High School Notebook November 30, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

New sponsor, new name
for MHSAA championships
This season’s MHSAA state championship football games will have a new name – the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Gridiron Classic.
John Sewell, the director of corporate communications for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, says they have partnered with the MHSAA before with “general support” for activities and athletics.
“This year we were offered the opportunity to come in at a new level and the chance to come in and be the title sponsor for the Gridiron Classic,” he said. “This is really exciting. There’s nothing greater than high school football.
“We’re proud to be a part of this. These coaches and young men are focused on building championship teams. There’s a lot of work and discipline that goes into that, particularly from a physical well-being standpoint.”
The participating teams can win more than a state championship. Blue Cross & Blue Shield is offering $1,000 to the physical education department of the school with the most votes in a texting contest. Go to misshsaa.tv/gridironclassic for more details.

MPB continues coverage
of football title contests

For the sixth straight year, all six MHSAA state championship games will be broadcast on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Check your local listings.
Here’s today’s lineup from Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson:
11 a.m. – 1A: Stringer (12-2) vs. French Camp (12-2)
3 p.m. – 2A: Bassfield (15-0) vs. Eupora (14-1)
7 p.m. – 6A: Brandon (12-2) vs. South Panola (12-2)
Saturday’s lineup:
11 a.m. – 3A: Charleston (14-1) vs. Hazlehurst (15-0)
3 p.m. – 4A: Greene County (10-4) vs. Noxubee County (15-0)
7 p.m. – 5A: Pascagoula (11-2) vs. Starkville (11-3)

Help Upshaw to San Antonio
Baldwyn freshman ATH Duke Upshaw has been invited to the 2013 Army National Combine in San Antonio on Jan. 3-4. The school is asking for donations toward the trip. Call 365-1020 or 365-1030 to donate.

Former New Albany star in big weekend event
Former New Albany standout Moses Kingsley and his new high school team Huntington (WV) Prep is scheduled to play Friday and Saturday in the Marshall County (Ken.) Hoopfest.
Huntington is the No. 1 team in the country according to USA Today.
Kingsley, a senior Arkansas commit, left New Albany after his junior season.