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|What's in store for 2010?|
Urban Meyer gone.
Urban Meyer not gone.
Craig James calling out Mike Leach.
Mike Leach gone.
The Colts taking a knee on history.
The New Orleans Saints gaining home field advantage for the entire playoffs after three losses.
And the whole Tiger Woods deal.
What a crazy end to a crazy year.
Les Miles and time management.
Maybe we can call it the Year of Indecision.
The only thing that could make it crazier is if the New Orleans Saints right that ship and win the Super Bowl.
Brett Favre has camera crews from Minnesota camped out at his Hattiesburg home while he's working out at Oak Grove High School where Steve McNair Jr., is working hard to get over the tragic death of his father, Steve, who played at Alcorn State, which couldn't decide whether to fire its coach or coaching staff.
The madness of it all.
Then again, the Yankees win a World Series, Nick Saban's team is playing for a national championship, North Carolina was the Final One at the Final Four, Kobe Bryant has another ring and the Pittsburgh Steelers are back in the Super Bowl.
Locally, we had Jarrett Hoffpauir making us all proud with his first-ever appearance in the Major Leagues, Dee Faircloth making us cry with his farewell, Freddie Harrison leading his team to a thrilling season, the Vidalia Viking basketball team coming within one game of winning a state championship, Huntington baseball coach Mitch Ashmore going to Trinity and Trinity baseball coach Matt Mason coming to Huntington, Ferriday's boys basketball team coming within one point of upsetting Lakeside in the first round,
And we now have the green light on a recreation complex that will help nurture our future athletes, bring communities together and bring in more money to the parish to where we could hopefully improve our athletic facilities in the parish (boy, Vidalia sorely needs a new gym).
What will the new year bring?
Vidalia's boys basketball team certainly has a chance to win its second-ever state title, the first coming in 1979. It was big man Kalpatrick Wells leading the way then. Big men Gary Stewart and Torrey Dixon are leading the way this year.
Vidalia lost to Richwood in the finals last year. The Vikings will find some tough competition from former 4A power Carroll this season. Should be another fun postseason for Sanders Souljas.
There will be a new head football coach at Vidalia High. Dee Faircloth will not be calling the shots from the Viking sideline for the first time since 1969. Faircloth retired at the end of last year.
Vidalia High principal Rick Brown, who is nearing retirement, as well, will definitely recommend the proper person for the head coaching job at Vidalia.
Brown is a professional and does everything by the book. He loves Vidalia High and told me in no way does he want to look back after he retires and regret any recommendation he made.
Someone just coming in as principal might be easily persuaded or not have an idea the type of person who would be best suited for the job, which is a lot more than just coaching on Friday night.
Another thing about Brown is that he is not going to play the buddy system and or do something because someone with a lot of pull wants him to do it. Brown is his own man and anyone who has dealt with this man knows he is a man of true integrity.
He will make the proper choice for Vidalia High and the school board would be wise to go along with choice.
Moving on to the Vidalia High baseball team - what a strange season last year.
The Vikings went from the Bad News Bears to — well, the Vidalia Vikings we are used to seeing each year. Vidalia upset Iowa last year in the first round of the playoffs. Look for a better start this year and a better finish.
Over to Ferriday High, Davonte Scott will be the best football player in the state most people have not heard ofs before the season. The Trojans return a lot of talent and will be fun to watch in 2010.
The Lady Trojans do not have twin towers this year, but Chante Poole and Jasmine Butler can get it done from the outside. Ferriday's girls may surprise some folks in the postseason.
At Huntington, here we go again with stories of the Ferriday school closing down.
Sure, it's tough times, but you can bet the folks who support the school will do everything possible to keep it going.
The cupboard was a bit then for this school year, but the junior high has a number of talented athletes who can get the Hound athletic program competitive once again.
It certainly will be strange seeing Mitch Ashmore in a Trinity baseball uniform this year and Matt Mason in the Huntington dugout.
And it's always fun to watch Abi Brown go after state records in track.
Brown won the MPSA Class A title in the 300-meter hurdles and her first-ever state championship in the 100-meter hurdles last year.
Two years ago, the Lady Hound senior won the 400-meter dash and was second in the 100-dash at State.
Brown won the 300-hurdles in a time of 47.47. She set the state record in that event three years ago (48.98) before it was broken two years ago in a time of 45.60 by a runner from Veritas.
Brown, who has won 10 medals in State competition since her freshman year, captured the 100-hurdles in 15.43. The state record is 14.95.
Monterey High's basketball teams are putting together better seasons than they have had in a while.
The Lady Wolves are using strong defense and playing well together offensively to post 17 wins before district play begins.
The sad thing is that Monterey has dominated teams that were in their district last season and would be the favorite to win their district if not for being switched to a tougher Class 5B.
But rest assured Monterey's boys and girls will have a lot to say about who does win that district.
It's been quite a while since both Monterey teams were in the playoffs at the same time. This just might be the year.
Get ready for even more drama for 2010 - and who knows what else?.
If 2009 is any indication, there will be plenty more strange occurrences and unpredictable finishes.
But that's what we love about sports.
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