In the lyrical words of Ozzy Osbourne – “All Aboard the Crazy Train.”
In this edition of ‘What’s Going On Around Here?’ we’ll talk about the crazy playoff scenarios as they apply to volleyball along with rescheduled football games and more.
Let’s begin on the hardwood.
Volleyball teams jockeying for playoff positions
Since the MHSAA created separate divisions for 1A and 2A more area volleyball teams are qualifying for the playoffs this season.
That list includes Biggersville while Walnut is in position to earn their second playoff appearance in a row if they take care of business the rest of this week.
The Lady Lions will be making their first postseason appearance in program history next Tuesday, Oct. 13. First year head coach Brandon Nash has guided BHS to an 11-5 overall record with a 4-2 mark inside division play.
Pine Grove is the presumed division champion having swept Biggersville.
Nash, a first year head coach, assumed the BHS job from former head coach Blake Hendrix this summer prior to the start of the school year.
“I helped (Alcorn Central coach) Eric (Lancaster) a few years ago when the Lady Bears were beginning to build their program,” said Nash, who is a para-professional coach who works at Caterpillar. “I spoke with athletic director Daniel Rowsey and principal Pete Seago about taking the job and they assured me they were going to put more money and focus on the volleyball program here with the goal of making us a winning program that could eventually be annual playoff contenders in the near future.”
That future begins next week when the Lady Lions travel to face Hamilton in the MHSAA playoffs first round.
“We had a really good nucleus of players returning this year with players like Hannah Seago, Aaliyah Davis, Goldee Butler and more. Then we were fortunate to have players like Marlee McCalister from Alcorn Central as well as the Moody twins (Leileigh and Aaliyah) from Kossuth join our team. All of the girls have mixed well together and have formed a solid squad that I believe is capable of turning Biggersville into a consistent winner,” said Nash.
As far as the Lady Warriors they have some work to do in order to make the playoffs, entering Tuesday’s home match against New Albany at 8-3 overall and 4-2 in division play. They were tied with Ripley in the loss column while the defending champion Bulldogs had a single league loss to Ripley.
According to first year CHS coach Emma Heubi, “If we win out we’re in.”
Walnut has to win out as well to qualify for their second straight postseason appearance as they had games remaining Tuesday against Mantachie and Thursday versus East Union.
McNairy Central is playing in the district tournament at Lexington High School hoping to advance to the state playoffs. The Lady Bobcats defeated Bolivar Central Monday in a first round match and played the host school Tuesday. If they win there they will play for the district championship Thursday, likely against Chester County. If MC defeats Lexington they qualify for the playoffs. Lose and their season is complete.
The high school football shuffleNo reference intended to the famous Chicago Bears “Super Bowl Shuffle” from 1985 but this week’s slate of prep games has been almost completely revised – or shuffled, just like a nice game of poker or rummy.
As of Tuesday afternoon, one contest had been completely cancelled while only one remained on Friday’s schedule.
Noxubee County cancelled their home game against defending 4A state champion Corinth Tuesday after it had been moved up to Thursday earlier that morning.
The Daily Corinthian discovered the reason behind the cancellation was due to concerns at Noxubee County that some student athletes might have been exposed to COVID-19.
Corinth dominated the Tigers in 2019 winning 51-14 at Warrior Stadium II. The 2020 NCHS edition is currently 3-1 overall and in first place in Region 4-3A. They made the state playoffs last fall advancing all the way to 3A championship game, ultimately falling to Jefferson Davis County in the title game.
The Warriors are currently tied with Ripley at 1-0 in Region 1-4A after week one of division play.
Corinth will resume their season next Friday, Oct. 16 as they host New Albany.
Tishomingo County is the only Daily Corinthian area squad still scheduled to play Friday. Braves head coach Richard Russo said Tuesday afternoon that Ripley, TC’s opponent this week, will make a decision Wednesday on moving the game or leaving it where it is.
It’s homecoming for the Tigers.
As I have already referenced, all other DC area contests have been officially moved to Thursday night kickoffs.
That includes the homecoming game at Booneville where the Blue Devils are hosting Belmont. Kossuth made it official Monday night, announcing their game at Nettleton will be played Thursday. Other contests moved to Thursday include Alcorn Central at Amory, Walnut at East Union, Thrasher at Myrtle and Baldwyn at Biggersville. McNairy Central, who won by forfeit over Bolivar Central last week, originally had an open date this Friday but have filled it with a Thursday road game at Collinwood. The Trojans are a 1A school near Waynesboro – just east of Savannah and Hardin County – that sports an overall record of 3-4 with a division mark of 2-1 in Region 6. The Bobcats play in 3A and are 3-4 overall with a 1-2 record in Region 7.
Since most prep games have moved to Thursday there will be no Friday Night Previews and Picks this week. However, I will still be at Biggersville Thursday for the Daily Corinthian Game of the Week between the Lions and Bearcats.
Northeast offering a variety of fall sports contests
Northeast Community College Sports Information Director Blake Long is a busy man these days. With the oddities surrounding the 2020 fall sports season, Long has now seen the Tigers football team kick off its season with a 35-10 home win over Holmes last Thursday along with the Northeast softball and baseball teams getting in some exhibition action over the past couple of weekends.
The Northeast golf team has also come out of the gates with hot starts, winning the MACCC’s first fall event at Shiloh Ridge last week over Meridian while finishing second, behind Meridian, at Raymond last weekend.
Next up men’s and women’s basketball. But only in exhibitions for the fall schedule.
Head coach Cord Wright’s defending north division champions will travel to Scooba Friday, Oct. 9 for a pair of games before head coach Brenda Mayes’ Lady Tigers play at home against Arkansas State Mid-South Saturday, Oct. 10 at Bonner Arnold Coliseum in Booneville. The Tigers tip at 12:30 p.m. against East Mississippi and 1:40 p.m. versus East Central in a round-robin event while the Northeast women will tip at 2 p.m.
Keep an eye on the local schedule for upcoming games, opponents and locations for the Tigers fall sports teams.
The football Tigers play this Saturday, Oct. 10 at Mississippi Delta with a 2 p.m. kickoff. As of Tuesday afternoon there was no word on moving the game due to Hurricane Delta.
Kent Mohundro is the sports editor for the Daily Corinthian. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his Twitter page @kentmohundro