I need to take a minute to rest my weary mind.
I’ve been trying to figure out scenarios for the upcoming MHSAA playoffs, and believe me, it’s an absolute headache. I need a couple of Advil and a nap.
In all seriousness, it is confusing to a great degree and I’m not the only sports editor or writer to be going through this confusion.
Join me for a few minutes now as I take a look at ‘What’s Going On Around Here’ this week, including hoops and a brief look back at the just completed volleyball season.
Just who will be facing whom in the playoffs?That’s an awesome question with very few answers at this point.
One thing we do know is that Corinth, having captured their second consecutive Region 1-4A title with their 35-20 win at Ripley last Friday, will receive a first round bye in the MHSAA playoffs beginning November 6.
Why do the Warriors receive a bye? I’ll spell it out ... C-O-V-I-D.
Remember how at the beginning of the football season a number of teams around the state opted out because of the virus? That has caused some regions to have less than four teams qualify for the postseason. The top four teams from each region make the playoffs.
In Corinth’s case, that means a bye. The Warriors, along with Ripley, New Albany and North Pontotoc – the four Region I qualifiers – are matched against Region 3 for the first round. Just like Region 1, Region 3 normally has five teams. However, two of those squads (Greenwood and Rosa Fort) are among the schools that opted out, leaving only three teams (Clarksdale, Gentry and Yazoo City) to fight for playoff berths.
Clarksdale looks to be the projected winner of Region 3-4A while Yazoo City and Gentry figure to finish second and third respectively.
Because Corinth has the first week off, they will await the winner of the game between the Region 4 runner-up and the Region 2 third place team. That contest will match either Shannon or Caledonia from Region 2 against West Lauderdale from Region 4, where Louisville is the division champion.
In 3A the current picture isn’t quite as murky. As it stands now, Amory has earned a first round bye based on their Region 1 championship and the fact Region 3 has only three teams playing. The projected order of finish in Region 3 is Winona first, Humphreys County second and Ruleville Central third. Humphreys won by forfeit over Ruleville, giving them the tiebreaker.
If Booneville defeats Nettleton on Friday, they would likely host Ruleville Central while Nettleton would travel to Humphreys County. That would leave Kossuth as the fourth seed from Region 1 traveling to face Winona in the first round.
In 2A the winner of Friday’s Mantachie at Walnut contest will finish second, with a first round home game, while the loser finishes third and will have to travel. It’s anyone’s guess right now who their opponents would be next Friday.
Biggersville has won their second straight Region 1 championship due to Byers forfeiting their game at BHS this Friday. The Lions will host Thrasher in their regular season finale next week.
Speaking of Thrasher, the Rebels will make the playoffs, but their seeding remains to be settled. They will likely finish third behind Baldwyn. The 1A and 6A playoffs begin Nov. 13.
One more thing we know – the entire playoff picture will be cleared up following Friday’s games. Stay tuned ... it’s playoff time.
High School hoops tip off
Area teams are among those that got an early jump on the prep basketball season last week in jamboree action while middle school hoops regular season is underway.
Tishomingo County and Alcorn Central were among varsity teams locally that participated in the Braves jamboree at TCHS last Saturday. The Braves and Golden Bears earned wins as did the Lady Braves.
Central will open the regular season this weekend with a ‘Classic’ game at Blue Mountain. Look for schedules and previews for area teams soon.
Volleyball concludes successful season despite COVIDWalnut was the last team standing locally as they won the 2A state title over Puckett last Saturday in Jackson.
Corinth, Alcorn Central and Biggersville also had terrific seasons with each making the North Half finals.
Kent Mohundro is the sports editor for the Daily Corinthian. He can be reached at email@example.com or on his twitter page @kentmohundro