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Delta State’s Boclair earns GSC Player of the Week honor

CLEVELAND – After averaging 22 points and 10 rebounds last week, Delta State Lady Statesmen forward Caroline Boclair (Jr, 5-11, Charleston) was honored with her third Gulf South Conference Player of the Week honor.

Boclair is averaging 20 points and 9.8 rebounds per game to date and is the only player in the Gulf South Conference to win the honor three times. Boclair led the Lady Statesmen (22-2, 9-2) to three important GSC victories last week, including a 72-69 win over Arkansas Tech that catapulted DSU to the top of the West Division standings for the first time this season. The Lady Statesmen are currently ranked No.2 in the South Region.

Boclair has led the Lady Statesmen in scoring in all but nine games this season and has led or shared the team lead in rebounds in 14 games. Against Ouachita Baptist last week, Boclair claimed her 12th double-double of the season with a 20-point, 13-rebound performance in DSU’s 74-73 victory.

Franklin wins national award

Northwest Mississippi Community College Head Football Coach Bobby

Franklin has been named national Junior College Coach of the Year by

American Football Monthly magazine.

Franklin, who owns a career coaching record of 174-45-6 in 20 seasons at Northwest, led the Rangers to a 10-0 finish in 2000 and a final No. 3

ranking by the J.C. Gridwire. Northwest set a national record with 559

points, and enter the 2001 campaign with a 20-game win streak.

Delta State wins opener

Down LSU-Shreveport 9-8

SHREVEPORT, La. – Tremain Rogers’ belted a two-run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth to help lead Delta State to a 9-8 opening-day win over LSU-Shreveport Wednesday afternoon.

Delta State (1-0) travels to Abilene, Texas for a pair of doubleheaders with Abilene Christian on Friday and Saturday.

LSU-Shreveport drops to 1-1.

The Pilots sprinted to a 7-2 lead. However DSU battled back with three in the fifth and two more runs in the eighth. LSU-Shreveport regained an 8-7

lead with a run in the bottom of the eighth to set up Rogers ninth-inning home run.

Steven Tomaszweski went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Rogers was 2-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI. Brian Parkton was 2-for-5 with a double and Marcus Van Every had a home run to round out the leading hitters for the Statesmen.

Ole Miss, Rebel netters to battle

STARKVILLE, – National tennis powers and in-state rivals

Mississippi State and Mississippi will square off Thursday evening in

Jackson in the fourth-annual River Hills Cup. Match time is set for 5 p.m.

at the indoor complex at River Hills Club.

The Bulldogs and Rebels are respectively ranked 15th and 10th nationally in the latest edition of the national rankings, released Wednesday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. State enters the match 2-0 overall this season after wins over Southern Miss and then-No. 15 Baylor two weeks ago in Starkville. UM is 1-0 after a victory against Memphis in Oxford Tuesday.

In the three previous matches contested for the River Hills Cup (started in 1998), MSU owns a 2-1 advantage. The Bulldogs won the event in Î98 and 1999, with the Rebels claiming victory last season.

The match will mark the 17th-consecutive time that the teams have met where both squads have been ranked in the top 25 nationally.

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