After battling through what was a rather stormy, rainy week of sports action – with several games postponed or moved because of the elements – hopefully the weatherman will be more hospitable to all local sports teams this week.
There were some impressive performances that might have gone overlooked, especially over the weekend, as a few particular prep squads showed up well and won big.
Warriors, Aggies, Lions are county’s best on the diamond
Corinth and Kossuth have begun to separate themselves as the best high school baseball teams in Alcorn County while Biggersville made a huge statement Friday night that they belong as well.
The Tribe won a pair of impressive road contests Friday and Saturday. They started in Ecru Friday by pasting North Pontotoc 14-3, four nights after the Vikings came to Cross City and won 13-7 at Warrior Field.
After a short night, coach Rob Scarbrough’s club traveled to Lee County to play always formidable TCPS. The result was another big win as Corinth avenged one of its three losses by out-slugging the Eagles 12-9 in extra innings. Those two victories moved CHS to 12-3 overall and 3-1 in Division 1-4A.
Corinth will play New Albany in a home and away series this week, beginning on the road Tuesday in Union County at BNA Park. The Warriors are currently tied with Ripley at 3-1 in league play with North Pontotoc lurking at 2-2 heading into a home and away series with Tishomingo County this week.
Speaking of Tish County, they righted the ship last week with a pair of non-division wins against Hatley. Now if coach Jarred Robinson’s Braves can keep that momentum going against North Pontotoc in a home and away series this week they can position themselves up a bit in Division 1-4A as the league season hits the midway point at the end of the week with teams jockeying for playoff position.
The Aggies are simply rolling along, piling up wins after a few close setbacks to some very good teams early in the season, including a narrow loss to Corinth in the Alcorn County Tournament championship tilt.
Kossuth swept a pair of division games from Belmont last week and are now 12-4 overall and 4-0 inside Division 1-4A.
Coach Daniel Threadgills squad was set to host New Albany Saturday but wet field conditions moved the game two days to a Monday matchup at the Northeast Baseball Complex in Booneville.
Following that the Aggies will play a home and away series this week against Alcorn Central, beginning with the Tuesday contest at Glen. The second game will be played Thursday at KHS due to Kossuth’s prom being Friday.
Should KHS sweep AC this week, which is no given, they could very well possess the Division 1-3A lead all alone as Booneville and Nettleton will do battle in a separate home and away series. Kossuth has already swept Amory, who could still make some noise should the Aggies, Tigers and Booneville stumble along the way.
As it stands entering the week, Kossuth, Booneville and Nettleton are each 4-0 in league play while Alcorn Central, Amory and Belmont are all 0-4.
The Golden Bears are simply in need of a division win, any division win, to build their confidence back to where it was before the league schedule began. They made strides against the Blue Devils, falling 3-0 in Booneville on Friday after a 13-0 blanking last Monday at home by BHS.
Biggersville is another team to keep an eye on as they responded to a 6-3 division loss at home to Pine Grove last Monday with a 5-4 road victory over the Panthers Friday, holding PG at bay after taking a 5-2 lead in the fifth and hanging on as Quinton Knight earned the win on the hill.
The Lions and Pine Grove are the cream of the crop in Division 1-1A, each sporting 3-1 records and no other teams with winning records left on their league schedules.
Biggersville will face winless Blue Mountain in a home and away series this week as they start the next five days at 7-5 overall. The Panthers will play a home and away this week against Thrasher. The Rebels are still searching for a little momentum that comes by string two or three wins together.
Tish County, Kossuth, Booneville lead the way in prep softball
Tishomingo County barely escaped with a 5-4 win at Corinth last week but it left the Lady Braves with the area’s best record and as the leaders when it comes to the softball diamond.
It’s been less than two years since head coach Jerry Long took his squad all the way to the state 4A championship series where they fell in two games to Newton County after winning a 2-0 series over then-defending state champion Kosciusko.
Entering the current week, Tish County is 12-1 overall and 3-0 in Region 1-4A while Ripley is one game behind at 2-0 while owning a 5-3 overall record. The Lady Braves and Lady Tigers face off in Tippah County Tuesday night for the first of two meetings in two weeks. The return contest in Iuka is set for Thursday, April 15. In fact, after playing on the road Tuesday, Tishomingo County will play five of their next seven at home.
Kossuth and Booneville split a pair of Region 1-3A contests last week and will now move on in their league schedules. The Lady Aggies will play a home and away series with division rival Alcorn Central this week while the Lady Blue Devils host Amory on Tuesday evening.
Northeast hoops win North Half state title
Saturday’s 83-72 regular season-ending home win over Coahoma earned coach Cord Wright’s Tigers their second consecutive North Half state title. It could have been an overall state title had COVID not eliminated the opportunity for north and south half teams to play a full schedule. The MACCC did crown Northeast as Co-State Champions with south winner Pearl River.
Northeast celebrates another championship as they begin the Region 23 Tournament at home Thursday against the winner of Baton Rouge (LA) Community College and Copiah-Lincoln. Game time at Bonner Arnold Coliseum will be 6 pm.
The Lady Tigers began the Ladies Region 23 Tournament with a first-round game at Northwest in Senatobia Monday evening.
Adamsville HS hosting annual tournament
The Adamsville Spring Tennis Tournament is approaching and will be held the last full weekend of April.
The Adamsville High School tennis team will once again be sponsoring the non-sanctioned tournament April 23-25 at Buford Pusser Memorial Park. For those that might be interested in participating call, Michael Harvill at (731) 439-4137 between 10:05 and 11 a.m. weekdays or (731) 434-8960 after 6 p.m. nightly.
Deadline for entry is Wednesday, April 21 at 9 p.m.