Sports stories published in The Messenger’s Online Edition during December 1999 included:

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December 1, 1999

Durham brings Dolphins into Trojan Arena tonight

Troy State head coach Don Maestri has a tough challenge tonight when his Trojans face off against the Dolphins of Jacksonville University.

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Trojan defensive backfield has their hands full looking at FAMU air-attack

It will either be a defensive back’s dream come true or worst nightmare when the Rattlers of Florida A&M crank up their offensive machine on Richard M. Scrushy field Saturday.

December 2, 1999

Trojans nab first victory, CHHS girls oust CHS 48-32

The Charles Henderson Trojan boys’ basketball team got their first win of the season over the visiting Clayton Tigers Tuesday night, 74-70.

PLAS Patriots show Abbeville

Christian Generals the broom

The Pike Liberal Arts School Patriots took the Varsity girls’ and boys’ games from the Abbeville Christian Generals in convincing fashion Tuesday night.

December 3, 1999

Troy State wants payback for FAMU loss last season

Revenge is not always the most savory of motivations, but primitive or not, it has it’s effective uses.

Goshen ready to start season,

nab No. 8 preseason ranking

The No. 8 ranked team in Alabama’s Class 3A will do battle tonight against the Louisville Red Devils.

TSU netters hold on to win first TAAC game of the year

The Troy State Trojans would not be denied their first Trans American Athletic Conference win and posted a 77-69 victory over the visiting Jacksonville University Dolphins Wednesday night.

December 5, 1999

FAMU defense has its day in the sun with

big showing shutting down Trojans in the second half

After playing the Florida A&M most teams remember the high-powered offense of FAMU, Troy State just wishes they could keep from remembering the defense that bit them Saturday.

Rattlers bite Trojans with two quick strikes on offense

If you could take away sixty-four seconds from the Troy State-Florida A&M contest yesterday, the Trojans would probably be preparing for a home game next week against Youngstown State for the right to play for the Division 1-AA National Title in Chattanooga on Dec.18th.

Goshen starts season off right

with 51-43 win over Red Devils

The Louisville Red Devils hung with the No. 8 ranked Goshen Eagles for three quarters Friday night before eventually falling 51-43.

Florida A&M knocks Troy State out of the playoffs

For the second straight season the Troy State Trojans were knocked out of the Division I-AA playoffs by the Florida A&M Rattlers.

December 7, 1999

Trojans get rematch with JDHS

It’s been a pretty tough road for the Charles Henderson High Trojans so far this year, but the rewards could show up in experience later in the season.

Lady Trojans fall 82-69 to Samford

in second TAAC game

Going into Monday night’s contest with the Samford Lady Bulldogs the Lady Trojans knew they had their work cut out for them. Not only because of Samford’s talent, but because they were outnumbered almost two-to-one.

PLAS Lady Patriots notch first

Region victory in three years

The Pike Liberal Arts girls’ varsity team is excited about playing basketball, and why not? They’re winning.

December 8, 1999

Opinion: Column by Steven G. Watson

Loud mouths welcome

Fan participation at basketball game is essential in my book. Yes, even that really loud-mouthed jerk in the third row that thinks he knows everything there is to know about a moving pick. Where do you think that the term ‘home-court advantage’ comes from?

GHS dominates Highland Home

in 86-40 thrashing

The Goshen Eagles certainly played like the No.8 team in the state Monday night.

PCHS teams pick up a couple of

wins at Montgomery County

The Pike County High School varsity teams sweep a couple of matches with Montgomery County Monday night. The boys notched a 64-61 win and the girls took their first victory of the season in a 67-43 decision.

December 9, 1999

Enterprise thumps Pike County, Lady

Bulldogs oust EHS 49-40

The Pike County Bulldog Varsity men were unable to hold off the Enterprise Wildcats Tuesday night falling in a 69-43 showing.

PLAS continues to win, sweeps a couple from Dixie

It didn’t take the Pike Liberal Arts girls varsity team that long to match their win total from last season.

December 10, 1999

CHHS teams hit the road for

first Area game of the year

The Lady Trojans of Charles Henderson High School are 2-2, but going into their first area game of the season, head coach Dyneshia Jones feels they are ready to really start playing her style of basketball.

Trojan cheerleaders ready to

compete at state Saturday

The Varsity and Junior Varsity cheerleaders from Charles Henderson will compete in the 11th Annual State Cheer & Dance Championships this weekend in Birmingham. This is the varsity’s second year to participate in the competition, but the junior varsity will be making their debut.

Bulldogs and Eagles set for

county showdown at PCHS

If the last two games the Goshen Eagles and the Pike County Bulldogs have played against each other on the hardwood are any indication, there could be a barn burning in Brundidge tonight.

December 12, 1999

CHHS gets back on track

with a couple of weekend wins

The Charles Henderson Trojans opened up the game with a 17-0 run in the first period of last night’s game against Andalusia and ended the game with a 17 point victory over the visiting Bulldogs, 66-49.

Opinion: Column by Steven G. Watson

Rivalry game could’ve

ended a lot differently

Close contests and competitive athletes playing their hearts out make for a strong rivalry any time you put the two factors together. Being that the two schools in question are only a stone’s throw away from each other doesn’t hinder the process either I suppose, and deep down I truly believe that when two teams are that competitive and excited about playing one another great things more often than not come from it. The bad and the ugly seem to find their way through the cracks as well however.

GHS and PCHS burn down the house in Brundidge

It’s beginning to be a habit for the Goshen Eagles to break the Pike County Bulldogs’ hearts.

Trojans lose second straight at buzzer

When you lose two games in a row it’s usually pretty painful. When you lose those two games by a total of two points, it’s gut-wrenching.

Alabamians return to home

state for series of games

When the Troy State Lady Trojans square off against Minnesota Sunday afternoon the Golden Gophers will have just as many Alabama natives on the floor as TSU does.

December 14, 1999

Cheerleaders take state crown

The CHHS cheerleaders came out victorious in Birmingham this weekend.

Opinion: Column by Steven G. Watson

Basketball well under way

If you happened to get out and catch any of the local basketball action this weekend, as a sports fan you should have been pleased.

Lady Trojans drop second straight at home 66-56

The Troy State Lady Trojans (4-4) were handed their forth loss of the season Sunday afternoon by the Minnesota Golden Gophers 66-56.

December 16, 1999

CHHS cheerleader tradition

continues with veteran squad

How much pressure can be put on a high school student? Just ask any of the members of the Charles Henderson High School Cheerleading squad as they prepare to make yet another trip to Nationals at the end of the month.

Goshen ousts Montgomery Academy at home

Tuesday night, Goshen did what any good eagle would do when faced with an invader in its nest. They pecked them right out of the gym.

Lady Bulldogs notch another

close win against Bullock County

The Pike County girls’ varsity just keeps on winning.

Bailey, PCHS girls show poise early

Can it get much better for the Pike County High School Lady Bulldogs?

Lady Trojans nurse wounds

First you start the season without your star returning player, then, with a young club to begin with, you have to fight your way through early season injuries and to top it all off a team up and cancels on you.

December 17, 1999

Goshen Eagles hosts SEAC

tournament over the weekend

Three schools will be involved in the South Eastern Athletic Conference tournament starting Thursday night in Goshen.

Pike Liberal Arts varsity teams get back to work against Lakeside

The Pike Liberal Arts Patriots are ready to get back to work on the hardwood tonight as they hit the road for their third straight game away from home against Lakeside.

December 21, 1999

Carver, Calhoun get first round

wins in Christmas Tourney

The Carver Lady Wolverines showed no mercy in their 69-23 drilling of the Lanier Lady Poets in game one of the sixth annual Charles Henderson High School Christmas Classic Monday.

Troy State snaps losing skid with

88-74 victory over TSA

Troy State (5-4) used a strong second-half surge to claim an 88-74 win over visiting Texas-San Antonio (3-6) in Trojan Arena. The Trojans outscored their guests 57-33 in the second frame.

December 22, 1999

Trojans fall in first round, rebound for

revenge against Carver on Tuesday

The Charles Henderson Trojans got a little revenge on the Carver Wolverines Tuesday afternoon as the two teams met for the second time in three games.

Carver, LHS boys advances to finals

In the early game on Tuesday, the winner of the second round matchup between the Calhoun Lady Tigers and the Lady Wolverines of Carver wouldn’t get much rest because the championship was played later that night.

December 26, 1999

Charles Henderson looking for role

players as they travel to Dothan

for Progress Tourney

The Charles Henderson Trojans will be playing in one of the biggest holiday tournaments in the state and their coach is calling on fans not to lose faith because of the team’s early 4-6 record.

Troy Park and Recreation ready for youth basketball

On January 8 the Troy Park and Recreation youth basketball league will begin it’s season and the young players participating will have a lot more to gain besides a win or a loss.

December 28, 1999

Trojans travels to Dothan for Progress Tournament

It’s one of the biggest tournaments of the year and the Charles Henderson High School Trojans have an invitation.

Early TAAC game important for both teams Thursday

The importance of Thursday’s matchup between Troy State (5-5) and Central Florida (2-9) is obvious for both teams.

Lady Trojans try to get healthy

Time is getting short for the Troy State Lady Trojans as they try to heal some injuries before they begin Trans American Athletic Conference play.

December 29, 1999

Pike Liberal boys bounce back with win over Rebels

The number 11 is an ace in many card games and Pike Liberal’s No. 11, Clint Wallace was just that Tuesday night against Dixie ­ an ace.

PLAS Lady Patriots take third place with 38-30 win

While the Pike Liberal Arts girls’ varsity might not have had their best scoring night on record, their defensive effort ranked right up there.

December 30, 1999

Trojans ready for conference play

There have been some hard knocks for the Troy State Trojans in the early going, but all that’s in the past come tonight.

Lady Trojans looking healthier for tonight

After over two weeks of not playing ball, TSU head coach Jerry Hester and his squad of Lady Trojans will return to action tonight at Trojan Arena.

December 30, 1999

PLAS gets back to work at Hooper on Monday

The Pike Liberal Arts Patriots will return to action a little sooner than they thought come the new year, with both varsity teams squaring off against Region foe Hooper on Monday instead of Tuesday.