Shumpert makes return visits to Ole Miss, State Ole Miss and Mississippi State are staying hot on the trail of Itawamba AHS four-star athlete Ashton Shumpert

By NEMS Daily Journal

Shumpert makes return visits to Ole Miss, State
Ole Miss and Mississippi State are staying hot on the trail of Itawamba AHS four-star athlete Ashton Shumpert.
Shumpert though is focused on something more immediate. The senior had to sit out Itawamba’s wild comeback win at New Albany Friday and has yet to play this season while he is recovering from the effects of mononucleosis. His status for tonight’s game against Nettleton was doubtful.
He recently made third trips to Mississippi State and Ole Miss, taking his father to see the Starkville campus.
Shumpert said he got the feel of both Ole Miss and Mississippi State on his third visit to each but says he always tries to find something new.
As of this week, his offer sheet includes Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State, Alabama and Georgia.
For more on Shumpert’s recruiting experience, see his weekly recruiting diary with sports writer Brandon Speck at or go to and click the link.

Annual Brooks Twilight Run features an NEMiss lineup
Five Northeast Mississippi high school cross country teams – boys and girls – are scheduled to run in Saturday’s annual Brooks Memphis Twilight Run.
The local schools competing are Oxford, Saltillo, Starkville, Tupelo and Tupelo Christian. There will be competition in middle school, high school and college.
The meet will be held at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex, which is located off the Bill Morris Parkway.
Other high schools scheduled to compete are Briarcrest Christian, Bentonville, Ark., Cape Girardeau Notre Dame, Collierville, Cordova, Germantown, Germantown Houston, Harding Academy, Huntsville, Ala., Jackson Prep, Jonesboro, Ark., Madison Central and Mountain Home, Ark.

Baldwyn High remembers its longtime stadium voice
Baldwyn High School has dedicated the pressbox at its Latimer Park football stadium to the late Simon “Buddy” Spight, the Bearcats’ longtime public address announcer.
Speight, who passed away June 2, was a 1948 graduate of Baldwyn High and a Navy veteran.
Speight was also the PA introduction voice for Bearcats basketball.

Amory’s Jon David Poss leads state in total offense
Amory sophomore quarterback Jon David Poss leads the state in total offense according to MaxPreps.
Poss has completed 28 of 41 passes for 606 yards and rushed for 123 yards to average 364.5 a game. He also leads the state in passing statistics.
North Pontotoc QB Trey Jolly has completed 26 of 60 for 376 yards and four TDs to rank No. 8 overall.
Two of the state’s top rushers will be on the field tonight when New Albany travels to Pontotoc.
New Albany’s Boston Newsom has rushed for 352 yards on 52 carries while Pontotoc’s Deonte Dilworth has 325 yards on 33 carries.

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Last week’s winner was Jeff Roberts of Guntown. Congratulations Jeff!
Each week make your picks by 6 p.m. See how you do against NEMS Daily Journal sports staff members Gene Phelps and Brandon Speck.
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