This week, as usual, there is plenty to talk about when it comes to local sports.
Join me now as we take a look at ‘What’s Going On Around Here This Week’.
Prep All-Star games begin SaturdayThe 2020 prep football regular season ended a week ago with the conclusion of the MHSAA state championship games at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson.
All that’s left now is the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic on Dec. 19 (featuring all Mississippi players) and the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Classic this Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Crampton Bowl in Montgomery. For anyone seeking to obtain more information concerning either contest those details can be found online on each game’s website. I can offer this about each event: Admission for the Bernard Blackwell Classic is $10 and can be obtained at the gate as I understand it from their website. As far as the Alabama-Mississippi game, admission is $12 and paper tickets will not be sold. Tickets have to be purchased online at GOFAN.
As far as local players participating in the two all-star games, no one from the Daily Corinthian coverage area is on the Mississippi roster. Oxford has three in the game, Starkville has two, while Lafayette has one and West Point has one. Biggersville will be familiar with another Mississippi lineman on the roster as Nanih Waiya’s Cody Warren will be playing in the contest.
On the other hand the Bernard Blackwell Classic will feature a pair of DC-area players and both are offensive linemen out of Region 1-4A: Corinth’s Parker Little and Tishomingo County’s Jim Riley.
Some have been expressing their disappointment on social media concerning the absence of a few area standouts left off either games roster including Cayden Betts of Corinth and TJ Colom II from Walnut. Arguments could be made for other local players as well but the rosters are set and the contests will go on.
Area players named All-StateThe MAC (Mississippi Association of coaches) All-State teams for each classification were released following the title games in Jackson last weekend with a good dose of local flavor on the rosters.
Staring in 4A, Betts was tabbed the Most Valuable Player while Riley and Little were named first team offensive linemen. Corinth sophomore linebacker Jay Cummings was named second team in 4A while Tishomingo County’s Scott Robinson was named first team punter.
In 3A, John Daniel Deaton and JD Nanney, both of Booneville, were the only local players listed. Deaton was named first team punter while Nanney made second team at linebacker.
Walnut was represented on the 2A All-State team as Colom was tabbed second team at running back.
Class 1A has plenty of local flavor, as one would expect with Biggersville playing for, and almost winning, the championship game last Friday.
Goldman Butler made first team at running back while Bryson Pollard was first team offensive line and Jack Eaton made second team as a fullback. The Lions had three players named to the first team defense: John Eaton at linebacker, Di-Renzo Shields on the defensive line and Zae Davis at defensive back. Zyonn Mayes was listed as second team free safety.
Numerous area prepsters achieved All-Division status. The 1A, 3A and 4A teams have already been published in the Daily Corinthian with 2A coming soon. Class 2A had their coaches meeting Thursday and are set to release their selections soon.
Basketball continues … for nowSo far Kossuth, Corinth, Booneville and Pine Grove have had one or both teams placed on 14-day quarantine due to COVID this season. The KHS boys are back on quarantine for the second time as of Wednesday.
With that as a backdrop, Biggersville still plans to stage their annual BIGG Boys Classic Saturday at the BHS gym. See the local schedule in todays edition for the updated revised schedule as multiple teams have already opted out with others taking their place. As of Thursday afternoon there is one less game than originally planned as the 7 p.m. Corinth/New Hope contest will wrap up the days agenda.
There is still wide-spread chatter that the MHSAA might soon place a stoppage on all high school sports for a specific period of time until COVID numbers decrease to a manageable level. That hasn’t happened yet and may not. Whether it happens or not we all need to realize that, while we all wanna see the kids play, safety is the top priority for players, coaches and fans.
Til next time…