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t Wednesday, January 27, 2010 WIZARDS He's legendary" in New York City for taking over games in big-time tournaments like those held at Rucker Park and has evolved with the Wizards to be one of funniest guys on the court while utilizing deadpan humor. Eric "Broadway" Jones, the Wizards player/coach, played for the Globetrotters for two years. "He does an amazing job on the court, having fun, in the moment, and including the whole audience in the spontaneous joy', while at the same time orchestrating a team chemistry that is inspiring," Davis said of Jones. Another player considered a, "must see," is Rashaan "The Rocket Man" Barner, a 6-feet, 1- inch high flyer known for his incredible dunking skills. Davis was impressed with Barner the first time he saw him at a Wizards' tryout. "The lnemoD~ of him going up for a jump shot and someone tD~ing to block it and he just hung up in the air seemingly elevating even higher and cahnly sank the shot, sticks with me to this day," he said. Zaydel has enlisted the help of more than 80 area businesses and organizations in helping to finance the venture. "I said, right from the beginning, we were going to have to work to bring the whole community together to make this possible," he said. "I believe we've done just that." Admission price for students is $8 in advance and $1o at the door while general admission is $1o in advance and $12 at the door. Senior citizens are entitled to the student admission price. Tickets are available at the Stone Middle School office, Chris's One-Stop and at the high school through assistant principal Adam Stone. "rickets can also be purchased online for will-call at ~sv.harlemwizards.com and ~.~sv.stonemiddlepto @yah oo.com. Zaydel said those interested could call him at 6Ol-716-1233 and he would gladly deliver tickets or have them held at the will-call window. NEED TO SEND A FAX? Stop by the Stone County Enterprise 143 First St. Wiggins will do it for you! i i i ii Stone County Enterprise Page 9B SPORTS MGCCC softball ready to defendRegion 23 crown By Bill Snyder MGCCC PERKINSTON---This season Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College softball coach Kenneth Long will have a good time filling out his lineup card when the Lady Bulldogs take the field. That's because for the first time in several years his team is full of players that ~"pelTbtm at several different positions on the diamond. "This season we've got five quality pitchers and depth at eyeD' position," said Long, who's entering his ninth season as the team's head coach (265-82 career record at Gulf Coast). Gulf Coast is coming off a very successful 2o09 sea- son that included winning a Region 23 title and going to the NJCAA National Tournament for the second time in three years. "We're excited about the talent on the team," he added. "Ha~ing talent doesn't mean you're going to win, but we've got good players. If we can stick together we can be good." The Lady Bulldogs are a mix of 11 freshmen and lO sophomores, including Megan CoMn, who earned the Defensive Most Valuable Player Award at the NJCAA Tournament. "Ihe Stone Count), native hit .432 with five homers in 2oo9. She's joined by sophomores Cassie Slaton of Ocean Springs (.373 bat- ting avg.), lead-off hitter Tiffany Fuller of Warren Central (.316 b'~tting avg.) power-hitting catcher Sarah Snmltz (.360 batting avg., 13 HR in 2009) and shortstop Julie Mercer from Sugarland, TX (.328 batting avg.), and pitcher Brittany Fields of Lucedale (13-4, 2.87 ERA in "9009). Long, the reigning Region 23 Coach of the Year, is also excited about his incoming fi'eshmen class. It's highlighted by pitcher Linsey Dickerson (Stone Co.), who was last season's Mississippi Player of the Year. She's joined by for- mer Stone teammate Courtney Fairley, Ana Aguirre (Harrison Central), Bailey Babin (Long Beach), Taylor Brian (Harrison Central), Jacki Burri (East Central), Alnber CmTpenter (George County), Kayla Herbert (Pascagoula), Maddi Tibilier (Ocean Springs), Leslie Williams (St. Martin), and Lauren Bates (Sugarland, 'IX.). "We're already a close- knit group," said sopho- more outfielder Tiffany Fuller. "If someone needs something we're there to help. That unity should carry over onto the field." The Lady Bulldogs open the 2OlO season Feb. 9 on the road at Itawamba. MGCCC'S Courtney Fairley makes a throw during a recent practice. For the sweetest coverage of local news and events, look no further than the Stone County Enterprise! Call today to start home delivery! 601-928-4802 Computerized Estimates All Insurance Companies Accepted Car/Truck Accessories BugShields Wheels & Tires Bumpers & Winches Vent Visors & More Minor and Major Engine Repair Tune-ups Brakes A/C ATV ATV Repair ATVLifts Wheels & Tires Winches & More