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

May 3, 2000

Park and Rec to offer Major League Baseball program to showcase talent

Not many things in this life are free. The chance to prove that you are the best, however, won’t cost you a penny.

Lady Trojans get well in 11-1 rout of Enterprise

After a tough 3-1 loss to Section foe Eufaula, the Charles Henderson High School Softball team took out some frustration on the Enterprise Lady Wildcats.

Hard work pays off for Pike County Track Team

There might be more representatives from the larger schools at the State Track Finals in Tuscaloosa this Friday and Saturday, but there won’t be a more dedicated bunch than the contingent from Pike County.

Van Horn holds off Tigers in 7-0 D-Boys shutout

Pete Van Horn of the Dixie Boys Cardinals pitched yet another complete-game shutout (his third of the year)as the Cards ousted the Tigers 7-0 last Thursday.

May 4, 2000

Trojans show up in good numbers for spring drills

Spring is in the air and with that the sound of cracking helmets and crunching shoulder pads seem to hang in the trees around most Alabama High Schools.

Tigers come from behind to down Mets 7-5 in final inning

Down 5-1 going into the bottom of the fourth, the Dixie Boys Tigers pulled together and made a stand Tuesday.

Troy State begins non-league series at home today

Troy State (21-29) hosts Texas-Pan American (28-19-1) in a three-game series starting tomorrow, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. (CDT). The two teams will also tangle on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

May 9, 2000

Sports, Galloway park can help unite Brundidge community

Violence is always a terrible thing, but it seems when young people are involved it is all the more terrible.

Gosha, Diggs represent Pike County well at State

The Pike County track team went to the state competition on the campus of the University of Alabama over the weekend and was able to return with two bronze medals four their trouble.

Indians get grand slam from Pierce in sixth for big win

A grand slam by Brett Pierce in the bottom of the sixth did in the Dixie Boys Padres as the Indians came-from-behind to win 16-13 Friday.

May 10, 2000

Close win fuels Lady Trojans toward sectional

If the Charles Henderson Lady Trojans softball team needed any type of jump start heading into the Sectional Tournament this weekend, they got it facing a tough Trinity ball club Tuesday.

CHHS goes the extra mile to down Trinity by one

It took four extra innings to get it, but Charles Henderson shortstop Kelly Miller got a base hit in Tuesday’s game against Trinity. It just happened to be the game-winner.

Rockies just miss first win over top-ranked Cards

With a chance to steal a win from the top team in the league, the Rockies couldn’t seal the deal Monday as the Dixie Boys Cardinals came from behind in their last at-bat to win 9-8.

May 11, 2000

Mills leads CHHS golf team to first place at Sectionals

The Charles Henderson High School golf team picked the perfect time to pick up their first two first place finishes of the year.

Thornton’s intensity contagious at Goshen

Goshen High School head football coach Joe Thornton brought something with him when he arrived on the scene a year ago to coach the Eagles and it’s a little thing called intensity.

Crocs nab first win, end Bay Bears win streak

The undefeated Dixie Angel Bay Bears were surprised Tuesday as they fell 18-10 to the only team in the league yet to notch a victory, the Crocs.

May 12, 2000

Lady Trojans put it on the line at sectional

The No. 3 ranked Charles Henderson High School softball team will enter what a very tough 2000 schedule has been preparing them for all of the regular season – the post season.

Column by Steven Watson

Time for CHHS to bear down

There’s a time in every season that teams have to stop a second and gather everything they have and take that next step.

Galloway Park set for 3-on-3 tourney

Saturday the Brundidge Police Department will be giving back.

Goshen football team tunes up technique during spring

Spring is always a time of renewal, but for the Goshen Eagle football team it’s a time to hone skills they hope will carry them deep into the winter months.

May 14, 2000

Stars to come out at Fred Baxter’s All-Star Weekend

On Friday and Saturday of next weekend, one of Pike County’s native sons will give back to the community that he has known and loved most of his live.

Lady Trojans battle way through losers bracket

EUFAULA – They had to take the long way, but the Charles Henderson High School softball team pushed the Eufaula Lady Tigers into a final and deciding game Saturday in the Section 2 softball tournament.

Bay Bears get back on track with one-point win

The Messenger Lugnuts lost another close one as the TSU dining services Bay Bears got back on track after losing their first game of the season to pull off a 13-12 win Thursday.

May 16, 2000

The future is now for Lady Trojan seniors, only State Championship will suffice

The thought is on just about every one of their minds, but maybe Charles Henderson Lady Trojans’ senior outfielder Jennifer Boutwell said it best – "If there is any time to win it then this is the year."

Lady Trojans win Sectional for right to host Sub-State

In a true endurance test under the hot May sun, the Charles Henderson High School softball team was able to play four games on Saturday and win them when they counted most to be named Section 2 Champions.

Mets get three runs in the seventh to beat Padres 6-5

The Regions Bank Mets did just what they had to do to get the win Friday as they edged the Careerman’s Club Padres 6-5 in Dixie Boys action.

May 17, 2000

‘Big Apple’ can’t take the country out of Fred Baxter

Playing in the National Football League was always New York Jets’ tightend Fred Baxter’s dream, now he wants to help others realize and experience there’s.

CHHS punches ticket to State in Sub-State sweep

The Sub-State series between Charles Henderson High School and Citronelle started and ended the same way – with three straight strike outs.

Rec League Roundup

The Dixie Youth Braves and Reds played to a 6-6 tie into the fifth inning, but it was the Braves who posted two runs in the final inning to notch the victory.

May 18, 2000

CHHS hosts spring jamboree at Troy State

It’s the last chance the Charles Henderson football coaching staff will get to see their players in action till the fall. And the last time the players will get the opportunity to prove they deserve playing time.

State bracket set: And then there were eight

And then there were eight.

Goshen puts on scrimmage to conclude spring drills

The Goshen Eagles football team will put all their hard work on show today at Goshen Field at 7 p.m.

Van Horn gets fifth straight shutout to remain untouched in Dixie Boys action

Five starts and five almost flawless performances has Pete Van Horn and the Dixie Boys Cardinals riding high as the top team in the standings.

May 19, 2000

Fred Baxter All-Star weekend finally here

The All-Stars are finally falling in Brundidge and in Troy this weekend.

Lady Trojans go for the gold at State Tournament

The Charles Henderson Lady Trojans’ softball team gets their chance today as they square off against Walker at 9 a.m. in the AHSAA Class 5A State Tournament.

Rec League Roundup

The Crocs pulled one out of the fire Tuesday night with a 12-11 edging of the Lookouts in Ponytail League action.

May 23, 2000

Column by Steven Watson

Carrying on the legacy

I’ve said it before and I’m sure that I will say it plenty more times in my lifetime, but watching a team’s season come to an end is always a tough thing to cover as a sports editor.

Post 70 Senior Legion team gets season underway

The Troy Post 70 Senior Legion baseball team got their season underway with a flurry of long balls out of Riddle-Pace Field on the campus of Troy State over the weekend.

Cardinals get 10-9 win to remain undefeated

The Wallace Pump and Supply Cardinals were pushed to the absolute limit by the upstart B & W Electirc Pirates, but still managed to remain undefeated in Dixie Youth action Saturday.

Hartselle takes 5A championship in 13 innings

The Hartselle Lady Tigers (48-11) made it a clean sweep by HHS in both the baseball and softball Class 5A State Championships.

Registration for TABL to continue through Thursday

The Troy Amateur Baseball League is holding its annual registration for players who want to participate in the coming months.

May 24, 2000

AISA to choose Troy or Selma for championship site

In a recent move, the Alabama Independent Schools Association decided to hold all three classes’ football championship games in a central location. The move is a mirror of what the public school association did four years ago, in developing the Super 6 in Birmingham.

Jr Legion sweeps Tuskegee to start 2000 on high note

The Troy Junior American Legion Post 70 baseball team got things off to a great start Saturday with a sweep of the Tuskegee Tigers 17-1 and 7-2.

May 26, 2000

AISA nearing decision on "Road to Troy" championship

Alabama Independent School Association football programs could all have Troy on their minds come this fall.

Trojans say goodbye to senior athletes at banquet

Charles Henderson High School held it’s spring sports banquet Thursday night naming award winners and saying goodbye to all the senior athletes that participated during the 1999-2000 season.

May 31, 2000

Crocs pick up one-point win

In a marathon game between the Dixie Angel Crocs and The Messenger Lugnuts, the Crocs took a tight 11-10 win that was decided in the final inning.

Troy senior legion runs over Opelika 11-1

The Troy Post 70 Senior Legion squad made it look easy through eight innings Tuesday as they took an easy 11-1 win with a strong showing from both the offensive and defensive sides of the game.