Starkville Academy’s golfers must avoid another late hiccup to win a state championship. Today’s Mississippi Association of Independent School Class AAA state tournament at Jackson Country Club will tell if Stringer’s senior-driven squad can close on a championship level after finishing four points from the top at North State.
STARKVILLE — The football building blocks are being laid at Starkville Academy. Jeff Terrill’s return to the prep ranks for the first time since 1993 brought him to a rebuilding project that has a dubious number hanging over the last two seasons. Fifteen straight losses and a winless 2009 campaign did more than evoke a coaching change — players defected.
Noxubee County School District Superintendent Kevin Jones said Tuesday that the district's school board accepted the resignation of former football coach M.C. Miller but didn't approve the hiring of a new football coach at its Monday meeting. Jones said the school board will meet two more times this month, with the next meeting scheduled for Monday. The hiring of Tyrone Shorter to replace Miller as Noxubee County High School football coach is expected to be on the agenda at one of those meetings. Shorter was an assistant coach for 12 or 13 years to Miller, who left Noxubee County High to take a job as head football coach at Harrison Central. Miller later reconsidered that opportunity and was hired to become the football coach at Louisville High School. He replaces Brad Peterson, who is the new football coach at Btrandon.
Landon Ellis struck out eight and allowed one hit in five innings Tuesday to lead the Victory Christian Academy baseball team to an 11-1 victory against Victory Baptist (Millbrook, Ala.) in the Alabama Christian Educators Association playoffs. The victory pushes Victory Christian (10-1) into the ACEA Final Four at 3 p.m. Friday at Northside in Dothan, Ala. The Eagles likely will play Northside. Victory Christian was forced to play Tuesday after it lost a coin flip with Tuscaloosa Christian. The teams split two regular-season meetings and were tied for the top spot in the region. The No. 1 seed received an automatic bid to the Final Four.
ITTA BENA — The Caledonia High School girls and the Noxubee County High School boys track and field teams won Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A Region 1 championships Tuesday at Mississippi Valley State University. The Lady Confederates scored 109 points to outdistance Amory (81 points) and Noxubee County (75). The Noxubee County boys had 119 points to run away from Caledonia, which was second with 80.
Lee Boyd hopes to see a little more fire from his team tonight. The first-year New Hope High School baseball coach opened his team’s game against Neshoba Central on Saturday night by asking his players to get him five runs in the fifth inning. Instead, the Trojans went scoreless in the first, had only six hits, and and scuffled through a 3-2 loss in game two of their best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A opening-round playoff series.
Brent Harris knew this season could be special for the Victory Christian Academy baseball team. After watching many of the team’s younger players take their lumps, Harris watched as an assistant coach as those players slowly matured and gained confidence. This season, in his first as the Eagles’ head coach, Harris thought things could come together provided the upperclassmen delivered solid leadership.
Lee Boyd left the quick hook in the dugout this time — if only for another batter. That’s about as much margin for error as Blake Roberts had remaining when Boyd sprinted to the mound for a discussion with his starting pitcher in the top of the second inning Monday night.
Richard Christopher didn’t want to relive history. A year after a shoulder injury helped prevent him from winning a state title, the Heritage Academy senior realized a goal Saturday when he won the AAA shot put title at the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Overall State Championship at Mississippi College.
OXFORD — New Hope High School’s Kelli Petty won the 100 and 200 meters and the high jump Monday at the Class 5A-Region 1 meet at Oxford High School.
M.C Miller believes the Noxubee County High School football program has its man. Tonight, that man, Tyrone Shorter, is expected to take Miller’s place and become the head football coach at Noxubee County. Shorter’s hiring is expected to be approved at the Noxubee County School District School Board meeting. Shorter worked the past 12 years as an assistant coach to Miller, who left Noxubee County to accept the head football coaching job at Harrison Central. He reconsidered that decision last month and was hired as the head football coach at Louisville High School.
CLINTON –– Heritage Academy’s Richard Christopher and Starkville Academy’s Joseph Macgown and Will Goodwin won individual titles Saturday at the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Overall State Championship at Mississippi College. Christopher won the AAA shot put with a mark of 46 feet, 7 1/2 inches. Macgown won the AAA 3,200 meters with a time of 10 minutes, 58.49 seconds, while Goodwin won the AAA triple jump with a mark of 42-11 1/2.
PHILADELPHIA — The Neshoba Central High School baseball program welcomed Lee Boyd back home Saturday night. The Rockets enjoyed Boyd’s stay so much they’ll make a return trip to Lowndes County to see him again Monday. Robert Greer pitched a complete-game six-hitter and Neshoba Central capitalized on a two-run error for a 3-2 victory in game two of its best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A opening-round playoff series.
STARKVILLE — After his team lost by the mercy rule in its postseason opener, Starkville coach Danny Carlisle thought the Yellow Jackets would respond with elimination staring them in the face. Instead the Jackets managed just two hits Friday in an 11-1 loss to Madison Central to be eliminated from the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A state playoffs. The scrappiness that saw Starkville make a fourth-inning rally on Thursday wasn’t there Friday as the Jackets were baffled by Madisson Central pitcher L.J. Hollins.
HAMILTON –– Good coaches aren’t afraid to adjust their strategy when things aren’t going according to plan. So it wasn’t surprising to see Hamilton High School coach Jason Cobb try something different Friday afternoon in the second game of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A fast-pitch softball playoffs. Leading one game in a best-of-three series with East Union and locked in a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the sixth, Cobb elected to play small ball en route to a 7-3 win.
The New Hope High School fast-pitch softball team cruised into the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A playoffs with a sweep of Clarksdale. The Lady Trojans earned a 15-0 victory in three innings and then won by the same score in game two Friday at Lady Trojans Field to advance to the next round. “I am just looking forward to the next round,” New Hope coach Tabitha Beard said.
JACKSON –– The Heritage Academy golf team participated in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Association Class AAA North State golf tournament at Deerfield Country Club and finished second to Pillow Academy. Heritage Academy tied for first place with Pillow Academy at the end of 18 holes and was edged ty two strokes in a sudden death playoff to finish second. Caleb Westmoreland, of Heritage, tied for medalist in regulation play with a 79, but lost in the playoff to Lou Adams, of Pillow Academy.
CALEDONIA — One bad shot or hole can spell disaster for a golfer. After parring the first hole at the Class 4A Division 3, District 4 Tournament at River Birch Golf Club on April 19 in Amory, Zac Taylor found himself at a turning point early in the day. The Caledonia High School senior hooked his tee shot on No. 2 left out of bounds. He hit his next shot in the woods in a hazard. He went on to shoot a triple bogy eight while the rest of the competitors birdied the hole.
CALEDONIA — Ricky Ford covets versatility. Ford’s Northeast Mississippi Community College women’s basketball program loves to use a full-court pressing style of play. To do that, the veteran coach needs players who can play a variety of roles and are equally comfortable facing and with their backs to the basket. Suriah Blanch fits that mold, which is why she will take her game to Booneville in the fall. On Friday, the Caledonia High School senior forward celebrated her decision to sign a national letter of intent to play basketball at NEMCC.
HAMILTON –– Hamilton High School senior pitcher Dylan Earnest may not have been as sharp as usual and the opponent may not have been as rugged as those found in Northeast Mississippi. But as Hamilton coach Lewis Earnest said, “It doesn’t matter who it’s against, a perfect game is a perfect game.” Earnest (9-0), who had a perfect game this past summer in Senior American Legion play and then another flawless outing earlier this month against Class 2A, Division 2 foe Calhoun City, was perfect again here Thursday evening as the Lions rolled to a 17-0, five-inning win against Shelby Broad Street in the first game of the Class 2A state baseball playoffs.
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