For all that’s happening around the area this weekend (i.e. the Lighthouse Classic) and that has happened earlier this week (with several local hoops squads playing in holiday tournaments around north Mississippi) I felt compelled to take a few minutes at this particular time and take a brief look at “What’s Going On Around Here”, this week and beyond.

Football is doneWith both Kossuth and Biggersville bowing out of the MHSAA football playoffs last week, the Daily Corinthian coverage area has covered its last gridiron game of the 2021 season.

Truth be told I am just a little bummed out by the fact neither the Aggies or Lions made it to the state title round. I was definitely making plans and looking forward to traveling to Hattiesburg next week to cover one or both.

Had they made it to the finals, the Aggies would have played at 11 a.m. next Friday while the Lions would have played immediately after at 3 p.m.

But now that’s not gonna happen.

The next order of business, as we put the finishing touches on the season that was, is the presentation of the DC All-Area Football Team. That will happen on Christmas Day as usual.

It has truly become a Christmas tradition here.

Who makes the team this year and who will be the Most Valuable Player? Check it out in four weeks.

Hoops is the where it’s at nowWith football complete, we turn our attention fully to the 2021-22 basketball season.

And it shapes up to be filled with lots of high expectations as well as the every year unanswered questions.

The top girls teams appear, at least early on, to be Tishomingo County, Biggersville, Kossuth, Booneville and Walnut. The next tier includes New Site, Jumpertown, McNairy Central, and Corinth with Alcorn Central and Thrasher hoping to move up the ranks.

With not much to go on yet I feel like the top boys teams are Booneville, Biggersville and Corinth. If Alex Moore was healthy and on the court Alcorn Central would likely be in the top tier. The rest of the pack includes Tishomingo County, Walnut, Kossuth, Jumpertown, McNairy Central and Thrasher.

Beginning next week we’ll begin to find out more about just how strong certain teams are and if there may be some surprise teams.

And there usually are a couple.

Pigskin Picks in final week

Just a reminder that Pigskin Picks ballots should be in the Daily Corinthian office by 3:30 p.m. Friday. We were fortunate to be able to offer an extra week of picks this year and it may or may not happen again.

It’s rivalry week. I look forward to seeing how certain contests turn out such as Alabama/Auburn, Florida/Florida State and Michigan/Ohio State.

Some old timers out there will remember that the Michigan/Ohio State game was the game we all looked forward to watching on NBC television back in the day. The young whipper-snappers may not believe this but during that time we had only three channels to choose from – well, four if you count Public Television – so Ohio State/Michigan it was. Oh, and sometimes we got the USC/UCLA game.

The Daily Corinthian ‘Out On A Limb’ staff pickers will be back in a few weeks with our ‘Bowl Extravaganza’, picking the winners of 13 bowls as we put the wraps on the 2021 football season.

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