By NEMS Daily Journal
The 27th annual Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star Softball Games, scheduled for Saturday at Newton County High School in Decatur, will feature 24 Northeast Mississippi-area players and coaches.
The entire 12-player 1A-2A-3A North roster, coached by Houlka’s Vicki Homan and Linda Harmon, is made up of area players.
Eight of the 12 players on the 4A-5A-6A North roster and the two coaches, New Albany’s Shane Sanderson and Tom Zahller, are from the area.
The first pitch for the 1A-2A-3A two-game series is scheduled for 1 p.m. Three other games will follow. The North leads the series 3-0-4. In the 4A-5A-6A series, the North leads 4-1-2.
Admission for the games at Mack Fanning Field is $5.
New Site girls basketball coach Byron Sparks believes playing a tough schedule prepares a team for the postseason.
His defending 2A state champion Lady Royals open their season Nov. 6 against state champ Starkville Academy in the Hamilton Tournament. He also expects to play Choctaw Central or Canton in January at the Ackerman Tournament.
New Site’s Christmas Tournament, scheduled for Dec. 21-22, will feature area powers Byers, Itawamba AHS, Oxford, Ripley, along with 6A teams Gulfport, Horn Lake and Ocean Springs.
“This is the toughest schedule we’ve played,” Sparks said. “We’re going to see how good we are.”
Tupelo High swim coach Lucas Smith will use next week’s practices to determine his relay lineups for the Nov. 3 MHSAA Class II Swimming Championships at Delta State University in Cleveland.
Individual event qualifiers from last weekend’s North meet are locked in to their stroke. However, the swimmers on the relay units can be changed.
“This is the fun part, seeing who we’re going to put where,” Smith said. “We want to see who we can get the most points from.”
Tupelo’s girls won North state while the boys finished second to Madison Central. Both Golden Wave teams are defending state champions.
Tupelo High head coach David Bradberry moved some defensive linemen to the offensive line last week. The switch worked well.
Demarcus Rogers, Tre Wells and Ashton Wedel were moved to the O-line and helped THS rush for 275 yards against DeSoto Central.
“Our line blocked good and we were able to run the ball,” Bradberry said. “We snapped the ball 73 times and anytime you get that it shows we’re getting first downs.”
The Golden Wave host Horn Lake tonight in a Division 1-6A game.