The headlines from last week’s Mississippi High School Activities Association’s winter meeting centered around expansion of the state basketball tournament.
There were some other items of note considered by the MHSAA’s legislative branch:
• Fast pitch softball will keep a best-of-three series for its play-in round instead of going to a one-game playoff.
• Baseball will keep a best-of-three series for its play-in round.
• Sports will be allowed a 90-minute workout period during the offseason, depending on the school’s schedule. There are exceptions for schools who have no athletics period for offseason sports.
The above items were passed for a second time and will be added to the rule book for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school year.
First-time items voted on included a golf proposal to add additional qualifiers for state tourney play in boys and girls.
Also, Division 1 proposed a “sit-out” rule that states, “Once a student sits out a year, that school becomes their school. The student is not eligible to return to their former school and become eligible unless they sit out a year.”
In cross country, a proposal to change the girls’ course distance from 4,000 to 5,000 meters passed.
Area players picked for all-star basketball
The Mississippi Association of Coaches North/South All-Star Basketball Games, boys and girls, are scheduled for March 28 in Jackson.
Eight of the juniors on the North girls roster are from the area: Zaida Cox, Ripley; Grace Elliott, New Site; Abria Gulledge, H.W. Byers; Marlee Hatcher, Pontotoc; Katelyn Nunley, Belmont; Quantesha Patterson, East Webster; Jaleigha Polk, Tupelo and Jabria Pounds, Nettleton.
New Site’s Byron Sparks is the North coach.
Itawamba AHS’s Kim Mallory and Starkville’s Blair Schaefer are the lone area selections for Mississippi/Alabama Game, March 21 in Jackson.
No area boys players were selected for either.
Journal’s Fantasy 5
If you were playing NE Mississippi Fantasy basketball, these are the five boys and girls you would have won with last week.
Compiled by Jeff Roberts, stats taken from games played from Feb. 3-8, called in to the Journal, as well as from MaxPreps.
1. Breanna Williams, Sr., G, Falkner: 32 ppg., 41 of 96 points were FTs
2. Alontra Tucker, Sr., Pg, Ashland: 14 ppg., 10 rpg., 5 apg., 10 spg.
3. Cristin Pharr, Sr., F, New Site: 24 ppg., 10 rpg., 4 spg.
4. Shelby Wilbanks, Jr., Walnut: 19 ppg., 10 rpg.
5. Niesha Willis, Sr., F, Vardaman: 18 ppg., 9 rpg., 2 spg.
1. Chris Long, 6-5, So., C, Nettleton: 22 ppg. 16 rpg.
2. Hunter Brown, Sr., Wheeler: 27 ppg.
3. Jonathan Waycaster, 6-2, Jr., F, Hatley: 22 ppg, 13 rpg., 2 spg.
4. Armond Smith, 5-11, Sr., G, Nettleton: 11 ppg., 7 rpg., 6 apg., 8 spg.
5. Brandon Erby, Jr., Wheeler: 25 ppg.