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EMCC Lions earn second MACCC title in 4 years

POPLARVILLE — East Mississippi Community College’s fourth-seeded Lions collected their sec­ond men’s basketball con­ference tournament championship in four years by earning a hard-fought 60-58 victory over nationally 23rd-ranked and No. 2 seed Northeast Mississippi during Thurs­day’s title game of the MACCC Basketball Tour­nament played this week at the Marvin R. White Coliseum on the Pearl River Community College campus.

KCHS track team counting on experience, talent

With four boys and three girls returning that competed in the MH­SASS Class 2A State Track Meet last season, KCHS track coach Keith Cole likes the way things look for his team this sea­son.

First-year Kemper County High School fast-pitch softball coach Freddy Thomas doesn’t have to think long to come up with his team’s strengths. “Pitching and overall team speed,” he said. “That’ 's what we will be relying on.”

Despite finishing 3-12 in his first season as head baseball coach at Kemper County high School, Di­cenzo Miller said he loved the way his team grew at the end of the season.

Lady Lions have five returnees on 14-person roster

Guided by first-year head coach Whitney Hawkins, who previously served as an EMCC assistant softball coach during the 2018 sea­son, the 2022 EMCC Lions enter this year’s softball campaign with a versatile 14-player roster consisting of five returners and nine newcomers.

Berry set to lead 2022 EMCC baseball squad

Guided by fourth-year head baseball coach Brett Kimbrel, the 2022 EMCC baseball edition features five position players who each started 18 or more games for last year’s 18-18 team that narrowly missed qualifying for postseason play.

Coach Colt Kilpatrick and the Kemper Academy Rams will be relying on young talent and senior leadership this baseball season as Kilpatrick has high hopes for this team.

4 Wildcats chosen for Premier Prep team

Four members of the Kemper County High School football team were honored last Satur­day by inclusion on the 2021 Premier Prep foot­ball team as presented by The Meridian Star newspaper.

KCHS relay teams fare well last week

The Kemper County High School track team had an­other strong showing against bigger schools last week, when they traveled to Hattiesburg to take part in a mid-week meet.

On the heels of helping lead the East Mississippi Community College Lions to their second conference tournament champi­onship in four years, EMCC guard Blake Butler has been named the MACCC Men’s Bas­ketball Player of the Week.

Smith’s big night leads No. 20 EMCC to home win

The short-handed East Missis­sippi Community College bas­ketball teams split with East Central during Thursday’s MACCC hoops action played on the schools’ respective cam­puses.

Six KCHS Wildcats sign to play college football

Last Wednesday (Feb. 2) was a big day for Kemper County High School athletics as a whole and a half-dozen senior football players in particular.

While there is no doubt that both the Kemper County High School girls and boys basketball teams would like to leave the gym at Philadelphia High School as Region 5-2A Tournament Champions, the most important thing for both teams to do is win their openers in the five-team tourney on Thursday night.

Lady Rams finish second in district tourney

The Kemper Academy Lady Rams finished second in the division this week after dropping a 47-37 contest with Newton County Academy.

EMCC Football Tryouts Set For Feb. 11

Five-time national cham­pion East Mississippi Com­munity College is scheduled to conduct open football try­outs on Friday, Feb. 11, on the Scooba campus.

Lions get back on track with convincing home win

The seventh-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College got back on the winning track with a convincing 82-56 home win over Mississippi Delta during makeup MACCC men’s basketball action played Saturday af­ternoon at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.

Lady Wildcats take two division wins

The Kemper County Lady Wildcats earned two huge wins this week in the division.

The Kemper Academy Rams ended their regular season on a high note, with a senior night win over Calhoun Academy.

COVID slows down Kemper Academy hoops

The novel coronavirus and injuries have been hurting the Kemper Academy Rams as of late, as two starters are playing with injuries and three starters are battling COVID-19.

East Mississippi Commu­nity College’s basketball teams completed regular-season sweeps of Holmes by holding on for a 78-76 overtime home win over the Bulldogs in men’s play and posting a decisive 64-46 women’s road victory during Thursday’s MACCC action.

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