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Plaza Lanes Bowling Leagues
by H. Lee Smith II
Jul 24, 2014 | 1 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Results from recent bowling league action at Plaza Bowling Lanes. Summer Fun 7-24 Women’s Lib 26-10 Sweeter Than Yoo-Hoo 23-13 Justice League 22.5-13.5 The Rebels 21.5-14.5 Howell Inc. 21-15 Tons O’ Fun 20-16 Wendy’s Baconators 19.5-16.5 Family Ties 19.5-16.5 Blue Balls 17.5-18.5 We Don’t Care 16.5-19.5 Mississippi Care 15.5-20.5 Victoria’s Secret 12-24 Short Bus Crew 9-27 Lake Hill Motors 8.5-27.5 High Team Game: Justice League 813 High Team Series: Wendy’s Baconators 2238 High Individual Games: (Ladies) Debbie Palmer 268, April Lumpkin 249. (Men) Tyler Corbin 258, Justin Lumpkin 246. High Individual Series: (Ladies) Palmer 641, Lumpkin 561. (Men) Corbin 678, Lumpkin 678.
Ripley product to lead Union efforts
by Blake D. Long
Jul 24, 2014 | 0 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BOONEVILLE -- Standout pitcher Ben Hellums has made the choice to assist in the rebuilding process of a team that just successfully achieved a move into one of the premier leagues in the country. Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Hellums signed his National Letter of Intent (NLI) to join the rising Union University baseball program. “It’s an excellent opportunity for Ben,” said Tigers head coach Kent Farris. “He came in here and worked real hard as an incoming freshman and got his velocity up. If he continues to work then he’ll do big things. We’re real happy and proud for him.” Union, which is located in Jackson, Tenn., recently completed its transition from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to the Gulf South Conference (GSC). The Bulldogs, who are under the guidance of new headman Lee Driggers, are eligible for the playoffs at the NCAA Division II level for the initial time beginning with the upcoming 2015 campaign. “That was a big part of my decision. I’m glad they can play in the postseason,” Hellums said. “I love it there. They’re in a really, really tough conference so I’ll get to play the best competition possible. I’ve got a lot to prove so I’m ready to get out there and stay hungry.” Hellums basically became a second starter out of the Northeast bullpen and made 14 appearances with 23.2 innings pitched, which was more than any other Tiger reliever. The Ripley High School product went 2-2 during his final year in a Northeast uniform with a total of just 12 earned runs allowed and an average of five strikeouts per game. Hellums earned back-to-back victories in a span of two weekends during the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division slate this season. He struck out three batters to lead the Tigers to the first of four wins over rival Itawamba Community College and then gave up one earned run in three frames to down Holmes Community College. The tall, lanky right-hander also poured in a 4-2 record during his debut campaign in Booneville with 49.2 innings on the hill, which was second-best on the squad behind only Arkansas State University signee Tanner Gaines, 28 punch outs and a solid earned run average (ERA) of 3.26. Hellums tossed two frames against Mississippi Delta Community College in the final contest of the regular season to help the Tigers capture the 2013 MACJC North Division championship. His teams played the first round of the MACJC State Playoffs in the City of Hospitality for two years straight with triumphs over Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Pearl River Community College. Northeast also garnered the right to bring the MACJC State Tournament to Harold T. White Field for the initial time in its current format during the 2014 campaign. “It was really fun to come down and do things that haven’t been done in a while,” said Hellums. “Winning the division was awesome when we clinched it. That was one of my best memories and just getting to host the tournament this year was awesome as well.” Hellums holds a career ERA of 3.69 in 26 outings as a Tiger. The 6-8, 174-pounder sat down a personal best five men by strikeout in a win versus East Mississippi Community College one season ago and also tallied eight scoreless appearances at Northeast. “I could not have picked a better school to have come to out of high school,” Hellums said. “I think I learned so much here that you just can’t learn in high school. It prepared me to move on. We had a great group of guys both years I was here and I will be in contact with them as long as I’m around.” Hellums gave credit to the Tigers’ instructors, including assistants Richy Harrelson and Jon Andy Scott, for the knowledge and wisdom that they passed to him throughout his pair of campaigns in the black-and-gold. “I can’t say enough about the integrity of the coaches,” he said. “They taught me so much. Coach Harrelson comes in and gets me on a very solid weight program and coach Farris got me here and got me throwing. It wasn’t three weeks with them that I had velocity jumps. They’re so great at what they do.” Hellums will receive the chance during the 2015 season to face former Northeast teammates Justin Neal of Christian Brothers University, Will Robertson of Delta State University and the University of North Alabama’s Kyle Stephenson.
Manning getting used to new faces
by The Associated Press
Jul 24, 2014 | 1 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Though his physical condition is no longer a big question mark for Peyton Manning, when he looks around at training camp, he must feel like he's starting over again. Manning lined up for his first snaps Thursday behind an offensive line that has been shuffled, in front of a running back who took only about 25 percent of the snaps last year and looking down the line at some pass catchers, who 12 months ago, were either bit players or playing somewhere else. The quarterback who thrived on the familiarity of playing with the same receivers — Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison — same tight end — Dallas Clark — and same running backs — either Edgerrin James or Joseph Addai — year after year in Indianapolis, is now having to adjust to a revamped offensive roster to start his third year in Denver. Bottom line: "Just because you did certain things last year means nothing as far as this upcoming season," Manning said. "I've always felt the NFL does not owe you anything." But even by an NFL roster's constantly shuffling standards, the Broncos did some major reorganizing around their franchise quarterback — the 43-8 loss to Seattle in the Super Bowl exposing too many problems for the AFC champions to stand pat. The line will be different with the return of Ryan Clady at left tackle and the shifting of Orlando Franklin, who had a poor Super Bowl, from right tackle to left guard. Montee Ball will replace Knowshon Moreno at running back. Meanwhile, Emmanuel Sanders replaces Eric Decker at receiver. And just to accentuate the feel Thursday, former No. 5 receiver Andre Caldwell was getting reps in place of Demaryius Thomas, who was excused to attend his grandmother's funeral. "We're certainly looking for continuity and chemistry with the new players," Manning said. "Every year you have to establish that particular team's identity. We're in the process of doing that right now." John Elway, who put this roster together, said he hopes part of the new identity will take some of the focus off Manning, much the same way he became less of a focal point in his final years, which produced his two Super Bowl wins. "I think that we've got to get to be where we're a complete football team," Elway said. "We can't rely on '18' to win it because he can't win it by himself." While Elway was talking more about his offseason revamp of the defense, he has also been making plenty of moves to shore up the parts around Manning, who set records for yards (5,477) and touchdowns (55) last season and also won his fifth Most Valuable Player Award. Ball, last year's second-round pick, is viewed as a long-term prospect at running back. The Broncos spent this year's second-round pick on receiver Cody Latimer, in the hopes he'll be catching passes from Manning and his successor for years to come. In practice Thursday, Manning looked often toward tight end Julius Thomas, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound pass catcher with whom the Broncos are hoping to sign a long-term contract extension. "An important part of the team this year," Manning called him. And a familiar one — something Manning almost certainly didn't think he'd be searching for this hard come Year 3 with the Broncos. "That's probably the worst thing about football, is when you lose great players from the previous year, who are also great guys," Manning said. "We'll certainly miss guys like Eric and Knowshon — guys you've played in a lot of big games with, guys you put a lot of sweat and work in with in this facility and this weight room. "But it's an opportunity for other guys to step up."
Juvenile charged with murder in shooting
by Jebb Johnston
Jul 24, 2014 | 28 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 17-year-old turned himself in early Thursday morning after a fatal shooting on Johns Street Wednesday night. Detective Capt. Ralph Dance of the Corinth Police Department identified the victim as Anthony Beene, 19, of 860 County Road 511, Baldwyn. On Thursday afternoon, the department charged Amartrie Moss, 17, of Pierce Street with murder. He is being charged as an adult, and arraignment is set for this morning. The police department received a call at 7:14 p.m. that there was a male subject at a residence on Droke Road who had been shot. Officers found Beene unresponsive on the porch of the home. He was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Dance said it appears Beene had been let out of a car on Johns Street where he was going to see someone. The suspect said something to Beene, and Beene approached the suspect. Dance said the suspect then pulled out a handgun and fired at Beene, striking him multiple times. The shooter fled and Beene ran east on Droke Road. Police concluded that Moss was the shooter and blanketed the area to search for him with the assistance of the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department and Mississippi Highway Patrol. The search continued until about 2 a.m. when the mother of the suspect approached Police Chief David Lancaster and told him that she could probably find her son and bring him in. He turned himself in at about 2:50 a.m. Thursday. The victim, who was known to spend time in Corinth, was acquainted with Moss, but police are not sure of the motive. “The only thing we’ve come up with is they got into it a year ago and again a couple of weeks ago,” said Dance. Beene was a 2014 Baldwyn High School graduate.
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