Talk about a week chock full of sports action.
From baseball to softball to tennis to powerlifting to bass fishing … it’s safe to say there’s something for all types of sports enthusiasts.
Join me for the next few minutes as I take a look at ‘What’s Going On Around Here” this week … and beyond.
Corinth already owns division title, more to come
The Corinth Diamond-Warriors captured the Division 1-4A regular season division title last Thursday with a dominant 11-0 win at second place Ripley.
Well, the Tigers were in second until being swept by the red-and-black. Now North Pontotoc is perched in the runner-up position with two games left in division.
Chess Parker was clutch on the mound while Will Verdung had a career game with five RBIs, including a round tripper.
The league crown is the first for Corinth since the 2017 squad advanced to the state championship round. Does this CHS edition have what it takes to make a return to Pearl and win it’s first state championship since 1956?
If they keep hitting and pitching the way they have recently, the 16-3 Warriors have as good a chance of anyone in the field.
By the way, Corinth has completed the division part of their schedule at 7-1 while the other four division schools have a single league home and away series remaining this week.
The Warriors have a few more non-league contests left before they host a first round 4A playoff schedule beginning Thursday, April 29. Check the local schedule daily for game dates, locations and times.
Kossuth knocks on division title door
Kossuth baseball is sitting on the doorstep of their latest division title and knocking, hoping the door will open wide this week.
The Aggies are 7-1, leading Division 1-3A by a full game in the loss column over Booneville and Nettleton, who are both 5-2. Coach Daniel Threadgill’s club has already split with Nettleton and will be able to settle the division title issue this week as they host Booneville in a home and away series.
Kossuth sports an overall 15-7 record and are playing some of their best baseball of the season at just the right time.
With Jaxin Settlemires and Hank Eaton holding down the fort as the starters, the Aggies have a strong compliment of relievers, along with some strong bats and solid play in the field.
Kossuth’s last state title came five years ago and I’m certain these Aggies are hungry to get back to Pearl and bring home another 3A state championship.
There’s a lot of work to do between now and the state championships, but Corinth and Kossuth appear to be the front-runners locally to make it that far.
Diamond Lions making some noise
And then there’s Biggersville.
The Lions have every intention of making a strong playoff run, but first things first – a division title. Or at least a share.
Coach Daniel Rowsey’s squad has already split their season series with co-division leader Pine Grove, but a 6-3 loss in the opener might just trump the 5-4 BHS victory in the second game. Regardless, Biggersville will be hosting a playoff series beginning April 29.
The Lions play their final league series this week against Thrasher and will be heavily favored in both games. Pine Grove will be involved in a home and away series with third place Falkner. If the Eagles should pull an upset in either contest, and Biggersville sweeps Thrasher, the Lions would win the Division 1-1A regular season title outright.
In Division 1-2A, East Union has wrapped up the regular season title and sits at 8-0 in league play after sweeping second place Mantachie last week. Looming in third is New Site while Walnut is hoping for a strong finish after winning only one division game to this point.
The Royals cannot finish any higher than third due to dropping their series to Mantachie. The Mustangs will be playing fourth place Potts Camp this week to finish the regular season in league play while New Site will face fifth place Potts Camp in their final division series of the season.
We’ll take a look at the softball standings in an upcoming issue.
Powerlifters invade Jackson
The state powerlifting championships will begin Friday at the Mississippi Coliseum when Mississippi’s best female lifters hit the Coliseum floor.
The boys will compete for the gold on Saturday.
The Corinth Warriors and Kossuth Aggies will be among the favorites in 4A and 3A respectively after each school won their region and north half titles.
Kossuth owns the only two powerlifting state championships in Alcorn County history to date, winning in 2015 and 2017. Several individual lifters from around the Crossroads area will likely bring home either a gold, silver or bronze for their efforts if history holds true.
NMYA have successful tourney
The North Mississippi Youth Anglers, comprised of team members from Corinth, Alcorn Central, Kossuth, Biggersville, Pathway Christian Academy and Tishomingo County, fished their latest tournament last Saturday, April 10 and had several place in the top tier of anglers.
Despite what team advisor Sam Wiginton termed as overcast conditions, along with early morning storms, the team had a successful day on the lake.
The tournament was held at Beaver Lake on the Waterway near Bay Springs. Corinth’s Jacob Isaac Pierce took top honors while the team of Austin Bassett (Pathway Christian Academy) and Tobias Wiginton (Alcorn Central) placed third in competition.
As a matter of interest to parents of junior anglers who might want to join the league, the NMYA is now beginning registration for a newly-formed junior division, which will consist of first grade and up.
The next tournament for the local prep anglers is scheduled for Saturday, May 10 at Crow’s Neck just north of Bay Springs.