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Lady Warriors fall to Ethel, Kosy in fast-pitch softball action
Nanih Waiya dropped a pair of 10-0 decisions last week on the softball diamond in their final pre-Spring Break action of the 2017 season.
The Lady Warriors fell 10-0 to a strong Ethel team on Monday and then dropped a 10-0 decision at Class 4A Kosciusko on Thursday. They are now off until Friday, when they are slated to see action in the Clarkdale Spring Fling Fast-Pitch Tournament at Northeast Park in Meridian.
Lady Lions roll in league play with sweep
The East Mississippi Community College softball team successfully opened MACJC conference play with a run-rule home sweep, 11-2 and 12-3, over Mississippi Delta Community College Wednesday afternoon at the EMCC Softball Field.
On the day, the EMCC Lions totaled 23 runs on 22 hits while also receiving complete-game pitching efforts from freshmen AG Stewart and Carly Thompson.
Baseball Rams set to return to action
After one contest was postponed and another rained out, Kemper Academy’s baseball team is scheduled to return to action this week.
The Rams, who are 1-1 so far on the season under new head coach Tony Cawthorn, were slated to take on Scott County on Tuesday and will travel to Winston Academy in Louisville Saturday night in this week’s action.
Nanih Waiya has 10-0 start to season
Nanih Waiya’s baseball team rolled up four more victories last week, running the Warriors’ quick-start record to 10-0 on the season.
Coach Tyler Rogers’ bunch started the week with a thrilling, 5-4 win over Eupora on Monday. On Thursday, they pounded French Camp Academy 17-4, then ventured to Stringer on Saturday and came away with a pair of solid wins. Nanih Waiya topped North Forrest 6-3 Saturday morning, then got past Jackson Academy 5-2 Saturday afternoon.
Pair of Rams head to MAIS All-Star Basketball Game
For what is believed to be the first time in school history, Kemper Academy will have a pair of boys’ players take part together in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ All-Star Basketball Games.
Seniors Dalton Sanderford and Tanner Owen are expected to play in the Class A-AA game, which is scheduled for Friday at 11:30 a.m., at Jackson Prep in Flowood.
Lady Lions sweep Marion in extra-inning softball action
A come-from-behind, extra-inning 10-9 softball win in the opening game lifted the Lions of East Mississippi Community College to a road doubleheader sweep over Marion Military Institute Thursday afternoon. EMCC completed the sweep with a 6-2 victory over MMI in the nightcap.
Coach Kyndall White’s 3-12 EMCC Lions were slated to begin conference action Tuesday with a home doubleheader against the Lady Trojans of Mississippi Delta Community College. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at the EMCC Softball Field on the Scooba campus.
EMCC extends baseball winning streak to seven
The Lions of East Mississippi Community College continued their hot start to the 2017 baseball season by sweeping preseason 18th-ranked Shelton State Community College, 8-5 and 4-3, Sunday afternoon at EMCC’s Gerald Poole Field.
The EMCC Lions combined timely long-ball hitting with effective bullpen usage to improve to 9-1 overall on the year with their seventh consecutive victory.
Rams open baseball season with split
A year after reaching the quarterfinals of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ Class A state baseball playoffs, Kemper Academy has plenty of optimism heading into the 2017 season.
The start of the Rams’ season was delayed by the success of the school’s basketball team – but now that basketball has ended, three additional players have joined the baseball roster and that number could end up being as many as five.
Nanih Waiya falls in 1A hoops playoffs
Nanih Waiya’s boys gave highly-touted Piney Woods all it could handle in a first-round, Class 1A state playoff game last Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the Warriors could not pull out a win, falling 61-51 on the Tornadoes’ home floor.
The Warriors, the No. 4 seed from Region 6-1A, finished the season with an 8-15 record. No scoring details were available.
Warriors again have high hopes on diamond
A few trips to Trustmark Park in Pearl for championship action have kept expectations high for the Nanih Waiya baseball program in recent years.
That certainly won’t change this season.
Baseball Rams could take diamond Thursday
For a second straight year, Kemper Academy’s baseball season has been severely delayed by the success of the school’s basketball team.
The Rams have high hopes on the diamond after being eliminated in the MAIS Class A state quarterfinals a year ago, but they’ve already postponed a pair of contests this season.
Host EMCC men take second in rodeo event
The nationally ranked East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team collected runner-up honors this past weekend as hosts of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Ozark Region spring season opener. The three-day college rodeo concluded Saturday night at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center in Meridian.
Warriors take second in region powerlifting meet
Nanih Waiya turned a few heads earlier this month at the Region 2-1A Powerlifting Meet at Calhoun City, breaking five individual records on their way to a second-place team finish.
Coach Ryan Keeton’s squad will now compete in the Class 1A North State Meet on March 11, also at Calhoun City. The State Meet is April 14.
Nanih Waiya finds going tough in district tourney
Both Nanih Waiya basketball teams found the going tough in the Region 6-1A Tournament last week.
The Lady Warriors saw their season come to an end with a 27-23 setback to rival Noxapater last Tuesday night. While Noxapater moved on as the eventual No. 3 seed, Nanih Waiya’s girls finished their season with a 5-17 mark.
Lady Lions looking for first victory
Looking to get into the win column, East Mississippi Community College continues its softball home stand this week on the Scooba campus. The Lions will welcome Marion Military Institute and Wallace State Community College-Hanceville for respective Tuesday and Thursday doubleheaders. Both twin bills were set for 2 p.m. starts at the EMCC Softball Field.
EMCC set to host intercollegiate rodeo
SCOOBA — More than 200 college cowboys and cowgirls will compete this week at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center in Meridian during a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association-sanctioned event hosted by East Mississippi Community College’s rodeo team.
EMCC basketball squads fall to Northeast Mississippi
The East Mississippi Community College basketball teams couldn’t hold onto halftime leads in dropping home decisions to Northeast Mississippi Community College during Thursday’s MACJC North Division action at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. The EMCC women fell, 68-60, to the division-leading Lady Tigers, while the Lions surrendered 54 second-half points in dropping an 87-78 nightcap decision to the Northeast men.
NW set to open Region 6-1A tourney play
Nanih Waiya’s basketball teams are in action this week in the Region 6-1A Tournament at Sebastopol, where the Warriors and Lady Warriors will try to earn a berth in the Class 1A state playoffs that start next week.
Both squads were to face off against Noxapater in a No. 4 vs. No. 5 seed matchup on Tuesday night. A loss Tuesday would end the season for either team.
Lady Lions set to host softball homestand
This week, the Lions will first play host to preseason 12th-ranked (NJCAA Division II) East Central Community College in a Wednesday (Feb. 15) doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on the Scooba campus. EMCC is then scheduled to welcome preseason 10th-ranked (NJCAA Division I) Shelton State for a 2 p.m. Friday twin bill. East Mississippi stays at home the following week to entertain Marion Military Institute and Wallace State-Hanceville on Feb. 21 and 23, respectively.
Red-hot Wildcats looking for postseason success
The Kemper County Wildcats are hoping a red-hot regular season finish with carry over to postseason success.
The Wildcats took the Region 5-3A regular season crown on Tuesday night with a 58-44 win at Forest and beat Northeast Lauderdale 54-52 to close out the regular season with a 15-8 mark.
Mercedez Jackson signs with Lady Lions basketball team
The Lady Wildcats celebrated senior night on Friday night but senior Mercedez Jackson got to celebrate a little extra on Friday afternoon.
Jackson signed with East Mississippi Community College during a press conference at the gym on Friday. According to Kemper County coach Jennie Vance, the point guard should be a great addition to the Lady Lions roster next year.
Wildcats win thriller at home against Choctaw Central
It just seems like every district game seems to come down to the final possession for the Kemper County Wildcats this season.
The Wildcats dropped a heartbreaker to Southeast Lauderdale 48-46 last Tuesday before beating Choctaw Central 61-60 on senior night on Friday night.
"I've started calling us the "Cardiac 'Cats," said coach John Alan Darnell. "Every division game seems to come down to the last play for us."
Lions pick up three wins in Florida event
The East Mississippi Community College baseball team enjoyed a successful 3-1 weekend at the season-opening Max Bruner Classic played this past Friday and Saturday in Niceville, Fla. Competing against two NJCAA Division I opponents, EMCC swept Enterprise State (Ala.) Community College and split with host Northwest Florida State College
East Mississippi drops two on road to Northwest Miss.
Tipping off the second half of MACJC North Division regular-season play, the visiting East Mississippi Community College basketball teams were swept by Northwest Mississippi Community College Thursday evening at Howard Coliseum in Senatobia. The EMCC women fell, 86-81, while the Lions were downed in the men’s nightcap, 85-79.
Youth hunting opportunity at Noxubee Refuge
The Mississippi Wildlife Federation and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks are currently taking applications for a youth squirrel hunt to be held at Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge on Feb. 11. The hunt targets youths ages 10 to 15 with little or no hunting experience who are interested in learning about the sport.
EMCC Lions swept at home in division hoops play by Itawamba
The East Mississippi Community College basketball teams were swept by visiting Itawamba Community College during Thursday night MACJC North Division action played at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. EMCC dropped a 62-57 decision in the women’s contest, while the Indians maintained their division lead with an 83-69 victory over the Lions in the nightcap.
Kemper Academy hoops set for Senior Night
Kemper Academy will wrap up its 2016-17 regular season basketball slate at home Thursday night by celebrating “Senior Night” and hosting Hebron Christian School.
Junior-varsity action begins at 4 p.m., and a total of seven seniors will be recognized later in the evening.
Kemper County boys take two key region victories
The Kemper County Wildcats took the driver's seat in district play this week with a pair of big road wins.
The Wildcats held off Philadelphia last Tuesday night 56-53 and then avenged an earlier loss to Choctaw County with a 56-51 win to move to 6-1 in district play.
Lions, Lady Lions take wins over Northeast Mississippi CC
The East Mississippi Community College basketball teams recorded a key MACJC North Division road sweep over Northeast Mississippi Community College last Tuesday at Bonner Arnold Coliseum. The EMCC women remained unbeaten in division play with a 68-55 win, while the Lions completed the sweep with a 77-70 victory in the nightcap.
Nanih Waiya picks up two region wins
Nanih Waiya swept a pair of District 6-1A basketball contests last Friday night at home, topping Sebastopol 50-45 in the girls’ contest and winning 54-51 in the boys’ game.
Those wins capped a perfect week for the Warriors and Lady Warriors, who swept French Camp Academy in non-district action 63-37 and 55-46 last Tuesday night.
KA teams both reel off trio of wins on court
Both Kemper Academy teams picked up three victories, including a pair of district wins each, on the hardwood last week.
While KA’s girls got their two district wins via a forfeit after Calhoun Academy failed to field a girls’ team after schedules were finalized, the Rams earned all three of their victories last week the old fashioned way.
EMCC basketball splits pair with Coahoma CC
In the resumption of division action following the holiday break, the East Mississippi Community College basketball teams earned a doubleheader road split with Coahoma Community College Thursday night at the Pinnacle. The EMCC women stayed unbeaten in MACJC North Division play with an easy 88-62 victory, while the Lions dropped a 64-60 decision to the Tigers in the men’s nightcap.
Standing room crowd cheers NASA tourney finals
The champions of the Native American Sports Association (NASA) adult basketball tournament were crowned Saturday night before a standing room only crowd at Choctaw Central High School.
The tournament started Thursday and brought together teams from tribes mostly along the East Coast. Tribes were represented from New York to Florida and Alabama. The majority of teams were from the Choctaw Indian tribe. The tournament is played each year and rotates to different sites.
Nanih Waiya splits pair with arch-rival Noxapater
Nanih Waiya’s basketball teams opened district play last week with a pair of losses to Leake County and a split against Noxapater.
The Lady Warriors dropped a 56-30 decision to No. 4 ranked Leake County, while the Warriors fell 63-49 last Tuesday.
Lady Wildcats improve to 3-0 in district play
The Kemper County Lady Wildcats jumped out to a 3-0 district record with two big wins this week.
The Lady Wildcats beat Choctaw County 57-52 and then knocked off Southeast Lauderdale 66-62 to remain unbeaten in the district.
In boy's action, Kemper County dropped a tough 55-50 decision to Choctaw County but recovered to beat Southeast 54-45 on Friday to move to 8-7 overall and 2-1 in district play.
Nanih Waiya splits pair with Clarkdale
Nanih Waiya split a pair of non-division basketball contests at Clarkdale last Tuesday, including an exciting win for the Warriors over the Class 2A Bulldogs.
Coach Ron Swart’s boys used a strong fourth quarter to whip the host Bulldogs 66-55, while the Nanih Waiya girls dropped a 44-31 decision.
Lady Lions open 2017 with exciting win
The East Mississippi Community College women’s basketball team held on for a 61-59 road victory over Meridian Community College to successfully open the new year last Thursday
In the teams’ first game action following the holiday break, EMCC held the home-standing Lady Eagles scoreless over the final three minutes of the contest to secure a second straight season series sweep over Meridian and improve to 6-3 overall on the campaign
KA shuffles dates with Calhoun
Long before last week’s wintry weather forced the postponement or cancellation of a host of basketball games in the area, Kemper Academy knew it wasn’t going to have any action on the hardwood.
KA’s teams, which were set to open MAIS District 2-A play last Friday by hosting Calhoun Academy, had those plans scrapped early in the week after a scheduling conflict with Calhoun.
Ferguson looking to play football on next level
Kameron Ferguson never played football before his junior season in 2015.
“They lost their kicker and needed someone so I decided to try it,” Ferguson, now a senior at Neshoba Central, said. “I was already playing soccer and baseball. I really liked playing football and now I’m hoping to play on the next level.”
Kemper teams both spit pair in Lamar Bash
Both Kemper Academy basketball teams split a pair of games last week in the Lamar School Christmas Bash in Meridian. A total of 17 teams and 10 schools were represented in the event, which began Tuesday and ran through Friday.
KA’s girls opened the tourney with a 33-25 win over Sylva-Bay Academy last Tuesday, then fell 53-19 to Patrician (Ala.) Academy in Thursday’s semifinals.
MSU women ranked No. 4 in nation
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State women's basketball made more history Monday as it rose to a program-best No. 4 in the nation in this week's Associated Press Top 25 Poll.
The Bulldogs earned the ranking after opening SEC play with a 74-48 win against LSU on Sunday. That victory improved the Bulldogs to 15-0 overall, the second-best start in program history. State remains the SEC's only undefeated team and one of just three teams in the nation without a loss.
NW hoops ready for league play
Both Nanih Waiya basketball teams were set to return to action this week as the Warriors and Lady Warriors continue to prep for the beginning of district play.
Coach Jaimee Childs’ Nanih Waiya girls finished the first semester with a record of 3-6, while coach Ron Swart’s Warriors enter the new calendar year with a 2-6 mark
Nanih Waiya swept at West Lauderdale and East Webster
Both Nanih Waiya teams dropped contests at bigger schools last week, as the Warriors and Lady Warriors fell to Class 4A West Lauderdale and Class 2A East Webster.
The Lady Warriors finished the pre-Christmas portion of their schedule with a 3-6 record, while the Warriors will enter the new year with a record of 2-6
Kemper Academy set to play in Christmas Bash
After taking a couple of weeks off, Kemper Academy’s basketball teams will return to action this week in the Lamar School Christmas Bash.
The three-day tournament actually started Tuesday, when Kemper’s girls were to square off against Sylva-Bay Academy and the KA boys were to face Russell Christian Academy
State champ Kemper County dominates all-region team
Kemper County, the 2016 Class 3A state football champions, dominated this year’s All-Region 5-3A team which was recently released.
Eric Clark was the Region’s Overall Most Valuable Player, while D.J. Clayton was the Offensive MVP.
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