It’s division tournament week for high school basketball teams around the state which translates into a busy week for me as the Daily Corinthian sports department strives to keep our readers updated on the latest scores from teams in our coverage area.
Plus, high school bowling concluded last Thursday for local squads with the Class II state tournament in Flowood.
Prep baseball and softball regular season also begins later this week with a variety of jamborees.
Corinth bowler makes all-state tournament team
The Corinth Warriors and Lady Warriors were the final local bowling teams to complete the season with the CHS girls finishing in seventh while the boys ended in third, just six pins away from playing in the baker round for a state title.
Corinth junior Hayes Rutledge made the All-Tournament team with a 3rd place individual finish due to a 574 series. The Warriors finished five pins behind second place Neshoba Central with a total pin-fall of 2,25.
The Lady Warriors placed seventh with a total pin-fall of 1,718.
Division hoops tournaments highlight the week’s agenda
Most of the 20 Mississippi high school basketball teams in the Daily Corinthian coverage area (Tennessee begins their region tournaments next week) begin their respective division tournaments Tuesday.
Region 1-2A tipped on Monday as the only area division to do so.
And most region tourney’s are on a Tuesday, Thursday, Friday setup with the exception of Division 1-3A which was forced to change their second round games from Thursday to Wednesday due to Northeast playing a home game that night.
Seven area squads won their respective regular season division titles and are the No. 1 seeds in region play this week. That list includes Kossuth (3A), Tishomingo County (4A) and New Site (2A) in girls plus Corinth (4A), Booneville (3A), New Site (2A) and Biggersville (1A) in boys.
Division tournament sites are as follows: 1A at Booneville High School, 2A at East Union High School, 3A at Northeast CC/Bonner Arnold Coliseum and 4A at Ripley HS.
In an interesting twist this season, the MHSAA last week ruled that quarterfinal games will be moved to school sites this season with the higher seeded team hosting. In the case both teams are seeded the same the lower numbered region would host. That means any team in Region I would play their quarterfinal game on their home court.
All area teams are in Region 1, which is a huge plus for local squads.
“Definitely, playing at home is always better than having to get on a bus and travel,” said Corinth head coach Keith Greene. “But we’re not ready to think about that far down the road yet. Our minds are set on trying to win the division tournament this week.”
Biggersville head coach Cliff Little had pretty much the same thing to say from his vantage point.
“It will be a great thing to happen but we are in division tournament mode right now,” he said. “We have a lot of winning to do before we can begin thinking about the state tournament.”
Corinth had to travel to Greenwood last year for the quarterfinals where they lost on a last-second shot while Biggersville fell in the second round on the road at Coffeeville.
The Lady Aggies may be on a collision course to face division foe Belmont in the state finals for the second time in three years, but a lot of things have to happen, and certain pieces have to fall in the right place for that to occur again.
Good luck to all area hoops teams as they begin their journey towards a possible state tournament berth. The likelihood of all local teams making that far are simply non-existent because it’s never happened before as far as official records indicate.
By the way, the complete list of tournament schedules appear in todays edition.
Baseball, softball teams begin with jamborees
Local diamond squads have been prepping for the past two weeks as they get ready for first pitch of the 2021 season, one they hope to conclude, unlike last year when the pandemic ended things around spring break.
Most teams were able to get in between five and ten games before the plug was pulled on the 2020 season.
Most area squads will be participating in jamborees later this week, games that will not count towards a teams regular season record.
That begins next week when the season begins to count for real.
Northeast football adds another dynamic playmaker
Walnut athlete TJ Colom II signed the dotted line last Friday with Northeast as the all-state running back will be a Tiger for the next two seasons.
Colom’s final choice came down to Northeast and perennial powerhouse East Mississippi.