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

July 11, 2000

Troy Dixie 14-year-old squad blasts Abbeville, Enterprise, in districts

The Abbeville 14-year-old All-Stars got in the path of a locomotive Saturday night.

Dixie Youth prepares for Eufaula, round two

The Troy National Dixie Youth team got off to a rough start in sub-district play, losing to the Eufaula American team 9-7 last Thursday.

Coming home: Minor Nationals claim title

In the closest contest that Troy had in the Dixie Minor Tournament, the Nationals edged Luverne, 7-6 on Thursday night to move into the championship game unbeaten at 4-0.

July 12, 2000

Minors ready to hit the field at districts

It has been quite a layoff for the Troy Dixie Minor American team, but tonight they’ll finally get a chance to take the field, when the Dixie Minor District tournament gets underway out at the Sportsplex tonight.

Troy 14’s oust Dothan from Dixie Boys district

And another one bites the dust.

Dixie Youth American team ‘staying alive’ as tournament comes to a close

As luck would have it the Troy Dixie Youth American team had to take on Luverne again last night.

July 13, 2000

Troy Dixie Boys fall to Abbeville for first loss

Tuesday night the Abbeville All-Stars did the unthinkable.

Junior Legion primed for tourney

The Troy Junior Legion recently took two road victories over Slocomb and Opelika, upping their record to 25-6 for the year.

Swimmers meet today for district

The swimming pool at the Troy State University Natatorium will be churning with activity today at 4 p.m. as swim teams from Andalusia, Eufaula, Dothan and Troy meet to decide which team members will represent the district in state competition.

July 14, 2000

Troy National’s take first win in district

The Troy Nationals continued their winning ways with a 7-4 victory over the Enterprise National team in Dixie Minor district play, which started Wednesday at the Sportsplex.

Troy State names new assistant coach

TROY- Barbara Sherwood has recently been chosen as the new assistant coach for the Troy State softball team.

VanHorn, Daniels, power Troy past Abbeville

Did it, done it, gotta love it.

July 18, 2000

Troy 14-year-olds will play Daphne

The Troy 14-year-old Dixie Boys team will play Daphne in the first round of the state tournament on Saturday, July 22 at 4 p.m. in Dothan.

Troy American wins two over weekend

"Tough on everybody."

July 23, 2000

Tucker and South All-Stars fall to North

Jamar Tucker took his game from Goshen to Montgomery this past week to compete in the Alabama All-Stars Basketball game held on the campus of AUM on Thursday night.

SEC title game brought out the best in family members

I thought it was pretty funny to read the other day that a prominent preseason football magazine had a mix-up in their negatives and ran the wrong picture on the cover of this year’s issue.

July 25, 2000

Mitchell helps PCH football team with renovations

BRUNDIDGE ­ When visiting teams come into Bulldog Country, they may be a bit stunned by their surroundings.

Troy State prepares for last season of Division 1-AA

The Troy State football team will continue its march toward Division 1-A status this season, but not before pursuing a little unfinished business.

July 26, 2000

Griffin signs deal with Giants after short holdout

The New York Giants agreed to terms today with their second round pick former Alabama defensive lineman Cornelius Griffin. The agreements end a brief four day holdout.

TSU hosts biggest football camp ever

There are plenty of things that a boy between the ages of 15-18 could be doing on a hot summer afternoon. Sitting at home beneath the cool waves of an ever present air-conditioner is just one thing that comes to mind.

July 27, 2000

Eagles defensive coach ready for season

Dennis Truitt is a big man with big plans for the Goshen Eagles.

TSU players in Birmingham

Troy, Ala. – The Southland Football League’s 2000 Kickoff Tour will complete the final of three legs in Birmingham on Friday afternoon, highlighting the eight-team preseason march, which begins Thursday in Houston and New Orleans.

Troy will host national tourney come September

Pam Nix needs help.

July 31, 2000

Chinberg, Dent take medals at state meet

SCOTTSBORO ­ Troy swim coach Bill Gauspohl brought a young team here for the ARPA state swim meet. It was one of his older swimmers, however, who brought home the most medals.

TABL Marlins improve to 5-2

In Thursday night Troy Amateur Baseball League action the Marlins beat the Diamondbacks 11-1 to improve their record to 5-2 on the season. The Diamondbacks fell to 2-4.

Wrestling announcer’s passing brings back memories

I was sad to hear the news that wrestling announcer Gordon Solie passed away on Friday.