By NEMS Daily Journal
Ashton Shumpert won’t be a package deal
The Georgia Bulldogs are making sure Itawamba AHS 4-star athlete Ashton Shumpert knows they want him in Athens next season.
Georgia is one of 10 offers on the table for Shumpert and running backs coach Bryan McClendon talked with him Wednesday night. Ole Miss also contacted Shumpert Wednesday.
Shumpert made the six-hour trip to see the Bulldogs take on Tennessee two weeks ago, but after a late Friday night game at Corinth, he didn’t get there in time to make it an official visit. He plans to go again for his official to hear the Bulldogs’ pitch.
“I plan on going to check it out,” Shumpert said. “I didn’t really get to see the campus or facilities.”
Shumpert recently shared the Ole Miss sidelines with the nation’s No. 1 recruit, who made waves this week. Loganville, Ga. defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, a Clemson commit, admitted his mother wants him to go to Ole Miss, where his brother Denzel has emerged as a star linebacker. Robert Nkemdiche would join former and current prep teammates at Clemson.
Shumpert has been the subject of at least one comment about a package deal. A Mississippi State commit commented before the season how dynamic he, Shumpert and another top recruit would be for the Bulldogs. Shumpert was there when the statement was made and had no problem with it, but got a good laugh out of it as part of the process. He says being a part of a pact or package deal isn’t in the plans.
“We’re not going to be No. 1 and number whatever at the next level,” Shumpert said. “It’s just a matter of working hard.”
Shumpert has yet to do any official visits but Vanderbilt is high on the list to see.
continue assault in playoffs
The Oakland A’s had the Bash Brothers. North Pontotoc’s Lady Vikings have the Bash Sisters.
Senior first baseman Arriann Henry and senior shortstop Brittany Seale have combined to belt 35 home runs and drive in 121 runs this season in slow-pitch softball. Henry has 18 homers and 60 RBI while Seale has 17 homers and 61 RBI.
Seale leads in average, hitting .640 while Henry is batting .615.
“Both are special kids,” Vikings coach Shane Montgomery said. “They’ve been with me for six years. They’re great kids who work hard … and they’re good leaders.”
Montgomery added that senior pitcher/outfielder Brooke Boisseau has also made key contributions to the team’s success.
“Our young players look up to all three of them,” he said. “They carry themselves the way a student athlete is supposed to … on and off the field.”
Henry, who has been intentionally walked 22 times this season, belted two homers Tuesday – in the same inning – in the Vikings’ first-round sweep of Rosa Fort. Her second shot was a grand slam.
In Game 2, Rosa Fort walked Henry to get to Seale. She responded with a three-run blast.
“They are something to see,” Montgomery said.
North Pontotoc, 26-4 overall, hosts Corinth at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in an MHSAA Class 4A slow-pitch softball state quarterfinals series.
prep for state meet at MC
Six Northeast Mississippi high schools, including defending 6A state champion Tupelo, are entered in Saturday’s Mississippi College Choctaw Open in Clinton.
The Choctaws’ home course, Choctaw Trails, is the annual site of the MHSAA state meet.
Joining THS will be Hickory Flat, Ripley, Saltillo, Starkville and Tupelo Christian Prep.
Starkville’s Kate Mattox finished third overall last week at the annual Jesse Owens (Ala.) Classic. She posted a time of 18 minutes, 24.55 seconds on the 5K course. Girls usually compete in the 4K.
Tupelo’s Christina Daniels was 26th overall in 19:24.22.
Golden Wave runner Andrew White finished 17th overall in 16:39.13 in the boys gold division.