Sports stories published in The Messenger’s Online Edition during August, 2000 included:

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Aug. 2, 2000

Local students represent Pike as Trojan All Stars

The Trojan All Stars serve as the official hostesses of the Troy State Football Program. These students assist the athletic department in football recruiting and public relations efforts.

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TSU picked top team by coaches, SIDs

DALLAS – Prognosticators have not let the loss of 11 first and second-team all-league players from last year’s co-championship squad stop them from picking Troy State University as the Southland Football League team to beat in 2000.

The CHHS Class of ’65 reunites this weekend

The Class of 1965 at Charles Henderson High School was very special.

Aug. 3, 2000

Familiar faces turn up in Goshen for picture day

Eagles head coach Joe Thornton has lost last year’s leading tackler, linebacker Lawrence Mosely to Charles Henderson High School. Mosely recorded 73 tackles last season for the Eagles, but has since moved on to Coach Hugh Fountain and the Trojans.

GHS’s "Replacement Killers" for 2000

Goshen may have lost the entire offensive line from last season to graduation, but don’t tell it to the new guys.

Aug. 8, 2000

TSU freshmen and walk-ons prepare for fall practice

TROY, Ala. – The Troy State football program welcomed 52 first-time players on Sunday afternoon as freshmen and walk-ons reported to begin preparations for the 2000 season.

ASWA’s preseason rankings released

Football is in the air and football is on paper as well with the release this weekend of the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s preseason high school football rankings.

Aug. 9, 2000

Rogers, Hatten will battle for QB slot

And then there were two.

PCH begins fall practice on the run

Pike County head coach Wayne Grant had his Bulldogs running on Tuesday afternoon as preseason drills continued throughout the county for the 2000 high school football season.

Aug. 10, 2000

TPRD announces fall baseball and softball leagues

When the leaves begin to turn brown, it usually means fall has officially arrived and it’s time to get ready for football season.

Blakeney calls first day "impressive"

TROY, Ala. – Although the Troy State football team’s returning players officially reported to campus on Tuesday afternoon, it was the squad’s newcomers who took center stage.

Aug. 15, 2000

Blakeney likes what he sees in freshmen

TROY, Ala. – The Troy State football team worked through a pair of two-hour practices on Friday, working in shorts and helmets in the morning and under the lights in the evening.

TSU names McCampbell new assistant track coach

TROY, Ala. – Andrew McCampbell, a native of Sweetwater, Tenn., has been chosen as the new assistant track coach for Troy State.

Nutter likes offensive ‘possibilities’, Trojans picked up for six televised games

TROY, Ala. – Junior quarterback Brock Nutter has spent three seasons on the Troy State practice fields, his last two as the team’s starter.

CHHS on the mind at Pike County Picture Day

The Pike County Bulldogs held their annual picture day on Monday at Bulldog Stadium in Brundidge and sitting still for photos in the hot sun would not be the toughest thing the players had to endure that day.

Troy State tagged as No. 3 in 2000 Sports Network Poll

TROY, Ala. – The Troy State football team is ranked No. 3 in the Sports Network 2000 Preseason I-AA College Football Poll, which was released Monday.

Aug. 16, 2000

CHHS’s Ewing named to first ever Rivals Prep team

Charles Henderson High School offensive lineman Von Ewing has been selected to the first ever Prep Preseason All-State Football Team.

Ward and the Patriots prepare for 2000 and Fort Dale Academy

In just over eight days on Friday Aug. 25, the AISA will kick off the 2000 football season.

Experience of TSU offensive line starting to show, McClain injured

TROY, Ala. – The Troy State football team went through its first full-contact practice on Monday night, but not always with favorable results.

Aug. 17, 2000

Fountain likes team’s effort in practice

The Charles Henderson High School Trojans continued preparations this week for the upcoming opening season clash with Pike County High School next Friday night.

Injuries mount as TSU prepares for scimmage

TROY, Ala. – The Troy State football team enjoyed a productive, two-hour workout on Tuesday night at the football practice complex, continuing to add parts of its offensive and defensive schemes.

Aug. 18, 2000

‘Canes added to Troy State 2001 schedule

TROY, Ala. – The Troy State football program announced on Thursday that it has signed a one-year contract to play the University of Miami (Fla.) during the 2001 season.

TABL Braves lose to Marlins, remain in first

In Troy Amateur Baseball League action on Saturday night the Orioles edged the Diamondbacks 10-9 on a bases loaded single by Sean Mobley in the bottom of the ninth inning. Mobley also had a home run in the game.

Trojans conclude two-a-day practices

TROY, Ala.-The Troy State football team concluded its final two-a-day practice here on Wednesday night, taking a scaled-back approach in preparation for Thursday night’s first preseason scrimmage at Richard M. Scrushy Field.

Aug. 20, 2000

Carter brings added dimesion to TSU offense

On Thursday night during Troy State’s pre-season scrimmage, Demontray Carter hauled in his first kickoff return as a Trojan at the 15-yard line.

Trojans work out kinks during Friday’s practice

TROY, Ala.-The Troy State football team worked for two hours in shorts and helmets on Friday afternoon, working some of the kinks out a day after its first preseason scrimmage.

TSU offense shines in pre-season scrimmage

TROY, Ala.-The Troy State offense took its cue and shined brightly against a watered down defense on Thursday night in Memorial Stadium at Richard M. Scrushy Field, dominating the Trojans’ first preseason scrimmage from start to finish.

Aug. 22, 2000

Brundidge is ground zero for Trojans vs ‘Dogs

On Friday evening Pike County and Charles Henderson High School will meet in Brundidge to find just who has the better team.

Eagles’ offense and defense pleases Thornton, Billingsley on the horizon

Unlike Charles Henderson and Pike County, which play on Friday night, the Goshen Eagles will have the opportunity to go through another week of practice before opening their season on Sep. 1 against Billingsley High School.

Trojans go through two hour practice on Saturday

TROY, Ala. – The Troy State football team worked out for two hours on Saturday morning in full pads, but without full-speed contact.

Aug. 23, 2000

CHHS and Pike County still in preparation

Charles Henderson High School head coach Hugh Fountain said Monday’s practice was a "solid" day, as the Trojans continue to prepare for the game against Pike County on Friday night.

Bulldogs and Trojans kickoff the season right

This has got to be the most exciting time of the year! Football season in "good ole" Troy, Alabama.

TSU set for final pre-season scrimmage

TROY, Ala. – The Troy State football team worked for two hours in full pads on Tuesday afternoon, focusing on fundamentals as they prepare for Wednesday night’s final preseason scrimmage.

Aug. 27, 2000

Thriller in Brundidge,Trojans claim win

For years all you had to do is say Brundidge-Troy and you could expect a great football game.

Pike’s Patriots fall to Fort Dale Academy 35-18

DeWight Ward new his team faced an uphill battle on Friday night against Fort Dale Academy.

Troy State soccer falls to LSU 4-0

TROY, Ala. – The Troy State soccer team lost 4-0 to LSU on Friday at Trojan Soccer Field in the season opener for both teams.

Aug. 28, 2000

SMCA throttles Tornadoes 48-0, Royal scores 4 TD’s

John Andrews completed 9 of 14 passes for 267 yards and 2 Td’s and Hunter Royal had 204 all-purpose yards scoring 4 Td’s as SMCA defeated Greenville Academy 48 to 0 Friday night in Grady.

Trojans prepare for the ‘unknown’

Troy State will make an opening season trek this weekend to play Alabama A&M and Trojan head coach Larry Blakeney admitted on Monday that information about the 2000 version of the Bulldogs is scarce at best.

Michael Vick is the Jordan of college football

I had just sat down on Sunday night to ready myself for a display unequalled in college football.

Aug. 31, 2000

How about some backyard football?

Every Friday afternoon after school, our favorite thing was to head over to our friend Chet’s house for a game of backyard football.

CHMS football opens tonight

Charles Henderson Middle School will open their season tonight against D.A. Smith of Ozark.

PLAS takes the long road to Mobile

Last season the Pike Liberal Arts School Patriots travelled to Mobile to take on Mobile Christian.