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  • Wildcats come close in their quest for first basketball win of season
    The Kemper County Wildcats dropped a couple of close games this past week in prep basketball action. The Wildcats fell 65-56 to Louisville and then lost 79-75 at Northeast Lauderdale.
  • Rams roll past visiting Clarkdale for first win of season
    The Kemper Academy boys claimed their first victory of the season Friday night as they defeated Clarkdale 60-42 in prep basketball action.
  • In its playoff opener, Nanih Waiya hit East Marion with the thunder and a stout defense in an easy win.
  • The East Mississippi Community College Lions posted a basketball doubleheader sweep last Monday night at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum in their final home hoops action before the Thanksgiving holiday break. The EMCC women claimed a 71-59 win over Snead State Community College, while the Lions completed the sweep with a commanding 122-63 victory over Royal Ambassadors Christian School in the men’s nightcap.
  • Car accident claims life of EMCC Lion
    East Mississippi Community College is mourning the loss of a member of its 2017 state championship football team. Tyone Clemons was killed in a one-vehicle accident in Jones County on Saturday.
  • Nanih Waiya shuts out Noxapater, preps for postseason
    Nanih Waiya has gotten plenty of attention for its offensive exploits over the last couple of years.
  • The Kemper Academy basketball teams will get their season under way with three games on tap for this week.
  • The East Mississippi Community College basketball teams successfully tipped off their season with a home sweep over Tennessee Preparatory Academy last Thursday at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.  Following a 29-13 final in a shortened women’s contest, the Lions completed the sweep with a 68-56 victory in the men’s nightcap.
  • EMCC jumps to top spot in NJCAA rankings with road win over Jones
    The new No. 1 football team in the NJCAA is East Mississippi Community College.
  • No. 5 EMCC eyes MACJC state playoffs with big win over HCC
    Pitting a pair of No. 2 seeds in the MACJC’s upcoming state football playoffs, fifth-ranked East Mississippi Community College outlasted No. 7 Hinds Community College, 51-41, during an entertaining Top 10 showdown Saturday afternoon at Joe Renfroe Stadium/Gene Murphy Field.
  • Wildcats host playoffs Friday at 7
    The Kemper County Wildcats open play in the MHSAA Class 3A football playoffs Friday night when they host Franklin County.
  • In a contest which will once again have postseason implications, Nanih Waiya hosts “cross-swamp” rival Noxapater Thursday night in a Region 3-1A showdown. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
  • Preparations for Kemper Academy’s 2017-2018 basketball began Monday as the Rams prepare for their opener Nov. 7 at home against Newton County Academy.
  • The East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team placed fifth earlier this month at the 42nd annual Murray State University Racer Roundup.
  • Unbeaten Nanih Waiya’s visit to winless Ethel last Friday night was a recipe for a lop-sided game, and the Warriors streaked their way to an easy 63-0 victory.
  • Kemper Academy will close out its 2017 season at home this Friday night, as the Rams host Marvell (Ark.) Academy in DeKalb. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m
  • Lions roar to convicting 72-7 Homecoming win
    The seventh-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College parlayed six offensive touchdowns with two pick-six scores and a pair of special teams trips to the end zone into a 72-7 Homecoming triumph over Coahoma Community College Saturday afternoon at Sullivan-Windham Field.
  • Top-ranked EMCC falls to Northwest, 61-38
    The top-ranked and reigning state champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College fell in MACJC North Division play for the first time since 2012 by suffering a 61-38 road setback to 10th-ranked Northwest Mississippi Community College Thursday evening at Bobby Franklin Field.
  • Kemper Academy took the opening kickoff and marched right down the field for a score against visiting North Sunflower Academy last Friday night in DeKalb.
  • Nanih Waiya head coach Ryan Keeton expected a dogfight at tradition-rich Vardaman last week, and that’s exactly what his team got.
  • In conjunction with East Mississippi Community College’s Homecoming festivities this coming weekend on the Scooba campus, six new members will be formally inducted into the EMCC Sports Hall of Fame.
  • The East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team followed up last week’s season-opening regional event title by placing second at the Viking Rodeo Stampede this past weekend.  The Missouri Valley College-hosted event concluded Saturday evening at the Saline County Fairgrounds.
  • One year ago, Kemper Academy's fast-pitch softball team started the season with only 11 players and won just two contests.
  • Wildcats open Region 5-3A play at Morton
    The Kemper County Wildcats open Region 5-3A play Friday night when they visit the Morton Panthers in prep football action.
  • Fourth-quarter spurt pushes Lions past ICC
    Top-ranked East Mississippi Community College scored 17 unanswered points in the final quarter against visiting Itawamba Community College to secure a hard-earned 48-24 home victory during Thursday’s MACJC North Division football action played at Sullivan-Windham Field.
  • Rams looking for first win Friday night
    Kemper Academy's football team will try again for its first win of the 2017 season when the Rams host Delta Academy this week.

    Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., on "The Hill" in DeKalb Friday night.
  • Kemper Academy dropped a pair of tough decisions on the fast-pitch softball diamond last week.

    In another week of schedule-shuffling, the Lady Rams fell 15-9 when visiting Wayne Academy pulled away late. And on Thursday, they lost a two-run lead and fell 5-3 to Our Lady of Victory from Jackson.
  • Even Nanih Waiya head football coach Ryan Keeton didn’t realize just how good things went for his squad in a 67-0 win at Sebastopol last Friday night until reviewing the stats.

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  • In their initial road appearance of the season, the second-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College kicked off MACJC North Division play with a dominating 59-0 shutout performance over home-standing Northeast Mississippi Community College Thursday evening at Tiger Stadium in Booneville.

    Winners of 14 consecutive games dating back to last year’s 11-1 state championship season, the 3-0 EMCC Lions will return home to play host to the Indians of Itawamba Community College Thursday at 7 p.m. on the Scooba campus.
  • All three of Mississippi's NCAA FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools came away with wins last week.

    The University of Southern Mississippi Dominated Southern University, while both Mississippi State and Ole Miss fell behind early before taking solid victories. MSU pounded homestanding Louisiana Tech 57-21, while Ole Miss turned a 17-16 halftime lead into a 45-23 win over visiting UT-Martin.
  • MAYHEW — East Mississippi Community College will boot-up its entry into the world of collegiate electronic sports, or eSports, Friday, Sept. 15, from 6 p.m. to midnight in the Lyceum Auditorium on the Golden Triangle campus.

    The college is hosting a Local Area Network, or LAN party, that is open to the public and will include a competition to determine who will comprise the inaugural EMCC eSports Team. Members will compete against student gamers across the U.S.
  • Nanih Waiya opened its 2017 cross-country campaign last week by participating in the Okatibbee Classic near Collinsville. The event, hosted by West Lauderdale High School at the Okatibbee Lake Dam, was held Thursday and more than 200 competitors participated.

    A partial Nanih Waiya squad was on hand, with junior T.J. Redhouse turning the top performance among varsity participants. Redhouse finished 20th overall in the varsity girls’ 5K competition with a time of 26 minutes, 30.3 seconds
  • Kemper Academy’s softball coaches have about as much time shuffling their schedule as they have playing games over the last month.

    But while several dates and matchups have changed, two things have remained true: The Lady Rams keep piling up wins, and they’re about to be really busy these next couple of weeks.
  • Nanih Waiya football coach Ryan Keeton knows there are big obstacles and “trap” games waiting throughout his team’s 2017 schedule. But so far, the Warriors have simply run right through everyone.

    Nanih Waiya rolled up another easy win last Friday night in its 2017 Region 3-1A opener, bolting to a six-touchdown lead in the first half and coasting to a 53-6 win over visiting Hamilton
  • KCHS Wildcats hold their own in loss to Philadelphia
    The Kemper County Wildcats proved they could hang with rival Philadelphia as they dropped a 16-8 decision to the Tornadoes Friday night in prep football action.

    “We kept finding ways to give it away,” KCHS coach Joshua Pulphus said. “First, our guys played hard. We have been teaching them about how they had to respond to adversity, and they responded well
  • Kemper Academy falls to 0-3 with loss to Prentiss
    Kemper Academy’s young and injury-riddled football team seemed to make some strides forward in a loss at Calhoun Academy two weeks ago. Strides weren’t quite so noticeable when No. 2 ranked Prentiss Christian Academy came to DeKalb last Friday night.

    Prentiss took advantage of five Kemper Academy turnovers and rolled to a 48-8 win over the Rams on “The Hill” in DeKalb. The Saints, playing their first year of 8-man football after making the Class AA state playoffs in each of the last four years, improved to 3-0. KA remained winless at 0-3.
  • Big first half helps Lions roar past Gulf Coast, 49-10
    Compiling nearly 400 first-half yards of total offense while mounting a 35-3 halftime advantage, the second-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College cruised to a 49-10 home victory over Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Thursday evening during MACJC inter-divisional football action at EMCC’s Sullivan-Windham Field.    
  • Wildcats still looking for first win Friday at Quitman
    Win or lose, one game does not make a season.
        The Kemper County Wildcats were disappointed Friday as they saw their halftime lead evaporate into a 35-34 season opening loss to the Northeast Lauderdale Trojans.
  • Rams run into juggernaut in season opener at Tallulah
    Veteran Kemper Academy coach Pete McCleskey knew a lot of things would have to go right for his young team to have a chance to be competitive last Friday night in Tallulah, La.

    Instead, things snowballed the opposite direction in a hurry.
  • It’s no secret opposing teams can expect a heavy dose of Taemaus Glass and Chris Smith when facing Nanih Waiya this season.

    That was certainly the case in Week 1 of the 2017 campaign at Hatley, which likely won’t mind if they don’t see Nanih Waiya’s version of “Thunder and Lightning” again anytime soon.
  • Kemper Academy’s softball team was finally able to get back on the field early last week, when the Lady Rams picked up a pair of fast-pitch victories.

    Kemper steamrolled its way to a 20-0 win over visiting Starkville Academy last Monday afternoon, then went to Hebron Christian School on Tuesday and pulled away late for a 17-4 victory.
  • Nanih Waiya will not field a slow-pitch softball team this fall.

    Courtnee Graham, who coached the Lady Warriors’ slow-pitch program three of the last four years, said the school could not drum up enough interest to field a team this season. School officials have discussed adding another sport to possibly replace slow-pitch in the future.
  • Kemper County athletic director Maurice Naylor said the school is preparing to field teams for the fall slow-pitch and spring fast-pitch softball seasons. Volleyball is also being considered.

    “We are going to build a well-rounded program that will be competitive in all sports,” Naylor said. “School has just started and we have a new coaching staff. Everyone is excited about the potential and we are starting to figure things out.”
  • Wildcats ready to take on Houston in jamboree
    Everyone likes to win.

    But victory on the scoreboard won’t be the No. 1 goal of the Kemper County Wildcat football team Friday night when they play in the Mississippi State jamboree.
  •  KA Lady Rams impress in split
    The end result for Kemper Academy’s softball team in a pair of rematches last week was the same as in a season-opening tournament.

    But there was no doubt the Lady Rams had a different look to them.

    Kemper had its highest hit total of the season in a 9-5 loss to Newton County Academy last Tuesday, then the Lady Rams blew that out of the water in a 24-9 romp over Starkville Academy last Wednesday.
  • Lady Rams take third in Oak Hill tourney
    It took Kemper Academy's softball team all of 9 hours to match its win total from the entire 2016 season.


    The Lady Rams opened their 2017 fast-pitch campaign last Saturday at the Oak Hill Tournament in West Point, splitting four contests and coming away with third place in the double-elimination event
  • Nanih Waiya’s football schedule has been largely the same over the past four seasons, but there will be five new opponents on the slate in 2017.

    In fact, Warrior fans won’t have to wait long to see one of them – as Nanih Waiya will open its 2017 slate on Thursday, Aug. 17 with a trip to Hatley.

    The Tigers, a Class 3A school, were 4-7 a year ago.
  • Kemper County football fans will long remember the 2016 season.

    The Wildcats lost their opener to Columbus, but didn’t lose again as they finished the season with a 15-1 record. They would defeat Charleston 12-8 for the school’s first state championship in football.
  • A quick glance at Kemper Academy’s 2017 football schedule will show it might be the most difficult it’s been since the Rams began playing 8-man football.

    The size of Kemper’s district has doubled and KA will face no less than four teams with championship aspirations.
  • A year ago, Robert Luke took over the Kemper Academy fast-pitch softball program and stared at a roster with only 11 players and no seniors.

    The Lady Rams might still be considered young, but depth shouldn't be an issue heading into the 2017 season which starts this weekend.

    "We were in a position last year where all 11 we had early in the season, including the seventh graders, had to play," Luke said. "Now, we've got twice as many and several that could play in a bunch of different spots. It's quite a different situation."
  •  Koni Hatta wins three stickball championships
    Teams from the Koni Hatta community brought home three championships from the 68th annual World Series of Stickball which concluded Saturday night at Choctaw Central High School.

    Koni Hatta won first place in the Men’s, Women’s and Youth 14-17 divisions.
  • Pompelia, Robinson repeat as Heart O’ Dixie champs
    Tyson Pompelia and Mary Robinson repeated as the men's and women's division champions Saturday at the 38th annual Heart o’ Dixie Triathlon.

    But both said it wasn’t easy.

     “I had a good swim and came out of the water ahead of (second place finisher) Russell Simkins,”
  • World Series of Stickball matches determined by luck of the draw
    The brackets for the World Series of Stickball are made up by a blind draw.

    This year, the drawings put some of the traditionally strong teams playing in the first and second rounds of the single elimination tournament. According to stickball commissioner Thomas Ben, people were happy about that … some weren’t.
  • Local athlete brings close to outstanding softball career
    Walking away from something that’s been familiar for so long isn’t always the easiest task, but sometimes it’s the wisest one.

    Jones County Junior College softball player Brittany Baty, a Northeast Lauderdale alumna, did just that when she retired after her sophomore season in May to focus on a nursing career.
  • Lions tabbed preseason No. 2 in JCGridiron.com Dirty 30 football rankings
    Looking to make another bid for national championship consideration, East Mississippi Community College has received a No. 2 ranking in the JCGridiron.com Dirty 30 Preseason Rankings for the upcoming campaign.

    Published for the past 13 years by nationally renowned junior college football authority Brad Hoiseth, the JCGridiron.com Dirty 30 Preseason Rankings considered all 134 of the nation’s two-year schools that feature football programs. Along with the 65
  • Headlined by the softball program’s eighth consecutive NJCAA Academic Team Award, East Mississippi Community College had 21 student-athletes and three teams garner national recognition for their academic excellence during the 2016-17 school year.  The NJCAA’s team and individual honors for academic achievement were recently announced by the national office headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • First-time competitors look forward to Heart O’ Dixie challenge
    This may be the 38th running of the Heart O’ Dixie Triathlon, but there are still plenty of first times each year.

    Every year, there are people who return to challenge the hilly course, the heat and humidity, and themselves on almost a regular basis. And likewise, each year brings on the first-time competitors.
  •  Ron Polk to receive 'Rube Award'
    STARKVILLE – The Board of Directors of the Mississippi Sports Foundation have announced that former Mississippi State University baseball coach, Ron Polk will be awarded with the "Rube Award" given each year at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Induction banquet presented by Sanderson Farms and the Sanderson Farms Championship.  The award is named after Michael Rubenstein, who served as the Hall of Fame's first Executive Director and is to honor lifetime achievement dedicated to improving Mississippi sport
  • A school-record 46 East Mississippi Community College student-athletes have earned MACJC Academic All-State recognition for their classroom efforts during the 2016-17 school year.  In addition, the EMCC softball and women’s basketball programs posted state-best team grade point averages for their respective sports.
  • Taking care of the details is an important part of the annual Heart O’ Dixie Triathlon, and a key reason why it has continued for 38 years.

    On race day (July 22) all attention is focused on starting the race, getting the race competed, and the awards ceremony. Nearly a year’s worth of work and planning comes together in five or six hours.
  • Stickball season gets under way this week for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians with its youth division to be contested as part of the State Games of Mississippi.

    Stickball is a traditional game for the Choctaw Indians which dates back for centuries. Instead of wars, disputes between communities were settled by stickball games. It is described as the little brother of war, and it lives up to its reputation each year. According to Choctaw information, games were first recorded in the 1700s, but most likely games were played much earlier. It is held annually as part of the Choctaw Indian Fair.
  • Many small bodies of water do not produce the amount of fish desired by the owner because of poor planning, bad construction or a lack of good management. A good pond or small lake depends on location, design, construction, stocking rate and management practices such as harvest, fertilization and weed control. Often, ponds can produce 5 to 10 times more pounds of fish if proper techniques are followed
  • East Mississippi Community College’s Vijay Miller and Marcus Ragan were selected during Wednesday’s portion of the Major League Baseball Draft in the 14th and 15th rounds, respectively, by the San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox.

    A two-sport standout from Itawamba AHS and a freshman quarterback on last year’s MACJC state championship team for the EMCC Lions, Miller was the 408th overall draft pick as a right-handed pitcher.  Ragan, a center fielder out of Warren Central High School, followed a round later as the 461st selection overall.
  • Wallace arrested on DUI charge
    Former Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace was arrested late Saturday on a charge of driving under the influence, hours after appearing at a youth football camp.

    Wallace is a first-year quarterbacks coach at East Mississippi Community College. According to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, he volunteered at a youth football camp in Tupelo earlier Saturday.
  •  EMCC posts Top 10 finish at College National Finals Rodeo
    The East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team earned a second straight Top 10 national finish by placing seventh this past week at the season-ending College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming.  .

    With five competitors making up EMCC’s first-ever CNFR appearance as a team, Coach Morgan Goodrich’s Lions recorded 425 points to finish seventh overall nationally and first among the 11 teams affiliated with the Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).  
  • EMCC set to make first men's team appearance at CNFR
    East Mississippi Community College’s 13th-ranked men’s rodeo team is making a school-first team appearance at the College National Finals Rodeo this week  in Casper, Wyoming. Competition slated began Sunday in the week-long CNFR and will conclude with Saturday night’s championship round at the Casper Events Center.
  • Lady Lions' Quantesha Patterson signs with Delta State
    CLEVELAND — Delta State University women's basketball head coach Craig Roden and his staff have announced the signing of East Mississippi Community College standout Quantesha Patterson.

    The East Webster High School product joins the Lady Statesmen after a stellar career with EMCC. Patterson was an NJCCA All-Region 23 performer for each of the last two seasons with the Lions, and has been an MACJAC First Team
  • East Mississippi Community College has rescheduled its baseball senior showcase for Sunday on the Scooba campus.  Postponed from an earlier rainout, EMCC’s rescheduled tryout session for unsigned seniors will begin at 3 p.m. at Gerald Poole Field.

    The cost of EMCC’s unsigned senior showcase will be $25 per player.
  • Looking to put the finishing touches on the team’s cheerleading roster for the upcoming academic year, East Mississippi Community College will hold cheer tryouts on Friday on the Scooba campus.

    With roster spots still available, EMCC’s cheerleading tryouts are set to begin at 3 p.m. following a 2:30 p.m. registration at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. Interested participants are asked to bring a completed EMCC cheerleading tryout application form that can be downloaded online at www.EMCCAthletics.com. Along with making a current physical available, there will be a $35 tryout fee.
  • Nanih Waiya brought home four individual and team state championships during the past school year.

    Recently, the school announced its athletic award winners during an end-of-the-year banquet, including 15 from the MHSAA Class 1A state championship baseball squad.
  • After three successful seasons as Kemper County High School girls head basketball coach ,Jennie Vance is leaving to become the head coach at Moss Point High School. Vance, a 1992 graduate of Philadelphia High School, began her coaching stint at Kemper County in 2014, with a 14-13 win/loss record in her first season.
  • Kemper Academy captured district championships in all three team sports offered to boys this past school year. So it was no surprise the Rams racked up awards when the school recently held its 2016-17 athletic banquet.

    Awards and certificates were handed out and honors recognized in football, boys and girls basketball, baseball, fast-pitch softball, cheerleading and rodeo
  • For years, economic developers have worked with local and state officials to bring new jobs into our region and to keep existing jobs. Traditionally, we have done this through separate economic development groups and chambers of commerce. Over the past couple of years there has been a concerted effort put forth by these leaders to work together in a regional approach to bring job opportunities to this area.
  • East Mississippi Community College sophomores Mike Farnell and Marcus Ragan have been named to the 2017 MACJC All-State Baseball Team, as voted on by the respective head baseball coaches of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges. 
  • Postseason honors have begun to roll in for the Kemper Academy baseball team, which captured the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ District 2-A championship before bowing out of the playoffs in the state quarterfinals.

    The Rams, who finished 16-6 overall, won three of the top individual district honors and also have had two players named to the MAIS All-Star Baseball Games
  • MESA, Arizona – East Mississippi Community College’s Joey Partin earned All-America second-team honors by finishing tied for 14th place with a four-day total of 295 at this week’s NJCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship held at Longbow Golf Club.

    After posting an opening-round 78 on Tuesday, Partin improved his score by four strokes each of the next two days before finishing the tournament with a 2-over-par 73 during Friday’s final round.  The EMCC freshman steadily improved his placing throughout the week from 72nd following the first day to a three-way tie for 14th place to close out the tournament.
  • East Mississippi Community College sophomores Mallory Vance and Averi Pender have been named to the 2017 MACJC All-State Softball Team, as voted on by the respective head softball coaches of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges.   

    In addition, EMCC sophomore infielder Kendall Wilkinson and freshman pitcher Carly Thompson earned honorable mention consideration for their season-long efforts.
  • Year-end banquet honors KCHS student/athletes
    The Kemper County High School handed out awards to many of its athletes in its official year-ending banquet held last Tuesday. The awards ceremony was preceded by guest speaker Mike Montgomery, a former college and professional athlete.

    Montgomery spoke to the group about the importance of balance and hard work in life, pointing out that one only gets out of something what he puts into it. He pointed out that the venues would change from high school sports to dealing with employers, and the importance of developing the proper attributes to succeed in those circumstances

  • Coming off its first SEC Tournament Championship in school history, No. 18 Ole Miss has earned the No. 12 overall seed in the 2017 NCAA Division I Softball Championship and will host an NCAA Regional in Oxford beginning Friday.

    The Rebels (40-18) are making their second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance following last season's runner-up finish in the Norman Regional.
  • East Mississippi Community College is scheduled to conduct three separate summer football camps during the month of June on the Scooba campus.

    EMCC will first hold a two-day quarterback/skills camp on Monday and Tuesday, June 12-13, at Sullivan-Windham Field.  Open to all students of high school age, the skills camp fee is $150 per overnight camper and $120 for day campers.  Registration will take place Monday morning between 10 a.m. and noon.
  • East Mississippi Community College’s baseball season drew to a close with Friday night’s 11-1 road setback to third-seeded Hinds Community College in Game 2 of an MACJC best-of-three playoff series played at Joe G. Moss Field in Raymond

    Seeded eighth in the postseason playoffs following a 15-13 regular-season conference mark, Coach Chris Rose’s EMCC Lions closed out the 2017 campaign with a 25-20 overall record in making their fourth postseason appearance under his guidance.
  • PEARL – Nanih Waiya began its quest for a state baseball championship at 1 p.m. Tuesday against Smithville in the MHSAA 1A title series at Trustmark Park, home of the Southern League Mississippi Braves. Game 2 in the best-of-three series is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday. If a third game is necessary, it will be Saturday.

    “We have a real special group,” Nanih Waiya head coach Tyler Rogers said of his team at a press conference Monday. “They do what we ask them to do.”

  • SCOOBA – The East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team has qualified for next month’s College National Finals Rodeo for the first time in program history after finishing the regular season as reserve champions of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Ozark Region. The 2017 CNFR will take place June 11-17 at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming.
  • A pair of Nanih Waiya baseball standouts have been chosen to play in the prestigious Crossroads Diamond Club all-star baseball game.

    Seniors Brady Jones and Ben Cumberland will take part in the 2017 D.M. Howie Mississippi High School All-Star Baseball Game on June 3. The Class 1A-2A game also sponsored by the Mississippi Association of Coaches will be held at Trustmark Park in Pearl.
  • With a Saturday doubleheader split at Southwest Mississippi, the Lions of East Mississippi Community College secured a spot as the No. 8 seed in this week’s MACJC best-of-three baseball playoff series.  Winning 12-6 in the opener and falling 10-4 in the nightcap against SMCC to close out the regular season, EMCC (25-17, 15-13) will travel to third-seeded Hinds for a Thursday-Friday playoff series.

  • Runs were at a high premium during Nanih Waiya's best-of-three, third-round series with French Camp Academy in the MHSAA Class 1A state baseball playoffs last weekend.

    But when the dust settled, the Warriors were still rolling right along.
  • Kemper Academy had quite the memorable baseball season, winning what some believe is the first district championship in school history.

    The Rams also earned their first playoff win in recent memory and finished with the most wins in more than a decade. But the season came to a halt last week, when KA bowed out in a state quarterfinal series against DeSoto (Ark.) School.
  • Kemper Academy tennis compete
    Sophomore Allie Redmond represented Kemper Academy last week in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ Class A North State Tennis Tournament. Redmond, playing in girls’ singles, dropped a 6-4, 6-3 decision to a competitor from DeSoto (Ark.) School in the North State tourney, which was being held at Tunica Academy. Redmond is shown here with her brother, Joshua Redmond.


  • Nanih Waiya has enjoyed some competitive postseason baseball contests with Stringer in recent seasons. That was not the case in 2017, however.

    The well-rested Warriors, after an off week that included a first-round bye in the playoffs, whipped Stringer twice via the run rule last week to easily sweep their best-of-three, second-round series in the MHSAA Class 1A state playoffs.
  • A memorable track and field season that included a district championship for Kemper County High School came to a close last weekend when KCHS failed to qualify anyone for the MHSAA State Meet.

    The Wildcats and Lady Wildcats qualified in seven events and placed in six in the MHSAA Class 3A North State Meet held in Oxford last Saturday. That came after Kemper placed in a total of 37 events in the Region 2-3A Meet held in Winona early last week after it had been postponed by inclement weather.
  • If Kemper Academy makes a deep postseason run in the MAIS state baseball playoffs, the Rams will likely look back to last Tuesday’s win at Grace Christian School as a defining moment in the season.

    Down by six entering their final at-bat, Kemper’s Rams erupted for nine runs on their way to a 12-9 win in Louisville. KA also whipped Scott County 12-0 last Thursday and beat Starkville Christian 8-1 last Friday to finish the regular season with a 15-4 record.
  • EMCC hoops trio named MACJC All-State
    Three East Mississippi Community College basketball players have been named MACJC All-State First Team for their season-long efforts this past year.  Repeat women’s honoree Quantesha Patterson and freshman teammate Tyeisha Juhan along with sophomore men’s recipient David McFarland were chosen by the respective head basketball coaches of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges.

  • Nanih Waiya brought out the broom in its first-round matchup in the MHSAA Class 1A fast-pitch softball state playoffs — sweeping Sacred Heart 18-3 and 17-0.

    That sweep, coupled with a 19-8 win over West Lowndes in the regular-season finale last Monday, improved the Lady Warriors to 8-12 on the season. It also sent Nanih Waiya into the second round of the postseason.
  • Kemper County’s fast-pitch softball team advanced to the MHSAA Class 3A state playoffs for a second straight year. And, for a second straight year, the Lady Wildcats made a quiet exit after drawing a tough opponent in the first round.

    Kemper was swept in its best-of-three, first-round series at Booneville last Thursday, falling 11-1 and 15-0 to the host Lady Devils.
  • Kemper Academy had its seven-game winning streak snapped last Tuesday night in a lackluster performance against Columbus Christian Academy.

    But the Rams bounced right back with a pair of victories to end the week, running their record to 12-4 on the year.
  • Kemper County High School’s fledgling track and field program made a big statement earlier this month when the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats brought home the team championships at the Division 4-3A Meet.

    The event was hosted by Tishomingo County High School in Iuka. Both the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats captured seven events.
  • Kemper County’s fast-pitch softball team wrapped up its regular season last week with a pair of losses to Class 6A Columbus.

    Now, the Lady Wildcats are getting ready to take part in the MHSAA Class 3A state playoffs.
  • East Mississippi Community College’s David McFarland will continue his college basketball career at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The sophomore guard signed his National Letter of Intent during a Tuesday afternoon signing event on the EMCC campus.

    A two-year standout for head coach Billy Begley, McFarland led the EMCC Lions in scoring (17.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.2 rpg) this past season as the lone team member to start all 21 games. The Raymond High School product also shot 49 percent overall from the field, 40 percent from three-point range, including a team-high 52 made 3-pointers, and 77 percent from the free throw line.
  • The Lions of East Mississippi Community College couldn’t solve East Central Community College’s pitching tandem in dropping a home conference doubleheader, 8-3 and 9-1, to the eighth-ranked Warriors Friday afternoon at the EMCC Softball Field.

    Coach Kyndall White’s 17-22 EMCC Lions, 14-10 within the conference, were set to take on Northwest Mississippi in a Wednesday road doubleheader at Senatobia.  East Mississippi will then close out its regular-season softball slate by playing host to seventh-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast in a 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon twin bill on the Scooba campus.  

  • Nanih Waiya brought home one state champion, three state runners-up and an overall team finish of third last Friday when the Warriors ventured to the 2017 MHSAA Powerlifting Championships.

    The Class 1A State Meet, like all six MHSAA classifications, was held last Friday at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.
  • In the midst of a two-week MACJC baseball home stand, the Lions of East Mississippi Community College held on for an 8-7 win in Friday’s opening game against Hinds Community College to earn a doubleheader split at Gerald Poole Field.  The visiting Eagles came back to claim a 9-2 victory over the Lions in the nightcap.

    Coach Chris Rose’s 17-13 EMCC Lions, 7-9 within the conference, were set to continue their current home stand by playing host to the Eagles of Meridian Community College in a Wednesday doubleheader on the Scooba campus.
  • Warriors claim district title, prep for playoffs
    Nanih Waiya’s perfect run through division play came to an unsuspecting end last Thursday with a historic loss to cross-county rival Noxapater.

    But the Warriors are still the Region 5-1A champions, and they’re still headed to the playoffs.
  • Area leaders meet new KCHS football coach
    Last Thursday night several Kemper County residents had the opportunity to meet new Kemper County High School head football coach Joshua Pulphus at a gathering held at the school.

    Pulphus was accompanied to the gathering at the KCHS library by his wife, ShaRonda, his three daughters, Tyleria, Saniyah and Jocelyn, along with other family members. They were greeted by a number of school and elected officials from around the county. Pulphus spoke briefly to those gathered, as did several other officials.
  • A four-run seventh inning in the second game enabled East Mississippi Community College to earn a road softball doubleheader split with Hinds Community College Saturday afternoon.   The Lions’ 8-7 comeback win in the nightcap followed a 5-3 setback to the Eagles in the opening game at Rene Warren Field.

  • The 15th-ranked East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team placed fourth this past weekend at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s 49th annual Spring College Rodeo.
  • Nanih Waiya’s softball team hung with Sebastopol last Tuesday before the Lady Bobcats pulled away late. But two days later, the Lady Warriors rebounded with a big win over rival Noxapater.

    After Sebastopol scored six times in the seventh inning to take a 12-7 win over the Lady Warriors on Tuesday, they roared back with an 8-6 win over Noxapater on Thursday to improve to 5-10 on the season.
  • Nanih Waiya continued to pile up wins on the baseball diamond last week, sweeping a pair of division contests from West Lowndes to improve its record to 18-1 on the year.

    The Warriors were scheduled to battle cross-county rival Noxapater this week in a pair of district contests: Tuesday at Noxapater and Thursday at home.

    Next week, the Warriors are scheduled to host Union on Tuesday (April 18) before the MHSAA Class 1A state playoffs begin April 21-24.
  • For the second straight year, Kemper County’s fast-pitch softball team has clinched a spot in the postseason.

    The Lady Wildcats ventured to Aberdeen last Tuesday and swept the host Lady Bulldogs, assuring Kemper of the No. 3 spot in Region 4-3A action.

  • Stepping out of conference play, the Lions of East Mississippi Community College split a road baseball doubleheader with Baton Rouge Community College Saturday afternoon.  EMCC prevailed 8-3 in the opener but dropped a 6-4 decision in the nightcap at Pete Goldsby Field.
  • Kemper Academy got into its 2017 district baseball schedule last week, and the Rams wasted no time establishing their dominance.

    After a 21-2 win over Central Academy on Tuesday, the Rams ventured to Pheba and hammered Hebron Christian School 22-1 on Friday.

    Those two wins lifted KA to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in district play heading into this week, when the Rams were to go to Calhoun Academy on Tuesday and then host Hebron on Friday.
  • Nanih Waiya's baseball team keeps cruising right along toward the postseason.

    Last week, the Warriors picked up three more victories to run their record to 16-1 on the year -- trouncing McAdams in a division doubleheader and then taking a 7-4 win over Class 4A Cleveland.