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

January 4, 2000

Bulldogs, Eagles ready for round four at Goshen

You can look, but you might be hard pressed to find two teams that play harder against each other than the Pike County Bulldogs and the Goshen Eagles.

January 5, 2000

Charles Henderson cheerleaders

place third in national competition

The Charles Henderson High cheerleaders continued their reign of excellence with a third place showing at the National Championships in Nashville over the weekend.

TSU Lady Trojans prepare for big road trip

Every hear the tired old cliche ­ today is the first day of the rest of your life? That might sum up the Troy State Lady Trojans’ position right now.

PLAS picks up two big Region wins

Ask most coaches and they’ll tell you that defense wins championships. The Pike Liberal Arts basketball teams put that theory to good use Monday night at Hooper.

January 6, 2000

Bulldogs come from behind

to shock Eagles at Goshen

What’s the best way to end an eight-game losing streak? Just ask the Pike County Bulldogs who did just that at the expense of cross-county rival Goshen Tuesday night.

PCHS girls win again

With an impressive 53-28 beating of cross-county rival, Goshen, the Pike County Lady Bulldogs improved to 7-0 on the season, continuing to exceed their coaches’ expectations.

TSU 3-0 in TAAC, face Mercer next

The Troy State Trojans have come alive just at the right time it seems and they have a 3-0 record in the Trans America Athletic Conference to show for it.

January 7, 2000

CHHS looks for answers in the new year

It hasn’t been as easy a year as Charles Henderson head coach Carl Hollis might be accustom to, but the calendar reads 2000 now and CHHS will be looking to change with the times.

Goshen takes an extended road trip

The Goshen Eagles don’t have any time to mope around about their 57-50 upset loss to rival Pike County.

Patriots face big challenge in LHS

The Pike Liberal Arts boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams will have two different challenges on Friday when they square off against Lakeside in the first round of the Bullock New Year’s tournament.

Trojans show early TAAC

dominance with 3-0 record

It’s the first time this has happened and the Troy State Trojans couldn’t be happier about it.

January 9, 2000

CHHS continues dominance of

Class 5A Area 6 teams

The Charles Henderson High Trojans came out about as hot as a team could, but had to fight tooth and nail for a favorable finish in their second Area matchup of the year.

Goshen unloads a 75-46 pounding

on Luverne in Area 4

LUVERNE – Someone had to pay for the Goshen Eagles Tuesday night loss to cross-county rival Pike County and Area opponent Luverne was the perfect victim.

Pike County Bulldogs take a

couple from Carroll High

The Pike County Lady Bulldogs raised their record to 8-0 on the season with a 50-38 victory over Carroll High School of Ozark Saturday night.

Troy State defense comes up

big to finish off Mercer

On a night highlighted by 3-pointers, it was the Troy State defense that got the final say in the Trojans’ 69-66 win over the Mercer Bears.

January 11, 2000

GHS faces No. 9 ranked Calhoun on the road

The Goshen Eagles will face one of their toughest test of the season tonight as they travel to Calhoun to match up against the No. 9 ranked Tigers.

Troy State’s experience

in close games pays dividends

Boring is not a word that jumps to mind when you try and describe the Troy State Trojans’ season to this point.

January 12, 2000

PCHS splits with Daleville

Pike County’s Andrea Bailey had a golden opportunity to repeat history against Daleville Monday night, but missed a shot that only a month ago gave the Lady Bulldogs their first Area win of the season.

Troy State and Samford coaches

get ready for big TAAC showdown

Depending on which coach you ask about the upcoming Troy State Samford matchup Thursday, you’ll hear a lot of great things about either team.

January 13, 2000

Lady Trojans destroy WHS,

boys hold on for Area win

The Charles Henderson Lady Trojans made it look easy picking up their third Area win over Wetumpka Tuesday night.

Steven Watson Column: Basketball fever in Troy

There’s no excuse for anything but a packed house at Trojan Arena tonight.

Calhoun downs Goshen in Area 4

CALHOUN ­ Home standing Calhoun held off a Goshen Eagles comeback in the closing seconds Tuesday night to take a 79-75 victory over their area 3 rivals.

Patriots mow down the Raiders

Both the Pike Liberal Arts boys and girls’ varsity teams easily put two more victories under their belt on the road at South Montgomery County Academy Tuesday.

TAAC showdown at Trojan Arena tonight

When looking at Samford’s lineup it doesn’t take long to see why tonight’s game will be the biggest test so far for Troy State.

January 14, 2000

Troy State teams set for doubleheader Saturday

Neither Troy State basketball team has very much time to dwell on the past.

TSU blasts Samford to remain undefeated in TAAC

The scene couldn’t have been set much better for the Troy State Trojans Thursday night.

January 16, 2000

Goshen girls pick up first win,

Eagles dismantle the Tigers

Friday proved to be a good night for Goshen basketball, with both the boys’ and girls’ teams coming out with victories over visiting Clayton.

PCHS girls remain unbeaten,

get No. 9 Class 4A ranking

Pike County Lady Bulldogs’ head coach Leroy Bryant and his squad woke up Friday morning and found out that they are now the No. 9 team in the class 4A state rankings.

PLAS teams split with Knights

The Pike Liberal Arts Patriots had a weekend full of regional basketball.

Troy State stands alone atop

TAAC after 74-70 victory over Gamecocks

The Troy State Trojans proved something Saturday night that most of the players on the team seem to have known long before the season even started – they’re the team to beat in the TAAC.

Lady Trojans fall to Mercer

Mercer guard Jo Shaw hit a critical 3-pointer in the last minute of the game to help the Lady Bears hand the TSU Lady Trojans their fourth straight loss, 61-56.

January 19, 2000

"Lefty" leads GSU to Troy Thursday

Troy State will welcome a college basketball icon into Trojan Arena for Thursday night’s Trans America Athletic Conference matchup between TSU and Georgia State.

Lady Bulldogs drop first game of the season

The Pike County girls’ felt the sting of defeat for the first time this season Tuesday night and it wasn’t something they want to get to used to.

Pike Liberal pounds Dixie

Whenever Dixie comes to town you can bet that Pike Liberal will be ready for a fight.

January 20, 2000

CHHS teams miss chance to capture 5A-Area 6 crown

Both the Charles Henderson girls’ and boys’ varsity teams missed a golden opportunity to wrap up the Class 5A-Area 6 title Tuesday as Stanhope got a little revenge and swept the Trojans.

No. 6 Elba downs the Eagles 64-52

ELBA ­ Tim Ware scored 21 and Monroe Williams added 19 points to help the No.6 Elba Tigers defeat No.10 Goshen 64-52 in Elba Tuesday night. The win improves Elba to 12-2, while Goshen drops to 8-4.

Troy State gets ready for talented

Panther team in conference battle tonight

As most any good coach will tell you, there’s no rest for the weary when you’re fighting for a conference championship, especially when you hold that No. 1 spot.

January 23, 2000

GHS puts pressure on Area-foe

Calhoun with win over Luverne

The Luverne Tigers came into the Goshen High School gymnasium Friday night and hung with the Eagles for three quarters before falling in the final period 74-50.

Pike Liberal Arts Patriots teams

drop two to ranked Glenwood teams in Region

The Pike Liberal Arts varsity basketball teams took two hard hits from two ranked Glenwood squads Friday night.

Troy State rebounds with 73-59 victory at Campbell

Two days after dropping their first conference game of the season, the Troy State Trojans bounced right back on the road with a 73-59 thrashing of Campbell Saturday.

No rest for the Trojans as they host Stetson Monday

The Troy State Trojans are getting used to very little rest between Trans America Athletic Conference games, Monday will be no different.

TSU women fight for second TAAC

win of the year over struggling Lady Dolphins

It wasn’t the easiest of wins, but it was a win and right now that’s the best medicine for the Lady Trojans.

January 25, 2000

Eagles attempt to tame the Tigers tonight at Goshen

The Class 3A Area 4 title is on the line tonight in Goshen as the Eagles take on Calhoun for the second time this season, seeking to avenge an earlier 79-75 loss to the Tigers.

Trojans fight past Stetson for eighth conference win

The Troy State Trojans might have pulled out another double-digit win Monday night, but their fight with Stetson wasn’t all cream filling.

TSU women dominate Lady Hatters in 89-56 blowout

It was pretty obvious Saturday night that the Troy State Lady Trojans are starting to enjoy the fact that they have a full roster again.

January 26, 2000

Charles Henderson looking for strong

finish going into Class 5A Area 6 tournament

The Charles Henderson High Trojans won’t have an easy road to travel over the final weeks of this year’s schedule.

Steven Watson Column: Here’s to the little guys

Big men aren’t everything in basketball.

TSU men are living large from 3-point land

There’s a saying often used in basketball that you can live or die by the three, but when it comes to the Troy State, the Trojans are definitely living large.

Loss marks a crossroads for the Lady Trojans

The Troy State Lady Trojans reached a crossroads recently and if their last two games are anything to go by, they must have chosen the right direction.

January 27, 2000

Deveridge scores 30 in Lady Trojan win over Northview

Sometimes you get in the zone and it peaks at just the right time.

Eagles blow up on Calhoun in 93-79 victory

Calhoun’s David Webb came into Tuesday night’s contest against Goshen and told the Eagles’ players he was going to dunk on them.

Bulldogs sweep Warriors in three

The Pike County Bulldogs were able to take all three games from Dale County Tuesday night in Brundidge.

Pike Lib splits a pair with Lakeside

The Pike Liberal Arts Patriots pulled out an easy 51-28 win over the Lakeside Chiefs of Eufaula on Tuesday night.

January 28, 2000

Goshen will have to take a back seat to CHS Tigers in upcoming Area Tournament

The Goshen boys’ varsity team proved they were worthy of the Class 3A Area 4 title Tuesday night with a 93-79 win over Area-rival Calhoun, but things didn’t quite turn out that way.

Troy begins grassroots effort to found Soccer Club League

A grassroots effort is being made to start a new soccer club league in Troy.

TSU men look for a little payback at Georgia State

The Georgia State Panthers were the only speed bump on the road to a perfect 9-0 record for Troy State in the first half of its conference schedule.

January 30, 2000

PCHS boys hope to extend season past Area Tourney

It won’t be an easy road, but for the Bulldogs it’s a chance to extend their season into the playoffs and that’s all that matters right now.

Revenge is sweet in 72-58 romp over Georgia State

Some say revenge is a dish best served cold and in a frozen Atlanta, Ga. the Troy State Trojans dished out a 72-58 beating to the Georgia State Panthers in just that fashion.

First of three final home games for Trojans Monday

The Troy State Trojans will host the giant-killers of the Trans America Athletic Conference Monday night in Campbell University.