Co-Lin adds four to Sports Hall of Fame

Published 8:00 pm Thursday, October 11, 2012

Once again, the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Sports Hall of Fame has opened its hallowed doors to induct four new members. Victoria Mason of Hazlehurst, Chris Dunn of Magee, Joel Lessley of Natchez and Ira E. Coates of Prentiss will join the heroic conclave.

     The induction ceremony will take place during Co-Lin’s Homecoming 2012 celebration next Saturday, Oct. 20. It will be held during the annual meeting of the Athletic Alumni Association at 9:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon at 11:30 in the Henley Building’s cafeteria.

     Tickets are $12 and may be purchased at Saturday morning registration in Rea Auditorium or at the door. The pregame homecoming ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. in Stone Stadium, followed by the Co-Lin Wolfpack versus the Gulf Coast Bulldogs in a 3 p.m. South Division showdown.

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     Mason starred on the 2000-2001 basketball teams at Co-Lin as a post player, earning All-Star and All-Region honors. She later played for Southern Miss.

     Dunn, a 2000 Co-Lin  graduate, earned NJCAA All-American, All-Region, All-State and Academic All-American honors in baseball. He led the nation with 20 home runs as Co-Lin finished fourth in the College World Series.

     Dunn played one season at Southern Miss and transferred to William Carey University where he was named Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

     Coates is a 1960 Co-Lin grad. He starred in baseball, landing a berth in the Junior College All-American Game in 1959. He later graduated from Delta State.

     Lessley is a 1990 Co-Lin grad who starred in tennis. He won state and regional championships with the Wolves. He was ranked No. 1 in doubles and No. 2 in singles.


     Meanwhile, Professor Hoopla B.S. was last seen wearing a red jacket and inspecting Christmas trees. The weekend cold front sent a shiver down his spine, causing his penmanship to become more illegible.

     Hoopla predicted the winners of 27 games last week, stubbed his toe and managed to get 20 correct. Special congratulations to the Jefferson County Tigers for their upset of previously unbeaten Wilkinson County.

     Here’s a preview of this weekend’s winners, starting with Friday night’s high school scene.

     Brookhaven at Pearl: The Pirates appear to have found the winning formula. The Panthers continue searching. Pearl 27-17.

     Columbia Academy at Brookhaven Academy: Homecoming games can be hazardous for the home team because of numerous distractions. In a hard-fought contest, Brookhaven 28-18.

     Bogue Chitto at Natchez Cathedral: Unbeaten Bobcats must beware of an ambush in D’Evereaux Stadium. Bogue Chitto 33-24.

     Enterprise at Wesson: Coach Ronald Greer will show compassion when he pulls his starting unit earlier than usual. Wesson 45-12.

     Loyd Star at Puckett: Wolves aren’t what they used to be but they’re strong enough to howl Friday night. Puckett 36-14.

     Union Christian at West Lincoln: Bears return to their winning ways on Perry Miller Field. West Lincoln 29-10.

     South Pike at Lawrence County: Who wants it the most? Time will tell. Lawrence County 21-20.

     Franklin County at Crystal Springs: Bulldogs bounce back with a big road win. Franklin County 46-18.

     Wilkinson County at Hazlehurst: It’s a major Region 7-3A showdown as the Indians flex their muscles and skin the Wildcats. Hazlehurst 30-14.

     Copiah Academy at Hillcrest: It’s been a long, win-starved season for the Colonels but they should be smiling late Friday night. Copiah 26-12.

     In other area action, Presbyterian Christian over Parklane 28-21, Columbia over North Pike 21-10, Jefferson County over Prentiss 36-16 and McComb over South Jones 34-14.

     After draining a can of real Coke, Hoopla previews Saturday’s winners, starting with two community college specials.

     Co-Lin at Pearl River: Wolfpack wreck the homecoming celebration in Poplarville with a big South Division win. Co-Lin 30-17.

     Gulf Coast at Southwest: Unfortunately, the Bears didn’t schedule a turkey for homecoming. Gulf Coast 47-12.

     Tennessee at Mississippi State: Bulldogs will have their hands full but they’ll win by a  field goal. State 27-24.

     Auburn at Ole Miss: Hugh Freeze was guaranteed $100,000 for every SEC victory when he signed his contract. Perhaps he will spread the wealth around. Ole Miss 20-13.

     Southern Miss at Central Florida: Winless Golden Eagles are supposed to be improving each week. Better luck next week. Central Florida 27-19.

     Jackson State at Alabama State: It’s been a lean scene for the Magnolia State’s SWAC members. Alabama State 38-14.

     In other Magnolia State action, Alabama A&M over Alcorn State 28-12, Grambling over Valley State 29-10, West Georgia over Delta State 21-17, Sewanee over Millsaps 14-7, Howard Payne over MC 26-12, and Belhaven over Bluefield 22-7.

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