Area sports scene heats up this week

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 25, 2001

Deadlines and events are fast approaching for Miss-Lou sport enthusiasts.

Over the next seven days, the area sports scene will be active with events or organizations getting ready for future ones.

Today is the deadline for children who wish to play soccer for the Natchez Youth Soccer Association. Prospective players should visit The Sports Center’s downtown location to sign up. League play will begin sometime after Labor Day.

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a Hunter Education Class Thursday through Saturday at the sheriff sub-station on 109 Doty Rd. in Ferriday, La. The Thursday and Friday sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Saturday session will take place from 8 a.m.-noon.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is having a Boat and Water Safety course at Natchez State Park Office Building on Thursday and Friday. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.. Only one more course will be administered this year.

Some local club athletes are looking to be crowned king or queen of their respective sport this weekend. The Natchez Swim Team travels to Cleveland for the state meet with 14 swimmers gunning for a title. The Natchez Track Club sends six athletes to the National Junior Olympics in Sacramento, Calif. The Miss-Lou Track club has two athletes in competition at the event.

The Bill McKinney Memorial City Golf Championship is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the Duncan Park Golf Course. The deadline for entry is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Golfers can sign up at the Duncan Park Pro Shop. The tournament is a men’s stroke play event open to all amateur golfers in the Miss-Lou.

While the golf tournament finishes up on Sunday, the Alcorn State basketball camp starts four days of instruction for high school players. The camp will take place at the Davey L. Complex on the ASU campus.

Finally, the high school athletic season kicks off on Monday and Tuesday, as squads begin fall sport practices.