So it’s OK to celebrate in basketball

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 25, 2000

Picture this. A collegiate wide receiver makes a circus catch in the end zone with 30 seconds remaining to give his team a 36-32 lead in a pivotal conference game.

He gets up, holds the ball up before just dropping it, points to the crowd and jumps into the arms of about seven teammates who are all screaming and yelling a bit longer than they should.

There comes the flag for unsportsmanlike conduct the and the other team now has at least a little better chance of answering that score.

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Now, let’s change sports to college basketball.

Five minutes into a game that is already one-sided a guard for the winning team hits a 3-pointer or a forward throws down a dunk.

That player screams out with his mouth open as wide as a Shaquille O’Neal’s shoe, looks at the opposing bench while he’s going downcourt and then holds his finger to his lips to tell the home crowd to hush.

But that’s OK.

It’s just another example of the NCAA&160;treating one sport or one school different from another.

What a great track meet at Adams County Christian School this past Thursday.

And what a great bunch of young athletes we have at the three private schools in the immediate area.

ACCS, Trinity and Huntington will be heard from in a lot of sports in the next few years.

The talent in the junior high sports programs at these three schools is truly amazing.

Anybody who knows anything about track meets can tell you that putting one on is a big undertaking.

AC coach Bob Garrett and all of his assistants and helpers deserve gold medals for the job they did last week.

One last note on track, it’s worth the price of admission just to watch the ACCS half-ton 400-relay team perform.

That team consists of Hayden Wadsworth 240 pounds), Tim Baker (255 pounds), Casey McGehee (209 pounds) and Justin Thornton (250 pounds).

Now those were their weights during football, so they may be a bit more now.

These guys are actually pretty competitive.

McGehee was telling me that finished ahead of one relay team which was disqualified and another that dropped a baton.

&uot;We were running against Jackson Prep and they dropped their baton, but they still came back to finish ahead of us,&uot; McGehee said.

By the way, the half-ton crew ran a very respectable 52.65 Thursday.

These guys have great fun out there and do take it seriously. They will push any other team out there. You can bet opposing schools are just glad to see this foursome out of their football uniforms.

I mentioned last week that Southern Mississippi junior infielder Josh Hoffpauir missed a game against Memphis after injuring his ankle slipping on the dugout steps. This was before delivering the game-winning hit in the 10th inning.

Hoffpauir returned to the USM lineup last Tuesday against Alabama and managed only one hit.

But that hit was a 2-run home run (his third) that tied the Eagles with the Crimson Tide 5-5 in the eighth inning.

Alabama won the game 6-5 in the bottom of the 10th.

That win was Alabama’s 53rd last at-bat win under Jim Wells, who is in his third year as Crimson Tide head coach.

Wells celebrated his 45th birthday on that day.

Joey Martin is sports editor of The Democrat. He can be reached by calling 446-5172 ext. 232 or at