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Hattiesburg public schools implement clear-bag policy for athletic events

Hattiesburg public schools implement clear-bag policy for athletic events

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – High school football starts next week in the Hub City and Hattiesburg public schools are taking steps to make athletic events safer ahead of kickoff.

“It’s a policy that we’re implementing to further our means of safety for our fans,” said Greg Carter, Hattiesburg Public Schools athletic director. “You know, our ultimate goal is to keep our fans safe at all of our athletic events, and we feel like this clear-bag policy is a step in the right direction.”

The start of a new football season means new rules for Hattiesburg Public Schools.

The district is implementing a clear-bag policy at all athletic events.

“It’s the first year that we’ll be implementing it,” Carter said. “It’s been a policy for most colleges for a few years now. So, it’s starting to trickle down into high schools, and with the surge in violent crimes throughout the nation at large events, we feel like we need to do a little something further to keep our fans safe.”

The clear-bag policy goes into effect next Friday, Aug. 27, at Hattiesburg High’s first home varsity football game against Petal High School.

There are a few other different regulations fans need to keep in mind before getting to the stadium.

“It’s a clear-bag policy so the bag has to be clear but the dimensions of it is… the largest is 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches,” Carter said. “Now, you can also bring in a one-gallon size Ziploc-type bag.”

Small clutches also are allowed.

“The small clutch doesn’t have to be clear, but it has to fit the dimensions of 4 1/2 inches by 6 ½ inches,” Carter said.

While it may take a little getting used to, it all comes down to ensuring a safe environment while fans cheer on the tigers.

“We understand that this policy is going to inconvenience some, but we feel like that the safety aspect of it far outweighs the slight inconvenience that it may cause to some,” Carter said. “We do apologize in advance for any inconvenience that it might cause.

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Cassadaga gears for athletic events

Cassadaga gears for athletic events

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Pictured is a previous CassadagaMan event held in the village.

CASSADAGA — As the summer gets into the home stretch, Wilson Endurance Sports has a strong finish of events lined up for this month and into September.

On Saturday, the Frickin’ Hot 50K event will be back for another year, with proceeds from that event being donated to the Chautauqua County Fire Police. Mark Wilson, the head of Wilson Endurance Sports, said he is thankful for all that the organization does for them throughout the year during their events, and looks forward to giving back to them every year.

“They’re great friends and they give us great support,” said Wilson. “Every year we give them a good check.”

The next Saturday will feature one of the best atmospheres you’ll get at a Wilson Endurance Sports event, in the form of the Cassadaga Kids Triathlon. Youth ages 4 to 14 can participate in the event, which includes a 100-yard swim, a three-mile bike ride, and a one-mile run. Wilson said they have kids coming from a tri-state area of New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, with kids from Ohio coming as well.

“It’s always so fun,” said Wilson. “We have pancakes at the end for the kids and local sponsors give out juice boxes.”

The event has grown from 15 children the first year of the event to 100 kids now as we come up on the fourth iteration.

For safety reasons, Wilson said parents are allowed to participate with their kids in any part of the event, and provide fluorescent orange vests to help with safety with any potential traffic. Wilson also wanted to thank the Chautauqua County Fire Police for their assistance with this event.

Finally, during Labor Day weekend, on Sept. 3, the CassadagaMan half triathlon will be held for the third year. Around 130 athletes from as far away as California with several states in between will be on hand to participate in the event. Wilson said they’ve made a big push for national advertising, and were even featured in USA Triathlons Magazine and Hammer Nutrition from Montana gave Wilson Endurance Sports a big push as well.

“We expect it to grow in the future,” said Wilson. “We’re not in a rush but we’ll do what we do.”

A half triathlon features a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run. Teams are welcome to compete in the event, along with individuals.

CassadagaMan’s first year was 2020, which was right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of how well they were able to follow both local and national guidelines, CassadagaMan was the only half triathlon that ran in 2020 in the United States.

While there will be around 130 athletes competing, Wilson said the cap for the event is 300 runners, meaning there is still plenty of room to grow.

More information about Wilson Endurance Sports, including their full event schedule, can be found at

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Athletic Department to hit the road for three Coaches Caravan events – Rochester Institute of Technology Athletics

Athletic Department to hit the road for three Coaches Caravan events - Rochester Institute of Technology Athletics

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The RIT Athletics Department is hitting the road in the coming weeks and fans are invited to meet and mingle with coaches and administrators as part of its “Coaches Caravan” series.
Executive Director of Athletics Jacqueline Nicholson will host events in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse and alumni, parents and friends are all invited to join the RIT coaching staff and administrators for three nights of fun, refreshments and discussions about all the latest in Tiger Athletics.

“We are excited to get out and see our fans and talk about all the great things going on with the department,” said Nicholson. “We look forward to sharing more about the future of RIT athletics and interacting with the amazing fans we have across Western New York.” 
Wednesday, May 18 – Rochester, N.Y. – REGISTER NOW
ROC Brewing Co. (RIT Alumni Owned) – 5:30 P.M.
Featured Coaches: Phil Bartela (S&D), Celeste Brown (WHKY), Jake Coon (MLAX), Bill Garno (MSOC), Amy Reed (WBB); Emcee: Rob Grow (BASE)
Tuesday, May 24 – Buffalo, N.Y. – REGISTER NOW
Resurgence Brewing Company (RIT Alumni Owned) – 5:30 P.M.
Featured Coaches: Jason Bovenzi (WRES), Liz Masterson (WSOC), Bob McVean (MBB), Erin Wagner (WLAX), Wayne Wilson (MHKY); Emcee: Rob Grow (BASE)
Thursday, June 2 – Syracuse, N.Y. – REGISTER NOW
The Fitz at Oh My Darling – 5:30 P.M.
Featured Coaches: Jim Bodenstedt (ROW), Tom Linhart (TEN), Jim Lodes (WVB), Becky Stryker (SOFT), David Warth (XC/T&F); Emcee: Rob Grow (BASE)
For more information, visit the RIT Office of Alumni Relations website.