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Rebel Recruiting Class Ranked Third Nationally By Collegiate Baseball

The Ole Miss baseball program welcomed the highest-ranked recruiting class in the program’s history to campus this fall with the most recent influx of talent ranked third nationally by Collegiate Baseball, the publication announced on Tuesday.
The Rebels signed 16 players this past off-season with 12 freshmen and four junior college transfers arriving on campus. Included in that group were nine players drafted this past June in the Major League Baseball draft.
Ole Miss is in the middle of fall practice currently with the new players integrating with the returning players from last year’s team in preparation for the 2012 season. The Rebels will open the 2011 season on February 17 with a 3-game series at TCU.

Logan Waites Nabs SEC Weekly Honor

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Fresh off her second straight victory to open the 2011 season, Ole Miss senior Logan Waites has been named the Southeastern Conference Co-Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.
Waites, a senior from Hattiesburg, has produced back-to-back individual titles in the Rebels’ first two meets: the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic and the Delaware Invitational.
This past Saturday in Newark, Del., she took first place with a 6K time of 21:08.03, helping the Rebel women to their second straight team title as well. With her performance, Waites shattered the 5-year-old course record at the challenging, hilly course by over 25 seconds. She also finished just 8 seconds off her personal-best 6K time set last year.
Waites and the Rebels will be back in action on Oct. 1 at the Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville, Ky.

Rebel Rifle Targets NCAA Championships In 2012

Ole Miss rifle head coach Valerie Boothe has plenty of reasons to be excited. With a strong group of shooters returning, led by senior Keely Stankey and a talented group of six sophomores, Boothe has the Rebels aiming high as the 2011-12 season kicks off this Friday with the Ole Miss Invitational at the Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Readiness Center.