The pickings will likely be a bit thinner over the next few weeks due mostly to school being dismissed for summer. But there is always something on the agenda.
Join me now as I take a look at What’s Going On Around Here this week … and beyond.
Booneville playing for state baseball titleAs found elsewhere in today’s sports pages, the Blue Devils played game one of their best-of-three MHSAA 3A championship series against south champion Magee.
At the time of this writing, the contest was still being played and anticipation was high throughout Blue Devil Nation as they seek to sweep the 3A baseball and softball titles in the same year for the first time in school history.
Coach Kevin Williams, who recently became a father for the second time following Booneville’s sweep of Amory for the North Half championship, would like nothing more than to see his squad, assistants, as well as Blue Devil fans and supporters, gifted with the gold glove trophy on the diamond … hopefully, Thursday if they can continue their recent victory streak and sweep the Trojans.
Former Corinth standout dies tragicallyCorinth High School alumnus Stan Horton died over the Memorial day weekend, reportedly from drowning. Horton was a star shortstop for former CHS Head Coach John Smillie’s Warriors in the 1980s and had recently retired from Caterpillar. The former Corinth and Delta State player was helping with the Falkner program and was reportedly back in his element on the field, where he felt at home.
A full story on Horton can be found in an upcoming edition of the Daily Corinthian print and online editions.
Ole Miss Women’s Golf wins national championshipWhy is this such a big deal in these parts? After all, golf isn’t normally viewed in the same light as football, basketball and baseball.
However, this is reportedly the first undisputed team championship for any of the Big 3 Mississippi universities in history. The Rebels have won or shared three football titles in the distant past, pre-Archie Manning days. And remember, team championships were awarded back then quite differently than they are today.
Congratulations to the Lady Rebels Golf Team as they out-shot the field in Scottsdale, Arizona to claim the school’s first recognized, undisputed national championship.
Ole Miss’ Chiara Tamburlini earned the Ole Miss women their first points towards the title with a 6-5 win before senior Kennedy Swann won 2-1 over OSU’s Maja Stark.
“I think it’s great because it’s just all about leaving our legacy,” said Swann. “We’ve talked about that as a team. We want to be remembered well. We have several alums who are now on the LPGA Tour who have played really well, and I think it’s just great because we’re a part of that team and we get to leave our legacy.”
The Oklahoma State women finished second to Ole Miss.
Starkville, Oxford hosting NCAA Regionals, againIt’s becoming almost a rite of passage for both Mississippi State and Ole Miss to be awarded regionals for the NCAA Baseball Tournament.
It happened again on Memorial Day as the NCAA Committee was kind to the Mississippi universities, making the Bulldogs a No. 7 national seed while the Rebels were given a No. 12 national seed. The only difference is Chris Lemonis’ squad, being a top-8 national seed, will enjoy home-field advantage all the way to the College World Series if they keep winning while Mike Bianco’s team will have to travel for the Super Regional round – unless No. 5 national seed Arizona stumbles and falls in Tucson this weekend.
By chance, Southern Miss was a whisk and whisper away from hosting themselves: that is until they dropped a walk-off decision to Louisiana Tech. The Golden Eagles will make the trip north to the Oxford Regional where they will join Florida State and Southeast Missouri State.
Mississippi State will host Samford, Campbell and Virginia Commonwealth.
The Starkville Regional is matched with the South Bend (Notre Dame) Regional while the Oxford Regional is matched with the Tucson (Arizona) Regional.
NEMCABB Game set for SaturdayThe 30th Annual Northeast Mississippi Coaches Association All-Starr Baseball Game (NEMCABB) will be held this Saturday, June 5 at the Corinth High School baseball field.
Check Thursday’s Daily Corinthian print and online editions for more details.