MC, millsaps brief

Local briefs

Tupelo hosting Horn Lake today

The Tupelo baseball team takes on Horn Lake at Golden Wave Field at 7 p.m. today.

The Golden Wave (4-2) lost two of three games this past weekend in the 2001 Mid-Mississippi Classic in Jackson. It beat Meridian but lost to Northwest Rankin and Warren Central.

Tupelo standout Mac Godwin had a big weekend offensively, hitting three home runs in the tournament. He had two home runs in an 18-8 win against Meridian.

Northeast loses, Northwest wins two

The Northeast Community College women dropped a 99-92 decision to Jones County Junior College in the first round of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges state tournament.

Lady Tiger forward Tamica Pierce had a big game, scoring a game-high 48 points. Jana LaBarreare had 13 points for Northeast, with Katie Walker scoring 10.

Northeast advanced to the state tournament after it finished second in the North Division tournament last week. Jones is the No. 1 seed out of the South Division.

Northwest’s men and women advanced to the state championship game. The Rangers beat the Jones Bobcats 105-98,while the Lady Rangers beat Pearl River 73-63.

Dunn named goalie of the week

Tupelo goalie Stu Dunn was named the WPHL goalie of the week after stopping 73 shots this week.

He picked up the win in Tupelo 9-3 win against Amarillo, stopping 43 shots. In a 3-2 shootout loss to Odessa he stopped 30 shots. The first- year T-Rex standout is third in the WPHL with a 2.62 goals against average.

State briefs

Millsaps and MC to play in tournament

Mississippi College and Millsaps will play each other for the first time in 19 years Thursday when the two meet in the first round of the NCAA Division III men’s tournament.

The Choctaws (22-4) received one of eight Pool C at-large bids in the 48-team field.

Millsaps (20-5) was the automatic qualifier out of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Association after winning the regular-season title.

The teams last met in 1982 when the Majors won 64-62 in overtime. Mississippi College leads the all-time series 110-64.

The MC-Millsaps winner travels to play McMurry (Texas) in Abilene on Saturday.

Mississippi College split with McMurry in the regular season, winning 97-90 and losing last Saturday 76-71 in Clinton in the American Southwest Conference championship game.

Millsaps last played Saturday, beating Oglethorpe (Ga.) College, 101-66.

Jones leads Lady Rebs to No. 6 finish

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Ole Miss senior Teneeshia Jones claimed two second place finishes and a fourth place finish to lead the Lady Rebels to a sixth-place finish at the SEC Indoor Championships. The sixth-place finish is the highest ever finish by a Lady Rebel team at the SEC Indoor Championships.

Jones, a Shannon native, took second in both the 60 meters (7.29) and the 60-meter hurdles (8.20). Her 60-meter hurdle time is a new personal best and also a new Ole Miss record. Jones also finished fourth in the 200 meters (23.57). She has automatically qualified for the U.S. Track and Field Championships in all three events.

Jones has also automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships with her times in the 60 meters and 200 meters and has provisionally qualified in the 60-meter hurdles.

College football

Texas DE Cole Pittman dies in wreck

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas defensive end Cole Pittman was found dead Monday at the scene of a one-car accident.

State troopers discovered Pittman’s pickup truck on the side of U.S. Route 79 nearly Easterly, about 100 miles northeast of Austin.

Pittman, a sophomore who had played in 23 games in his two seasons at Texas, was returning to school from his family’s home in Shreveport, La.

Longhorns coach Mack Brown told the team Monday afternoon at a meeting that had been scheduled to prepare for spring practice. The workouts were supposed to begin Tuesday, but have been postponed. No new date has been given.

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Pittman played defensive tackle as a freshman, then moved to end this past season. He started the first three games in 2000. He had 30 tackles, two sacks, five tackles for loss, five quarterback pressures and caused one fumble in his career.

Pittman enrolled at Texas in the spring of 1999 after helping Evangel High win three consecutive Louisiana 1A state titles and to a state-record 45 straight wins. He was a first-team all-state performer and was named second-team All-USA by USA Today.

Sec basketball

Haslem named SEC player of the week

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Florida’s Udonis Haslem was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Haslem, a 6-8, 265-pound center from Miami, led Florida to back-to-back wins over ranked opponents, defeating No. 12 Ole Miss and No. 14 Alabama with a combined 41 points.

He connected on 9-of-11 shots, scoring 21 points against Ole Miss in Florida’s 75-55 win over the Rebels last Wednesday. He scored a career-high 28 points against Alabama on Saturday, including 17 points in the first half of an 89-68 victory.

Major league baseball

Ankiel won’t pitch in early games

JUPITER, Fla. - Rick Ankiel, under scrutiny this spring following a wild postseason, won’t be used by the St. Louis Cardinals in their first five spring training games.

Ankiel, who threw nine wild pitches in four innings during the playoffs, may pitch in a “B” game.

Most of Ankiel’s workouts have been held early in the morning, away from reporters. Aside from one bad workout, the 21-year-old is making progress, pitching coach Dave Duncan said Monday.

“He’s doing well,” Duncan said. “We are very happy with his progress. He’s getting close.”

The next step for Ankiel is pitching batting practice.

-from staff and wire reports