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  •  Kemper County’s record in football stands at 1-6 as they enter Friday night’s homecoming game with Clarkdale.
  • The Kemper Academy Rams picked up a big victory Friday night as they rolled over Christian Colliegent 66-34 in eight-man football.
  • Turnovers and mistakes proved to be too much for the Kemper Academy Rams to overcome as they lost 34-20 decision to Calhoun Academy.
  • Wildcats claim first victory, stand 1-0 in region
    The Kemper County Wildcats claimed their first victory of the 2019 football season Friday night as they defeated Morton 26-6.
  • Kemper Academy Rams celebrate homecoming victory
    The Kemper Academy Rams celebrated homecoming with a 54-18 victory Friday night in prep football action.
  • Kemper County drops 27-14 decision to Raymond
    The Raymond Rangers proved to be too much for Kemper County Friday night as they handed the Wildcats a 27-14 home loss in prep football action.
  • EMCC Lions drop 24-16 season-opening decision at Hinds
    RAYMOND – The reigning two-time national champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College had their 17-game winning streak snapped by dropping a 24-16 road decision to the Hinds Eagles during Thursday night’s season-opener.
  • The Kemper Academy Rams return home in search of their first victory of the season Friday night when they play host to the Prentiss Christian Academy Saints in eight-man football action.
  • ELLISVILLE – East Mississippi Community College’s baseball season ended on a high note by claiming a 12-2 run-rule nightcap victory over seventh-ranked Jones College during Friday’s game
  • SCOOBA – East Mississippi Community College closed out its 2019 softball season by dropping a pair of run-rule decisions, 17-2 and 15-2, to third-ranked Jones College during Friday’s MACJC conference action played at the EMCC Softball Field.
  • MERIDIAN – The East Mississippi Community College softball team battled rival Meridian down to the wire twice before dropping a pair of hard-luck decisions, 5-4 and 10-7 in eight innings, to the Lady Eagles during Wednesday’s MACJC conference action.
  • EMCC offers three summer football camps
     SCOOBA – Five-time national champion East Mississippi Community College is scheduled to conduct three separate summer football camps during the month of June on the Scooba campus
  • SCOOBA – Freshman Britney Bonney’s three-hit shutout in the opening game helped secure East Mississippi Community College’s home MACJC softball doubleheader split with Holmes Community College during Wednesday’s conference action played at the EMCC Softball Field.
  • DECATUR – Sophomore right-hander Jaxen Forrester threw a no-hitter in East Mississippi Community College’s 10-1 nightcap road victory over East Central during Friday’s MACJC baseball doubleheader split played at the Clark-Gay Baseball Complex.
  • SCOOBA – Fresh off the Lions claiming their first MACJC North Division men’s title since the 2012-13 season, the East Mississippi Community College basketball teams will jointly participate in next week’s MACJC State Basketball Tournament in Ellisville.
  •  Both Kemper County basketball teams made it to the Class 3A state playoffs
  • The Kemper Academy Rams will begin district play Friday night when they host Columbus Christian
  • What were the best sports stories of 2018 in Mississippi?
  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. – For their individual efforts in helping lead the East Mississippi Community College Lions to their fifth NJCAA national championship and seventh MACJC state title during the past decade, six members of EMCC’s most recent unbeaten championship football team have been tabbed as 2018 NJCAA Football All-Americans.
  • The Kemper County Wildcats won’t be getting much of a break from basketball during the Christmas holiday as they play in two holiday tournaments.
  • James Lewis Jr, 32, 994 Hickory Grove Rd, Starkville, MS, Charges: DUI Refusal Fleeing; Improper Passing, Ran Stop Sign, Reckless Driving, No Seatbelt, Speeding, No Insurance
  • The Wildcats defeated West Lauderdale 71-49 last Tuesday. They stopped Quitman High School 55-38 last Saturday. And Tuesday, they stopped Louisville 61-50.
  • The Kemper County Wildcats close out their 2018 football season Friday night when they visit Fores
  • SCOOBA – The reigning national and state champion Lions of East Mississippi Community College secured the MACJC North Division’s No. 1 seed in the upcoming state playoffs with Thursday night’s 47-0 home shutout victory over Coahoma Community College at Sullivan-Windham Field.
  • The Kemper Academy Rams look to get back on the winning track Friday night when they travel to North Sunflower Academy in eight-man football action this Friday night.
  • The young Kemper County Wildcats were no match for Wilkinson County as they dropped a 49-0 decision on the road last Friday night in prep football ac
  • KCHS names McKenzie new head football coach
    A new face will be seen on the sidelines leading the Kemper County High School football team this fall in the form of John McKenzie, who was named the new head football coach of the school Monday.
  • Kimbrel named head baseball coach at EMCC
    East Mississippi Community College has announced the promotion of coaching veteran Brett Kimbrel to the position of head baseball coach.  The announcement was made Tuesday by EMCC Director of Athletics Dr. Randall Bradberry.
  • Kemper Wildcats coach Joshua Pulphus said his team reached most of its goals set for Spring training, which ended Saturday in a 14-14 tie with Stringer in the Southern Miss jamboree.
  • As the Nanih Waiya baseball team gets deeper in the playoffs, their bats seem to get hotter.
  • Kemper County football fans will get their first look at the 2018 Wildcat football team Saturday when they play Stringer at the Southern Mississippi jamboree in Hattiesburg.
  • After being forced to three games in the opening-round series with Lumberton, Nanih Waiya flexed its muscles in the second round.
  • The Kemper Academy Rams saw their 2018 baseball season come to an end last week as they were swept by Desoto (Ark.) Academy in the first round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A state playoffs.

  • The Kemper Academy Rams have their backs against the wall Thursday when they travel to play Desoto Academy in Helena, Ark
  • It took Nanih Waiya three games but the Warriors are advancing in the Class 1A playoffs.
  • Nanih Waiya flexed its muscles as the Warriors completed another perfect sweep through division play and defeated their rivals at the same time. Nanih Waiya beat Noxapater 28-1 on Tuesday and 20-3 on Friday.
  • The Rams were slated to host Columbus Christian on Tuesday and Hebron Academy on Thursday.  The junior high plays at 4 p.m., and the varsity plays at 6 p.m. Next week, the Rams will host Columbus and will visit Hebron on Friday.
  • Special team has left its mark on MSU women's basketball fans
    Just a couple minutes following Mississippi State's 71-56 win over Oklahoma State a week ago Monday at the Humphrey Coliseum, Victoria Vivians, Morgan William, Blair Schaefer, and Roshunda Johnson stood on the school's emblem at center court and waved to the crowd as if they were four Miss America's taking their celebratory curtain calls.
  • The Kemper Academy Rams improved to 3-0 Monday as they took a 12-1 win over Starkville Christian in prep baseball action.
  • The East Mississippi Community College basketball teams swept home-standing Coahoma Community College during Monday night MACJC North Division hoops action played at the Pinnacle.  The Lady Lions benefitted from a big third quarter to pull away with an 89-77 victory, while the Lions capitalized on a solid defensive effort to complete the sweep with a 70-64 win in the men’s nightcap.
  • The Kemper County Wildcats close out the 2017-2018 regular season Thursday night when they play host to rival Northeast Lauderdale.
  • Former East Mississippi Community College star running back LeGarrette Blount played a key role in the Philadelphia Eagles' 41-33 Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots. He carried 14 times for a game-high 90 yards, including a tackle-breaking 21-yard touchdown run.
  • C.J. Johnson joins EMCC football coaching staff
    Former Ole Miss defensive standout and Philadelphia High School graduate C.J. Johnson has returned to the Scooba campus as East Mississippi Community College’s newly hired defensive line coac
  • The East Mississippi Community College basketball teams dropped a pair of close decisions to visiting Holmes Community College during Monday’s MACJC North Division hoops action at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.  The EMCC women let a fourth-quarter lead slip away in falling, 76-73, while the Lions played the division-leading Bulldogs tough before being downed, 71-66, in the men’s nightca
  • The Kemper County Wildcats picked up their first Region 5-3A victory last week as they took a 60-51 win over Morton.
  • Kemper County will host a pair of Region 5-3A basketball games this week as the Wildcats try to get on the winning track.
  • The Lady Lions of East Mississippi Community College extended their January winning streak to five consecutive games with a 61-52 road victory over Mississippi Delta Community College Monday during MACJC North Division basketball action played at J.T. Hall Coliseum.  In the men’s nightcap, EMCC couldn’t dig out of a 19-point, second-half hole en route to dropping an 82-74 decision to the home-standing Trojans.
  • East Mississippi Community College’s scheduled Tuesday home basketball doubleheader against Northeast Mississippi Community College was postponed until Saturday due to wintry precipitation and possible hazardous road conditions throughout the state.
  • Kemper Academy’s first district game was postponed because of the weather last Friday night in prep basketball action.
  • The Scooba Board of Aldermen voted 4-0 to employ James Powe as a waste water operator during its monthly meeting, which was held earlier this month.
  • The Kemper County Wildcats got on the winning track as they won two of their three prep basketball games played last week.
  • The head football coaches at Nanih Waiya and Noxapater are in agreement that a proposal to change Mississippi High School Activities Association 1A football from four to eight regions is not a good idea.
  • JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Closing out the 2017 season, Mississippi State (9-4, 4-4 SEC) defeated Louisville (8-5, 4-4 ACC) 31-27 in the TaxSlayer Bowl Saturday at EverBank Field. Coached by an interim staff led by Greg Knox, the Bulldogs put on an impressive display in all facets of the game, highlighted by big plays on each side of the ball.
  • The Lions of East Mississippi Community College dropped a pair of hard-fought, single-digit tournament decisions against quality opponents during the Tallahassee Democrat Holiday Classic played at Bill Hebrock Eagledome on the campus of Tallahassee Community College.
  • The Kemper Academy will swing back into action Thursday night for the first of two home basketball games.
  • There will be plenty of basketball action this week in the Kemper County gym as the Wildcats host the annual Sam Dale tournament.
  • EMCC duo takes NJCAA All-America honors
    For their respective efforts in helping lead East Mississippi Community College to the school’s fourth national football championship in seven years this past season, sophomores Duke Upshaw and Taylor Crabtree have earned 2017 NJCAA All-America honors.  The NJCAA’s Football All-Americans, as chosen by the NJCAA Football Committee, were announced Tuesday.
  • Nanih Waiya’s boys and girls dropped basketball contests at Sebastopol last Tuesday night and at home against Union on Friday night.
  • Kemper Academy dropped the only basketball games it played last week, as the Rams dropped a 38-27 decision to homestanding Newton County Academy and the Lady Rams fell 42-35.
  • HATTIESBURG – Mississippi broke open a tie game with three touchdowns in the third quarter as it pulled away from Alabama for a 42-7 victory in the 31st annual Mississippi-Alabama All-Star football game on Saturday.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Consider this:
  • 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 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 Dirty 30 Preseason Rankings for the upcoming campaign.

    Published for the past 13 years by nationally renowned junior college football authority Brad Hoiseth, the 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 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.”