ACHS has elected to dissolve its slow-pitch softball program beginning with the incoming school year in order to establish a volleyball program.
The decision was made with the assistance of the community, students and parents who were invited to a meeting about the two sports, ACHS Athletic Director Brandon Quinn said.
"We just want to move our programs forward...we felt like adding volleyball was a good move as its a scholarship sport," Quinn said, "We wanted to offer something else for our female athletes to be able to achieve scholarships down the road."
Before the change, female athletes options for colleigate play were limited to tennis, track and field, soccer basketball and fast-pitch softball.
Slow-pitch softball is not offered among colleges as a scholarship sport.
The Alcorn County School Board approved the transfer of funds in the amount of $1,653.13 from the slow-pitch softball account into a new fund for volleyball during the July regular session meeting on July 1.
Eric Lancaster will lead the volleyball team in its opening season where the ladies will also compete in Class 1 division play against Corinth, Belmont, and Tishomingo County among others.
Lancaster, who spent last year leading the Biggersville baseball team, has also signed on to serve as the Alcorn Central Middle School Head Baseball Coach, and as Assistant Coach for the ACHS Bears.
In their final season, the Lady Bears put in a 12-15 slow-pitch record and finished in second place in Division 1-3A behind Kossuth.