This edition of What’s Going On Around Here will be short and brief but remains packed full of fun information for local sports fans.

We’ll begin with high school volleyball as five area teams began their playoff journey’s Tuesday evening.

Any state title contenders in the bunch?Walnut is the lone club in the Daily Corinthian coverage area to wear the name State Champion.

Can they get back to Jackson and repeat this year?

“We’re taking it one match at a time,” said Lady Wildcat head coach Kelley Hopper. “But we made it last year when no one thought we could so anything is possible.”

Everyone wants to talk about the possible Walnut vs Belmont match that would be for the 2A North Half title next Tuesday. The problem is both teams have two matches ahead of that so any talk of that nature should be nixed for now.

The same goes for Kossuth and Alcorn Central. The Alcorn County, as well as division, rivals are ranked 1-2 in 3A and have been for several weeks. If both teams win twice this week they will, indeed, meet each other again next Tuesday at KHS with a North Half-title and a trip to the 3A state championship on the line.

Biggersville finds itself in familiar territory. The Lady Lions were on the road last year for their first-round match, although they had to travel much farther Tuesday than last year, as they took on South Delta in Rolling Fork. If they won the match they would likely return home to face Hickory Flat in round two on Thursday. last year they won at Hamilton in round one before succumbing to the Lady Rebels in the second round.

The hardest thing to get used to this season is there is no Corinth in the playoffs. The young Lady Warriors won just twice this year but fought valiantly, learned as they went, and were playing much better at year’s end.

Here’s looking to a better 2022 season.

Tishomingo County finally got over the hump and find itself in the playoffs for the first time in several seasons. They faced South Pontotoc on the road Tuesday.

Cross Country teams showing offIn a subject that deserves its own feature story, most area cross country squads have shown up and shown out in several meets around the region so far this season.

Not only are Corinth, Kossuth, Alcorn Central, Biggersville, Walnut and Tishomingo County having success as teams but several individuals from those schools are winning big as well. Some of those are Gabe McElwain at Walnut, Curt Carmen of Tishomingo County and Aubree Justice of Alcorn Central, among others.

Keep an eye out for more cross-country happenings in an upcoming edition.

Local players among state stat leadersAs always, the DC coverage area has several players that rank among the state’s best in their particular sport and position.

Alcorn Central is the only local squad with players listed among the state’s top-50 in multiple volleyball statistics.

Amelia Lancaster is third in the state in assists with 555 and 37th in aces with 52 while teammate Mia Griffin is 14th in kills with 243 and 37th in digs with 210. Other Lady Bears in the rankings are Allie Kirkland with 51 blocks (good for 11th) and Sydney Howie with 296 digs (also good for 11th).

We’ll take a look at football in an upcoming edition.

Preseason basketball previews on the wayThe 2021-22 prep basketball previews for each area team will begin in the next two weeks. Keep an eye out for the outlook for your favorite team coming soon.

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