Category: News & Updates

Wilson Furr plays championship golf at 14

Posted on: July 06,2013

(This is an expanded version of my column that is syndicated in more than 20 Mississippi newspapers.) Recently, 14-year-old Wilson Furr of Jackson won the prestigious Future Masters golf tournament at Dothan, Ala., shooting 3-under par for 54 holes. The following day, Furr played 36 holes, competing against older teens, and was by three shots […]

Ash, Buteau win Farm Bureau W'melon Classic

Posted on: July 04,2013

Alan Ash of Atmore, Ala., and Rebecca Buteau of Madison were the overall winners in the 30th annual Farm Bureau Watermelon 5K Classic on Independence Day at your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. In unusually mild temperatures for this time of the year, Ash, a 22-year-old, ran the 3.1 mile course in 16 […]

Farm Bureau Watermelon Classic Results

Posted on: July 04,2013

1 Mile Results 5K Walk Results 5k Run Results Click Here for Photos of the Race  

Marion "Chief" Henley: Now here was a coach

Posted on: July 03,2013

Marion “Chief” Henley, one of the greatest football coaches most people never heard of, has died at his retirement home in Cocoa Beach, Fla.. Henley who was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, was 79. Henley’s Picayune Carver High School teams won 64 straight football games in the 1960s, which was […]

Another memory of the great Steve McNair

Posted on: July 03,2013

(Steve McNair, who would be 40 now, died four years ago Thursday. This is the column I wrote on the day of his retirement five years ago. He becomes eligible for induction into the Mississippi Sports Hall of  Fame in the Class of 2014. Covering him his senior year at Alcorn State remains a highlight […]

Joe Dier retires at Mississippi State

Posted on: July 01,2013

STARKVILLE, Miss. – After more than 30 years working in various capacities publicizing Mississippi State athletics, Joe Dier retired Monday from his position as Assistant Director of Media Relations. Dier began his career at Mississippi State on Nov. 1, 1986, hired by athletic director Charlie Carr to serve as the primary media contact for every […]

Scattershooting on a lazy Sunday afternoon

Posted on: June 30,2013

Scattershooting on a Sunday afternoon, trying to figure out how a baseball team  — the Atlanta Braves — can be on track to set a Major League record for strikeouts and still lead its division by 6.5 games . . . Answer: pitching, power and defense. Jim Gallagher, Jr., of Greenwood, shot a final round […]

Remembering the great Steve 'Air' McNair

Posted on: June 29,2013

(Writer’s note: Happily, July 4 will mark the 17th anniversary of the opening of your Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Unhappily, it will be fourth anniversary of the death of Steve McNair, one of most incredible athletes these eyes have seen. Ruston Webster, a Madison native and the general manager of the Tennessee […]