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

February 1, 2000

Hollis remembers ’87 team, gets ready for Tourney

It hasn’t been an ideal season for the Charles Henderson High School Trojans’ basketball team by any means, but all that can change come playoff time.

Column by Steven Watson: Super Ads?

Looks like a lot of you watched the Super Bowl according to the ratings.

PLAS gets no help, must go to Phenix City for Regionals

It all comes down to this weekend for the Pike Liberal Arts varsity basketball teams.

TSU men hit free throws, pulls out another TAAC win

Free throws, as most any coach will tell you, can win or lose a ball game. It won one for the Troy State Trojans Monday night.

February 2, 2000

Patriots fall just before the buzzer, PLAS girls get key win over Lee-Scott

The Pike Liberal Arts Patriots were only seconds away from ironing out all this Region Tournament business, but those final seconds can get hairy when you’re talking basketball.

TSU anxiously awaits signing class today

Today many of the worries and speculation will be put to rest. The phone will either ring or not and the future of college football teams will be decided.

February 3, 2000

PCHS splits with the Eagles

The Pike County boys’ varsity came about a minute away from making it a clean sweep for PCHS over Montgomery County Tuesday night.

Troy State faces Stetson on the road in TAAC rematch

The Troy State Trojans will try and defend a four-game winning streak, but will have to get physical to do it Thursday.

Troy State football inks 27 picks on the first day

The fax-machine ink might need changing at some of your local colleges after yesterday’s college football signing frenzy.

2000 TSU Football Signing Class

2000 TSU Football Signing Class

February 4, 2000

Goshen Eagles set for rematch with Elba tonight

The Goshen Eagles have made the best of second chances this year, a fact that the Elba Tigers would do well to realize before venturing into Eagles Gymnasium tonight.

Patriots find way to win, survive to fight another day

The Pike Liberal Arts Patriots might be licking wounds, but that only means their season is still alive.

Troy State hits brick wall at Stetson in 17 point loss

The Trojan train came to a roaring halt Thursday night as Stetson applied the brake and an 88-71 win over the No. 1 team in the Trans America Athletic Conference.

February 6, 2000

Goshen falls 60-48 to Elba

As it turns out, Elba didn’t miss Monroe Williams that much at all.

Macon-East ousts PLAS girls from Region Tourney

PHENIX CITY ­ The Pike Liberal Arts Lady Patriots ended their season Friday in hard-fought fashion against Macon-East in the 3A East Area 1 Region Tournament.

Patriots eliminate No. 1 Lee-Scott in OT Thriller

PHENIX CITY ­ As a kid you go over the drill thousands of times in the back yard, but you never really expect it to happen.

Miracle tourney run falls one game short for PLAS

PHENIX CITY ­ The Pike Liberal Arts Patriots finally ran out of steam early Saturday evening, but not before they shook up the Class 3A East Area 1 Region Tournament.

February 8, 2000

Column by Steven Watson: How many tomorrows are left?

Well, area basketball players, are you a little nervous this week?

GHS faces defending champs in final game of regular season

Goshen travels to Huntington College tonight for the final game of the regular season against Trinity Presbyterian.

Golden’s 45 can’t save TSU, JU rolls in 103-93 shoot out

Anytime a team’s star player has a career night they’d like to think the conclusion of the contest would be a favorable one.

February 9, 2000

Lady Trojans are the only "sure thing" beyond Area

The only local high school basketball team absolutely assured more than just one more game are the Charles Henderson High Lady Trojans.

TAAC stretch run promises excitement

The Trans America Athletic Conference men’s basketball standings have tightened up a bit in the last week or so, but TSU still holds the coveted top spot.

February 10, 2000

Trojans explode on GHS in first game

San Diego Padres pitcher and CHHS graduate Brian Meadows threw out the inaugural first pitch and then watched his former team the Charles Henderson Trojans demolish Goshen, 22-1 in action Tuesday night.

CHHS scores 72 in big win, shows new-found hunger

Someone call the exorcist, the Charles Henderson Trojans have been possessed.

PCHS girls try not to be left out in tough Area 3 race

When looking at the girls Class 4A Area 3 basketball tournament, it’s easy to see that there will be at least one sad story to write before the final buzzer has sounded.

TSU tries to end two game skid tonight

The Troy State men’s basketball team can see the prize dangling in front of them, but they’ll never reach it if they don’t take care of business at home tonight and Saturday.

February 11, 2000

CHHS

The Charles Henderson High School basketball teams will have two different routes to the Sub-Regionals this year, but for the boys’ team it begins at Stanhope Saturday night.

CHHS pitchers power past tournament competition

The Charles Henderson High School Trojans were able to sweep a pair of games Wednesday at "Hogan’s Hole" to remain perfect on the young season.

Goshen

If any boys basketball team in Pike County has a good chance to make it to Troy State and the AHSAA Southeastern Regionals it’s the Goshen Eagles.

Pike County

A lot of the talk this season has gone to the Lady Bulldogs of Pike County, but they will have a much tougher road to a Sub-Regional than the PCHS boys’ team will.

Troy State destroys FAU

The Troy State Trojans got one game closer to their goal Thursday night with a 88-66 thumping of the Florida Atlantic Owls.

February 13, 2000

CHHS fires back in the third for 61-45 tourney win

MILLBROOK ­ Halftime turn arounds don’t get much bigger than the one the Charles Henderson High School Trojans experienced against Wetumpka Saturday night.

CHHS Trojans remain undefeated on

young season with sweep of Dothan

The Charles Henderson High School diamond Trojans had to use some late-inning heroics to remain unbeaten at 5-0 on the season.

Goshen rolls all over LHS, sets up big

rematch with Calhoun in Area title game

CALHOUN ­ The third time around was no charm for Luverne as Goshen handed the Tigers a 71-44 loss to advance to the Area Tournament title game against Calhoun Tuesday night.

PCHS cruises in the second to

make it to the Area finals

The Pike County High School varsity men have lived to fight another day.

DHS reaps bitter revenge

on Lady Bulldogs in Area 3

GENEVA ­ It would have been hard to find a more exciting first round matchup in Area Tournament play than the Lady Bulldogs’ battle with Daleville.

Trojans power past CFU for

second straight TAAC win

The Troy State Trojans finished off their home schedule in a big way Saturday with a 85-73 win over the Central Florida Golden Knights.

February 15, 2000

Area teams must win on the road tonight

The future will be a lot clearer after tonight as far as the boys’ side of the Alabama State playoffs goes.

Lady Trojans take Area 6 Championship with 52-43 win over Stanhope Elmore

The referee’s whistle blew a little more than either team might have wanted, but when the final buzzer sounded the Charles Henderson Lady Trojans had nothing to complain about.

And then there were four

All good things must come to an end and sometimes that ending can be a little abrupt.

February 16, 2000

Round three goes to Tigers as GHS falls 79-65 to CHS

CALHOUN ­ The Tigers ran away from the Goshen Eagles in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to take the Area championship last night, 79-65.

Pike County brings it back to Brundidge

DALEVILLE ­ Either Pike County Bulldogs head coach David Buehler is psychic or he knew something about his team that no one else did Monday night.

TSU controls own destiny, must finish up on the road

The jockeying for conference position has begun in earnest and the Troy State Trojans find themselves in an unfamiliar position at the top of the heap.

February 17, 2000

CHHS runs away from Mustangs for title

The Mustangs of Stanhope Elmore won the right to host the Area Tournament this year, but that didn’t assure them of anything Tuesday night.

Lady Trojans get shot at Regionals against Chelsea

The Charles Henderson Lady Trojans get their chance to advance to the Southeast Regional tonight as they host the Lady Hornets of Chelsea High at CHHS gym.

February 20, 2000

Auburn uses height to storm past Selma in 6A Regionals

Their was a sense of understandable frustration in Selma senior Curtis Williams as he was forced to foul Auburn’s Brett Howell in the closing minute of the Tigers victory over the Saints.

February 22, 2000

Stephens comes through again as CHHS splits a pair with Pratville on the road

The Charles Henderson High School baseball team picked up it’s first loss of the season Friday, but found some redemption in a late game against Prattville.

Troy State set to host high school basketball frenzy

Hold it. Do you hear that? If I’m not mistaken it sounds like an army of sneaker-wearing basketball players bearing down on us.

February 23, 2000

Eagles hit free throws to eliminate Geneva County

Montgomery County senior Thurston Ruffin came off the bench and into the Southeast Regional record books Tuesday at Troy State’s Trojan Arena.

TSU bats catch fire in big victory over Austin Peay

The Troy State baseball team was able to score nine runs in the eighth inning to pull out a 16-11 hit-fest against Austin Peay Tuesday.

February 24, 2000

CHHS baseball continues to roll, wins at Wetumpka

The Charles Henderson baseball team took only five innings to dismiss the Wetumpka Indians Tuesday getting a 13-2 mercy ruling on the road.

Lady Trojans get big chance today at noon in Regionals

The Charles Henderson High School Lady Trojans will be home-town favorites tomorrow as they take center stage at the Southeast Regional at Troy State University.

Column by Steven Watson: Calling all CHHS faithful

Something special is going on just down the road and if you’re not careful you’re might miss out on the whole thing.

Trinity knocks off Elba in 3A action

Reports of the Trinity Wildcats demise have been greatly exaggerated.

No. 1 spot at stake tonight for Troy State

After tonight things will be a lot clearer as far as Trans America Athletic Conference basketball is concerned as Troy State and Jacksonville State collide in league play.

February 25, 2000

Lady Trojans fall in fourth to Booker T. Washington, eliminated from Regionals

The season ended for the Charles Henderson Lady Trojans Thursday as their attempt to get past the Regional semifinals failed.

Two Patriot players to play in AISA All-Star game

Two Pike Liberal Arts basketball players are being rewarded for a year’s worth of hard work on the hardwood.

February 29, 2000

CHHS falls hard to Stanhope,

recovers to beat Opp 6-5

The Charles Henderson High School baseball team had a tough weekend at Stanhope Elmore splitting a pair of games.

Lady Trojans ready for run at 5A State Championship

Yesterday, the CHHS girls’ fast pitch softball team held practice at the Troy Sportsplex in preparations for today’s opening season contest against the Northview Cougars.

Troy State baseball team tries to keep rolling with big trip to the plains today

It won’t be the most important game either team plays this year, but when Troy State and Auburn meet at 3 p.m. today at Plainsman Park it might seem that way at the time.

TSU only three games away from dream chance

There is one fact in the Trans American Athletic Conference right now, starting Thursday, the next team in the conference to win three games will have a lot more to cheer about than a winning streak.