from combined reports
The Meridian Star
The Lamar girls basketball team opened its 2012-13 season in style Monday at the Kemper Academy Preseason Tournament as the Raiders beat Winston Academy 47-35.
Lamar opened a 17-7 lead after the first quarter and pushed its advantage to 29-11 at halftime as Allie Shirley led a balanced attack with 14 points. Allison Justus added 13 and Olivia Mabry finished with 10 for the Raiders, who led 37-20 entering the fourth.
Lamar faces Central Academy in the tournament today.
— Jamie Wachter
Star seeking winter schedules, rosters
With the winter sports season underway, The Meridian Star sports staff is seeking schedules and rosters for all the basketball and soccer teams in its coverage area of Clarke, Kemper, Lauderdale, Neshoba and Newton counties.
Rosters and schedules can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 601-485-1275, mailed to PO Box 1591, Meridian, MS 39302; or dropped off the office at 814 22nd Avenue.
— from staff reports
UWA climbs in regional rankings, 21st in poll
LIVINGSTON, Ala. — The University of West Alabama football team moved to 21st in this week's American Football Coaches Association Top 25 Poll following a 37-7 victory at Delta State.
The Tigers also moved up a spot o second in this week's all-important NCAA Division II Regional Rankings. The regional rankings are integral in seeding for the playoffs.
Miles College hung on to the top spot in the region for the regional rankings with an 8-1 record. UWA is second, followed by Valdosta State (7-2) in third. Mars Hill (6-3), Carson-Newman (6-2) and Lenior-Rhyne (6-2) rounds out the top five.
The Tigers are 7-2 overall, and 4-0 in the Gulf South Conference, have clinched at least a share of the league title. UWA is one of two GSC schools ranked in the AFCA Top 25. Valdosta State (7-2) comes in this week at No. 24.
UWA travels to Abilene Christian on Saturday. Kickoff is set for noon.
— from school reports