Tis the season.
Allow me to wish each and every one a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Those special days are fast approaching and will be here before we know it.
I sincerely wish everyone a safe, happy and blessed holiday season.
Now on with the show, as they say.
Just because it’s Christmas time and schools will be out for the next few weeks, especially the college kids, doesn’t mean we take a break here at the Daily Corinthian sports department.
Or the newspaper as a whole for that matter.
In fact, I wrote in a recent column that this is probably my busiest time of year and that is absolutely, one hundred percent the truth.
No complaints from me though because I really don’t like being bored with not much to do.
With that being said, join me for the next few minutes as I take a look at ‘What’s Going On Around Here’ this week … and beyond.
Kossuth playing on the big stage
The Kossuth Lady Aggies will be in Memphis Monday but not for a sight-seeing trip.
Coach Angie Malone’s team will be in the Bluff City playing in Fed Ex Forum against the Hernando Lady Tigers. Tip time for the contest is set for 1 p.m. according to Malone and the game will serve as the warm-up for that evenings NBA game on the same floor between the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder. For ticket information log on to grizzlies.spinzo.com.
This will be a fun event for Kossuth supporters and any other area hoops fans that might like to attend.
All-Area Teams coming soon
Local volleyball and football fans have a great deal to look forward to over the next week and a half.
The Daily Corinthian All-Area Volleyball and Football Teams are due to be published over the next few days.
First up will be the All-Area Volleyball Team which will be featured in this weekends edition of the DC sports pages. Find out who will be crowned the Most Valuable Players and Coach of the Year. Plus, who will be the first team players and who will make the second team?
Then next Friday, Dec. 24 we’ll turn our attention to the top prep gridiron players as we release the 2021 All-Area Football Team. Just like volleyball, who will be the MVP and Coach of the Year. Find out who makes the first and second teams.
Local hoops squads playing in holiday tournaments
Tis the season – for holiday tournaments.
With the post-Thanksgiving Lighthouse Classic Tournament now in the books, it’s Christmas tournament time.
Several area teams will be participating in the Peggy Bain Christmas Classic at Alcorn Central. Hard as it is to realize, Bain passed away in 2011 when the event was dubbed as the Alcorn Central Holiday Hoops Classic. In fact it had been an organized Christmas tourney for about five years prior to her passing. In 2012 the two-day, two-gym tournament was officially renamed after one of Alcorn Central’s most ardent and recognizable supporters.
The full Peggy Bain Classic schedule hasn’t been released yet, but keep an eye on the local schedule and an upcoming promotional feature story for the 2021 Classic.
In other holiday tournaments, two are on the way to Booneville. And both are being played on Dec. 28.
Northeast Community College will host the Gerald Snider Classic at Bonner Arnold Coliseum while Booneville High School will host the Booneville Christmas Classic. The Gerald Snider Classic will feature boys teams while the BHS Christmas Classic will host girls teams in all day events.
Biggersville will be traveling a good bit during the Christmas break. The Lions and Lady Lions will take part in the East Webster Tournament next Monday and Tuesday. The following week they will be traveling to Kentucky to play in the Princeton (KY) Tournament. Corinth has played in this event in recent history as well as other north Mississippi schools. Princeton is a town of just over 6,100 and is settled on Interstate 24 about 47 miles east of Paducah. According to Biggersville coach Cliff Little, the tournament is still on despite the recent tornadoes that ripped through the area last week. In fact the town of Bowling Green – about an hour and a half east of Princeton – was devastated by the twisters, including the campus of Western Kentucky University which is located there. Former Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury is the mens head coach at WKU.
County Tournament returns to Biggersville
The Alcorn County Tournament is scheduled for Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 6-8 and make its return to Biggersville High School. The Lions haven’t hosted the event in 18 years. The event moved to the Crossroads Arena in 2004 and remained there for 14 years. The tournament was moved back to campus sites two years ago with Corinth hosting in 2020. Alcorn Central hosted a shortened two-day tournament last January.
Kossuth will host in 2023.
Rebels, Bulldogs continue bowl preparations
Mississippi State is less than two weeks away from their Liberty Bowl game against Mike Leach’s former team Texas Tech. The Liberty is a traditional New Years Eve game and is usually played around 2:30 p.m. This year several bowl dates and kickoff times have been shifted or altered for reasons unbeknownst to the general public, myself included. The Liberty Bowl is set for Tuesday, Dec. 28, with a 5:45 kick.
Ole Miss has a little longer to wait, but not much. The No. 8 Rebels will face off against No. 7 Baylor in the Sugar Bowl on New Years Day. Kickoff in the Superdome is set for 7:45 p.m.
The current betting lines for both contests are as follows: MSU is a nine point favorite over the Red Raiders and the game carries an over/under of 59.5 points. The Bears are a one point favorite over the Rebs at present and the game has an over/under of 55 points.