Sports Briefs

Ole Miss track athletes earn SEC’s weekly honor
– The Ole Miss track and field team was well represented among the top SEC competitors this week as both LaJada Baldwin and Wale Odetunde were named the league’s athletes of the week.
Baldwin was named the SEC Female Runner of the Week after strong showings in three different events Saturday afternoon at the Mississippi Open. Individually, Baldwin placed first in the 400 meters with an NCAA regional time of 53.81. Baldwin currently ranks sixth in the nation in the event following a top time of 52.27 she posted earlier in the year at the Florida Relays.
Odetunde won a pair of individual jump titles Saturday and was selected as the SEC Male Field Athlete of the Week. The Olive Branch native won the long jump with an NCAA mark of 2-01.50. He capped the afternoon by winning the triple jump with an NCAA regional distance of 49-04.25.
The SEC championships start May 14 in Gainesville, Fla.
ICC to open state final four
against host school Hinds
– After having avoided a similar fate which eliminated the South Division champions, North champion Itawamba Community College will play for a state title beginning Thursday.
National No. 4 ICC (40-11) will join Jones County (36-14), host Hinds (33-15) and upset-minded Holmes (28-21) in the final round of the state tournament at Raymond.
ICC will play Hinds, hosting because it is the highest remaining seed from the South Division, at 6 p.m. Thursday. The game will be broadcast on WAFM-FM (95.7) and webcasted at
Jones County will open with Holmes, which won twice on Saturday to eliminate South No. 1 Gulf Coast, at 3 p.m. ICC went down a game to Pearl River in their first-round series, then won twice on Monday.
The double-elimination tournament runs through Saturday.
The top teams from the state tournament will advance to the Region 23 tournament in Eunice, La., next week. The nation’s No. 1 team, LSU-Eunice, will join the teams in the four-team national-tournament qualifier.
Shannon’s Meardith heading to North Alabama
– Itawamba Community College basketball standout Sanqueeta Meardith, from Shannon, has signed a national letter of intent with the University of North Alabama.
A two-time All-Region 23 pick, the 5-foot-4 Meardith averaged 14.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals a game last season.
She’s the third Lady Indians signee with a four-year program, joining Jessica Collins (Delta State) and Courtney Cannon (Campbell).
Alpha House reschedules planned scramble event
– The Alpha House four-person golf scramble originally scheduled for Thursday at Big Oaks has been rescheduled for Thursday, Aug. 6. There were concerns about the weather on Thursday as well as the condition of the course after so much recent rain.
For more information, call 841-9009.
NBA great Dave Bing wins race for Detroit mayor
– DETROIT – Basketball legend Dave Bing was elected Tuesday as Detroit’s mayor through the end of the year, sweeping the incumbent from office in the city with myriad problems.


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