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C-L Hall of Fame inducts four more

Once again the doors of the Copiah-Lincoln Community CollegeAthletic Hall of Fame will swing open to welcome new inductees. Theofficial ceremony takes place Saturday morning on Co-Lin’s Wessoncampus.

The four new inductees are Robert C. (Bob) Barrett forbasketball and baseball, Class of 1949; Henry Harrison Brumfield,basketball and football, Class of 1943; Mary Willie Marler Douglas,basketball, volleyball and track, Class of 1931; and Willie E.McGee, basketball, Class of 1958.

Barrett, a resident of Baton Rouge, played on two statechampionship basketball teams that only lost two games. A graduateof Saltillo High School, Barrett received his bachelor’s degreefrom Delta State University.

Brumfield, from Natchez, was an All-State selection forbasketball and football. A native of Bogue Chitto, he helped leadthe construction of the baseball fields at Duncan Park.

Douglas, from Hattiesburg, played on the 1930-31 championshipteams which were coached by Dr. J.M. Ewing. She was an avid golferuntil she turned 75.

McGee, from Bogue Chitto, was recognized as “one of the bestspot shooters” by former Co-Lin coach Alton Ricks. In 1958, McGeescored 29 points in the highest scoring basketball game in Co-Linhistory, a 150-133 victory over Mississippi Gulf Coast. He alsomade the game-winning shot in the last game ever played in Co-Lin’sold gym.

From 1981-2000, McGee was president of Southern Electric Worksand Southern Welding in Brookhaven.

A wave of nostalgia and a sweet spirit will fill the ThamesCenter, site of the induction ceremony, Saturday morning, startingat 9 o’clock.

In case you missed it, Brookhaven product Maurio Smith playedwell against the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagleslast Saturday in West Point, N.Y. Smith, a senior safety for Army’sBlack Knights, made three tackles, one of them for a 3-yard loss;as USM held a shaky 7-6 halftime lead.

Poor Army. The Cadets are down to their third stringquarterback, sophomore Matt Silva, due to injuries. The stressedout youngster was intercepted five times by the Golden Eagles.

Army’s membership in Conference USA is a supreme challenge forthe Knights. Head coach Todd Berry and his staff must recruitbetter athletes to be competitive. Berry is 4-22 at Army and theschedule doesn’t get any easier. The Knights have scored just oneoffensive touchdown in the last 13 quarters of action.

The Raleigh and Enterprise-Clarke football teams are onprobation until Oct. 25, according to the Mississippi High SchoolActivities Association. A bench-clearing fight erupted Sept. 20, atRaleigh when a Raleigh player kicked an Enterprise player. Bothschools were fined $250 and players identified on the game filmmust sit out four quarters.

Remember folks, don’t’ take football too serious. It’s just agame.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Professor Hoopla , B.S., isdealing with his schedule the best way possible. He booked a 1-wayticket to Wisconsin yesterday and won’t be back in Brookhaven untilThanksgiving or after the hurricane season. Before departing,Hoopla dropped off his list of weekly predictions.

McComb at Brookhaven: The Tigers aren’t flashy but they takecare of business on the gridiron. McComb 26-14.

Columbia Academy at Brookhaven Academy: It’s been a tough seasonfor both Cougar teams but BA is predicted to win decisively.Brookhaven Academy 28-12.

Stringer at Enterprise: Yellow Jackets brew a potent homecomingstew for the visitors. Enterprise 35-14.

West Lincoln at Bogue Chitto: After absorbing a homecomingsetback, the Bobcats notch their second win of the season and whipthe visitors. Bogue Chitto 24-14.

Hinds AHS at Loyd Star: A night of big plays excite the WilliamE. “Sambo” Smith crowd. Loyd Star 31-18.

Wesson at Madison St. Joseph: Cobras flex their muscles onoffense and defense. Wesson 44-8.

Port Gibson at Lawrence County: At last the Cougars are finishedwith the heavyweights on their schedule. Lawrence County 30-20.

Hazlehurst at Wilkinson County: It’s a big showdown in theRegion 7-3A race. Hazlehurst 21-20.

Jefferson County at Franklin County: Looking for a homecomingvictory, the Bulldogs find it in Louie Mullins Memorial Stadium.Franklin County 36-16.

In other area games, South Pike should smash Terry 49-6, EastMarion should dump North Pike 21-12, Copiah Academy should upsetParklane 21-20 and Amite County should take Crystal Springs33-16.

After sipping a Pepsi, Hoopla checks out Saturday’s collegiatescene, starting with two community college specials.

East Central at Co-Lin: Ailing Wolves work hard to salvage ahomecoming victory but the Warriors escape Stone Stadium.17-14.

Southwest at Jones County: The No. 3-ranked Bobcats are pushedhard before prevailing. Jones 21-14.

Mississippi State at South Carolina: Injury-riddled Bulldogs runout of luck against the Gamecocks. South Carolina 28-14.

Florida at Ole Miss: After eating grits and eggs for breakfast,the Gators dine on Rebels at lunchtime. Florida 39-21.

In other Magnolia State action, West Georgia should whip DeltaState 28-10, Maryville should edge Millsaps 17-14, Hardin-Simmonsshould bury Mississippi College 42-12, Fort Valley State shoulddump Alcorn State 38-20, Mississippi Valley State should ambushPaul Quinn 27-15, and Bethel should edge Belhaven 14-12.

Jackson State has an open date to enjoy its victory over theMVSU Delta Devils and Southern Miss has an open date to prepare forthe C-USA stretch run.