Local & Regional Sports News/Recruiting Update

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - College football fans are getting ready for the upcoming 2013 football season and those fans can get an update on Southern Miss, Mississippi State and LSU Thursday night at 6 at the Hard Rock from 7:00-9:00 p.m. when the 3rd Annual Tailgatepalooza hits the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen and LSU assistant coach Thomas McGauhey will be the honorary tailgate leaders.

Tickets are $50 in advance and $75 at the door.  All proceeds will benefit Mississippi Special Olympics.  For tickets call: (228) 388-7441.

Talking about football, Biloxi High School Raekwon McClellan has drawn interest from LSU. The 5-foot-11, 254 pound defensive tackle is participating in a summer camp in Baton Rouge and demonstrated tremendous mobility for someone his size.  McClellan fits the mold of a fullback that LSU loves to insert into the offensive backfield.  He also displayed an ability to catch the football.

Another Mississippi Gulf Coast player D'Iberville's John Collins, a 2016 prospects also caught the eye of the LSU coaching staff this week in Baton Rouge.  Collins is a 5-11, 160 pound cornerback-wide receiver.  The freshman has run a 10.9 in the 100 meters.

Turning to baseball, a local resident sent me an email and suggested that when the new baseball stadium is built in Biloxi, the stadium should be named in honor of Dizzy Dean.  The former major league pitcher retired to Wiggins and there was once the Dizzy Dean Hall of Fame building was located in that city.  I remember watching Dizzy Dean on national television during the Dodgers and Yankees broadcasts in the late 50's and early 60's.  I believe Leslie Levins suggestion of naming the stadium in honor of Dizzy Dean should be considered by those in charge.

The State Amateur Golf Championship hits the links at Grand Bear this week.  144 playes will be vying for top honors in the 98th Mississippi State Amateur Championship.  Familar faces include Steve Wilson, Lane Pippin, Jeff Riemann, Brandon Laird, Tim McCabe and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community college golfers Haynes Weathersby, Brad Thornton and Adam Ham.

Officials with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic decided to change the fishing days to Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Check-out from the Point Cadet Marina 9:00 a.m. Friday, June 7th and fishing begins immediately after check-out.  The change was made due to weather in the lower Gulf of Mexico.

Scales open at 3-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 9th.

Late registration on Thursday from noon-4 p.m..

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