A local prep bowler rolled a series that may never be broken last week … and she did it when her team needed it the most.
Plus, one area basketball team has already wrapped up the regular season division title while three more can do the same this week.
Join me for the next few minutes as we take a look at ‘What’s Going On Around Here’ this week.
Gardner leads Kossuth to region title with monster series
Lady Aggie freshman Sally Kate Gardner rolled a 664 series Friday in the Class I North Regionals at Plaza Lanes, leading Kossuth to another championship and a top seeding in the upcoming state tournament.
Alcorn Central will join Kossuth as the No. 2 seed from the North beginning Wednesday in Flowood.
Should the Lady Aggies win the state championship this year it would be a three-peat and the fifth in program history. Head coach Michael Lee saw the short and long-term potential in the Kossuth girls bowling program a year ago after they bested East Union for the gold.
“All I can say about our girls is, ‘Wow’, and keep your eye on this dynasty in the making,” said Lee.
Gardner, whose older brother Hank was a solid contributor for all three Aggie championship teams – 2017, 2019 and 2020 – has been an integral part of the youth league at Plaza Lanes for the past few years and has developed into arguably the best prep female bowler in the Daily Corinthian coverage area in recent history.
Kossuth will be joined by the Alcorn Central boys and girls teams, which finished second to KHS last week, along with the Biggersville Lions, who qualified as a wild-card.
Booneville, Tishomingo County, Biggersville, New Site check! Who’ll be next division champion?
The Blue Devils have rebounded from a slow start, thanks to the pandemic, to capture their latest Division 1-3A regular season boys’ title.
Their dominant and complete 64-41 home win over over Nettleton Friday was more than enough to validate their No. 1 status. Booneville has gone from unranked just over a month ago to the No. 3 or 4 team in class 3A depending on the poll.
The Tishomingo County Lady Braves, by virtue of North Pontotoc’s loss to Ripley last week, have earned what is believed to be the program’s first ever division title.
Coach Brian Middleton’s team is still a hungry bunch and is out to close strong. They host Ripley Thursday before closing the regular season at home Friday when they welcome Biggersville.
Speaking of Biggersville, the Lions had already captured their third consecutive Division 1-1A crown prior to playing their final league game Tuesday at Thrasher.
The next step for coach Cliff Little’s squad is to win the division tournament and enjoy home-court the first two rounds instead of being forced to travel in round two like they did last year.
The New Site Royals and Lady Royals have each captured the Division 1-2A boys and girls crowns. Now both teams will look to win the division tournament next week at East Union before hopefully moving on to the next level and challenge for a state title.
Two other local teams can wrap up the regular season division titles in their respective classifications with wins this week.
That list includes the Corinth Warriors.
Coach Keith Greene’s squad has a challenging week ahead in its quest to earn another regular season Division 1-4A crown and the top seed in the upcoming division tournament which is scheduled to tip in one week at Ripley High School Event Center.
“Winning the division title isn’t necessarily imperative because as we proved last year anyone can get hot and win the division tournament coming out of the other side of the bracket. But yes, the boys have known all year it would probably come down to this and I’m sure Ripley has the same ideas we do,” said Greene.
The Kossuth Lady Aggies need a single win over Nettleton Thursday at home to make it official. It would mark Kossuth’s second regular season league championship in the past three years. The last time they won the division in 2018-19 they went on to win the 3A state title over Belmont.
Could that same fate await this season?
Aggies, Warriors earn region titles
The Kossuth and Corinth High School powerlifting squads captured their respective region championships last weekend with the Warriors setting an all-time record as far as high scores.
North and South meets will be held in March. Keep an eye on the local schedule for sites and dates.
The state powerlifting tournament is set for Jackson on April 17.
Shoot … archery has started
The 2021 archery season has begun and already several local teams have been involved in dual matches.
For those not aware, high school student/athletes can now earn collegiate scholarships in archery. Who would have seen this coming just 10 years ago?
Baseball, softball prepping for upcoming season
High school teams from all over the Magnolia State officially began baseball and softball practice in preparation for the approaching season.
For the next two weeks coaches and players from each school will be focused on beginning what they hope will be a complete season, complete with playoffs and a state championship, on the weekend of Feb. 13, when jamborees will be played.
Regular season games will begin the following week, Feb. 20 in what is now referred to as ‘Classic’ weekend contests.
Keep an eye out in the local schedule for daily game, dates, locations and times throughout the season.