From the north half basketball tournament, to baseball, to softball – even track and field and archery – there’s something going on for almost any sports fan.
Since the dual sleet and snow storm last week pushed all north half first and second round games to this week, along with third round to close out the week, let’s start right there and take a look at ‘What’s Going On Around Here’ this week … and beyond.
First round MHSAA state basketball tournament contests tip off
Monday night marked the final portion on the schedule of numerous area hoops teams.
The portion widely known in basketball terms as “The Third Season”.
The first season is the regular season portion of the schedule, followed by the second season, the division tournaments. Now comes the time to win or go home as the north half tournament, the third season, tipped off Monday with seven area girls squads in action.
Of those seven Daily Corinthian coverage area teams, five were able to play in the familiar confines of their own gym.
Starting with two Alcorn County teams, the Kossuth Lady Aggies hosted Aberdeen while the Biggersville Lady Lions hosted Okolona. Elsewhere, Tishomingo County hosted Leake Central while Walnut hosted Pisgah and New Site hosted South Delta. In the remaining contests, Alcorn Central visted Noxubee County while Jumpertown traveled to Varadaman.
Monday night winners advance to the second round, scheduled now for Wednesday night. Third round girls games are set for Friday. On the boys side of the bracket, first round contests will be played Tuesday, second round games on Thursday with third round on Saturday.
The state semifinals begin next Monday at the Mississippi Coliseum with the championship rounds set for March 4-6, also in Jackson. The finals were originally scheduled to be played at Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville on the campus of Mississippi State University, but COVID changed that.
Based on what happens Monday and Tuesday, here’s a look ahead to possible second round opponents for each local team should they win their first round contests.
In the girls bracket we’ll begin in class 1A where the Biggersville Lady Lions would host either Hickory Flat or Baldwyn on Wednesday. Stepping up to 2A, the No. 1 Lady Royals will draw the winner of O’Bannon and East Webster while the Lady Wildcats would face the winner of Coahoma Count and Calhoun City. Walnut could find themselves playing at home Wednesday should the lower seeded team win that game. In 3A, Kossuth would face the winner of the Holly Springs/Amanda Elzy contest, also possibly a home game. And should Alcorn Central pull a major upset and win at Noxubee County Monday, they would likely travel to face North Panola.
The second round opponent for the Lady Braves in 4A would be the Gentry/Shannon winner. Where things get interesting for Tishomingo County is a likely third round home game against Choctaw Central. Braves-Nation needs no pep talk for that one. And yes, they realize the Lady Warriors will be looking for major payback.
In the boys’ bracket, beginning in 1A, the Lions of Coach Cliff Little would host the Smothville/West Union winner on Wednesday. In 2A, the No. 1 Royals of Coach Rick Howell would host the Palmer/East Webster winner on Wednesday while Walnut would travel to Enterprise or Newton County. Both are long trips with Enterprise being located in Brookhaven, just 22 miles from the Louisiana border on I-55.
In 3A, the No. 1 Blue Devils will host the Byhalia/Thomas E. Edwards winner on Wednesday, while,in 4A, Corinth would travel to the Itawamba AHS/Clarksdale winner for round two.
By the way, Thomas E Edwards is in Ruleville.
Third round games will be played Friday (girls) and Saturday (boys) before the state semifinals tip in Jackson next Monday.
Baseball and softball begin this week
The boys and girls of spring begin their season this week after being delayed two weeks due to winter weather.
The MHSAA pulled the plug on spring sports just after spring break last year due to the pandemic, but it appears this season will be played. Let’s hope that holds true because a lot of seniors lost out on their final season last spring.
One interesting note for Alcorn County baseball fans, there will be an Alcorn County Tournament played this year at Alcorn Central High School on March 5-6.
Don’t look now, but that’s next week.
Northeast sports back on track
Northeast Community College Sports Information Director, along with head coaches Cord Wright (men’s basketball), Brenda Mayes (women’s basketball), Rich Harrelson (baseball) and Jody Long (softball) have been busy bee’s lately with more game cancellations and postponements it seems than Baskin Robins has flavors of ice cream.
Check the local schedule each day for any changes and makeup dates and times for any and all local sports.
Until next time ...