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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  •  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).  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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. 
  • 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
  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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’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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • A planning retreat, featuring leaders from each of Kemper County's governmental bodies as well as the chamber of commerce and economic development authority, is set to be held in Columbus later this month.

    Craig Hitt, executive director of the Kemper County Economic Development Authority, said he was excited about getting this group together to map out a unified plan for the future of Kemper County.
  • Lady Lions split pair with Pearl River

    A 3-2 comeback win in the extra-inning nightcap earned the visiting East Mississippi Community College softball team an MACJC road doubleheader split with Pearl River Community College this past Saturday afternoon. Host PRCC held on for an identical 3-2 victory in the day’s first contest.

    PRCC starter Olivia Holley gave herself a 1-0 lead in the nightcap by hitting a two-out, solo home run off EMCC’s Carly Thompson in the fifth inning.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • The 2017 fast-pitch softball season is in full swing for Kemper County, as the Lady Wildcats are already into the meat of their division schedule.
  • Sophomore Gabe Sciple threw a no-hitter and Kemper Academy smashed homestanding Columbus Christian Academy 16-0 last Monday.
  • The East Mississippi Community College softball team improved to 9-1 in MACJC play with a 16-5, 13-0 road doubleheader sweep over Coahoma Community College last Wednesday in Clarksdale.

  • Kemper Academy's baseball team got in two games during its spring break, whipping Scott County 14-3 last Tuesday before dropping a 19-3 decision to Winston Academy on Saturday night.

    The Rams, who entered this week with a record of 2-2, were slated to go to Columbus Christian Academy on Monday and are scheduled to visit Lamar School in Meridian on Thursday this week. Friday, KA is scheduled to host New Summit.
  • Nanih Waiya just keeps finding ways to win baseball games.

    Last week in the Rush Invitational Baseball Tournament in Meridian, the Warriors scored on a passed ball in the seventh inning to knock off Ethel 9-8.

    It was one of two victories last Tuesday at Q.V Sykes Park for the Warriors, who also whipped Puckett 5-1 to improve to 12-0 on the season.
  • The Lions of East Mississippi Community College extended their softball winning streak to eight consecutive games and remained unbeaten in MACJC play by sweeping Copiah-Lincoln Community College, 5-3 and 3-1, on the road Friday afternoon.  

    In compiling their longest win string since putting together a nine-game streak in 2013, the EMCC Lions had 10 hits in both contests against Co-Lin.  In the circle, freshman right-handers AG Stewart and Carly Thompson each threw three-hit complete games during the doubleheader sweep.  
  • Featuring an MACJC season-opening baseball matchup between two nationally ranked teams, the 14th-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College dropped a pair of hard-fought decisions, 8-5 and 3-1, to top-ranked Jones County Junior College Saturday afternoon at Gerald Poole Field.

    In the scheduled nine-inning opener, the Bobcats took an early 1-0 lead in the first frame after lead-off batter Fred Franklin laced a double to right field before moving to third on a passed ball and scoring on Shelton Wallace’s infield out.
  • EMCC's Carly Thompson tabbed MACJC pitcher of the week
    East Mississippi Community College freshman Carly Thompson has been named MACJC Softball Pitcher of the Week for her recent efforts in the circle for the Lions.

    Thompson went 2-0 and did not give up an earned run in 15 total innings during three pitching appearances a week ago for the EMCC Lions.  While scattering six hits with 11 strikeouts and three walks during the week, Thompson recorded a stretch where she retired 23 consecutive batters during her combined wins over Holmes and Copiah-Lincoln.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wildcats drop tough contest to Velma Jackson in state tourney
    JACKSON – The Kemper County boys basketball team will not replicate the MHSAA 3A state championship of the football team this school year. In a quarterfinal game Friday at Jackson State that was not decided until 6.7 seconds were left on the clock, Velma Jackson edged the Wildcats 44-40.

    It was a matchup of schools that combined for the last five championships. Kemper has gold balls in the school's trophy case for last year and 2012, while Velma Jackson won three straight titles, 2013-15, before being eliminated from last year's tournament by Kemper.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 cheerleaders claim school-best finish in Nationals
    ORLANDO, Fla. — The East Mississippi Community College cheerleading team returned to the national scene and came away from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex last weekend with a school-best, fourth-place team finish in the Division II Small Coed finals of the 2017 Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship.    
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kemper Academy boys stun Lamar School
    Kemper Academy’s well-documented depth issues should have been a huge disadvantage when the Rams took on Class AAAA Lamar School last Thursday night in Meridian.

    But as basketball often reminds us, you can only put five players on the floor at one time. And last Thursday, the five Kemper put on the floor were consistently better than Lamar’s five for roughly 30 minutes of action.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kemper County splits Sam  Dale Tournament contests
    The Kemper County Wildcats and Lady Wildcats bounced back from a loss in the opening round of the Sam Dale Tournament last week to win the third place game.

    The Wildcats fell to Northeast Lauderdale 65-61 in their opener but recovered to beat Quitman 73-57 on Wednesday in the tournament.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • KCHS Wildcats split two games on hardwood
    The Kemper County Wildcats split a pair of games against strong competition last week to move to 6-5 this season.

    The Wildcats came back to beat Louisville 58-51 last Tuesday night before falling to Class 6A power Starkville 62-43. In girls' action, Kemper County lost its contest to Louisville 57-33 despite 19 points from Kiandrea Cherry.