Mother Nature has certainly created a major dilemma when it comes to the first round of the state north half playoffs.
In fact, as of early Wednesday afternoon, the MHSAA still had not released an updated statement concerning the movement of first round games due to the winter ice and snow storm.
However, one was expected sometime Wednesday.
According to reliable sources in and around the MHSAA in Jackson, commissioner Ricky Neaves and his staff are hard at work trying to come up with the best solution to the problem.
I spoke Wednesday with most area coaches who have teams still playing and the overwhelming feeling was safety first as it should be. And it’s not only the highways and byways teams have to travel, the main thing is getting their own players to the school and on the bus. And with most, if not all, county roads serving as virtual skating rinks that is not an option until at least the weekend.
From what I’m hearing, the number one option with Neaves and the MHSAA committee is likely moving all opening round games back to Monday and pushing the state tournament back a full week. The Coliseum, better known as “The Big House,” is available the week of March 11-13, a week later than originally scheduled.
Take a peak at today’s local schedule and find where a few area teams, such as the Alcorn Central and Tishomingo County girls, along with both Walnut squads, have tentatively moved their first round contests to Saturday.
The best solution, according to most area coaches is to play the first round games when it’s safest for all teams involved. If that’s Monday, so be it. If it’s Sunday afternoon they’ll work around it. Of course, for teams to move games to a different date without the MHSAA issuing a statement of when games must be played is to be discussed and settled between the coaches and administrations of the schools involved.
Not only is this winter storm system causing havoc among the high school ranks, it’s also causing issues on the collegiate level.
The Ole Miss and Mississippi State men’s games scheduled for Thursday have been postponed, with no makeup dates announced yet. The Rebels were supposed to host LSU in a game that was just added to the schedule Monday while the Bulldogs were supposed to travel to Auburn.
Then there’s the Ole Miss women’s team, which was scheduled to play at Arkansas Thursday. That game has also been postponed, with no makeup date set.
There will be other games postponed, I suppose, if the same pattern keeps happening.
The Stare Farm College Baseball Showdown in Arlington, Texas, has been shifted from a Friday-Sunday tournament to a Saturday-Monday event. Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Arkansas are scheduled to play in the tournament, as well as Texas Tech, Texas and TCU.
All six teams are ranked preseason top-10 in most major collegiate baseball polls.
Last but certainly not least, Northeast Sports Information Director Blake Long issued a blanket statement Wednesday that the Tigers’ home basketball game against Southwest has been postponed, with no makeup date announced. The Lady Tigers softball road double header at Snead (Ala.) State has also been postponed with a makeup date set for March 22.
Until next time, please be safe and stay inside unless you absolutely need to get out for a few minutes.