Gene’s Journal

Daily Journal senior sports writer Gene Phelps on NeMiss sports.

MHSAA Proposed Re-alignment for 2009-10

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For the Daily Journal’s area high schools

Class 6A
Tupelo    1,968    (5A)
Starkville    1,105    (5A)

Class 5A
West Point    1,030    (4A)
Oxford    856    (4A)
Saltillo    761    (4A)

Class 4A
Itawamba AHS    694
Lafayette Co.    687
Shannon    661
Pontotoc    652
Tishomingo Co.    637
New Albany    594
Amory    569     (3A)
Houston    513     (3A)
North Pontotoc    511     (3A)

Class 3A
Kossuth    476
Aberdeen    463
Corinth    463
Holly Springs    453
Alcorn Central    449
Ripley    439
Mooreville    423
Booneville    400
South Pontotoc    418
Nettleton    397
Belmont    309     (2A)
Class 2A
Mantachie    293
Hatley    290
Bruce    279
New Site    256
Baldwyn    248
Hamilton    236
Walnut    231
East Union    222
East Webster    215     (1A)
Calhoun City    207     (1A)
Hickory Flat    201     (1A)
Ashland    194     (1A)

Class 1A
Myrtle    189
H.W. Byers    188     (2A)
Potts Camp    186
Okolona    184
Vardaman    180
Smithville    175
Wheeler    174
West Union    173
Ingomar    169
Biggersville    166
Houlka    165
Pine Grove    161
Falkner    156
Tremont    117
Thrasher    114
Jumpertown    84
Blue Mountain    75

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November 26, 2008 at 8:07 pm

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This week’s football playoff pairings

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Here are the first-round pairings for the MHSAA Class 2A, 3A and 4A state football playoffs. Note: The 1A and 5A playoffs begin Nov. 14:

4A
Yazoo County (4-6) at Shannon (9-1)
Clarksdale (4-5) at West Lauderdale (7-3)
Tishomingo County (5-5) at Pearl (8-2)
West Point (8-2) at Lafayette County (6-4)
Hernando (8-2) at Noxubee County (9-0)
Yazoo City (7-3) at Itawamba AHS (9-1)
New Hope (6-4) at Cleveland (8-2)
Pontotoc (5-5) at Vicksburg (8-2)
Forrest Co. AHS (6-3) at Wayne Co. (10-0)
Forest Hill (7-3) at Picayune (8-2)
West Jones (7-3) at Gautier (5-4)
St. Stanislaus (8-2) at Brookhaven (6-2)
Mendenhall (4-6) at D’Iberville (10-0)
Stone (6-4) at Quitman (9-1)
Bay High (4-6) at Lawrence Co. (9-1)
NE Jones (7-3) at Moss Point (6-3)

3A
Holly Springs (5-5) at Corinth (10-0)
Amory (5-5) at Velma Jackson (8-1)
North Pontotoc (7-3) at Senatobia (6-4)
Lexington McClain (7-3) at Louisville (7-3)
Aberdeen (8-2) at Charleston (8-2)
Tunica Rosa Fort (7-3) at Ripley (8-2)
East Side (5-5) at Winona (7-3)
Booneville (6-4) at North Panola (6-4)
Jefferson Co. (5-5) at Newton Co. (9-1)
Collins (5-5) at Perry Central (7-3)
Raleigh (5-4) at Tylertown (8-0)
Greene County (5-5) at Magee (7-3)
Crystal Springs (5-5) at Columbia (8-2)
South Pike (5-2) at Morton (5-5)
Purvis (7-3) at Hazelhurst (7-2)
SE Lauderdale (4-5) at Franklin Co. (9-1)

2A
Coahoma County (4-5) at Baldwyn (9-1)
Ackerman (8-2) at South Delta (7-3)
Belmont (6-4) at West Bolivar (8-2)
Hollandale Simmons (7-2) at Bruce (7-3)
Water Valley (5-5) at Leland (8-2)
West Tallahatchie (5-5) at Walnut (8-2)
O’Bannon (4-6) at Eupora (8-2)
Hamilton (5-5) at Leflore County (6-4)
Bay Springs at Forest (10-0)
Wesson (7-2) at St. Patrick (6-3)
Newton (5-5) at Taylorsville (10-0)
East Marion (5-4) at Hinds AHS (8-2)
Loyd Star (4-5) at Bassfield (8-2)
Mize (5-5) at Philadelphia (8-2)
North Forrest (6-4) at St. Andrew’s (8-2)
Scott Central (6-3) at Enterprise (8-2)

Second round pairings for games involving NEMiss teams:
4A
Shannon-Yazoo County vs. Clarksdale-West Lauderdale
West Point-Lafayette County vs. Tishomingo County-Pearl
Pontotoc-Vicksburg vs. New Hope-Cleveland
IAHS-Yazoo City vs. Hernando-Noxubee County

3A
Corinth-Holly Springs vs. Amory-Velma Jackson
North Pontotoc-Senatobia vs. Louisville-McClain
Booneville-North Panola vs. Winona-East Side
Ripley-Rosa Fort vs. Aberdeen-Charleston

2A
Baldwyn-Coahoma Co. vs. Ackerman-South Delta
Bruce-Simmons vs. Belmont-West Bolivar
Hamilton-Leflore Co. vs. Eupora-O’Bannon
Walnut-West Tallahatchie vs. Water Valley-Leland

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November 4, 2008 at 9:39 pm

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Kossuth’s Lyles leaves baseball for fast-pitch

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Kossuth High School’s Steve Lyles has resigned his position as head baseball coach to become the Lady Aggies’ fast-pitch softball coach this spring.
Lyles, who has coached baseball for 23 seasons at Kossuth, South Pontotoc, Marshall Academy and Greenville, coached slow-pitch softball this fall.
“I really enjoyed coaching slow-pitch,” he said. “This will be my first time to coach fast-pitch.
“I just thought it was time for a change.”

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November 4, 2008 at 9:34 pm

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Jim Pannell’s Tiger Tracks

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AGAINST A SUPRISINGLY TOUGH ALCORN CENTRAL DEFENSE, THE TIGERS LED ONLY 7-0 WITH 0:43 SECONDS LEFT IN THE FIRST HALF.  ACIE VANCE WENT IN FROM 28-YARDS ON A REVERSE, AND THE TIGERS FORCED A FUMBLE WITH 0:21 SECONDS LEFT.  THEN WILL WALLIS TOSSED A FIVE-YARD T.D. TO VANCE ON THE LAST PLAY OF THE HALF, AND DAMONE McDONALD RAN THE SECOND HALF KICKOFF BACK 71-YARDS FOR A SCORE, AND THE TIGERS WERE IN CONTROL LEADING 27-0 AT THAT POINT.

FRESHMAN ACIE VANCE TOTALLED 160 YARDS OF OFFENSE AGAINST ALCORN CENTRAL, RUSHING FOR A 28-YARD T.D. ON A FLANKER REVERSE, CATCHING SIX PASSES FOR 98 YARDS AND A 5-YARD SCORE, AND RETURNING TWO PUNTS FOR 34 YARDS.  VANCE NOW HAS 18 CATCHES FOR 373 YARDS AND 4 SCORES, MORE THAN TRIPLING JIM MILLER’S OLD SCHOOL FRESHMAN MARKS.

DAMONE McDONALD CONTINUED HIS STELLAR SENIOR SEASON RETURNING A KICKOFF 71-YARDS FOR A SCORE, AND MAKING 8 TACKLES AND RECOVERING A FUMBLE ON DEFENSE.

WILL WALLIS’ FOUR P.A.T. UPPED HIS CAREER KICK SCORING TOTAL TO 80 POINTS.  THE OLD SCHOOL RECORD WAS 71 CAREER POINTS BY A KICKER SET BY WADE CANTY IN 1990-91.  WALLIS ALSO POSTED HIS FIRST T.D. RUSHING OF THE SEASON, SCAMPERING 8 YARDS FOR THE SCORE AND THREW HIS 8TH T.D. PASS OF THE SEASON.  JUNIOR TONY BLACK ALSO POSTED HIS FIRST T.D. OF THE SEASON RUNNING A YARD FOR RIPLEY’S FIRST SCORE.

SENIOR JAQUISE COOK WAS HELD OUT OF THE END ZONE FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON AS OFFICIALS NEGATED A SCORING RUN, BUT RUSHED FOR 140 YARDS ON JUST SIXTEEN CARRIES.  COOK HAS 50 CAREER T.D. AND 300 POINTS SCORED IN HIS CAREER AND NOW HAS 1,309 YARDS AND 18 T.D. RUSHING ON THE SEASON.

BOTH NOSEGUARD MICHAEL McBRYDE AND END JONATHAN BRADDOCK RECOVERED THEIR FOURTH FUMBLES OF THE YEAR IN THE WIN OVER THE GOLDEN BEARS.  THE SCHOOL RECORD IS SEVEN FUMBLE RECOVERIES IN A SEASON SET BY MAURY SYMS IN 2004.

SENIOR RYAN RICHARDSON POSTED 11 TACKLES TO LEAD THE TIGERS.  JUNIOR CHASE CHAPMAN HAD NINE TACKLES AND McBRYDE, McDONALD, AND RASHUN ADAMS HAD EIGHT STOPS.  ADAMS ALSO HAD A SACK AND SCORED THE FIRST SAFETY OF THE SEASON DROPPING A BEAR BACK IN THE END ZONE IN THE THIRD PERIOD.

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October 28, 2008 at 5:21 pm

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Coming Soon

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This weekend, Tupelo’s boys and Oxford girls swim teams look to defend their state championships at the MHSAA state swim meet in Biloxi. We’re staffing and will have the info in Sunday’s edition.

Next weekend, Tupelo’s cross country teams – boys and girls – bid for their eighth consecutive state titles. Impressive.

Also next week, we’ll have our preseason boys and girls Northeast Mississippi high school basketball rankings and a look at the top teams. The football-playing schools begin tipping off the first week in November. I’m ready for hoops. Just bought a pair of retro low Air Jordan 1s … really old school for a really old sports writer.

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October 23, 2008 at 7:52 pm

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More predictions

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Here’s a few predictions for Friday’s top games:

– Tupelo bounces back after loss to South Panola with a 28-6 win at DeSoto Central.

– In the game of the week, IAHS edges Shannon in OT, 20-14.

– Bruce’s tough schedule will pay off here, Trojans 27-19.

– Corinth continues along its unbeaten path with a 34-22 win at North Pontotoc.

Love to see what others think the outcome will be in these four games.

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October 23, 2008 at 7:45 pm

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North Half Swim Champs

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Tupelo’s boys and Oxford’s girls captured the MHSAA’s North Mississippi swim championships last Saturday in Jackson. Both teams will attempt to defend their 2007 state titles this weekend in Biloxi at the state meet.

Check Tuesday’s Daily Journal for the results from Saturday’s North half meet.

Also, look for a state meet preview on Friday’s weekly high school page.

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October 20, 2008 at 9:24 pm

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