After a cooler than normal Easter weekend, things are as they should be in the world of sports. Warmer temperatures and later sunsets are a sight for sore eyes … and exposed skin.
Last week brought more rain and mushy playing fields, which ultimately led to postponements. Hopefully the weatherman ordered a week of stable weather and we’ll be able to get back to some sort of normalcy.
I really don’t enjoy changing games around on the schedule last minute, but that’s become the norm recently (by the way, I say that in good humor with a smile on my face).
Playoff positions up for grabs among prep baseball teams
Playoff formatting is almost set. Local teams are entering their final week or two of division play before finishing with some non-division wrap-up games to conclude the regular season.
Let’s start in class 1-4A where Corinth and Ripley have separated themselves as the top two clubs.
And, as fate would have it, the Warriors and Tigers face-off in a home and away series this week to decide the division champion.
The first game of the Corinth/Ripley series will be played at Warrior Field Tuesday while the return contest will be played Friday at RHS. This will also be the final league series of the season for Corinth while Ripley still has a series to go next week against Tishomingo County.
Coach Rob Scarbrough’s CHS squad is tied with the Tigers in the loss column: Corinth is 5-1 while Ripley is 3-1. That means absolutely nothing right now but it will when the week ends because one of the division leaders will have three losses come Friday night. Both teams have already beaten third place New Albany so the tiebreaker would come down to run differential.
If that doesn’t settle the issue then the formula is much more involved so I will just leave it there for right now.
As far as Tishomingo County is concerned they have a home and away series scheduled this week with New Albany with the first game in the series scheduled for Tuesday in Union County.
Moving up to 1-3A, Kossuth and Booneville will likely settle the division title next week when the neighboring squads play a home and away series.
As the current week of action begins the Aggies are 6-0 in division while the Blue Devils are 5-0.
The Aggies will be involved in a home and away series beginning Tuesday at third place Nettleton. It would be unwise to sleep on the Tigers from Lee County as their only division loss was a 6-3 setback at Booneville on March 30. The return game between the Tigers and Blue Devils will be in Nettleton on April 20, which will serve as the final game of the season for NHS.
Booneville will play Amory in a home and away series starting Tuesday in Prentiss County with the return game set for Thursday in Monroe County.
Alcorn Central has fallen out of the division race and is simply looking for a league win as they begin the week 0-6 in 1-3A and 6-13 overall after dropping nine of their last 10.
On the bright side that one win was against a good Pontotoc club a couple of Saturday’s ago.
Shifting to 1-1A, either Biggersville or Pine Grove will capture the division title while the other will finish second. Either way, both will host opening round playoff series.
The Lions, led by Daniel Rowsey, have been hot lately, blowing past Blue Mountain in a pair of lop-sided wins at home last week. They are currently 5-1 – same as the Panthers – and are 9-5 overall as Pine Grove is 12-5.
Biggersville will host Jumpertown in a varsity double-header Tuesday at BHS. The Cardinals are seeking just one league win before the season ends.
The Panthers will play Blue Mountain in a home and away series this week.
Then there’s 1-2A where neither area team, Walnut or New Site, is a challenger for the division crown but the Royals have a chance to move up to third past Potts Camp if certain chips fall just right. New Site is 2-4 in league play while the Wildcats have yet to win a division game as Mantachie and East Union sit undefeated atop the division standings.
Tishomingo County looking like state contenders again
Two years ago, Coach Jerry Long led Tishomingo County to the program’s first ever appearance in the state championship round.
The Lady Braves fell to Newton County 2-0.
This season Long has his squad primed again for another deep playoff run as TC is currently 14-1 overall and 4-0 in Division 1-4A. Tish County will be at 1-4 North Pontotoc Tuesday before hosting 2-2 Corinth Thursday.
The Lady Braves are ranked No. 7 in 4A and 26th overall in the state.
Other local squads listed in the state rankings in 2A-3A are Booneville (No. 4), New Site (No. 7) and Kossuth (No. 12).
Powerlifting state meet nearing
Local powerlifting teams and individuals are prepping for the 2021 state championships.
The event will take place once again at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson on April 16-17 with the girls lifting that Friday and the boys taking their turn on Saturday.
The Kossuth boys, as well as Corinth, will be competing for the state championship while several individual lifters, like Booneville’s Ben Mauney and Kossuth’s Jamie Hajek, will compete as well representing their respective school.
Biggersville hosting fish fry for state champions
Biggersville High School host a fish fry, with all the trimmings, to raise funds for the Biggersville boys basketball team to purchase state championship rings.
Plates should be pre-ordered by Wednesday and are $10 each.
Those interested in helping out with a purchase should visit the high school office by Wednesday morning to fill out a form. Plates can be picked up Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. near the baseball field.