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Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 11, 2002

April 4, 2000

CHHS looks to start big run in Area today

Whatever has happened up until this point can all be chalked up to experience for the Charles Henderson Trojan baseball team.

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Tracksters claim third and fourth at Bulldog Invitational

STARKEVILLE, Miss. ­ The Troy State men and women’s track and field programs spent its Saturday at the Bulldog Invitational hosted by Mississippi State. The women finished fourth, while the men claimed third.

Lady Trojans find the offense, blank Prattville 10-0

The No. 2 ranked Charles Henderson Lady Trojans’ softball team hadn’t played in over a week and Tuesday their explosion on offense made it look like they spent that time locked in the batting cage.

April 5, 2000

Lady Trojans find the offense, blank Prattville 10-0

The No. 2 ranked Charles Henderson Lady Trojans’ softball team hadn’t played in over a week and Tuesday their explosion on offense made it look like they spent that time locked in the batting cage.

Column: By Steven Watson

Don’t ruin it for the kids

After talking to Troy Park and Recreation Director Dan Smith and some other folks on the subject, I was reintroduced to probably one of the worst aspects of youth sports – irate parents.

Glenwood Gators pound Pike Liberal 13-1 and 12-6 in Region sweep

Pike Liberal Arts dropped two straight to the Glenwood Gators yesterday in a doubleheader at Patriot field.

April 6, 2000

CHHS escapes the long ball with six in the sixth

Sometimes the short ball wins over the long ball and the Charles Henderson Trojan baseball team can attest to that after Wednesday’s come-from-behind performance against Opp.

TSU/Nike track meet plays host to 21 different teams

The Troy State Track and Field program will host the TSU/Nike Invitational this Saturday, Apr. 8, at the James H. Colley Track in Memorial Stadium. The field consists of 21 teams with several nationally-recognized athletes competing unattached.

April 7, 2000

Lady Trojans pull one out of the fire at Robert E. Lee

When you’re one of the best they’re all trying to knock you off and the CHHS Lady Trojans definitely have crosshair’s sighted on them.

PCHS pummels DHS 13-9 in must-win Area game

It was do or die time for the Pike County Bulldogs.

Patriots eek past Lakeside for win

Pike Liberal Arts School used big offensive innings early to squeak by the Lakeside Chiefs 9-8 Thursday.

April 9, 2000

Trojans get past Eufaula 7-6 to remain unbeaten in Area 4 play

The Charles Henderson High School Trojans baseball team won an important decision over a scrappy Eufaula team Friday to improve to 20-8 overall, but more importantly 2-0 in Class 5A Area 4 play.

Column by Steven Watson:

Getting into the Mood

There’s nothing to get you into the mood for the ole ballpark better than a great movie about baseball.

Cold winds can’t stop Opening Day in Troy

What started out with dark threatening clouds turned into a cold, yet very successful Opening Day for the Troy Park and Recreation youth baseball and softball leagues.

April 11, 2000

Collision at plate wrecks Carroll in 10-9 CHHS win

OZARK – When the dust around home plate had settled catcher Jonathan Neeley was the only one left standing and the Charles Henderson baseball team was still undefeated in Area play.

Troy Park and Recreation gets things under way

Chase Clower led the Dixie Boys Indians to a big win to start the season both on the mound and at the plate.

April 12, 2000

CHHS softball keeps winning in victory over Enterprise

After No. 4 ranked Charles Henderson had gone 0-6 in the first two innings of last night’s 3-0 victory over Enterprise, CHHS coach Steve Haug knew that his team needed to get something going.

Pike County gets whipped in

Daleville for third Area loss

DALEVILLE – In a complete turnaround from the 13-9 Pike County win over Daleville less than a week ago in Brundidge, the Warhawks teed off on the Bulldogs Tuesday and made a tough tough road ahead even tougher.

April 13, 2000

Grant, Pike County football working hard to improve attitude and facilities

Pike County head football coach Wayne Grant isn’t sitting around waiting for something good to happen, he’s getting his hands dirty to improve the situation and that kind of attitude has been contagious in Bulldog country.

Jaguars chalk up three homers in 9-5 win over TSU

TROY, Ala. ­ South Alabama collected 12 hits and blasted three home runs to break out of a season-long batting slump on Tuesday night as the Jaguars rallied past Troy State 9-5 at Riddle-Pace Field.

April 14, 2000

CHHS heads down the stretch with 3-0 Area 4 lead

The first leg – and probably the hardest – of the Charles Henderson baseball team’s Area run is over.

Goshen Eagles take care of Brantley at home 12-5

Jason Burgens knocked a three run homer in the bottom of the fourth to help Goshen defeat Brantley 12-5 yesterday at Eagles Field.

Several Trojans will keep a close eye on NFL Draft

In its tradition-rich history, Troy State University has had 19 players selected in the National Football League’s annual draft. Only once, 1992 (Leonard Wheeler and Reggie Dwight) have multiple players gone in a single year. That should all change this weekend.

April 16, 2000

Trojans just a win away from sealing up Area Title

The Charles Henderson High School Trojan baseball team took another big step towards an Area Title Friday.

PCHS pounds way past LHS

The Pike County Bulldogs used a steady barrage of runs to out-duel the Luverne Tigers 11-6 Friday.

Jammers win home run duel

The New York Life Jammers and The Messenger Lugnuts battled in a home run derby Thursday.

TSU gets TAAC series win with doubleheader sweep

An RBI-single by senior second baseman Todd Lancaster in the bottom of the seventh inning drove home Foy Shemwell with the game-winning run in the second game of a Trans America Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday, helping the Trojans sweep Samford, 11-1 and 4-3, at Riddle-Pace Field.

April 18, 2000

CHHS shuts out Eufaula to remain unbeaten in Area

The Charles Henderson baseball team reached a milestone Monday with their 6-0 shutout of Eufaula, but the Trojans aren’t quite satisfied yet.

GHS gets playoff berth with 17-4 win over Calhoun

With several starters of the Goshen baseball team suspended for yesterday’s game against Calhoun, Eagles head coach Chad Dube said that his teams word for the day was "adversity."

Golden has big weekend for the Mets

Kyle Golden blew up over the weekend going 8-for-8 in two games for the Dixie Boys Regions Bank Mets en route to an 11-2 win over the Mariners Friday and a 10-3 win Saturday against the Careermen’s Club Padres.

April 19, 2000

Geneva shuts the door on Bulldogs in 15-12 slugfest

The Geneva Panthers and the Pike County baseball team took a little batting practice at Brundidge Tuesday and when all was said and done, GHS had spoiled what could have been a huge Area win for the Bulldogs.

Two more Trojans sign free agent contracts in NFL

Troy State continues its contributions to National Football League teams this spring as defensive end Aaron Fields (Notasulga, Ala.) and tight end Lenny Lucas (Macon, Ga.) signed late Monday with the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings, respectively. Fields and Lucas are the 17th and 18th Trojans all-time to sign free agent NFL contracts upon completion of his eligibility.

April 20, 2000

CHHS hosts "Battle for Hogan’s Hole" today

It’s come down to one game and they don’t get much bigger than today’s contest between the Charles Henderson Trojans and the Carroll Eagles.

PLAS splits with Macon East

The Pike Liberal Arts School Patriots split a pair of Region games at home Wednesday against Macon East Montgomery.

Cardinals edge the Mets 1-0

It was the pitching duel many were waiting to see Tuesday night in the Dixie Boys matchup between the Ward’s Yamaha – Honda Cardinals and the Regions Bank Mets – and it stood up to most expectations.

Troy State gets 11-6 mid-week win over Faulkner

The Troy State University Trojans took a mid-week win from Faulkner Tuesday night. The Trojans used three big offensive spurts to hold off the Eagles 11-6.

April 21, 2000

Charles Henderson wins Area Championship

The Carroll Eagles came to Hogan’s Hole Thursday expecting to play a baseball game. The Charles Henderson Trojans came into their final regular season game ready for a war.

CHHS brings back tradition with banner 2000 season

To say it’s been a banner season for the Charles Henderson baseball team might be jumping the gun, but they have done something no one before them has been able to.

Patriots storm back for win

Ashford Academy looked all day long for a pitcher in yesterday’s game against Pike Liberal Arts, but the Falcons just couldn’t find one.

TSU hosts TAAC track championships Saturday

Friday night at 5 p.m. the Trans America Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships get underway on the Jesse H. Colley Track in TSU’s Memorial Stadium.

April 25, 2000

CHHS baseball draws Jackson in first playoff game

It’s that time of year when all the teams erase everything that they have done up until this point and dive into the playoffs with a clean slate.

CHHS peaking at just the right time for playoff run

CHHS head baseball coach Steve Garrett has a dilemma – and what a great dilemma to have.

Lady Trojans get big win over No. 5 ranked Eufaula

The No. 3 ranked Charles Henderson High School softball team picked up a huge 9-3 win over Section 2 rival No. 5 ranked Eufaula Thursday.

Column By Steven Watson

Reaping rewards from hard work

There is a lot to be said about hard work.

White Sox dodge bullet in one-point win over Pirates

The White Sox dodged a bullet Saturday ending a late rally by the Pirates just in time.

Lugnuts win 19-14 shootout Thursday

The Lugnuts got a 4-for-4 showing out of Kasee Carter, including a double and seven RBI’s to power past the Lookouts in Angel League action Thursday 19-14.

Samford, UCF slips past TSU as TAAC Track Champions

The Samford University men and University of Central Florida women enjoyed strong second-day showings at the 2000 Trans America Athletic Conference Track & Field Championships on Saturday, helping each pull away and claim a conference title at Troy State’s Jesse H. Colley Track.

April 26, 2000

Aggies come calling today at ‘Hogan’s Hole’

It’s do-or-die time tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. and the Charles Henderson High School Trojans should be primed and ready.

CHHS linksters nab second place at Troy Country Club

The Charles Henderson High School golf team came up only five points shy of a first place win at the Troy Country Club Tuesday.

Lady Trojans shut out Cougars 4-0

It took some time to adjust, but by the latter part of yesterday’s 4-0 win over Northview of Dothan, the CHHS Lady Trojans had zeroed in on the Lady Cougar’s pitching.

Column By Steven Watson

Fan support a must for CHHS

There’s one thing that has been missing in the Charles Henderson High School baseball team’s run to the Class 5A Area 4 Championship and there’s no reason why that ingredient should go missing today.

Eagles ready for "Long Haul" to Leroy for playoffs

GHS head coach Chad Dube called it the ‘long haul.’

Recreation League Roundup

The Baybears took their fifth win of the season with a 16-6 victory over the Jammers Monday.

April 27, 2000

Jackson slips past CHHS 9-8 to end Trojans season

In high school sports many times the most important games can be summed up in only a moment.

Mariners win two more in Troy’s Dixie Minor League

The Dixie Minor Mariners continued their dominance of league improving their record to an undefeated 6-0.

Troy State falls in eighth inning as USA plates three

South Alabama plated three runs in the eighth to top Troy State 4-3 Tuesday night in an in-state baseball contest at Stanky Field.

April 28, 2000

Trojan Linksters place second at Fort Rucker meet

The Charles Henderson golf team places second Thursday in a meet at Fort Rucker.

Lady Trojans win tight one with JD

The No. 3 ranked Charles Henderson softball team pulled out a 4-2 win Thursday against Jeff Davis.

Lady Patriots blast Taylor Road in final two contests

The Pike Liberal Arts Lady Patriots ended the season on a very positive note by blowing out Taylor Road by a combined score of 34-1 in Thursdays double header.

April 30, 2000

CHHS tracksters qualify eight for state at sectional

The Charles Henderson Track team qualified for state in seven different events in Thursday’s meet at Memorial Stadium on the Troy State campus.

Column by Steven Watson

Lets go out to a real ballpark

I’ve been spending more an more time out at the little league ballparks as of late and if you don’t go on a regular basis you might want to think about making the time to.

Bay Bears still undefeated

With their undefeated streak on the line, the Angel-League Bay Bears squeaked by the Renegades 11-10 Thursday to improve to 6-0 and hold on to the league lead.

TSU basketball picks up offensive power in Wilson

The Troy State men’s basketball program signed its first recruit of the spring period picking up junior college star Lamayn Wilson.