High School Notebook August 23, 2013

TCPS hosts Saturday cross country meet
High school cross country season in Northeast Mississippi steps off at 4 p.m. Saturday with the Tupelo Christian Prep Invitational.

Seven defending state champions are signed up, including the host TCPS girls team, who captured the MHSAA Class 1A state championship last season. Other champions in the field: French Camp (1A boys), New Site (2A girls), East Union (2A boys), Pontotoc (4A girls) and Saltillo (5A girls and boys).

“It’s the best of the best,” TCPS coach Lynn Holland said. “We got as many state champions as we could … and close to state champions.”

In all, 21 schools will be competing in the meet, which will feature junior varsity and varsity competition. All classes will compete together and there will be no team scoring, Holland noted.

“It’s a unique format, a different angle for the first meet of the season,” he said.

Area players selected for slow pitch all-stars
Mississippi Association of Coaches Slow Pitch All-Star Softball Game rosters were released this week.

The games – Class 1A, 2A, 3A and Class 4A, 5A, 6A – are scheduled to be played Nov. 12 at Newton County High School’s softball field.

Nine Northeast Mississippi players were selected to the North 1A, 2A, 3A team: Alison Atkins, Hamilton; Lauren Baldwyn, Nettleton; Bailey Bogue, West Union; Emily Cook, Myrtle; Miah Edmonds, Mooreville; Julianna Garner, West Union; Kaitlin Robertson, North Pontotoc; Kaleigh Tackett, Nettleton; Shenerta Tyes, Baldwyn.

Four area players were selected to the North 4A, 5A, 6A team: Josie Booth, Amory; Lauren Cavender, New Albany; Chelsea Gates, Houston; Bailey Oswalt, Amory.

Corinth missing stars, still boasts potential
Corinth lost two key players off its 2012 Class 4A state championship slow pitch softball team – Stennett Smith and Portia Patterson – but the cupboard’s not bare.

Smith, a shortstop, was the Daily Journal’s Player of the Year, while Patterson was an All-Area selection.

“We’ve got the potential,” said junior outfielder Rebekah Williams, when asked if the Lady Warriors could defend their title. “The older girls need to continue stepping up and the younger girls need to fill their shoes.”

Tupelo’s Kaitlyn Wilson shines in libero debut

Tupelo Lady Wave sophomore libero Kaitlyn Wilson made the most of her varsity debut in five games at last week’s tournament in Ridgeland. She recorded 18 kills and had 15 digs in five matches.

Neighborhood battles expected in Division 1
Twelve of the 15 MHSAA schools playing volleyball this season are in Class I. Seven of those are in the same division.

Alcorn Central, Belmont, Corinth, Ripley, New Albany, Pontotoc and Tishomingo County will all battle in Class I, Division 1.

Compiled by Gene Phelps