By Gene Phelps and Brandon Speck
Amanda Elzy has been a pain in Corinth’s side. The Warriors have made three straight appearances in the MHSAA state basketball tournament, all losses. One of those came to Booneville in Class 3A. The last two have been at the hands of Elzy in 4A.
Elzy beat Corinth twice last season – in the North finals and in the title game. Two seasons ago, Corinth beat Elzy in the North finals and lost to the Panthers in the title game.
Elzy, which again looked loaded for another run, won’t be a problem this season. After a state takeover, the Panthers will be allowed only 13 games and no postseason.
“I told the guys one day,‘There’s going to be somebody out there that wants to win the championship,’” Corinth coach Keith Greene said. “Whatever situation is going on, we can’t control it. We can just control what we do. We’ve been good the last few years, just haven’t won that last one. I don’t think there’s any shame in getting to the finals.”
Corinth plays two games in next week’s Lighthouse Classic on its home floor. The Warriors play Moss Point Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Jackson, Tenn. South Side Saturday at 5.
Charde Hannah scores in prep soccer return
Charde Hannah didn’t play soccer for Tupelo’s Lady Wave her junior season, but the talented goal-scoring forward is back for a senior run.
“She’s somebody you want on your team,” Tupelo first-year coach Hannah Kimbrough said.
Hannah scored all three of her team’s goals earlier this week in a road match against Pontotoc.
“It’s been fun playing again,” she said. “I’m very happy I’m playing. I was getting burned out last year. It was good that I sat out. I really needed it.”
Hannah is the sister of former Golden Wave football and track standout Deandre Eiland, who later played football for South Carolina under Lou Holtz.
‘Smurf turf’ would be the state’s first
There are at least 15 high schools in the state with artificial turf football fields. They’re all green.
Tupelo’s recent proposal to the School Board to install blue/gold artificial turf would definitely be a first. The school had to request permission from Boise State University, the original home of the Smurf turf, to install a blue field.
BSU, which has a patent for using blue turf, approved Tupelo’s request.
The schools with artificial turf in Mississippi are: Hattiesburg, Jackson Prep, Jackson Academy, Jackson Public Schools (Newell Field), Lafayette, Madison Central, Oak Grove, Ocean Springs, Olive Branch, Petal, Pearl, South Panola, St. Patrick, Wayne County and West Harrison.
Tupelo’s $935,000 turf project proposal, which includes a gold-colored track, must be approved.