Know that old saying, “Time flies?”
That’s especially true this time of year as high school sports is practically in it’s off-season until August when fall football camp begins.
Oh, there’s summer seven-on-seven camps for football, summer practices for basketball and the annual trek to the weight room for area athletes to stay strong and conditioned until the next calendar sports season kicks off once again.
But for the most part, we’re in a holding pattern right now.
Or are we forgetting something?
That’s right, in the midst of the end of the school year there is a rather important baseball playoff series beginning Friday as Booneville and Amory duke it out for the 3A north half title with a trip to the state championship series next week at stake.
What an odd season it was in Region 1-3A as Nettleton won the regular season division title with an 8-2 record, which earned them the No. 1 seed from the league in the post-season. Amory, on the other hand, finished fourth, becoming – what else – the No. 4 seed from the region.
The strange thing, reviewing the schedule, is that the No. 1 seed Tigers swept the regular season series from the No. 4 seed Panthers. But Amory turned the tables on the division champions, winning last week’s third round MHSAA playoff series 2-1 after dropping game one 11-1.
The Panthers rebounded with plenty of muscle, taking games two and three 12-6 and 7-4.
Now the Blue Devils are the only team standing in the way of AHS making it to Pearl and vice versa.
Amory swept the regular season series, taking two tight games, 10-8 and 5-4. Booneville Head Coach Kevin Williams said earlier this week, “I’m expecting another hard-fought series where the two teams really get after each other. I’m not really surprised that they beat Nettleton, though, because this division was so good.”
Game one of the best-of-three series is set for a 7 p.m. first pitch Friday at Harold T. White Stadium in Booneville with game two at Amory Saturday at 7 p.m. If game three is necessary, it would be played Monday at 7 p.m. back in Booneville.
The 3A State Championship Series is scheduled to begin next Tuesday at Trustmark Park in Pearl.
The high school football season has been over since December but there was still one more game left to play.
It was staged Wednesday at Saltillo High School when the North Mississippi Football Coaches Association (NMFCA) All-Star Game was played. A large contingency of players from the Daily Corinthian coverage area were represented on the North roster. Former Corinth Coach Todd Lowery was originally named the head coach for the North but vacated that position upon taking his current role as offensive coordinator for Raleigh High School, where spring drills just wrapped up.
Former Biggersville Coach Stan Platt assumed the position as head coach of the North squad. Check Friday’s Daily Corinthian print and web editions for game story and photo’s.
One final note concerning prep football. Spring drills have concluded for each school, although just a few conducted spring scrimmages. Alcorn Central was the only Alcorn County school to have one as they hosted Belmont and Hatley last Thursday. Corinth was scheduled to host Horn Lake the same night but cancelled early in the week for unspecified reasons. Kossuth and Biggersville simply did not have spring scrimmages. Booneville was supposed to participate in a scrimmage but pulled out while Tishomingo County did end up traveling to Saltillo for theirs.
And for members of Corinth Warrior Nation no head coach had been named as of our Wednesday deadline. However, that news is expected soon.