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Sandlin wins C Spire Ferriss Trophy

Sandlin Ferriss Trophy

JACKSON — This year, the field for the 15th Annual C Spire Ferriss Trophy was considered by many to be the most competitive field in the history of the award.

When Hu Meena, Chief Executive Officer of C Spire, announced the winner of 15th C Spire Ferriss Trophy, he called the name of Southern Miss pitcher Nick Sandlin here Monday afternoon at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Sandlin is the third Southern Miss player to win the award.

The Ferriss Trophy, named after the late Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer and former longtime Delta State head baseball coach Dave “Boo” Ferriss, goes to the top college baseball player in the state at a four-year institution.

Youth Camps

Delaney, Henry Pro Camp set for June 1

The Delaney and Henry Pro Football Camp for Kids will be held on June 1-2 at C.V. Thurmond Field in Mound Bayou.
The camp is for youth ages 7-17. The pros that will be at the camp are NFL running back Deangelo Williams and former NFL players Jeff Graham, Marcus Bell and Kevin Henry, who is also a former John F. Kennedy High School standout. Former Mississippi Valley State University head football coach Archie "Gunslinger" Cooley will also be there.

Action in South Region Tournament delayed by weather

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“Who’ll stop the rain”

That’s the title of the famous 1970 song by Creedence Clearwater Revival. That title seems to fit the Delta State University Statesmen and the other six teams involved in the NCAA Division II South Region Baseball Tournament in Lakeland, Fla. as they are having to play the waiting game as heavy rains have put the tournament in a standstill.

DSU golf team ready for nationals

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The Delta State University golf team will compete in the NCAA Division II National Men’s Golf Tournament on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Fighting Joe Course in Muscle Shoals, Ala. starting Monday and lasting through May 25.

The Statesmen, under first year head coach Easton Key, finished tied for sixth with Saint Leo in the NCAA South/Southeast Region Tournament in Conover, N.C. earlier this month on May 9. Before going to the region tournament, the Statesmen finished second in the Gulf South Conference Tournament in Pine Mountain, Ga. on Apr. 22-24. The berth into the national tournament is DSU’s first since 2014.

Statesmen thump Choctaws to start Region Tourney

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The Delta State University Statesmen and the Mississippi College Choctaws battled each other in the first round of the NCAA Division II South Region Baseball Tournament in Lakeland, Fla.

The game started Thursday but concluded this morning as heavy rains caused the game to be halted in the bottom of the seventh. The game picked up where it left off this morning. The Statesmen started the tournament on the right foot with a 13-3 victory over the Choctaws.

This year’s nominees brings back memories of 2004

When I saw the C Spire Ferriss Trophy finalists, I thought about the 2004 year, which was the first year the award was introduced.

I thought about Delta State outfielder and former Bayou Academy standout Jud Thigpen. That season, he hit an impressive .429 with 14 home runs, 80 RBIs, 75 runs scored, 24 doubles, two triples with a .697 slugging percentage and a .502 on-base percentage. He was 20-of-21 in stolen base and finished the year with an amazing total of 112 hits in 261 at-bats over 65 games.

Shannon earns second consecutive Ferriss Trophy nomination

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For the second straight season, Delta State University senior first baseman Zack Shannon has been nominated as one of the five finalists for the C Spire Ferriss Trophy.

The Ferriss Trophy Award presentation will be Monday at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Jackson. The event will start with a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. followed by the program at 12 p.m.

The Ferriss Trophy goes to the top college baseball player at a four-year institution in Mississippi. The award is named after Dave “Boo” Ferriss. The Shaw native played college baseball at Mississippi State University from 1939-42; pitched in the Major Leagues from 1945-50 with the Boston Red Sox and was the head baseball coach at Delta State for 26 seasons (1960-66, 1970-88) where he is considered the architect of the program. After he retired at DSU, he remained an advocate for college baseball in Mississippi until he died in 2016 at the age of 94.

Statesmen selected as No. 3 seed for region tournament

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The Delta State University Statesmen will continue their baseball season as they were selected to be the third seed in the NCAA Division II South Region Baseball Tournament Sunday, which will be held in Lakeland, Fla. this week.

The Statesmen (40-9) will take on the sixth seeded Mississippi College Choctaws (33-15), this year’s Gulf South Conference Champions, Thursday at 10 a.m. CST.  Florida Southern (39-9-1) is the No. 1 seed and will earn a first round bye and won’t play until Friday at 2 p.m. CST, Second seeded Tampa (39-9) will play seventh seeded Albany State (28-16) at 2 p.m., and fourth seeded Nova Southeastern (34-14) will play fifth seeded Montevallo (35-17) on Thursday in the double elimination tournament at 6 p.m. with the winner playing Florida Southern. The winner of the South Region will advance to the NCAA Division II World Series in Cary, N.C. on May 26-June 2.

Reed steps down, Haynes to take over as Colts baseball coach

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The Bayou Academy baseball program will enter the 2018-19 school year with a new man to lead the way.

Bayou Academy headmaster Dave Granville announced Thursday that former Delta State University baseball star Dee Haynes will take over as head baseball coach at Bayou Academy. His first official day at the school will be on July 1.

Will Reed, who has been Bayou’s head baseball coach for seven years, resigned to focus on his position as Bayou Academy Junior High Principal. This year was Reed’s first year as junior high principal.

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