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Bo’ Chitto pulls for Felder Sartin

Bogue Chitto coaches are pulling together for Felder Sartin, the4-year-old son of BC football coach Gareth Sartin and his wife,Jessica. The youngster is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia(ALL). It was diagnosed in late August of last year.

Currently under going treatment for the disease at Blair E.Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson, Felder is a determinedyoungster with a great spirit. He wants to defeat the enemy, justlike his two heroes, Superman and Batman, battle the evil thatbesets their galactic worlds.

For sure it has been a battle. Life has been turned upside downfor the Sartin family although they are doing their best to keepthings as close to normal as possible. The BC coaches aresponsoring a sports auction at the Brookhaven RecreationDepartment’s Roland Wall Facility located on Highway 51 North.

Funds raised will be used to help defray mounting medicalexpenses that the Sartins are dealing with. The silent auction willbe held Friday, April 3, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Auction tickets are $25 per adult and $10 per child. Patronswill be treated to a steak dinner for adults and a chicken dinnerfor children.

Businesses may purchase a whole table if they are interested. Asign promoting their business will be located on the table.

Only 300 tickets are available. They should be purchased as soonas possible. For ticket information, contact softball coach DeniseLeggett and other members of the coaching staff. Her number atschool is 601-734-2723 and her cell phone is 601-757-6769.

Leggett said the auction would include autographed sportsmemorabilia. Among the merchandise are autographed items by EliManning, Drew Brees, Nolan Ryan, Matt Forte, Patrick Willis, DaleEarnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, Vince Spadea and many more. There alsowill be a 3-day bow hunt at Giles Island up for bids.

Leggett said some professional sports personalities are expectedto be present, too.

Due to his fragile condition, Felder is confined to his housewhen he isn’t in Jackson for medical treatment. He loves outdoorsports and misses being able to play with his friends fromschool.

Felder’s parents have isolated themselves to a certain extent,trying to avoid the many cold germs that fill the air. It was adifficult football season for Coach Sartin but his Bobcats stillmanaged to make the state playoffs.

Sartin said he deeply appreciates all the prayers and supportthe school, teachers, students and community have provided for himand his family.

In case you missed it, the Mississippi Private SchoolAssociation’s All-Star Soccer and basketball games were held lastweekend. Brookhaven Academy had Nathaneal Sbravati and Shae Smithin the soccer game and Blaine Roberts in the Class AA-AAA All-StarBoys Basketball Game.

Sbravati played sweeper and was named South MVP as the North wonthe soccer game 3-1. Smith played midfielder and provided an assiston the South’s only goal.

Both BA standouts excelled in the classroom and will attend OleMiss on academic scholarships.

In the AA-AAA basketball game, Roberts scored 7 points as theSouth prevailed 89-85 in Mississippi College’s A.E. Wood Coliseum.Emmanuel Ezeljiofo of Hillcrest Christian led the South with 21points and Ryan Goolsby of Madison Ridgeland scored 17.

The North got 19 points from Johnathan McKenzie of Starkvilleand 15 from Davin Riebock of Canton.

In the AA-AAA girls game, the North romped to a 100-63 victoryas Jenna Harris of Magnolia Heights scored 11 points and StellaMalouf of Greenwood Pillow 14, leading 6 players in double digits.Leading the South were Lindsay Clark of McComb Parklane with 13points and Ashley Morrison ACCS with 12.

In the Class A boys all-star game, CM&I’s Darrin Murphy had26 points for the South in an 87-86 win. Ben Little of HebronChristian had 21 for the North.

In Class A girls, the North won 67-55, directed by Bliss Gurleyof Delta with 13 points. Savanna Foster of Marvell and EmilyHolecek of Bayou each had 12 points.

Seventeen points by Sarah Spann of University paced theSouth.

Powerlifting update. Josh Wallace of Bogue Chitto won the242-pound division with a 3-lift total of 1,175 pounds in the Class1A South State gathering at Pisgah.

At Quitman, site of the Class 4A South State competition,Brookhaven’s Patrick Hardy captured the 123-pound division with alift total of 825 pounds. Lawrence County standout Pat Sutton bleweveryone away in the 198 division with a total of 1,500 pounds.

The state powerlifting meet will be held April 4 at theMississippi Coliseum in Jackson.

Write to sports editor Tom Goetz, c/o The DAILY LEADER, P.O. BOX551, Brookhaven, MS 39602 or e-mail sports@dailyleader.com