. Spann was born March 3, 1942, to the late Homer and Beulah Mae Newell. She was a barber school graduate and was formerly employed with Chromeolox and a member of Pleasant Hill Free Will Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Lovia Hudson; son, Daniel Hudson; brothers, Joe Newell, Charles Newell and Kenneth Bur- khalter; and sisters, Willete Bur- khalter, Lurline Hildreth and Nell Howard. She is survived by her husband, Donald Spann; daughters, Deborah Farooq and Felicia Carr, both of Columbus and Margaret Reeves of Sulligent; sons, Randy Hudson of Millport and Greg Hudson of Tusca- loosa; sisters, Dot Davis of Foley and Theresa Johnson of Northport; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchil- dren; and seven great-great-grand- children. Pallbearers will be Wayne Trimm, Wesley Newell, Bruce Burkhalter, Joey Burkhalter and Wayne Hildreth.

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In WashIngton

Future seems uncertain for Trump’s acting attorney general

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WASHINGTON — Mat- thew Whitaker’s future at the helm of the Justice De- partment appears uncertain as President Donald Trump denies even knowing the man he’s just named acting attorney general. The Senate’s top Repub-

lican is predicting a perma- nent replacement could be named soon for Whitaker, who’s now overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible ties between Russia and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. The comments Friday from Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., came as Whitaker’s past business ties and remarks on Mueller’s probe and other topics drew scrutiny from Democrats and ethics groups. “I don’t know Matt Whitaker,” Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving on a trip to France. That contra- dicted Trump’s remarks on Fox News last month, when he called Whitaker “a great guy” and said, “I mean, I know Matt Whita- ker.” McConnell, separately, said, “I think this will be a very interim AG.” And Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she was con- cerned by some of Whitaker’s past com- ments and called for legislation that would place limits on his ability to fire Mueller. That would include specifying that only a Senate-confirmed Justice Department offi- cial, which Whitaker is not, could dismiss the special counsel. Whitaker, a Republican Party loyal- ist and chief of staff to just-ousted Attor-

Party loyal- ist and chief of staff to just-ousted Attor- Trump ney General Jeff Sessions, was


ney General Jeff Sessions, was elevated Wednesday after Sessions was forced from his job by Trump. Since Wednesday, Whitaker has faced pressure from Democrats to step aside from overseeing Mueller, based on critical comments Whitaker made about the inves- tigation before joining the Justice Depart- ment last year. Whitaker wrote an op-ed article say- ing Mueller would be straying outside his mandate if he investigated Trump family finances. Whitaker also gave a talk radio interview in which he maintained there was no evidence of collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. He also tweeted an ex-prosecutor’s opinion piece that described a “Mueller lynch mob” and said it was “worth a read.” There have been reports about Whitak- er’s past comments questioning the power and reach of the federal judiciary, and about his ties to an invention-promotion company that was accused of misleading consumers. The Wall Street Journal on Friday pub- lished an email revealing an FBI inves- tigation into the company, World Patent Marketing Inc. The July 10, 2017, email was from an FBI victims’ specialist to someone who, the newspaper said, was an alleged victim of the company. A Justice Depart- ment spokeswoman told the Journal that Whitaker was “not aware of any fraudulent activity.” Also Friday, The Associated Press re- ported that Whitaker repeatedly chided Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in public statements during 2016 while he was speaking for a group that is barred by its tax-exempt status from sup- porting or opposing political candidates during a campaign.

Trump says 7 to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has announced his first recipients of the Presi- dential Medal of Freedom and they include the wife of a major Republican Party donor, the lon- gest-serving Republican

senator in U.S. history, Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth. Trump will also post- humously recognize the late Supreme Court Jus- tice Antonin Scalia. Medals are going to Miriam Adelson, a doctor and wife of casino mag- nate Sheldon Adelson, a Republican donor; Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is

retiring after more than 41 years in the U.S. Sen- ate; former Dallas Cow- boys quarterback Roger Staubach and Alan Page, who began a legal career after leaving the NFL. The Presidential Med- al of Freedom is the na- tion’s highest honor for a civilian. — The Associated Press

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’Twas a dark and stormy night

“Do you know how God con- trols the storm and causes the lightning to flash forth from his clouds?” — Job 37:15

M onday

a week


Shannon Bardwell
Shannon Bardwell

severe weather

warnings were issued for the wee hours. That night, Sam — the weather watcher — said, “I’ll set the alarm for 1 a.m. and get up and check the TV.”

We prayed over our lives and our land and went to sleep. Before the alarm went off, there was another

alarm. “It’s your phone,” I said. Sam was up in a flash, grabbed the phone and took off downstairs for the TV.

I stayed put until he hollered out,

“Better get to the stairs. Warnings are issued for the airport area.”

At the Prairie house there’s not

a room without large windows, so

our safe place is the landing in the stairway. I got up, dragging pillows and blankets with me. While I lay comfortably surrounded by pillows,

with me. While I lay comfortably surrounded by pillows, Sam watched the TV weather reports until

Sam watched the TV weather reports until the signal was lost. Then Sam joined me in the landing. Shortly, text messages started coming in: “Are y’all alright?” I wondered what our friends were doing up at 1 a.m. texting? Then I realized everyone’s phone was going off. We started texting other friends. Some answered; some were still fast asleep. I lay on my back looking up at the lighting fixture over my head, won- dering if it could come crashing down.

While I did so, my thoughts wandered to a long-ago time, a time when there were no cell phones or satellite dishes. Almost 30 years ago I was living in a mobile home about a quarter of a mile from my parents in the Sessums community. It was a November night. Weather warnings were issued on the 10 o’clock news. I went to bed. At 4 o’clock I woke up and walked down the hall and into the bathroom. The rain was building, hard and loud. Then there was an explosion and I

found myself on all fours on the floor. I looked up to see the roof was gone. All was quiet while a gentle rain fell on my face. In one instant everything was changed, walls had buckled and insulation was hanging out. I turned toward the bedroom for clothes. There was nothing there except the mat- tress. Back in the hall I headed for the front door, then I smelled propane gas. Electric lines were dangling. At the door, steps were gone. I climbed out. There was my car. Miraculously, the keys were in my hand. I don’t know how. I headed for my parents’ house, not knowing what I would find. They were sleeping undisturbed; we called


Firemen came, and neighbors — some I knew, some I didn’t. They began bagging things, taking them to safe, dry places. A farmer came with a flatbed truck; men loaded appliances. For weeks, items were returned to me, washed and restored. For a long while after, at the sound of loud rain I would panic and suck air, then one day it went away. And now, we pray over our life and our land, we heed warnings, take precautions and go to bed. Email reaches Shannon Bardwell of Columbus at msdeltachild@msn.com.

Our view

Roses and thorns

Columbus at msdeltachild@msn.com. Our view Roses and thorns A rose to all our veterans on this

A rose to all our veterans on

this special Veterans Day. Al- though most observances of the day will take place on Monday, today is the actual holiday — which traces its roots to the end of World War I, when the armistice that ended the war was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. For the past 100 years now, we have chosen this day as a mo- ment to reflect on what our military has sacri- ficed and continues to sacrifice in the interest of not only our freedoms, but the freedoms of people throughout the world. If you know a veteran — and who doesn’t — be sure to reach out to them to thank them for all they do on our behalf. Happy Veterans Day to you all!

all they do on our behalf. Happy Veterans Day to you all! A rose to the

A rose to the East Mississip-

pi Community College football team, which defeated Jones Community College, 19-14, Saturday in Ellisville for its second straight state champion- ship and seventh in the past 11 years. The Lions don’t stop there: Undefeated EMCC has bigger goals in mind, namely another national champi- onship. After beating Jones, ranked No. 4 in the nation, on its own turf, EMCC — the nation’s

top-ranked team — will play for the title against

a yet-to-be-determined opponent. We like their

chances in that one too, but for now we salute the Lions for their state title. Winning state titles never gets boring — and it’s never as easy as it might appear.

gets boring — and it’s never as easy as it might appear. A rose to Mississippi

A rose to Mississippi Uni-

versity for Women, which has adapted to the present realities without sacrificing its original mission. Today, The W is a co-educational institution and reflects the demographics of its community. But in efforts to achieve that balance, the university remains a source where young women can see among and around them examples of successful women. We were reminded of that after listen- ing to Allison (Davis) Russo. Russo was elected to the Ohio State legislature Tuesday and spoke in glowing terms of how her studies at The W prepared her for public service. Russo (Class of 1998) said the presence of strong women — in the administration, faculty and student body — helped empower her and find her voice as a young woman.

— helped empower her and find her voice as a young woman. A rose to the

A rose to the student staff

of Mississippi School for Math and Science’s literary magazine, “Southern Voices.” Current MSMS students Victoria Gong, Lilian Li, Michelle Luo and Helen Peng, along with 2018 graduates Kamal Bhalla, Aidan Dunkelburg and Barrie Wright, were recently honored for their work at the Mississippi Scholastic Press Association’s statewide high school journalism convention in Hattiesburg with Best of Mississippi Scholastic Journalism Awards. With so much attention de- voted to STEM studies — and given it’s name, MSMS is committed to that — it’s good to know that the language arts are not neglected. No matter what the future holds for our young people, the ability to clearly and effectively communicate through the written word is of great importance. We congratulate the students and MSMS for recognizing that. Write on!

the students and MSMS for recognizing that. Write on! The naTiOn When the press fights the

The naTiOn

When the press fights the president, the president wins

The East Room of the White House — with its vaulted ceilings, ornate chandeliers and gold

curtains — is the closest thing to a throne room the United States has. When set up for

a presidential news

conference, as it was on Wednesday morning,

it is magisterial. The

president is announced,

and the doors to a long hallway swing open. He steps onto the podium, towering over reporters squeezed tightly into the wooden chairs before him. It feels a bit like an audience with

a king. And on Wednesday, the king was angry. Donald Trump held this formal

news conference, only the second of his presidency, to respond to the results of the midterm elections.

It was, he said, “very close” to a

“complete victory” for Republicans, despite the fact that his party lost control of the House of Representa- tives for the first time in eight years. After spending weeks of battering and belittling his political opponents, the president opened by changing his tone and speaking of bipartisan- ship. When it came time to interact with the gathered journalists, how- ever, the olive branch was replaced by a mailed fist — as it always seems to be. The president accused one reporter, who is African-American, of asking a “racist” question. He said he’s not “a big fan” of another. And he repeatedly barked at persistent questioners to sit down. The real fireworks came when CNN’s Jim Acosta tried to ask a series of questions, culminating with the president accusing him of being a “terrible person,” mocking his network’s ratings and reiterating

Anthony Zurcher
Anthony Zurcher

his own contention that outlets that promote what he considers “fake news” are enemies of the people. As a reporter for BBC News, I was seated a few rows behind and to the left of Acosta as he questioned the president, who at one point huffily stepped away from the lectern while the report-

er continued to talk. The White House would later accuse Acosta of “placing his hands” on an intern trying to take his microphone away — and suspend his press credentials. From my vantage point, I thought there may have been non-hostile contact between the two — in stark contrast to the obvious verbal hostil- ity between reporter and president.

A review of video from the incident

corroborates this. Acosta has a reputation as a dogged reporter, but his time at the White House during the Trump

administration illustrates the perils

of covering a president who uses

dust-ups with journalists as a politi-

cal tactic. When the news cycle turns against him, one of the president’s first instincts is to criticize those who report the news. And journalists often take the bait. They’ve spent their whole professional careers ded-

icated to their craft, after all, and it’s human nature to take such slights and derogations personally — and to talk about them in private and then

in print and then on-air for days.

That’s exactly what the presi- dent wants. An us-vs.-them debate between Trump and media personal- ities is friendly terrain for the White House. It feeds into the perception held by conservatives across the country that journalists, who are

predisposed to questioning author- ity, are out to get this president. It diminishes the impact of the stories reporters spend so much time covering. And as a further complication — and temptation — it also can benefit outlets such as CNN and reporters such as Acosta, who see followings grow, ratings soar and advertising dollars pour in with every new Trump-related controversy. There’s a mirror to this percep- tion on the left, casting “the media” as some sort of cohesive whole that can stand up to the president — as opposed to a chaotic mass of indi- viduals and outlets, each vying for a small slice of the story. When people ask me why re- porters don’t just walk out when a news conference turns ugly as it did Wednesday, I chuckle. Telling jour- nalists to walk away from a story is like asking them to stop breathing. Sitting next to me in the East Room was a Korean reporter, perched on the edge of her seat. Her hand shot up every time the president appeared poised for a new question. “Mr. President, sir! North Korea! North Korea!” she said pleadingly. Try asking her to give up a chance to get a choice line from the leader of the United States about an issue that is of the utmost impor- tance to her audience. I like to tell friends and col- leagues that covering Donald Trump can feel like falling into quicksand. The more you struggle, the more you fight, the quicker you sink. Instead, the best strategy — the only way to survive — is to take a deep breath. Find solid footing. And move deliberately. That’s what the story and the audience deserve. Anthony Zurcher is senior North America reporter for BBC News based in Washington, D.C.


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the video and posted it to Facebook. It shows two female customers moving around the outside of the American Deli counter tugging at and exchang- ing punches with the two employees. All the while, the employees and customers are throwing things across the counter

at each other.

At one point, a third woman stands up on the counter and starts punch- ing the employees before she falls off behind the counter as the altercation continues.

A bystander called

911, and Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton said the fight was over by the time officers arrived.

One of the customers

was hospitalized after she reportedly suffered

a seizure during the al-

tercation, Shelton said. The other four parties in- volved were not seriously hurt and gave statements

to police.

“We advised them all that they could come up to the police department on Tuesday and sign af- fidavits against each oth- er,” said Shelton, noting CPD did not arrest any- one and officers would not investigate the inci- dent as a felony. “That way, they can sort it out in (municipal) court.”

How the fight started

The incident occurred sometime between 7:30 and 8 p.m., Jackson said, after a woman’s card was declined for a purchase. The woman left and re- turned moments later with another method of payment that was ap- proved. However, the woman came back a third time — this time with her two grown daughters — to confront the two employ- ees for allegedly talking in front other customers about the first card being declined, Jackson said. “I told her no one was talking about the card being declined,” Jackson said. “Next thing I know, (one of the women) was trying to come across the counter.” Store surveillance footage, which Ameri- can Deli owner Pan Ken shared with The Dis- patch — representing it as the “beginning of the fight” — shows Jackson and two women in a ver- bal altercation before one of the customers tries

to punch her, then un- successfully attempts to come across the counter. Jackson steps back, still talking, takes off her jacket, and throws some- thing at a second female trying to come across the counter. “All of a sudden, I start feeling stuff flying

past my head,” Jackson told The Dispatch. “So I grabbed whatever I could reach and started throw- ing it at them.” Wright said she was trying to break up the fight initially, but when

the woman stood on the counter and started swinging at her, she ad- mitted to punching back. “I wasn’t scared,” said Wright, who has worked at American Deli for three weeks. “I wanted to make

sure everyone was safe. … But I felt like I had the right to defend myself.” Jackson started at American Deli in March,

but she said she has worked in customer ser- vice since she was 16. In seven years, she said she has dealt with tense con- flicts with customers but none ever got physical. “Sometimes we have people coming up here with attitude, but we know how to handle it,” Jackson said. “This was just crazy.” Pen said neither em- ployee involved would face discipline, but he has since advised his staff to involve him immediately if a cus- tomer situation looks like it might become violent. The Dispatch could not obtain the names of the customers involved by press time. Mall manag- er Gail Culpepper did not respond to a call Saturday seeking comment.

Going viral

Deanna Brock Graves and her husband Marc, of Caledonia, were eating in the indoor patio area of Hibachi restaurant, in full view of the American Deli counter, when the fight be- gan. Once punches started flying, Deanna took out her phone and started cap- turing the video that has since gone viral. Marc said he started to- ward the counter to try to help break up the fight — something a mall security guard had accomplished by the time he made it over there. “That incident hap- pened so fast, and the po- lice were there, like, three

todaY in historY

Today is Sunday, Nov. 11, the 315th day of 2018. There are 50 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Nov. 11, 1921, the

remains of an unidentified

American service mem- ber were interred in a Tomb of the Unknown Sol- dier at Arlington National Cemetery in a ceremony presided over by Presi- dent Warren G. Harding.

On this date:

In 1620, 41 Pilgrims

aboard the Mayflower, an- chored off Massachusetts, signed a compact calling for

a “body politick.” In 1831, former slave Nat Turner, who’d led a violent insurrection, was executed

in Jerusalem, Virginia.

In 1909, President Wil- liam Howard Taft accept- ed the recommendation of

a joint Army-Navy board

that Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands be made

the principal U.S. naval sta- tion in the Pacific.

In 1918, fighting in

World War I ended as the Allies and Germany signed an armistice in the Forest

of Compiegne (kohm-PY- EHN’-yeh). In 1942, during World War II, Germany complet- ed its occupation of France. In 1960, South Vietnam- ese President Ngo Dinh Diem survived a coup attempt by army rebels. (However, he was over- thrown and killed in 1963.) In 1966, Gemini 12 blasted off on a four-day mission with astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. aboard; it was the tenth and final flight of NASA’s Gemini program. In 1972, the U.S. Army turned over its base at Long Binh to the South Vietnamese, symbolizing the end of direct U.S. mil- itary involvement in the Vietnam War. In 1992, the Church of

England voted to ordain women as priests. In 1998, President Clin- ton ordered warships,

planes and troops to the Persian Gulf as he laid out his case for a possible attack on Iraq. Iraq, mean- while, showed no sign of backing down from its refusal to deal with U.N. weapons inspectors. — The Associated Press

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or four minutes later,” Marc said. By the time they made it home, they said the video had already tallied 10,000 views, and that fig- ure continued to soar. As of press time, the video has over 125,000 views and has been shared more than 2,200 times on Face- book. Deanna said she has even received private mes- sages on Facebook from people claiming to be kin to the customers who “call me ugly names.” “I wasn’t expecting all that attention,” Deanna said. “It’s really surpris- ing.” Both said the incident would not deter them from shopping at the mall, though. “I got a good dinner and a front-row seat to one hell of a fight,” Marc said. “It was like going to Dave and Buster’s on MMA night.”

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in the nation

Southern California fire burns mobile homes, Malibu mansions

death toll now stands at 11

ibu, but Los Angeles County sheriff’s Chief John Benedict offered no further details. They were discovered in the area of a winding stretch of Mulholland Highway with steep panoramic views, where on Saturday the roadway was lit- tered with rocks, a few large boulders and fallen power lines, some of them still on fire. Most of the surrounding structures were leveled. The deaths brings to 11 the number of people killed in the state’s wildfires

in the past few days, with nine found dead in a Northern California wildfire. Firefighters have saved thousands of homes despite working in “extreme, tough fire conditions that they said they have never seen in their life,” Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said. Those vicious conditions on Friday night gave way to calm Saturday, with winds reduced to breezes. Firefighters used the lull to try to

rein in the powerful blaze that had grown to 109 square miles (282 square kilometers) and get a grasp of how much damage it did in its first two days. Osby said losses to homes were significant but did not say how many had burned. Officials said earlier that 150 houses had been destroyed and the number would rise. About 250,000 homes are under evacuation orders across the region.

ThE aSSociaTEd PrESS

MALIBU, Calif. — Two people were found dead and scores of houses from ranch homes to celebrities’ man- sions burned in a pair of wildfires that stretched across more than 100 square miles of Southern California, authori- ties said Saturday. The two bodies were found in Mal-


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after a grand jury indicted (formally charged) him, the victim became reluctant to testify — something Colom stressed is extremely common with victims in sex crimes cases. “We looked at it and said, ‘OK, we can get a significant sentence, 18 years, day for day,’” he said. “That type of rea- soning is typically what goes into plea agreements.” Plea agreements occur when a pros- ecutor makes a defendant a particular offer to incentivize a guilty plea. The state will retire certain charges if the defendant agrees to plead guilty to others, or it may recommend lighter sentences. Often with non-violent cases, defendants may not have to serve prison time at all if they agree to some kind of rehabilitation program. The deal is always “a better deal than they would get if they proceeded to tri- al,” said Donna Smith, a public defender in Lowndes County.

Avoiding trial

Plea agreements are an essential part of the criminal justice system, both Colom and Smith said, saving the courts the cost and necessity of a trial in a system that is increasingly bogged down with pending cases. “There’s no way the state could try every case on the docket,” Smith said. Each judge has 20 to 40 cases per day scheduled during a court term, she said. Court terms can be slated for two to three weeks. Each of the four counties in the circuit court district —

Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay and Noxu- bee — host up to four court terms per year. “If every one of them wants a trial, we’re going to be trying cases for de- cades,” Smith said. Beyond that, Colom believes it’s moral and ethical to offer defendants

the chance to confess to their crimes. However, they’re not going to do that if they have no incentive. For example, he said, he has pros- ecuted and knows of murder cases where the defendant legally deserved the death penalty and instead got life in prison without parole after entering


plea. They would not have done that


they knew they would die anyway,

he said — they’d have “rolled the dice”

and gone to trial, where the jury may find them not guilty. “Going to trial is always a risk, no matter how strong the evidence is,” Colom said. That risk is something Smith said she has in mind when advising clients. She’s obligated to take each plea deal

to clients, and how she feels about the plea and the state’s case will determine whether she proposes they take the offer or go to trial. There have been times, she said, where she suggested they chance a trial. Other times, she said, the state offers what she calls a “sweetheart of

a deal.” An example of one such case

is when the prosecutors had one of her clients on video with multiple drugs. The client had been charged with three

counts of possession of a controlled substance. The state offered to retire two of them, with a sentence of house arrest. However, Smith stressed, it’s always up to the client. “They tell us what they want to do, not vice-versa,” she said.

Working out a deal

A common misconception Smith’s

clients often have is that they are en-

titled to three continuances and three plea bargains, and that those bargains become better for the defendant every time a new one is offered.

“I have no idea how that thought

came into being,” Smith said. There’s no law that says prosecutors have to offer an agreement at all, much less a particular number. When the state does offer multiple plea bargains, they’re likely to be harsher for clients the second or third time around, not better. Plea deals also aren’t something de- fense attorneys come up with, she said. The prosecutors always make the offer. Colom added there are even unique circumstances where prosecutors don’t offer deals at all. His office prosecuted a violent rape case in Starkville about a year ago where they specifically want-

ed the defendant to stand trial. Still, he said, that’s unusual.

A defendant also has the chance

to skip the prosecutors and enter an open plea directly to the judge in the hopes the judge will give them a lighter

sentence than what was in the prosecu- tion’s deal. “At that point, all we can do … if the judge wants to hear our perspective, we can tell the judge what we (believe the punishment should be),” Colom said.

Trials likely in violent crimes

In Smith’s experience, defendants whose plea agreements include sentenc- es as habitual offenders are less likely to take their deals. “Nobody wants to spend every day of whatever the maximum sentence is in prison without the possibility of parole,” she said. “These are the hardest cases, the habitual offender cases.” Both Colom and Smith said non-vi- olent felonies with shorter sentence times are usually the cases where defendants will accept plea agreements. Violent crimes come with steeper penalties. For those defendants, even when not sentenced as habitual offend- ers, they must spend at least half their sentence behind bars before parole is an option. Those convicted of sex crimes, Smith said, aren’t eligible for parole at all. “These types of sentences are not ones people easily accept,” Colom said. Smith agreed. “You will see some people pleading on violent crimes only after they see the jury in the box,” she said. “… I think they look up and realize, ‘There are 12 people that are going to decide my fate.’”

box,” she said. “… I think they look up and realize, ‘There are 12 people that





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The Alabama defense slams Mississippi State receiver Osirus Mitchell to the ground in the fourth quarter Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


BY BRETT HudSOn bhudson@cdispatch.com

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The No. 1 Alabama football team has earned the mystique it puts on op- ponents. When Alabama blitzes teams with quick scores to start a game, most opponents falter. Louisville folded in a 37-point loss. Ole Miss and Arkansas did the same in 55- and 34-point losses. No. 18 Mississippi State didn’t wilt in the same situation and in a hostile environment, Alabama did what it almost al- ways does, moving 156 yards in 22 plays and scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter. The Bulldogs then played nearly even with the Crimson Tide for the second half and won the turnover battle. The second half showed MSU

can go step for step with Alabama. Unfortunately, the first half of the 24-0 loss Saturday showed MSU must be nearly perfect to pull off the win. “From a program standpoint, that’s what should motivate us every day,” MSU coach Joe Moor- head said. “If you want to see the best team in the SEC and a team that can compete for the national championship, that’s it. They’re the type of team we want to become.” MSU’s defense didn’t wait until halftime to make that point. The opening drives were a shock to the system, but there was no overhaul. Defensive end Gerri Green said it was as simple as cleaning up run fits. Linebacker Willie Gay remem- bered outside runs that needed ad- dressing. “We changed the game plan up a little bit, but the main thing was

they were executing on the stretch run and we had to clean that up,” Gay said. “When you’re running the ball and picking up four or five a pop, you have to adjust to that.” The adjustment limited Ala- bama (10-0, 7-0 Southeastern Con- ference) to 149 yards in its final 11 possessions (2.98 yards per play). “We just buckled down and started playing our game,” Green said. “We knew we still had a lot of ball left, so we had to keep fight- ing.” The defense fought to give its offense a chance to fulfill the other half of the requirements for beat- ing Alabama. On this night, MSU wasn’t perfect for myriad reasons. The first sign was the flea-flick- er. Moorhead values the explosive play over all else, and the midway point of the second quarter was the perfect opportunity. An Alabama

fumble gave MSU its best field position, and Moorhead picked his spot well. Deddrick Thomas was open — “He was wide open. He was 10 yards behind him,” Moor- head said. — but Fitzgerald was sacked. “Didn’t see him. I didn’t see Deddrick at all,” Fitzgerald said. “That’s on me. I don’t know how to fix that. Look harder, I guess. I don’t know.” Said Moorhead, “That was one right there you wish he could’ve seen. He was screaming open.” Misfortune struck later in the quarter. MSU’s biggest play of the game — Kylin Hill’s 38-yard run — helped it get into the end zone. But Hill’s acrobatic dive went for naught thanks to a controversial block in the back call. “I’ll look at it on film, but I’m not going to talk about that,” Moor-

head said. “There was an expla- nation, but I’m not going to delve deeper into that.” The next play continued through a delay of game call long enough for Fitzgerald to throw to Justin Johnson in the end zone be- fore the officials called IT dead. Two plays later, MSU missed a field goal. MSU (6-4, 2-4) didn’t help itself on third down. It had 9 or more yards to gain on five of its seven first-half third downs. Defensive tackle Jeffery Sim- mons said coaches repeated throughout the week “we’re not competing against Alabama, we’re competing against our standard.” Against Alabama, the standard is perfection. Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_ Hudson

No. 1 EMCC 19, No. 4 Jones College 14

Connection from Laurel lifts Lions in title game

BY SCOTT WALTERS swalters@cdispatch.com

ELLISVILLE — East Missis- sippi Community College quar- terbacks coach Dontreal Pruitt always has remained tight with the football program at his alma mater, Laurel High School. That is why Pruitt grew fond of watching Dontario Drummond and TyQuan Ulmer team up to score touchdowns for the Golden Tornadoes. Now, Pruitt is mentoring Ul- mer after his transfer from Mis- sissippi Gulf Coast C.C. Drum- mond is in his second year at EMCC. The duo has reunited, and the connection remains as strong as ever. Ulmer hit Drummond for two touchdowns to help the No. 1 EMCC football team rally past

touchdowns to help the No. 1 EMCC football team rally past Scott Walters/Dispatch Staff East Mississippi

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East Mississippi Community College sophomore Adrian Miller holds the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College (MACJC) State championship trophy Saturday following a 19-14 victory against No. 4 Jones College in Ellisville.

No. 4 Jones College 19-14 on Sat- urday afternoon to win the Mis- sissippi Association of Communi- ty and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State championship before a ca-

pacity crowd at Bobcat Stadium. After claiming its seventh MACJC State championship, EMCC (11-0) will play in its fifth


Texas A&M 38, Ole Miss 24

Mond, Aggies regroup to rally past Rebels

BY KRISTIE RIEKEn The Associated Press

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — After Kellen Mond turned the ball over on the Texas A&M football team’s first two drives of the second half Saturday against Ole Miss, coach Jimbo Fisher thought about making a quarterback change. But after looking into Mond’s eyes, something told him he would bounce back. So, he stuck with him and the sophomore re- bounded to lead the Aggies to four scoring drives after his errors to give Texas A&M a 38-24 win. “When you’re the quar- terback you’re going to have those moments of should I take him out? Should I not take him out? (But I) have faith in him,” Fisher said. “He deserved the chance to go back in because I knew the look in his eye and the compet-

itor he was.”

“That’s what great

they’re able

to respond to that adversi- ty,” Fisher continued. Mond threw touch- downs of 21, 10, and 5 yards and his touchdown run was a 1-yard scamper

in the first quarter.

players do

After being outscored 28-0 in the fourth quarter of consecutive losses to Auburn and Mississippi State, Texas A&M (6-4,

4-3 Southeastern Con- ference) scored its first fourth-quarter points

since Oct. 13 when Seth Smalls made it 24-21 with


46-yard field goal early


the period.

“We’ve had some tough times for two weeks in a row so we had to get that done,” Fisher said. Luke Logan missed a 22-yard field goal with just more than seven minutes left. Fisher called a time- out just before the kick,


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Friday’s Mississippi Scores

Local Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Playoffs Class 6A — First Round Starkville 37, South Panola 7 Class 5A — First Round West Point 55, Canton 27 Class 4A — Second Round Greenwood 20, Noxubee County 0 Louisville 59, Clarksdale 0 Class 2A — Second Round Philadelphia 39, East Webster 19 Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Playoffs Class AAA — Semifinal Adams County Christian School 28, Heritage Aca. 10 MAIS Class A — Semifinal Union Christian, La. 28, Columbus Christian 20 State MHSAA Class 6A First Round Brandon 31, St. Martin 28 Horn Lake 19, Warren Central 0 Madison Central 35, Oxford 3 Northwest Rankin 52, Tupelo 13 Oak Grove 45, Harrison Central 14 Pearl 28, Ocean Springs 12 Petal 34, Gulfport 0 MHSAA Class 5A First Round Hattiesburg 52, Brookhaven 6 Holmes County Central 29, Lake Cormorant 14 Lafayette 40, Germantown 13 Laurel 37, Wayne County 6 Olive Branch 24, Neshoba Central 20 Picayune 55, Natchez 8 West Jones 25, Stone 23 MHSAA Class 4A Second Round Corinth 48, Rosa Fort 20 East Central 17, Greene County 7 Pontotoc 31, Senatobia 6 Poplarville 40, Northeast Lauderdale 8 South Pike 44, Mendenhall 26 West Lauderdale 42, Florence 14 MHSAA Class 3A Second Round Charleston 36, Belmont 0 Columbia 28, Crystal Springs 20 Houston 14, Palmer 12 Jefferson Davis County 53, Velma Jackson 14 North Panola 22, North Pontotoc 14 Seminary 22, Raleigh 6 Water Valley 41, Booneville 14 Winona 27, Magee 12 MHSAA Class 2A Second Round Bay Springs 49, Pelahatchie 43 Calhoun City 35, Union 0 Collins 20, St. Joseph-Madison 0 Eupora 27, Lake 0 Richton 49, Mize 14 Scott Central 34, South Delta 0 Taylorsville 48, Pisgah 7 MHSAA Class 1A First Round Biggersville 46, McAdams 18 East Marion 26, Noxapater 0 Lumberton 38, Leake County 6 Nanih Waiya 48, Resurrection Catholic 0 Okolona 24, Ray Brooks 16 Simmons 58, TCPS 23 Smithville 44, Coffeeville 0 Stringer 15, French Camp 0 Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Playoffs Class AAAA, Division 1 Semifinal Jackson Prep 42, Jackson Aca. 21 Madison-Ridgeland Aca. 35, Parklane Aca. 7 MAIS Class AAAA Division 2 Semifinal Lamar School 41, Pillow Aca. 36 Simpson Aca. 27, Magnolia Heights 23 MAIS Class AAA Semifinal Indianola Aca. 34, Central Hinds Aca. 3 MAIS Class AA Semifinal St. Joseph-Greenville 40, Brookhaven Aca. 0 Centreville Aca. 40, Sylva-Bay Aca., 3OT MAIS Class A Semifinal Tunica Academy 38, West Memphis Christian, Ark. 18 MAIS 8 Man Semifinal Manchester Aca. 42, Humphreys Aca. 6 Tallulah Aca. 52, Prairie View Aca. 20


MHSAA Class 6A Second Round Starkville at Horn Lake Madison Central at NW Rankin Pearl at Brandon Petal at Oak Grove MHSAA Class 5A Second Round Lafayette at West Point Olive Branch at Holmes Central Picayune at Laurel West Jones at Hattiesburg MHSAA Class 4A Third Round Louisville at Pontotoc Greenwood at Corinth West Lauderdale at East Central South Pike at Poplarville MHSAA Class 3A Third Round Water Valley at Houston North Panola at Charleston Winona at Seminary Jefferson Davis County at Columbia MHSAA Class 2A Third Round Scott Central at Eupora Philadelphia at Calhoun City Taylorsville at Collins Bay Springs at Richton MHSAA Class 1A Second Round Okolona at Smithville Biggersville at Hollandale Simmons Stringer at Nanih Waiya East Marion at Lumberton MAIS Class AAAA — Division 1 Championship Madison-Ridgeland Aca. vs. Jackson Prep, 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, at Mississippi College, Clinton Class AAAA — Division 2 Championship Lamar School vs. Simpson Aca., 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, at Jackson Academy Class AAA Championship Indianola Academy vs. Adams County Christian Aca., 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, at Jackson Academy Class AA Championship St. Joseph-Greenville vs. Centreville Aca., 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, at Jackson Academy Class A Championship Tunica Aca. vs. Union Christian Aca., 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, at Jackson Academy Eight-Man Championship Tallulah Aca. vs. Manchester Aca., 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, at Jackson Academy

Starkville 37, South Panola 7

Nov. 17, at Jackson Academy Starkville 37, South Panola 7 Austin Frayser/Special to The Dispatch Starkville

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Starkville High School quarterback Luke Altmyer completes pass late Friday night against South Panola.

second-haLf surGe sparks shs

By Brett hudsoN bhudson@cdispatch.com

STARKVILLE — Chris Jones left the sideline at halftime Fri- day with a 14-7 lead and a vision

of what had to happen next.

Starkville High School’s foot- ball coach didn’t know the exact numbers, but he knew South Panola was testing his team in

a specific way. The Tigers at-

tempted four passes and held the

Yellow Jackets to 2.3 yards per carry. South Panola was trying to

beat Starkville with toughness. The Yellow Jackets had to re- spond, and they did. Starkville rushed for 108 yards and limited South Panola

to 36 in the final two quarters en

route to a 37-7 victory in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A playoffs. “The message was finish strong, don’t forget about what happened last year,” Jones said. “We didn’t finish. We didn’t fin- ish that last game.” Jones was referring to Starkville’s 21-17 loss to Pearl in the Class 6A state championship game. In delivering that mes- sage, Jones was reminded of the old-school coaches he worked for who told him if you will do well if you outhit, outblock, and outrun your opponents.

Starkville 37, South Panola 7

South Panola

7 0

0 0 — 7


14 0 16 7 — 37

First Quarter SP — Janari Dean 61 run (Blaine Ware kick).


— Dreke Clark 4 run (Garin Boniol kick).


— Luke Altmyer 1 run (Boniol kick). Third Quarter


— Altmyer 1 run (Boniol kick).


— Rufus Harvey 48 punt return (Boniol kick).



Fourth Quarter


— Dreke Clark 25 run (Boniol kick).

Team Statistics

First Downs





Individual Statistics RUSHING: South Panola — Janari Dean 30-183, Nate Harris

5-32, Kanada Lewis 2-3, Anterrio Draper 4-(-3), Team 1-(-10); Starkville — Dreke Clark 19-90, Amariyon Howard 2-32, KJ Lawrence 11-17, Luke Altmyer 6-7, Lazavier Evans 2-6, NyJal Johnson 1-(-4). PASSING: South Panola — Anterrio Draper 1-7-6-0; Starkville

— Luke Altmyer 14-20-199-0.

Return Yards


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RECEIVING: South Panola — Canada Lewis 1-6; Starkville — Rufus Harvey 6-114, Atavius Jones 4-39, Jatavious Lucious 1-23, Joshua Aka 2-13, Dreke Clark 1-10.

Starkville’s defense did all of the hitting when it became clear playing physical football was the only way out. “In the second quarter, they kept running the ball on us hard,” defensive tackle Jaylan Ware said. Ware’s teammates on the de- fensive front saw a challenge and they met it. Outside linebacker Zach Edwards had 10 tackles, including four for loss. Defen- sive end Jalil Clemons had eight tackles (two for loss). Ware had six tackles. Defensive end Ryan Johnson had five. The front’s tireless work pro- duced a safety on an intentional

grounding penalty in the end zone late in the third quarter. Jones was pleased to see the unit take advan-

tage of the opportunities.

Twice in the second half,

Garin Boniol punts pinned South

Panola deep and the Yellow Jack-

ets gave them no hope of digging out. Boniol’s 48-yard punt that set up South Panola on its 2-yard line late in the third quarter led to the safety. Later, his 28-yard punt put South Panola on the 8. That field position led to a fourth-quarter touchdown. “The older and the more ex- perienced I get, the more I real-

ize offense and defense isn’t as important as special teams. You got to flip the field, play field posi- tion,” Jones said. Starkville’s offense capital- ized on the field position. The Yellow Jackets did it with an old-fashioned ground assault. “The game plan was to not run the ball, to be honest with you,” Jones said. “We expected them to be hell bent on stopping the run and we wanted to throw the ball, whether we had success or not just to back them up and put in their mind we will throw it.” Starkville stuck to that plan, as five of its first 12 plays were passes. Nine of Starkville’s last 10 plays were runs. When Starkville needed to be tough, it was just that, and it de- cided to exploit it.

be tough, it was just that, and it de- cided to exploit it. Austin Frayser/Special to

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Starkville High School’s running back KJ Lawrence (26) runs through South Panola’s Terry Bishop (13).

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Greenwood 20, Noxubee Co. 0

Little goes right for Tigers in shutout

By adam miNichiNo aminichino@cdispatch.com

GREENWOOD — Kyziah Pruitt stood with his elbows bent and his hands on his hips. The Noxubee Coun- ty High School standout was on the left side of the field in front of his team’s bench. The senior athlete gazed across the field where Carldaryl Johnson had just returned an in- terception 75 yards for a backbreaking score. Pruitt didn’t say any- thing as he turned his head away from the cele- bration and moved toward the sideline. Nearly 20 minutes lat- er, Pruitt struck the same pose and shook his head as he walked off the field toward the track behind his team’s bench. Thir- ty-five seconds remained in his high school career following a final incomple- tion, but neither Pruitt nor the rest of the Tigers need- ed to watch them because they were just about fin- ished with a night that saw virtually nothing go right. Buoyed by two big pass plays — the team’s only completions of the game — Greenwood defeated Nox- ubee County 20-0 in the second round of the Mis- sissippi High School Activi- ties Association (MHSAA) Class 4A playoffs. “It wasn’t our night at all,” Pruitt said. “We got in the red zone I think five times, I think, and didn’t score. It is on us. It is total- ly on us.” Greenwood (10-2), the Region 3 champion, will take on Corinth, a 48-20 winner against Rosa Fort, at 7 p.m. Friday. Noxubee County ends its season at 7-6. The Ti- gers finished the season with their most losses since they went 6-6 in 2000 following a loss to Florence in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs. The shutout also end- ed a string of 18-straight games Noxubee County had scored in the playoffs. Lafayette (9-0 on Nov. 22, 2013) was the last team to shut out Noxubee County in the playoffs. “We couldn’t really get into our offense,” Noxu- bee County coach Tyrone Shorter said. “We couldn’t cut and do what we wanted to do offensively, but when you get in the red zone five times you have to score.” Noxubee County bat- tled injuries all season.


County bat- tled injuries all season. See TIGERS , 5B West Point 55, Canton 27 Green

West Point 55, Canton 27

Green Wave deliver right punches in victory

By Will NatioNs Special to The Dispatch

WEST POINT — The West Point High School football team has become accustomed to receiving its opponent’s best shot. In the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Associ- ation (MHSAA) Class 5A playoffs, West Point re- ceived the Canton’s best shot Friday night. However, the Green Wave, in typical

fashion, had the right coun- terpunches to deliver the knockout blow. Kameron Martin rushed for two touchdowns, and


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RIGHT: West Point High School running back Jimothy Mays (29) stiff- arms Canton’s Rashawn Meeks on a run. LEFT:

West Point receiver Shun Crawford (1) tries to haul in a pass against Canton.

Canton’s Rashawn Meeks on a run. LEFT: West Point receiver Shun Crawford (1) tries to haul

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Friday’s Alabama Scores

Local Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Playoffs Class 3A — First Round Gordo 21, Wicksburg 0 Providence Christian 31, Lamar County 6 AHSAA Class 2A — First Round Addison 56, Sulligent 6 Aliceville 26, Sheffield 0 AHSAA Class 1A — First Round Pickens County 57, Cherokee 0 South Lamar 41, Phillips-Bear Creek 6 State AHSAA Class 7A — First Round Auburn 34, Fairhope 23 Central-Phenix City 46, Davidson 0 Hewitt-Trussville 43, James Clemens 41 Hoover 26, Bob Jones 18 Lee-Montgomery 13, Theodore 7 McGill-Toolen 17, Prattville 13 Mountain Brook 31, Austin 0 Thompson 45, Florence 14 AHSAA Class 6A — First Round Bessemer City 21, Park Crossing 13 Clay-Chalkville 45, Mae Jemison 6 Decatur 35, Jackson Olin 32 Gardendale 21, Fort Payne 14 Hartselle 35, Pelham 7 Homewood 24, Athens 14 Hueytown 38, Eufaula 17 McAdory 17, Carver-Montgomery 0 Muscle Shoals 10, Minor 7 Opelika 38, St. Paul’s 20 Oxford 42, Hazel Green 14 Pinson Valley 47, Albertville 0 Saraland 42, Stanhope Elmore 14 Spanish Fort 38, Benjamin Russell 0 Wetumpka 49, Daphne 21 AHSAA Class 5A —First Round Bibb County 21, Citronelle 13 Briarwood Christian 42, Valley 28 Center Point 22, Russellville 8 Central - Clay County 34, Corner 8 Demopolis 41, Faith Academy 13 East Limestone 53, Boaz 33 Etowah 33, Guntersville 0 Greenville 44, Fairfield 12 Jackson 20, Chilton County 14 Jasper 34, Sylacauga 20 Madison Academy 18, Alexandria 15 Mortimer Jordan 17, Dora 3 Pleasant Grove 42, Beauregard 21 Ramsay 36, Charles Henderson 7 Southside-Gadsden 15, Brewer 9 Vigor 45, Central-Tuscaloosa 8 AHSAA Class 4A —First Round Alabama Christian Academy 18, Lincoln 14 American Christian Academy 15, Williamson 14 Andalusia 28, Montevallo 8 Catholic-Montgomery 41, Holtville 13 DAR 36, Northside 30 Deshler 21, Anniston 7 Fayette County 26, Randolph School 8 Good Hope 62, St. John Paul II Catholic 28 Headland 13, Talladega 12 Hillcrest-Evergreen 35, Sipsey Valley 0 Hokes Bluff 38, Central-Florence 14 Jacksonville 39, Rogers 21 North Jackson 47, Curry 6 Oneonta 43, Brooks 34 Trinity Presbyterian 14, Handley 7 UMS-Wright 43, West Blocton 8 AHSAA Class 3A — First Round Flomaton 40, Montgomery Academy 14 Fultondale 37, Plainview 6 Geraldine 29, Holly Pond 14 J.B. Pennington 14, Susan Moore 7 Midfield 32, Pisgah 14 Mobile Christian 42, Pike Road 14 Piedmont 41, Clements 0 Randolph County 53, Lauderdale County 6 Saks 56, Colbert Heights 0 St. James 38, T.R. Miller 7 Thomasville 7, Beulah 0 Westminster Christian Academy 42, Weaver 27 Winfield 40, Houston Academy 3 AHSAA Class 2A — First Round Abbeville 56, Vincent 0 Ariton 41, Thorsby 14 Collinsville 35, Westbrook Christian 21 Cottage Hill 26, Goshen 0 Daleville 26, Reeltown 21 Fyffe 63, Cleveland 0 Highland Home 63, Chickasaw 28 LaFayette 40, Geneva County 0 Leroy 42, New Brockton 14 Luverne 14, Southern Choctaw 0 Ohatchee 47, Cedar Bluff 12 Ranburne 32, North Sand Mountain 24 Red Bay 16, Winston County 14, OT AHSAA Class 1A — First Round Donoho 59, Coosa Christian 14 Elba 54, Billingsley 19 Falkville 35, Talladega County Central 6 Georgiana 41, Notasulga 34 Lanett 53, Florala 7 Linden 55, Millry 14 Maplesville 35, Sweet Water 12 Marengo 58, Isabella 20 Mars Hill Bible 55, Marion County 0 Saint Luke’s Episcopal 48, Francis Marion 16 Spring Garden 40, Decatur Heritage 7 Wadley 35, Brantley 24 Waterloo 20, Hubbertville 15 Winterboro 28, Hubbard 14 POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS Pike County vs. Oakman, ppd. to Monday

Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) Playoffs Class AAA Bessemer Academy 36, Glenwood 29, OT Monroe Academy 45, Macon-East 7 Class AA Autauga Academy 42, South Choctaw Academy 0 Escambia Academy 39, Edgewood Academy 31 Class A Crenshaw Christian Aca. 34, Southern Academy 7

NEAR RIGHT: Heritage Academy’s Austin Dodson brings down an Adams County Christian School ball carrier, while (FAR RIGHT) Heritage Academy running back Rocky Wright tries to elude an AACS defender.

Chris McDill/Special to The Dispatch

Adams County Christian School 28, Heritage Academy 10

Adams County Christian School 28, Heritage Academy 10 Chris McDill/Special to The Dispatch Heritage Academy junior

Chris McDill/Special to The Dispatch

Heritage Academy junior quarterback Carter Putt looks for room to run in the fourth quarter.

Carter Putt looks for room to run in the fourth quarter. Chris McDill/Special to The Dispatch

Chris McDill/Special to The Dispatch

Heritage Academy junior lineman Eli Acker wraps up an Adams County Christian School runner.


By Don Rowe Special to The Dispatch

The Adams County Christian School football team might be the first Mississippi Association of Pri- vate Schools (MAIS) team to win a state championship with a sub-.500 record. No. 14 seed ACCS will get that chance next week against No. 1 Indianola Academy following its 28-10 victory against No. 2 seed Heritage Academy here Friday evening in the third round of the MAIS Class AAA playoffs at C.L. Mitchell Field. Indianola Academy (13-1) had little trouble in its third-round matchup with a 34-3 victory against Central Hinds Academy. Midway through the month of October, ACCS was cruising along with a 7-0 record, all but two

of which came by 28- to 45-point

margins. But the Rebels’ streak came to an abrupt halt when the MAIS vacated those wins because the school had used an ineligible player. With such a disastrous an-

nouncement, it would have been easy for the Rebels to falter, but coach David King rallied his troops to make the playoffs. ACCS started its journey with a 30-19 vic- tory against Bowling Green in the first round and followed it up with

a 32-13 victory against Starkville

Academy last week. Against Heritage Academy, ACCS, which has outscored op- ponents 483-172, wasn’t able to get much going in the first half, as the Patriots held a 7-6 lead after two quarters. Both team’s defenses grabbed the spotlight, as ACCS had only 128 yards, while Heritage Academy gained 122. On the Rebels’ initial series, however, it appeared they were running on all cylinders as they

Adams County Chr. School 28, Heritage Academy 10







16 — 28 0 — 10

Adams Co. Chr. Heritage Aca.

First Quarter ACCS — Sterling Yarbrough 35 pass to Kemari Clark (Run failed). HA — Moak Griffin 19 pass to Noel Fisher (Les Rogers kick). Third Quarter

HA — Rogers 32 FG. ACCS — Jakarius Caston 10 run (Pass failed). Fourth Quarter ACCS — Caston 4 run (Kick failed). ACCS — Safety. ACCS — Yarbrough 2 run (Dawson Parker run).


Team Statistics



First Downs


















Return Yards



Individual Statistics RUSHING: Adams County Christian Academy — Jakarius Caston 18-130, D.J. Stampley 12-54, Sterling Yarbrough 11-27, Team minus-(-7); Heritage Academy — K.J. Smith 13-68, Moak Griffin 5-28, Carter Putt 8-(-10). PASSING: Adams County Christian Academy — Sterling Yar- brough 4-12-94-1; Heritage Academy — Carter Putt 8-17-102-0, Moak Griffin 1-19. RECEIVING: Adams County Christian Academy — Kemari Clark 2-71, Glaston Magee 1-20, Jakarius Caston 1-3; Heritage Acad- emy — K.J. Smith 2-38, Jared Long 1-23, Noel Fisher 2-19, Lex Rogers 1-17, J.R. Lott 1-9, Banks Hyde 1-9, Rocky Wright 1-8.

drove from their 28-yard line to

the Heritage 35. All of the yards came on eight-consecutive run- ning plays. On the next play, ACCS senior quarterback Sterling Yar- brough hooked up with classmate Kemari Clark for the first touch- down. The try for two failed when D.J. Stampley fumbled. The next two possessions re- sulted in a pair of three-and-outs for both teams, but the Rebels’ turnover came via the game’s first fumble on the punt snap, which resulted in a 7-yard loss. The turn-

over allowed Heritage Academy to take possession at the ACCS 40. Two plays later, the Patriots fumbled. The mistakes continued on ACCS’ next play, when Noel Fisher intercepted a Yarbrough pass near midfield and returned it to the Rebels’ 19. Heritage Academy coach Sean Harrison immediately reached into his bag of tricks for a pass that went from quarterback Carter Putt to Moak Griffin, who then threw to Fisher to complete the 19-yard

Griffin, who then threw to Fisher to complete the 19-yard scoring play with one minute left

scoring play with one minute left in the first quarter. Lex Rogers’ kick gave Heritage Academy its first lead, 7-6. A rarely called offensive face mask penalty on ACCS kept the ball near midfield on the Rebels’ ensuing possession. A 15-yard punt turned the ball back to Her- itage Academy. That possession went nowhere. Rogers’ punt then was downed at the ACCS 26, from where the Rebels mounted their longest drive of the game — a nine-play march that reached the Heritage Academy 30 with a little more than two-and-a-half minutes

to play in the second quarter.

Facing a fourth-and-four, King elected to go for it, but Yarbrough’s pass fell incomplete to give the Pa- triots their last possession of the first half. Three plays later, a 19- yard loss brought Rogers in for a punt that Clark to the Patriots’ 19 as time expired. Heritage Academy increased

its lead to 10-6 on its first posses- sion of the second half on a 32-yard field goal by Rogers. But two pass completions from Yarbrough to Clark for 36 yards and to Gloston Magee for 20 more set up a 10- yard Jakarius Caston scamper to the end zone. On the two-point try, Austin Dotson knocked down Yarbrough’s pass in the end zone to keep the score 12-10. The Patriots responded with

a first-down, 22-yard pickup on a Putt-to-Kelvin “K.J.” Smith pass completion, but an unsportsman- like conduct penalty and an 8-yard sack brought Rogers on for anoth- er punt. Eight plays later, all of which came on the ground, Caston scored on a 4-yard run, but the try for two came up short when kicker Yohan Thompson’s boot was wide

to leave the score at 18-10. After an exchange of fourth-

down punts, Heritage Academy found itself back at its 20. But one run resulted in zero yardage and it was followed by two sacks of Putt, the second of which was in the end zone for a 12-yard loss and a safety that made it 20-10. Any hope Heritage Academy had for mounting a comeback end- ed on a lost fumble at the Patriots’ 18, which was returned by Clark to the 6 with a little more than two minutes to play. Two plays later, Yarbrough scored on a quarterback sneak and Dawson Parker picked up the two- point conversion to account for the

final margin. Heritage Academy had one last opportunity to cut into ACCS’ lead after Banks Hyde returned the kickoff 55 yards, but the last-ditch scoring attempt died on an incom- plete pass at the 19 as time expired. “As a team, the fight was there,” Harrison said. “It was a great ef- fort from whistle to whistle, and I couldn’t be more proud of their effort.” The bright spot for the Patriots was their defensive performance, which limited ACCS, which en- tered the game averaging a little more then 40 points per game. “Russ (defensive coordinator Whiteside), did a heck of an unbe- lievable job tonight,” Harrison said. “He had a great game plan and outside of the first quarter. Our

offense just put the defense in too many bad situations.” Harrison said untimely penal- ties, turnovers, and a lack of a pass- ing attack didn’t help the offense. “We couldn’t get the pass- ing game going because we had problems protecting the quarter- back,” Harrison said. “Credit that to Adams County because they had a great game plan. They out-

schemed us, and they have tremen- dous athletes in the secondary.”

us, and they have tremen- dous athletes in the secondary.” Columbus Chris Academy Loses in Second

Columbus Chris Academy Loses in Second Round

secondary.” Columbus Chris Academy Loses in Second Round Ben Peal/Special to The Dispatch Columbus Christian Academy

Ben Peal/Special to The Dispatch

Columbus Christian Academy football coach Bill Beck talks to his players during a break in the action Friday night. Union Christian Academy (La.) beat CCA 28-20 in the second round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class A playoffs.

Starkville Will Travel to No. 1 Horn Lake

Class A playoffs. Starkville Will Travel to No. 1 Horn Lake Austin Frayser/Special to The Dispatch

Austin Frayser/Special to The Dispatch

Starkville High School’s Rufus Harvey (6) returns a punt for a huge gain midway through the second half of his team’s game against South Panola. The victory pushed Starkville into a second-round matchup against Horn Lake, the No. 1 team in the state, at 7 p.m. Friday.

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Fast start propels No. 6 MSU to big win

From Special Reports

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Teaira McCowan had

12 points and 12 rebounds,

and Andra Espinoza-Hunt- er had 13 points in her first game to lead the No. 6 Mississippi State women’s basketball team to a 72-44

victory over Virginia at John Paul Arena. Espinoza-Hunter was


from the field, in- cluding

3 - f o r - 8

from 3-point range, in 29 minutes. On Wednesday, the NCAA ruled the trans- fer from Connecticut was eligible to play this season. Chloe Bibby added 13 points to help MSU im- prove to 2-0. “Really proud of how we played in the first half,” MSU coach Vic Schaefer said. “That was the best half we have played in a game, scrimmage or prac- tice. We had a lot of ener- gy. We executed well. We had three first-half turn- overs. We got good shots. We got our shots. We also made those shots.” The Bulldogs scored the first 11 points and held the Cavaliers scoreless for better than four minutes. A layup by Jazzmun Holmes extended the lead to 18-2. Espinoza-Hunter hit

Virginia 44

MSU 72,


a 3-pointer in the final half-minute of the first quarter for a 26-13 lead af- ter one quarter.


Rebels suffer first loss of year

From Special Reports

OXFORD — Macee Williams had 23 points and 12 rebounds Friday

night to lead the IUPUI women’s basketball team

to a 66-58 victory against

Ole Miss at The Pavilion at

Ole Miss. Sydney Hall added 17 p o i n t s

IUPUI 66, Ole Miss 58

for the


0 ) ,

who won

22 games last season and

return three starters from a team that advanced to

the first round of the Wom- en’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). Williams, the Horizon League’s Preseason Play- er of the Year, led a re- bounding charge that saw the Jaguars outrebound the Rebels (1-1) 52-34. IUPUI had a 23-9 edge in offensive rebounds, which led to 17 second-chance points. “I knew this was going

to be a challenging game

for us,” Ole Miss coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin said. “To play a team like IUPUI that has just come off a postseason run and brought all of their play- ers back, you can tell that they’ve been playing for a long time.” IUPUI went 8-for-9 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to seal the deal. The Jaguars were 17-for-22 from the line (77.3 percent). The Rebels were 7-for-8 (87.5 percent). Ole Miss senior Shan- dricka Sessom, who played in her second game in a return from a season-ending knee in- jury last season, had 11 points, four rebounds, two blocked shots, and one steal.

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Saturday’s Men’s Scores

EAST Assumption 82, Concordia (N.Y.) 65 Baruch 82, Kean 63 Chestnut Hill 87, Pace 77 Delaware 78, St. Peter’s 75, OT

Dominican (NY) 94, Franklin Pierce 67 Duquesne 84, William & Mary 70 Fairfield 60, Bucknell 58 Georgetown 85, CCSU 78 Lafayette 77, La Salle 76 Marist 82, Columbia 76 Mass.-Lowell 88, Wagner 84

St. Bonaventure 67, Jackson St. 36

St. Thomas Aquinas 71, Wilmington (Del.) 63

Syracuse 84, Morehead St. 70 UMBC 93, Shenandoah 45 Villanova 86, Quinnipiac 53 SOUTH Barton 89, Augusta 76 Belmont 100, Illinois St. 89 Bethel (Tenn.) 80, Life 79 Charlotte 66, Oklahoma St. 64

Coll. of Charleston 77, W. Carolina 74

E. Kentucky 81, Chattanooga 78

Florida A&M 62, Tuskegee 55 Freed-Hardeman 87, Welch 60

Georgetown (Ky.) 78, Martin Methodist 71 Kentucky Wesleyan 85, Kentucky St. 63 King (Tenn.) 80, Columbus St. 76 Lipscomb 86, Tennessee St. 79 Louisiana-Monroe 94, Millsaps 52 Midway 99, Crowley’s Ridge 89, OT Mississippi 90, W. Michigan 64 Murray St. 73, Wright St. 54 NC State 95, Md.-Eastern Shore 49 Norfolk St. 74, Clarion 46 Palm Beach Atlantic 86, Lee 82 Presbyterian 80, Tennessee Tech 65 SC-Upstate 86, Brevard 43

St. Andrews 85, Bryan 66

Tenn. Wesleyan 107, Pensacola Christian 81 Union (Tenn.) 75, LeMoyne-Owen 70

W. Kentucky 86, UT Martin 71

Wake Forest 90, NC A&T 78 Wofford 68, High Point 60 MIDWEST Adrian 94, Defiance 82 Akron 98, Youngstown St. 69 Arkansas Tech 74, Minn.-Crookston 71

Augsburg 91, Northland 76 Bellarmine 88, Northwood (Mich.) 77 Bradley 68, SE Missouri 57 Butler 90, Miami (Ohio) 68 Cardinal Stritch 100, Silver Lake 56

Concordia (St.P.) 86, Ark.-Monticello 71 Dayton 76, Coppin St. 46

Edgewood 65, Viterbo 59 IUPUI 71, E. Illinois 65 Kent St. 83, Cleveland St. 79 Lawrence 74, Wis.-Superior 62 Lewis 74, Michigan Tech 53 Marquette 92, Bethune-Cookman 59 Mayville St. 93, Gustavus 68 Michigan 56, Holy Cross 37 Minn. Duluth 116, St. Scholastica 68 Minn. St.-Moorhead 98, Dickinson St. 70

N. Michigan 93, McKendree 70

North Dakota 63, Milwaukee 60

Northwestern (Minn.) 78, St. Norbert 67 Purdue 84, Ball St. 75

S. Dakota St. 86, Bemidji St. 63

SW Minnesota St. 96, Fort Hays St. 85 Saint Louis 62, Troy 58 Sioux Falls 99, Emporia St. 63


Cloud St. 83, Lindenwood (Mo.) 75


Mary’s (Minn.) 76, Crown (Minn.) 71

Toledo 99, Wilberforce 58

W. Illinois 84, North Park 56

Winthrop 94, SIU-Edwardsville 82 Wis.-Stout 84, Finlandia 65 Xavier 91, Evansville 85 SOUTHWEST Baylor 80, Southern U. 53 Houston 101, Alabama A&M 54 Houston Baptist 75, Fordham 72 Incarnate Word 66, Texas-Tyler 54 Texas-Arlington 74, N. Iowa 65 Tulsa 74, SC State 52 FAR WEST

Cal St.-Fullerton 106, West Coast Baptist 53 Colorado St. 92, Ark.-Pine Bluff 67 Hawaii 82, Portland 64 Long Beach St. 78, Menlo 57 Multnomah Bible 147, Pacific 124

N. Arizona 97, Jacksonville 82

Oregon St. 83, Wyoming 64 Pepperdine at CS Northridge, ppd. San Francisco 93, Maine 50

Ole Miss 90, Western Michigan 64

WESTERN MICHIGAN (1-1): Wilkins 2-2 1-2 5, Dugan 3-8 4-4 10, Printy 6-8 0-1 17, Flowers 1-5 0-0 2, J.Davis 4-9 2-2 11, Ikongshul 1-2 3-4 6, Emilien 1-4 0-0 2, Clifford 0-0 0-0 0, Martin 0-7 2-2 2, Toliver 0-0 3-3 3, Houston 0-2 2-2 2, Boyer-Richard 2-2 0-1 4. Totals 20- 49 17-21 64.

OLE MISS (1-0): Olejniczak 3-4 2-2 8, Tyree 5-11 4-6 14, T.Davis 7-12 2-3 17, Shuler 5-6 0-0 13, Hinson 2-6 0-0 6, Naylor 0-0 0-0 0, Buffen 2-6 2-3 6, Stevens 2-5 0-0 6, Morgano 0-1 0-0 0, Halums 2-4 2-2 6, D.Davis 4-4 2-2 12, Rodriguez 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 33-61 14-18 90. Halftime—Ole Miss 43-22. 3-Point Goals—W. Michigan 7-19 (Printy 5-7, Ikong- shul 1-1, J.Davis 1-5, Houston 0-1, Flowers 0-1, Martin 0-2, Emilien 0-2), Ole Miss 10-22 (Shuler 3-4, D.Davis 2-2, Stevens 2-3, Hinson 2-5, T.Davis 1-2, Morgano 0-1, Tyree 0-5). Rebounds—W. Michigan 21 (Dugan 7), Ole Miss 26 (Stevens 5). Assists—W. Michigan 15 (Flowers 7), Ole Miss 14 (Tyree, Buffen 3). Total Fouls—W. Michigan 18, Ole Miss20.

The Associated Press Men’s Top 25 Fared


1. Kansas (1-0) did not play. Next: vs. Vermont, Monday.

2. Kentucky (1-1) did not play. Next: vs.

North Dakota, Wednesday.

Gonzaga (1-0) vs. Texas Southern.

Next: vs. Texas A&M, Thursday.

Duke (1-0) did not play. Next: vs. Army,

Virginia (1-0) did not play. Next: vs.

George Washington, Sunday.

Tennessee (2-0) did not play. Next: vs.

Georgia Tech, Tuesday.

7. Nevada (2-0) did not play. Next: vs. Little Rock, Friday.


Next: vs. No. 19 Michigan, Wednesday.

10. Michigan State (0-1) did not play.

Next: vs. Florida Gulf Coast, Sunday.

11. Auburn (2-0) did not play. Next: vs.

Mississippi College, Wednesday.

12. Kansas State (1-0) did not play. Next:

9. Villanova (2-0) beat Quinnipiac 86-53.






8. North Carolina (2-0) did not play. Next:

Stanford, Monday.


Denver, Monday.


West Virginia (0-1) did not play. Next:


Monmouth, Thursday.

14. Oregon (2-0) did not play. Next: vs.

Iowa, Thursday.


84-70. Next: vs. UConn, Thursday.

15. Virginia Tech (1-0) did not play. Next:

Ball State, Thursday.

16. Syracuse (2-0) beat Morehead State

17. Florida State (1-0) did not play. Next:

vs. Tulane, Sunday.

18. Mississippi State (1-0) did not play.

Next: vs. Hartford, Sunday.

19. Michigan (2-0) beat Holy Cross 56-37.

Next: at No. 9 Villanova, Wednesday.

20. TCU (1-0) did not play. Next: vs. Oral

Roberts, Sunday.

21. UCLA (2-0) did not play. Next: vs.

Saint Francis (Pa.), Friday.

22. Clemson (2-0) did not play. Next: vs.

Sam Houston State, Wednesday.

23. LSU (2-0) did not play. Next: vs. Mem-

phis, Tuesday.

24. Purdue (2-0) beat Ball State 84-75.

Next: vs. Appalachian State, Thursday.

25. Washington (1-1) did not play. Next:

vs. San Diego, Monday.

Friday’s Men’s College Scores

EAST Buffalo 99, West Virginia 94, OT Colgate 87, Monmouth (NJ) 74 Hofstra 79, Mount St. Mary’s 61 Iona 72, Albany (NY) 68 LIU Brooklyn 83, Brown 81 Maryland 78, Navy 57

NJIT 74, Binghamton 57 Northeastern 81, Harvard 71 Penn 92, Rice 76 Penn St. 87, North Florida 72 Pittsburgh 94, VMI 55

Princeton 85, DeSales 51 Rutgers 90, Fairleigh Dickinson 55 Saint Joseph’s 79, Old Dominion 64

St. Francis (Pa.) 80, Morgan St. 60


Temple 83, Detroit 67 UMass 104, New Hampshire 75 Vermont 78, Boston U. 72

Wichita St. 83, Providence 80

SOUTH Alcorn St. 79, Blue Mountain 55 American U. 78, George Mason 75, OT Auburn 88, Washington 66 Clemson 71, NC Central 51 Coastal Carolina 85, Campbell 75 Davidson 79, Dartmouth 76 FIU 117, Johnson & Wales (FL) 47 Florida 76, Charleston Southern 46 Georgia 110, Savannah St. 76

Georgia Tech 88, Lamar 69 Grambling St. 105, Jarvis Christian 68 James Madison 73, East Carolina 72 Kentucky 71, S. Illinois 59 LSU 97, UNC-Greensboro 91 Longwood 63, Richmond 58 Mercer 105, Piedmont 52 Miami 83, Lehigh 62 Middle Tennessee 102, Milligan 70 Mississippi St. 95, Austin Peay 67 North Carolina 116, Elon 67 Radford 88, Ill.-Chicago 78 SE Louisiana 78, William Carey 57 Samford 92, Jacksonville St. 72 Stanford 72, UNC-Wilmington 59

Stony Brook 83, South Carolina 81

Tennessee 87, Louisiana-Lafayette 65 VCU 69, Hampton 57

Virginia Tech 87, Gardner-Webb 59

MIDWEST Cent. Michigan 101, Chicago St. 60

E. Michigan 66, Drexel 62

Furman 60, Loyola of Chicago 58 Indiana 80, Montana St. 35 Indiana St. 78, Green Bay 74 Iowa St. 76, Missouri 59

Kansas St. 56, Kennesaw St. 41 Missouri St. 74, Robert Morris 60

N. Kentucky 88, N. Illinois 85, 2OT

Nebraska-Omaha 94, Buena Vista 58 Oklahoma 91, Rio Grande 76 Toledo 87, Oakland 86 SOUTHWEST

Abilene Christian 94, Arkansas St. 73 Incarnate Word 63, St. Francis (IL) 49 North Texas 93, Humboldt State 48 Oral Roberts 79, Southwestern (KS) 62 Texas 73, Arkansas 71, OT

Texas A&M-CC 113, Our Lady of the Lake 83 Texas State 67, Air Force 57 Texas Tech 84, MVSU 52 UC Irvine 74, Texas A&M 73

John’s 84, Bowling Green 80


Arizona St. 80, McNeese St. 52 BYU 75, Utah Valley 65


University of Antelope Valley 75

California Baptist 87, San Diego Christian 71 Montana 81, Georgia St. 74

N. Colorado 126, Colorado College 56

Nevada 83, Pacific 61 New Mexico St. 91, UTEP 66 Oregon 81, E. Washington 47 Prairie View 81, Santa Clara 64 Sacramento St. 76, Simpson University 52 San Diego 76, UC Davis 57 UCLA 91, Long Beach St. 80 Utah St. 100, Hartford 73 Weber St. 123, Bethesda 53 Yale 76, California 59



No. 18 Mississippi St. 95, Austin Peay 67

AUSTIN PEAY (1-1): McGhee 2-8 0-2 4, Porter-Bunton 3-6 4-4 11, Gumm 5-8 3-4 14, Butler 1-4 4-6 6, Taylor 6-15 2-4 15, Henderson 0-0 0-0 0, Silveira 0-0 0-0 0, Cucak 0-2 0-0 0, Glotta 0-1 0-0 0, Givens 0-4 0-0 0, Harris 6-11 5-6 17. Totals 23-59 18-26 67.

MISSISSIPPI STATE (1-0): Ado 4-5 3-3 11, Holman 3-6 3-3 10, Peters 2-7 1-2 6, N.Weatherspoon 6-10 4-5 19, Q.Weatherspoon 10-15 1-1 21, Perry 2-3 1-2 5, Feazell 1-1 0-0 3, Datcher 0-0 0-0 0, Carter 6-12 0-0 12, Woodard 3-5 1-2 8. Totals 37-64 14-18 95. Halftime—Mississippi St. 50-34. 3-Point Goals—Austin Peay 3-14 (Porter-Bunton 1-2, Gumm 1-3, Taylor 1-4, Glotta 0-1, Butler 0-1, Harris 0-1, Givens 0-2), Mississippi St. 7-25 (N.Weatherspoon 3-6, Feazell 1-1, Woodard 1-3, Holman 1-3, Peters 1-6, Q.Weatherspoon 0-2, Carter 0-4). Fouled Out—Peters. Re- bounds—Austin Peay 34 (McGhee 11), Missis- sippi St. 32 (Holman 10). Assists—Austin Peay 5 (Harris 2), Mississippi St. 16 (Peters 7). Total Fouls—Austin Peay 20, Mississippi St. 25. Technicals—Butler, Peters. A—5,977 (10,575).

Saturday’s Women’s

College Scores


Dist. of Columbia 81, Wilmington (Del.) 59 Drew 74, Baruch 43 Lehigh 88, CCSU 62 Maine 73, Toledo 59 Penn 58, Siena 51 Seton Hall 102, Kennesaw St. 80

St. Francis Brooklyn 73, Manhattan 65

UMBC 72, UTSA 58 SOUTH Barton 76, UNC Pembroke 72 Bethel (Tenn.) 69, Cumberland (Tenn.) 60 Bryan 69, St. Andrews 57

Carson-Newman 89, Lander 84 Coll. of Charleston 75, SC State 51

Drury 82, Trevecca Nazarene 54 Freed-Hardeman 106, Welch 33

Georgetown (Ky.) 88, Brescia 51 Georgia St. 75, FAU 59 Murray St. 113, Oakland City 55 North Alabama 98, Lane 57 Tenn. Wesleyan 69, Carver Bible 57 Transylvania 57, Wittenberg 51 Virginia Tech 78, Georgia Southern 49 MIDWEST

Adrian 81, Great Lakes Christian 63 Aquinas 70, Spring Arbor 64

Bethany Lutheran 87, Mayville St. 86

Bradley 85, SE Missouri 79

Calvin 70, Concordia (Moor.) 68 Cardinal Stritch 68, Marian (Ind.) 58

Drake 98, W. Illinois 71 Evansville 67, Chicago St. 58

Ferris St. 79, Ursuline 58 Grand Valley St. 87, Missouri-St. Louis 44

Ind.-South Bend 64, Michigan-Dearborn 63

Indianapolis 69, Hillsdale 67

Lakeland 55, Wis.-River Falls 53

Maryville (Mo.) 71, Davenport 64

Milwaukee Engineering 58, Carroll (Wis.) 56 Minn.-Crookston 79, NW Missouri St. 71

Rio Grande 82, Texas Lutheran 38


Wayne (Neb.) 69, Nebraska-Kearney 52 Wichita St. 63, Missouri St. 60

Wis.-Eau Claire 75, Northwestern (Minn.) 56

Cloud St. 68, Valley City St. 56


Lamar 100, McMurry 37 Texas-Arlington 99, Jackson St. 63

UTEP 77, Alcorn St. 51 FAR WEST

Boise St. 91, S. Oregon 46 Oregon 75, Syracuse 73

Portland 65, Utah Valley 60 Santa Clara 56, Nevada 48

The AP Women’s

Top 25 Fared


1. Notre Dame (1-0) did not play. Next: vs.

Pennsylvania, Monday.

2. UConn (0-0) did not play. Next: vs.

Ohio State, Sunday.

3. Oregon (2-0) beat No. 18 Syracuse 75-

73. Next: at Utah State, Wednesday.

4. Baylor (2-0) did not play. Next: vs. No.

23 Arizona State, Sunday.

5. Louisville (2-0) did not play. Next: at

Boise State, Monday, Nov. 19.

6. Mississippi State (2-0) did not play.

Next: vs. Lamar, Thursday.

7. Stanford (1-0) did not play. Next: vs. Idaho, Sunday.

8. Oregon State (1-0) did not play. Next:

vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Wednesday.

9. Maryland (1-0) did not play. Next: vs.

Dayton, Sunday.

10. South Carolina (0-0) did not play.

Next: at Alabama State, Sunday.

11. Tennessee (0-0) did not play. Next: vs.

Presbyterian, Sunday.

11. Texas (1-0) did not play. Next: at North

Texas, Monday.

13. Iowa (2-0) did not play. Next: at West-

ern Kentucky, Tuesday.

14. Georgia (1-0) did not play. Next: vs.

Winthrop, Sunday.

15. DePaul (1-0) did not play. Next: vs.

No. 1 Notre Dame, Friday.

16. Missouri (1-0) did not play. Next: vs.

Missouri State, Tuesday.

17. N.C. State (1-0) did not play. Next: vs.

Kent State, Sunday.

18. Syracuse (1-1) lost to No. 3 Oregon

75-73. Next: vs. No. 20 Texas A&M, Wednes-

day. 19. Marquette (2-0) did not play. Next: vs. Northern Iowa, Sunday.

20. Texas A&M (1-0) did not play. Next:

vs. Jacksonville, Sunday.

21. Duke (0-0) did not play. Next: at

Northwestern, Sunday.

22. South Florida (2-0) did not play. Next:


Bethune-Cookman, Thursday.


Arizona State (1-0) did not play. Next:


No. 4 Baylor, Sunday.

24. California (1-0) did not play. Next: at

Penn State, Sunday.

25. Miami (2-0) did not play. Next: vs.

Hartford, Sunday.

Friday’s Women’s Major College Scores

EAST American U. 68, Tulsa 52 Army 57, LIU Brooklyn 42

Binghamton 72, Cornell 61

Columbia 65, Hofstra 63 Dartmouth 54, Loyola (Md.) 41 Fordham 80, Wagner 59

Georgetown 74, Md.-Eastern Shore 55 Hartford 80, Morgan St. 59 Lafayette 63, Fairleigh Dickinson 57

Mass.-Lowell 59, St. Peter’s 57

Miami (Ohio) 62, Canisius 59 Northeastern 81, Boston U. 51 Pittsburgh 90, New Orleans 38 Quinnipiac 56, Drexel 52 Rutgers 61, Stony Brook 47

St. John’s 61, Iona 35

Temple 58, Saint Joseph’s 52 Vermont 54, Rider 49 SOUTH

Auburn 80, Nicholls 59 Austin Peay 100, Christian Brothers 62 Bethune-Cookman 81, Liberty 76 Campbell 63, W. Carolina 37 East Carolina 73, Monmouth (NJ) 67 Fairfield 58, Richmond 40 Florida St. 74, North Florida 53 Gardner-Webb 100, Warren Wilson 37 Georgia 67, St. Bonaventure 40 Grambling St. 75, McNeese St. 51 High Point 80, NC Central 69

Howard 77, NJIT 57 IUPUI 66, Mississippi 58 Lipscomb 64, Tennessee St. 62 Louisville 75, Chattanooga 49 Maryland 93, Coppin St. 36 Miami 81, Stephen F. Austin 60 Middle Tennessee 65, Vanderbilt 58 Mississippi St. 72, Virginia 44 Morehead St. 72, NC A&T 67 North Carolina 73, Kent St. 60 Old Dominion 69, Norfolk St. 53 Palm Beach Atlantic 66, FIU 63 Saint Louis 70, E. Kentucky 43 South Florida 74, Albany (NY) 37 UAB 80, Appalachian St. 61 UALR 69, Louisiana Tech 58 UT Martin 95, S. Illinois 94 VCU 84, Longwood 55 Wake Forest 69, Mercer 54 MIDWEST Butler 72, E. Illinois 37 Cincinnati 77, ETSU 64 Creighton 86, N. Dakota St. 51 Dayton 67, Colgate 58 DePaul 73, Green Bay 64

E. Michigan 69, Cleveland St. 63

Iowa 90, Oral Roberts 77 Iowa St. 95, Niagara 35 Marquette 100, Montana St. 52

Michigan 88, Mount St. Mary’s 40 Minnesota 70, New Hampshire 47

N. Iowa 79, Delaware 67

Nebraska-Omaha 96, SC-Upstate 69 Notre Dame 103, Harvard 58 Ohio St. 55, Detroit 41

S. Dakota St. 80, Florida Gulf Coast 62

Youngstown St. 74, Loyola of Chicago 63 SOUTHWEST


University of the Southwest 47 Arkansas 98, Northwestern St. 53 Cent. Arkansas 72, Hendrix 40 Houston 95, Georgia Tech 89 Oklahoma 90, W. Kentucky 83 Oklahoma St. 62, Arkansas St. 60 Prairie View 117, Jarvis Christian 32 SMU 49, Louisiana-Monroe 38 Texas Tech 71, Jacksonville St. 58




Arizona 71, Idaho St. 46 BYU 72, UC Riverside 70 CS Bakersfield 56, UC Santa Barbara 48

California Baptist 85, Long Beach St. 83 Denver 92, UMKC 75 George Mason 78, Air Force 71 Grand Canyon 74, Incarnate Word 63

N. Arizona 65, Seattle 58

New Mexico 82, Texas State 51 Oregon St. 79, Cal Poly 54 Portland St. 102, Warner Pacific 49 Saint Mary’s (Cal) 90, Wyoming 84 San Diego St. 58, Hawaii 57 San Francisco 85, San Jose St. 63 Utah St. 106, Northern New Mexico 35 Weber St. 105, La Verne 43 Wright St. 68, UNLV 52

No. 6 Mississippi State 72, Virginia 44

MISSISSIPPI STATE (2-0): Bibby 5-12 0-0 13, Howard 4-8 0-0 8, McCowan 5-10 2-2 12, Danberry 4-5 0-0 8, Holmes 3-7 2-2 8, Carter 0-1 0-0 0, Campbell 0-0 1-2 1, Espino- za-Hunter 5-12 0-0 13, Scott 1-1 1-2 3, Taylor 1-3 1-2 4, Wiggins 1-7 0-0 2, Totals 29-66 7-10 72. VIRGINIA (0-1): Jones 2-3 0-0 4, Aiyeo- tan 2-6 0-0 4, Caldwell 1-11 1-2 3, Toussaint 7-18 3-4 19, Willoughby 1-6 1-4 3, Jablonowski

0-2 0-0 0, Payne 0-1 2-2 2, Martinsen 1-3 0-0 3, Tinsley 2-11 0-0 6, Totals 16-61 7-12 44.

Mississippi St.




17 —72





9 —44

3-Point Goals—Mississippi St. 7-23 (Bibby 3-7, Howard 0-1, Espinoza-Hunter 3-8, Taylor 1-2, Wiggins 0-5), Virginia 5-13 (Cald- well 0-1, Toussaint 2-5, Martinsen 1-3, Tinsley 2-4). Assists—Mississippi St. 14 (Holmes 4), Virginia 7 (Jones 2). Rebounds—Mississippi St. 41 (McCowan 12), Virginia 43 (Aiyeotan 16). Total Fouls—Mississippi St. 18, Virginia 13. A—4,453.

IUPUI 66, Ole Miss 58

IUPUI (2-0): O’Reilly 1-6 0-0 2, Williams 8-23 6-9 23, Hall 6-16 4-5 17, Hoopingarner 4-8 6-6 14, Roule 3-12 0-0 7, Allen 0-1 1-2 1, Brown 1-2 0-0 2, Beier 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 23-

68 17-22 66.

OLE MISS (1-1): Dunlap 3-9 0-0 6, Mu-

hate 3-3 0-0 6, Allen 9-22 1-2 21, Reid 1-8 2-2

4, Sessom 4-6 2-2 11, Kitchens 0-0 0-0 0, Mat-

thews 0-1 0-0 0, Salter 2-8 0-0 4, Dozier 2-3 0-0

4, Smith 0-1 2-2 2, Totals 24-61 7-8 58.


Ole Miss

3-Point Goals—IUPUI 3-16 (O’Reilly 0-1,

Williams 1-4, Hall 1-5, Roule 1-6), Ole Miss

3-11 (Allen 2-6, Reid 0-1, Sessom 1-1, Salter

0-3). Assists—IUPUI 9 (Hoopingarner 7), Ole

Miss 13 (Dunlap 5). Rebounds—IUPUI 52

(Williams 12), Ole Miss 34 (Muhate 5). Total Fouls—IUPUI 12, Ole Miss 24. A—1,356.









Ionescu, No. 3 Ducks

edge No. 18 Orange

By The Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. — Trailing by six points with two minutes to play, Oregon women’s basketball coach Kelly Graves chose “to let the flow go” rather than call a timeout. It worked. Sabrina Ionescu had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Erin Boley made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 51 seconds left to help No. 3 Or- egon top No. 18 Syracuse 75-73 on Saturday. “That’s why Sabrina is Sabri- na,” Graves said. “I told her, ‘You played like an All-American to- night,’ and that’s what she’s sup- posed to do.” Ionescu, a preseason All-Amer- ica guard coming off her 11th ca- reer triple-double, hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark an 11-0 run after the Orange had scored 10-straight points to take a 67-61 lead.

Oregon 75, Syracuse 73

“I just did everything I could to not lose that game,” Ionescu said. “They had left me open and I knew it was time that I had to hit some big-time shots, and my teammates got me the ball. “As soon as I released it, I knew they were going in, just with the adrenaline and that de- sire to not lose.” Boley’s 3-pointer from the corner put Oregon ahead to stay at 70-67. It capped a rough 5-for- 19 shooting night for the red- shirt sophomore transfer from Notre Dame, including 3-for-12 from beyond the arc. “I wanted to contribute in any way that I can,” said Boley, who sat out last season. “Not every night are you going to be able to shoot the lights out.”

Howland hopes gauntlet

helps prepare Bulldogs

By Brett Hudson


STARKVILLE — The Mis- sissippi State men’s basketball team went into Southeastern

Conference play last year with

little margin for error.

A non-conference schedule

that ranked 345th in the nation,

according to Ken Pomeroy, left

MSU in need of a strong run

through an improving SEC to make the NCAA tournament. MSU came close and fin- ished 9-9, but it had to settle for a bid to the National In- vitation Tournament (NIT). MSU coach Ben Howland was determined to do more in the non-conference this season, and he wasted no time in mak- ing that a reality.

No. 18 MSU opened its sea-

son with a 95-67 victory against Austin Peay, a potential Ohio Valley Conference champion.


n Hartford, 4 p.m. Sunday (SEC Network; WKBB-FM 100.9).

At 4 p.m. Sunday (SEC Net- work), it will turn to Hartford (0-2), which holds the same

status in the America East Con- ference. MSU then will play host to Big West Conference contender Long Beach State at 8 p.m. Friday (SEC Network) before it will travel to Las Ve - gas for the MGM Resorts Main Event. MSU will face Arizona State in its first game at 10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19. It will take on Saint Mary’s or Utah State in its second game. “Getting ready for the gauntlet here as we get ready to play five games in 13 days,” Howland said. “That was by design. We don’t have any easy games, per say.”


don’t have any easy games, per say.” See MSU MEN , 8B Mississippi State Athletic Media

Mississippi State Athletic Media Relations

Senior guard Quinndary Weatherspoon had a game-high 21 points on 10-for-15 shooting Friday night in the No. 18 Mississippi State men’s basketball team’s victory against Austin Peay. Weatherspoon also had five rebounds and two steals.

Balanced scoring pushes Bulldogs to home victory

From Special Reports

STARKVILLE — Quin- ndary Weatherspoon and Nick Weatherspoon combined for 40 points to fuel a balanced

attack of five players in double figures Friday night in the No. 18 Mississippi State men’s bas- ketball team’s 95-67 victory against Austin Peay at Hum- phrey Coliseum.

“I thought that was a good

team that we beat tonight,” MSU coach Ben Howland said. “I was really pleased overall. Having studied them on film, they have five seniors. They have toughness. They’re hard to play against because of the way they pressure your leads and make it hard to make any kind of pass. I thought that our guys did a good job de- fensively. When you look at

MSU 95, Austin Peay 67

the numbers, to hold them to 39 percent and only 21 (per- cent) from three, that was very good.” Quinndary Weatherspoon had a game-high 21 points on 10-for-15 shooting. He also had five rebounds and two steals. The 21 points enabled him to

surpass Jarvis Varnardo (2007- 10) on MSU’s all-time scoring list into 16th place. Nick Weatherspoon had 19 points on 6-for-10 from the field and had four assists. The 19 points are his second-highest scoring output as a Bulldog. Aric Holman had his 10th career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. He also had three blocks.


Little drama as Davis earns first win as Rebels’ coach

By The Associated Press

OXFORD — There were no fireworks and little drama Sat- urday afternoon. That was exactly what Ker- mit Davis wanted in his debut as Ole Miss men’s basket- ball coach in a 90-64 victory against Western Michigan at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. “I’m really pleased. Really pleased. We played with ener- gy, shared the ball and got on them defensively,” Davis said. “We got off to a good start and took a well-coached team out of what they wanted to do.” Terence Davis scored 17 points to lead four in double figures for the Rebels (1-0), who led 43-22 at halftime and by as many as 29 points in the second half. Breein Tyree,

Ole Miss 90, Western Michigan

Devontae Shuler, and D.C. Davis scored 14, 13, and 12 points, respectively. Jared Printy and Josh Davis led Western Michigan (1-1) with 17 and 11 points, respec- tively. Seth Dugan added 10 points and a game-high seven rebounds. The Broncos trailed 30-8 in the opening 12 minutes and never got closer than 12 points in the second half. “This was a necessary, but painful lesson,” West- ern Michigan coach Steve Hawkins said. “They had 39 points off turnovers and their


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Columbus United will hold workout/evaluation Sunday

The Columbus United Soccer Club has rescheduled its open workout and player evaluation for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Downtown Columbus Soccer Complex. The free session, which will be open to players Under-8 and above, will be held on the fields on the south side of the complex. Check-in will be by the concession stand on the south side of the complex. We will use FCA, Calloway, and Carl Hogan fields. Please bring balls and training equipment.

Mississippi State

Volleyball team loses to No. 11 Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Paige Shaw had seven kills, and Khristian Carr, Amarrah Cooks, and Deja Robinson had five, but the Mississippi State volleyball team lost to No. 11 Kentucky 3-0 on Friday night. Set scores were 25-15, 25-17, 25-14. The loss dropped MSU to 5-21 and 1-12 in the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky improved to 19-4 and 13-0. “I’m really proud of our defensive effort tonight,” MSU coach Julie Darty said. “I thought that we started off with a ton of energy and our execution in following our game plan was really clean. The changes we’ve made defensively have really paid off, I thought our block was communicating a lot better and our eye work was a lot better. I feel like we got a lot more touches defensively, and for a while, were pretty neck- and-neck with them in digs and blocks. Across the board, I’m really proud of what we did in Sets 1 and 2. The overall product is improving, and I’m proud of where we are.” Morgan Kath had 24 assists for MSU, which will play host to No. 23 Tennessee at 1 p.m. Sunday (SEC Network +) at the Newell-Grissom Building.

n Men’s tennis team’s run ends at ITA National Fall

Championships: At Surprise, Arizona, Seventh-ranked and fifth-seed- ed Niclas Braun and Giovanni Oradini lost to UNC Asheville’s Oli Nolan and Henry Patten 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships.

n In Pelham, Alabama, at the Samford Fall Invite, Gregor Ramsk-

ogler and Stedman Strickland dropped their first singles matches of the Samford Fall Invite.

Ramskogler lost to Alabama State’s Ion Efrim 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, while Strickland lost to Alabama-Birmingham’s Tom El Safadi 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. The Bulldog newcomers will finish up their weekend in Pelham on Sunday.

n On Friday, Ramskogler and Strickland lost to Alabama-Birming-

ham’s Giovani Pasini and Fernando Vargas 7-6 (5) and 6-2 to Lucas de Torres Curth and Sebastian Osorio of Kennesaw State in consolation action.

n Women’s tennis team goes 3-2 on second day: At Tempe,

Arizona, the women’s tennis went 3-2 Saturday on its second day at the

at the 24th-annual Thunderbird Invitational.

MSU is 6-3 through two days. Saturday’s meetings included matchups with athletes from host Arizona State in singles and TCU in doubles.

The duo of Emma Antonaki and Anastasia Rentouli overpowered TCU’s Mercedes Aristegui and Kate Paulus 6-2.

In singles, Sara Lizariturry, State’s fall singles leader, powered past

Sammi Hampton of host Arizona State 6-4, 6-4 to earn her 11th victory this semester. MSU’s 125th-ranked senior captain Rentouli beat Tereza Karolova 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. Sophomore Adaloglou lost to Samantha Alicea 6-2, 6-4 after missing Friday’s action due to illness. Freshman Antonaki fell to ASU’s 118th-ranked Savannah Slaysman 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.

MSU will conclude its fall stretch Sunday, taking on players from host Arizona State in doubles at 10 a.m. and contenders from Washing- ton in singles starting at 2 p.m.

n On Friday, MSU went 3-1. The matches included meetings

against players from Michigan in doubles and TCU in singles. Antonaki and Rentouli outlasted Michigan’s Anca Canciun and Alyvia Jones 6-3.

In singles, Antonaki, the nation’s 10th-ranked newcomer, powered

past TCU’s Stevie Kennedy 7-6 (4), 6-2. Lizariturry rallied for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory against TCU’s Kate Paulus.

Rentouli lost to Mercedes Aristequi 6-3, 6-3.

n Men’s golf team’s Pichaikool named to watch list for

Haskins Award: At Starkville, Men’s golf junior Peng Pichaikool was named Friday to a list of 20 golfers to the final Haskins Award Watch List of the fall. The award is given to the nation’s best college golfer. This recognition comes after Pichaikool earned three top-10 finishes in as many events this fall. He finished second at the Louisville Cardinal Challenge in September. He boasted a 69.22 stroke average for the three events.

Pichaikool’s recent success earned him a spot in the upcoming Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic, where he will com-

pete against some of the nation’s top collegiate talent Nov. 19-20.

n World University Games fan packages to follow women’s

basketball team on sale: At Starkville, Fan packages are on sale to watch the women’s basketball team July 2-9, 2019, when they represent the United States in the World University Games.

The deadline to sign up for the package is Dec. 5. The packages feature a seven-night hotel stay, tickets to the Bull- dogs’ pool play games and the opening ceremony, a breakfast buffet each morning, two group dinners, and a reception.

It also includes tours on a private air-conditioned coach bus to

the beautiful sites of Pompeii, Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast and Capri Island.

Fans who join the Bulldogs will also receive a USA Team hat and pin, city entry fees, parking fees, taxes, free hotel wi-fi and access to a dedicated travel agent.

A single-person package costs $4,995, while double packages run

$3,995 per person. The package doesn’t include flights, airport transfer, meals outside the breakfast buffet, travel insurance, service tips, and additional excursions.

For more information, go to www.USATeam.org or email Fans@ USATeam.org.

Mississippi University for Women

Women’s basketball team

DENVER — Junior guard Rokila Wallace had 19 points off the bench Saturday to lead the Mississippi University for Women’s women’s basketball team to an 85-74 victory against Nebraska Wesleyan. The win lifts The W’s record to 2-0. Autumn Taylor, Qiayon Bailey, and Tenazhia Hinkson scored 16, 13, and 10 points, respectively. Bailey, a junior small forward from West Point, recorded the Owls’ first double-double by grabbing 11 rebounds. She also had one assist and one steal. The W shot 47.1 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from

3-point range. The Owls translated turnovers by the Prairie Wolves into


n On Friday, The W played its first official game in 16 years on the

road at Johnson and Wales University. The W returned to the court with

a 76-42 victory.


Junior guard Brandy Harris had 17 points, while Wallace scored

16 points off the bench. Hinkson led the team with four steals and 12

rebounds. Autumn Taylor and Starlandria Walton added 14 and 17 points, respectively. The W women’s and men’s basketball teams will play host to Blue Mountain College in a doubleheader Monday. The women’s game will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.


Timberwolves trade Butler to 76ers

Jimmy Butler has his wish: He’s out of Minnesota. And just like that, Philadelphia has a new Big Three — one that could make serious noise in the Eastern Conference.

A person with knowledge of the situation said Saturday that

Butler is being traded to the 76ers in a package that will send Dario Saric and Robert Covington to the Timberwolves. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not yet been announced by either team and was still pending NBA approval, which is not expected until Monday.

Justin Patton will also be sent to Philadelphia, and Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick are also going to Minnesota, the person said. The Athletic first reported the agreement. Because the trade was not official, Sixers coach Brett Brown had little comment. Sixers guard T.J. McConnell said he learned of the deal through social media.

“I didn’t think it was true until more reports started coming out,”

McConnell said. “It’s kind of that feeling in your stomach of just like, I mean, you can’t really explain it. I was in disbelief.”

Philadelphia’s “Process” led it to the second round of the play-

offs last season behind two of the game’s youngest, brightest stars

in big man Joel Embiid and point guard Ben Simmons. Butler, an

elite wing player and outstanding defender, will join them in a quest to rule the Eastern Conference now that LeBron James is out West with the Los Angeles Lakers following eight straight trips to the NBA Finals with Miami and Cleveland.

— From Special Reports

WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER: NCAA tournament — Lipscomb 1, MSU 0, 2OT

MSU can’t convert scoring chances, falls in 2OT

By Brett Hudson bhudson@cdispatch.com

STARKVILLE — Tom Anagnost is going to need some time to find the an- swers. Mississippi State’s wom- en’s soccer coach wasn’t 100 percent certain how only seven of his team’s 28 shots were on goal against Lip- scomb in the first round of the NCAA tournament. MSU’s second-year head coach also couldn’t figure out how those seven shots failed to produce a goal. That failure to score ulti- mately proved to be the pri- mary reason why MSU’s his- toric season ended Friday. MSU spent 109 minutes watching shots go wide, over the crossbar, or get stopped in front. The inabil- ity proved to be even more frustrating when Lipscomb used a “harmless ball” that deflected for the game’s only goal to end its season in a 1-0 double-overtime loss at the MSU Soccer Field. Lipscomb (15-4-2), which like MSU is making its first appearance in the NCAA tournament, will take on Duke in the second round at a time to be determined Friday, Nov. 16. It will be the first time Lipscomb has ad- vanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament in any team sport. MSU ends its season at


“That was a multiple-goal game for us. It just didn’t happen,” Anagnost said. The goals could have come any number of ways. The Bulldogs had at least four well-positioned cross- es blocked in the first half. The balls in the box that weren’t blocked saw Brooke McKee head Carrasco’s ser- vice wide. Olivia Hernandez couldn’t place a header on frame. Niah Johnson also

couldn’t place a header on frame. Niah Johnson also Mississippi State Athletic Media Relations Mississippi State

Mississippi State Athletic Media Relations

Mississippi State junior forward MaKayla Waldner, left, was one of many Bulldogs to have great scoring chances Friday in a 1-0 loss to Lipscomb in the NCAA tournament.

couldn’t convert a cross from Waldner in the second half. They flipped the con- nection later in the half only to see the shot get saved. In overtime, a defensive play from forward Zakirah McGillivary led to long run into a one-on-one situation only to see the shot get de- flected over the crossbar. Another cross by Wald- ner produced three attempts at the goal, but only one was on target and it was saved. All told, MSU set season highs with 28 shots and 13 corner kicks. Anagnost also pointed to two goals that were tak- en away. Near the midway point of the first half, de- fender Hailey Zerbel’s free kick found midfielder Carly Mauldin’s head and soared inside the left post, but an offsides call erased it. In the second half, Waldner was called for goalkeeper inter- ference going for a header

off a corner kick. Anagnost wasn’t pleased. “Our girl’s just trying to make a play on the ball,” An- agnost said. Despite the missed op- portunities, Anagnost didn’t used them as an excuse. “Sometimes the person that’s going to take that shot or make that play needs to take another quarter of a second breath and focus,” Anagnost said. “Sometimes it’s a technical thing. We have to be clinical in front of the goal and it wasn’t there tonight. We didn’t make the plays in front of the goal that counted.” In that sense, it was a sour end to a sweet season. “It’s been an incredible year,” Anagnost said. “It’s been a remarkable season for me personally, from where we were to now. It’s been dramatic. We can play with any team. Since I’ve been here, we’ve been in ev-

ery game. We had a chance to tie or win every single game, and I’m really proud of that. It’s a reflection of the people we have on our team. “They are high-character people, and what hurts is not being with them for another week. That’s what hurts the most, especially the five re- markable seniors that left it in a way better place than when they got here.” Mauldin is one of those seniors. On her way out of the postgame news confer- ence, she brought her eye back to the placard with her name on it. She asked if she could keep it, as she reached down to grab it. On this day, souvenirs of what they started will ultimately be remembered more than the inability to take another step forward. Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_Hudson


Ole Miss men, women qualify for nationals; Chelanga wins

From Special Reports

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Ole Miss men’s cross country team dominat- ed the 10-Kilometer race Friday, while Alabama’s Alfred Chelanga won the men’s individual title at the NCAA South Regional at Apalachee Regional Park. No. 17 Ole Miss earned its fifth-con- secutive ticket to the national meet thanks to its first-place finish. The Rebels had six All-Region runners and placed all five scorers within the top-15 at a scoring spread of 29.2 seconds — beating out second-place Florida State by 47 points. This is the third South Region title for Ole Miss in the last five meets after winning titles in 2014 and 2016.

“I was very pleased,” said Ole Miss associate head coach Ryan Vanhoy, who was just named SEC Men’s Coach of the Year. “Our plan was to come in and be relaxed and controlled for the first 60 percent of the race, then let the race unfold and make some moves in the last three or four kilometers. Over- all, it was what we were looking for.” Junior Farah Abdulkarim finished third (31 minutes, 18.6 seconds) to earn All-Region honors. Abdulkarim’s finish is the highest since All-Ameri- can Wesley Gallagher finished third in 2014, and the fourth top-three regional finish in program history after Galla- gher’s finish and two by All-American Barnabas Kirui in 2006 (first) and 2009 (second).

Sophomore Waleed Suliman earned All-Region distinction for the second-straight year, finishing sixth (31:22). Senior Mark Robertson earned his second All-Region honor (eighth,


Other Rebel finishers were: fresh- man Mario Garcia Romo (13th, 31:36.7, All-Region), SEC Freshman of the Year Cade Bethmann (15th, 31:47.8, All-Re- gion), sophomore Ben Savino (20th, 32:01.4, All-Region), and freshman Dalton Hengst (31st, 32:28.8). Chelanga took the lead in the final 2,000 meters and raced to victory. The win earned him a berth in the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 17 in Madison, Wisconsin.



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Pruitt was injured in the season opener against Starkville. He didn’t return until Oct. 5, when Noxubee County opened Region 4 play against Louisville. A last-second field goal en- abled the Wildcats to earn a 27-26 victory and end the Tigers’ 30-game region winning streak. As a result, Noxubee County was forced to go on the road for its sec- ond-round game. Home-field advantage played a role, as the Bull- dogs handled the field condi- tions better than the Tigers. Rain throughout the week left the entire field soft and made it challenging for play- ers to cut. Noxubee County players routinely slipped af- ter one or two steps, either dropping back on a pass or trying to make a move. Cut- ting was virtually impossi- ble without solid ground to offer traction. Still, the Tigers had their opportunities against an op- ponent they handled easily 17-0 in August in a jambo- ree at Starkville High. That game was played on artifi- cial turf. Noxubee County had four possessions inside the red zone (20-yard line) and two more where it reached the Bulldogs’ 25-yard line. The Tigers had three of their eight fumbles (two

Greenwood 20, Noxubee County 0

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First Quarter


— Deandre Smith 43 pass to Daylin Metcalf (Kick failed). Fourth Quarter


— Smith 96 pass to Kobe Chamber (Pass failed).


— Carldaryl Johnson 75 INT return (Run converted)

Team Statistics

First Downs


Passing Yards


Return Yards



Individual Statistics RUSHING: Noxubee County — Kaiyus Lewis 6-45, Kyziah Pruitt 9-28, Ja’Qualyn Smith 6-3, Bobby Shanklin 1-(-3), Khristopher White 10-(-61); Greenwood — Walter Ivory 25-97, Jamarion Addison 2-7, Deandre Smith 5-(-9). PASSING: Noxubee County — Khristopher White 12-29- 148-1, Kyziah Pruitt 1-1-12-0; Greenwood — Deandre Smith 2-8-139-1. RECEIVING: Noxubee County — Kyziah Pruitt 4-66, Ma- liek Stallings 3-41, Ja’Qualyn Smith 2-17, Mushane Walker 1-20, Bobby Shanklin 1-12, Jeffery Malone 1-7, Laiyus Lewis 1-(-3); Greenwood — Kobe Chamber 1-96, Daylin Metcalf 1-43.

















lost) on those drives. They also had a player slip and another player drop a pass in the end zone on two of the other drives. The soft field conditions negated the Tigers’ effec- tiveness with Pruitt at quar- terback and forced them to go with junior Khristopher White for nearly every snap in the second half. White was 9-for-20 with an inter- ception in the second half. The Tigers’ inability to run the football (32 carries for 12 yards) made them one-di- mensional. “Our whole team was off key tonight,” Pruitt said. “Everybody made mistakes tonight here and there.” White suffered the most

from the field conditions, as eight of his 10 rushing attempts were for negative

yards. He finished with mi-

nus 61 yards rushing.

Shorter said the Tigers tried to prepare for the con- ditions by practicing with wet footballs and in the raid. Still, he said his team was right there on a night when the offense moved the foot- ball but needed one more play. “I was waiting for some- thing to happen but it never happened,” Shorter said. Greenwood made the most of its scoring chances. The Bulldogs went back to a pass play over the middle on a 43-yard scoring con- nection between Deandre Smith and Daylin Metcalf in the first quarter. A 96-yard hookup from Smith to Kobe Chamber was a dagger af- ter a Noxubee County safe- ty came up too quickly and slipped, leaving Chamber with nothing but open space and no one to stop him. “We knew we could throw it,” said Greenwood coach Clinton Gatewood, whose team lost to Noxu- bee County in the Class 4A playoffs in 2015 (14-7) and 2014 (21-0). “We practiced on the field all week, so we knew it was kind of messed up and mushy, but we knew we could throw the ball a lit-

tle bit.” Unfortunately, Noxubee County could put big plays together. The biggest might have been Keymarcus Jack- son’s 57-yard kick return that set the Tigers up at the Bulldogs’ 23. White hit Ma- liek Stallings with a 14-yard pass on third down to give the Tigers a first-and-goal at the 8-yard line. Following a 1-yard gain and an incomple- tion, Ja’Qualyn Smith’s fum- ble on third down — one of two the Tigers lost — set the tone for a night that made you put your hands on your hips and shake your head. “We didn’t make any plays,” Shorter said. “They made plays. We dropped balls we shouldn’t have dropped.” For Pruitt, who has com- mitted to play football at Mississippi State next sea- son, it wasn’t the way he wanted his prep career to end. “I had a pretty good ca- reer. I gave it my all,” said Pruitt, who had four catch- es for 66 yards and nine carries for 28 yards. “It was tough (playing on the field). We both played in the same conditions, but they just outplayed us in these condi- tions.” Follow Dispatch sports editor Adam Minichino on Twitter @ctsportseditor

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Ole Miss

Women’s soccer team beats Clemson in first round of NCAA tournament

CLEMSON, S.C. — Grace Johnson’s header in the 55th minute Saturday lifted the Ole Miss women’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory against Clemson in the first round of the NCAA tournament. With the win, Ole Miss (13-7-1) will advance to take on Stanford

in the second round. The Rebels grabbed the lead in the 24th-minute when CeCe Kizer passed up an opportunity to shoot and slid a ball in to Mary

Kate Smith. The captain drove a powerful shot into the bottom corner

of the goal.

Ole Miss took a 1-0 lead into halftime, but Clemson (12-9) need- ed less than a minute to level the score, as Miranda Weslake finished

off assists from Mariana Speckmaier and Kimber Haley. The Rebels scored the game-winner after they earned a corner on the right side of the field. Freshman Haleigh Stackpole’s service found Johnson, who rose above everyone to square up the header. Ole Miss appeared to double its lead with about 20 minutes to go on an own-goal, but the score was erased by an offsides call. The Rebels are just the sixth team in 2018 to score multiple goals against the Tigers.

Southern Mississippi

Men’s basketball team will take on SMU

HOUSTON — The Southern Mississippi men’s basketball team will take on SMU at 2 p.m. Sunday. This is a true Conference USA throwback, as the Golden Eagles and Mustangs were league partners from 2005-13. The last meeting saw Southern Miss win 74-70 in Moody Coliseum on Jan. 16, 2013. Southern Miss opened the season with a 111-66 victory against Southeastern Baptist. The win featured the most points in coach Doc

Sadler’s five years at the helm. Walk-on Tyler Stevenson, a former standout at New Hope High School who will earn a scholarship next season after the team re- gains lost scholarships, scored a game-high 15 points off the bench. MSU (1-0) opened the season Thursday with a 69-58 victory against Northwestern State.

n Women’s basketball team will face Grambling State: At

Hattiesburg, the women’s basketball team (1-0) will play host to Grambling State at 2 p.m. Sunday at Reed Green Coliseum. The teams will meet for the first time since 2013.

Grambling State (1-1) is coming off a 75-41 win against McNeese State.

Southern Miss is coming off a 74-48 victory against William Carey.

n Volleyball team loses regular-season finale: At Denton,

Texas, the volleyball team lost to North Texas 3-0 on Saturday afternoon in its Conference USA regular-season finale. Set scores were 25-18, 25-23, 25-23. Southern Miss slipped to 16-14 and 7-7 in C-USA, while North Texas improved to 15-15 and 11-3. Sarah Bell paced the Golden Eagles with 30 assists. Catherine Repsher had seven kills. Chandler Marshall, Alexis Coombs, and Repsher had four blacks. Southern Miss will be the No. 7 seed for the C-USA tournament.

It will play an opponent to be determined at a time to be determined.


Men’s basketball team will face Appalachian State on Sunday night

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Alabama men’s basketball team will close out its two-game homestand to open the 2018-19 campaign when it plays host to Appalachian State at 6 p.m. Sunday (SEC

Network) at Coleman Coliseum. Fans will be able to get free limited-edition Alabama hats while supplies last. Alabama (1-0) opened the season Tuesday with an 82-62 victory against Southern. Senior forward Donta Hall led the Crimson Tide with a career high-tying 20 points. He was one of four players to finish in double-digit scoring.

n Volleyball coach Allen steps down: At Tuscaloosa,

Alabama, Volleyball coach Ed Allen resigned from his head coaching

position Friday effective immediately. Assistant coach Ryan Freeburg will serve as the interim head coach for the duration of the season.

“I have decided that it is in the best interest of Alabama volley-

ball for me to step down as head coach,” Allen said. “Coaching is something that I remain passionate about, however I do feel that this

is the correct decision to make at this time. I am certainly proud of

the things we were able to accomplish over the years, and I wish the program the best in the future.” Allen, who coached the Crimson Tide for eight seasons, compiled a record of 152-101 and guided Alabama to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 2013 and 2014. Overall, he owns

a career record of 646-284 in 27 seasons. “We accepted coach Allen’s letter of resignation this morning, and we thank him for his service to The University of Alabama,” Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne said. “We wish him well in his future endeavors.” Under Allen’s direction, the Tide posted three 20-win seasons and captured its first NCAA tournament victory in 2014. That year, Alabama also set the school record for wins in a season with 26.


national search will begin immediately for the next head



In related news, Alabama (18-9, 5-8 Southeastern Confer-

ence) will take on No. 11 Kentucky at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Memorial

Coliseum in Lexington, Kentucky.

n Gschwendtner advances in qualifying round for the

USTA $15k Futures: At Pensacola, Florida, Sophomore Jeremy Gschwendtner takes down Joaquin Marquez on Saturday in the second round qualifier of the USTA $15k Futures at the Roger Scott

Tennis Center. Gschwendtner beat Marquez, 6-1, 6-2, and will take on Matias Destefanis on Sunday. Match times for tomorrow’s competition have yet to be announced. The London, England native, needs to win his next two matches

to move on to the main draw on Nov. 13-18.

n On Friday, Gschwendtner defeated Jordi Redelijk 6-2, 6-3 in

a first-round qualifier.

n Two men’s tennis players will compete in USTA $25k

Futures: At Norman, Oklahoma, Senior Mazen Osama and junior Alexey Nesterov will play in the singles qualifying round of the USTA

$25k Futures beginning on Sunday at the Oklahoma University Gregg Wadley Tennis Pavilion. Nesterov will face the Johan Oliver in the qualifying round, while Osama will take on Zachary Svajda. Singles play for both matches will not begin before 12:30 p.m.

n Daniell loses in Round of 16 at Oracle ITA National Fall

Championships: At Surprise, Arizona, Senior No. 70 Andie Daniell fell to No. 30 Christina Rosca of Vanderbilt in the Round of 16 of the

Oracle Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Fall Champi- onships on Friday at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex. No. 12-seeded Daniell won her previous two matches against ranked opponents before losing to Rosca 6-2, 6-2.


Japan beats MLB All-Stars 12-6 to take 2-0 series lead

TOKYO — Yuki Yanagita had a home run and four RBIs as Japan scored the first nine runs and beat the MLB All-Stars 12-6 Saturday to open a 2-0 lead in the six-game exhibition series. Yanagita, who hit a game-ending two-run home run in the opening 7-6 win, had an RBI single in the first off Erasmo Ramirez at the Tokyo

Dome and hit a two-run homer in the third for a 5-0 lead. “The entire lineup was able to string together hits,” Japan manager Atsunori Inaba said. “I think we are on the right track now, and I would like to see us continue to do the same in the game tomorrow.” Yanagita singled in another run against Brian Johnson in a four-run fifth as Japan went ahead 9-0. Shogo Akiyama had three hits and three RBIs. Ramirez, the loser, allowed five runs and six hits in three innings. Johnson gave up seven runs — four earned — and six hits in 3 2/3 innings.

“I thought tonight’s game actually turned early,” MLB manager

Don Mattingly said. “They were able to score early. We came out and got first and third and couldn’t score early and we lost momentum right there.” National League Rookie of the Year finalist Juan Soto homered for the second straight game, a fifth-inning home down the left-field line that drove in the first run for the MLB All-Stars, who were the home

team. Enrique Hernandez hit an RBI groundout in the seventh and Kevin Pillar followed with a run-scoring single. J.T. Realmuto hit a three-run homer in the eighth against Yu Sato. “We are not going to allow these two games to dictate the series,” Pillar said. Winner Naoyuki Uwasawa struck out seven in five innings, allowing one run and four hits. The series continues Sunday with another game in Tokyo, followed by one game in Hiroshima on Tuesday and two games in Nagoya on Wednesday and Thursday.

— From Special Reports

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