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Altitude built on attitude at Wooddale

Altitude built on attitude at Wooddale

by Andre Mitchell
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

This week, The New Tri-State Defender's middle schools spotlight is on Wooddale Middle School, where head coach Danny Pogue and the Eagles have their sights set on a successful season.

Tri-State Defender: What do you expect your team to accomplish this season?

Danny Pogue: I expect this year's squad to bring a championship trophy and plaque back to Wooddale Middle.

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TSU – ‘with making up to do’ – downs JSU

TSU – ‘with making up to do’ – downs JSU

Less than 24 hours before kick-off, Southern Heritage Classic organizers – alerted to a forecast of severe thunderstorms – directed all tailgaters to evacuate their encampments near Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

The storm hit with strong winds, thunder and lightning that sparked fire from the brand new scoreboard. But when the sun rose on "Classic Day," there was no indication of any threat by the forces of nature.

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  • Written by Kelley Evans
  • Category: Sports

‘Hurt’ Tigers look to heal against MTSU

by J.R. Moorhead
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

After a humiliating loss to UT-Martin in week one, it seemed as if there was nowhere to go but up for the University of Memphis. And although the Tigers lost week to Arkansas State, Memphis looked much better in all aspects of the game.

The Tigers have managed to take the lead into halftime in both of their games so far, but their offense seems to fizzle out in the second half. The next chance to get that rectified comes Saturday (Sept. 15) at 6 p.m. when Middle Tennessee State University visits Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

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Southern Heritage Classic ‘Ambassadors’ make it happen

Southern Heritage Classic ‘Ambassadors’ make it happen

Fred Jones and his staff stage one of the region's most highly anticipated spectacles each fall: the Southern Heritage Classic Weekend. The mainstay's centerpiece is a long-held tradition of rivalry on the football field between Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., and Nashville's Tennessee State University.

Add to that the pageantry of luncheons, fashion shows, celebrity performances, champaign receptions and a fiercely-performed "Battle of the Bands." The result is a multi-million-dollar affair complete with thousands of alumni and students who converge on the city to witness it all.

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  • Written by Tony Jones
  • Category: Sports

Tigers could use a kick-start

Tigers could use a kick-start

by J.R. Moorhead
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Over 39,000 fans filled the stands last Saturday (Sept. 1) to get their first glimpse of the newly renovated Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and the 2012 Memphis Tigers football team. Halfway through the third quarter, however, this first take was cut short for many because of a storm front that rolled through bringing lightening that forced a 90-minute delay.

That's not to say the entertainment stopped. With field security in hot pursuit, many students took turns running onto the field and sliding head first across the Memphis emblem at the fifty-yard line.

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Tigers face climb to respect as college football returns

Tigers face climb to respect as college football returns

by J.R. Moorhead
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

What's the worst time of the year for sports fans? Many would say the doldrums that are post-NBA finals excitement and mid-season baseball coupled with being able to smell football in the air. This year, sports lovers were able to soothe their pain with the Summer Olympics.

Still, the wait for college football season to begin was still weighing heavy on their minds. It's like that feeling they used to get as children the night before Christmas. Now, they are all grown-up and today (Aug. 30) is their new favorite holiday. And it doesn't matter if they've been naughty or nice because FOOTBALL IS BACK!

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Elliot Perry spices Celebrity Sports Breakfast

Elliot Perry spices Celebrity Sports Breakfast

by Andre Mitchell
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

A breakfast of fried chicken, waffles, eggs and juice mixed with a guest appearance by Quincy Pondexter of the Memphis Grizzlies and spiced by a verbal challenge from Elliot Perry helped make for a hearty case of outreach at the annual Celebrity Sports Breakfast last Saturday (Aug. 25).

This year's annual sports breakfast was held on the campus of The LeMoyne-Owen College (LOC) in the newly renamed Bruce Hall/Jerry C. Johnson Gymnasium. As usual, it was a key element of the 2012 Hank Aaron Celebrity Sports weekend, benefiting the United Negro College Fund and the college.

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