PREP NOTEBOOK: Weekly Take Five

prep_icon_greenBy Brandon Speck and Gene Phelps

Daily Journal

During baseball and fast-pitch softball season, we will take a weekly look at five teams making news. Coaches, please call in your scores, game information and records to 662-213-1601. Our deadline is 10 p.m. for publication the next day.

BASEBALL

(3A) Kossuth 7-5

Buzz: The Aggies’ last two losses have come to ranked Smithville and Pontotoc.

(1A) Myrtle 7-0

Buzz: The Hawks have scored 10 or more runs three times and are 6-0 on the road.

(4A) Pontotoc 6-3

Buzz: The Warriors lost by two to Tupelo and won at Kossuth.

(1A) Smithville 8-4

Buzz: The Seminoles started 3-0 and have beaten Ingomar, Amory and Kossuth.

(6A) Tupelo 7-2

Buzz: Golden Wave opened division with a win at South Panola and have wins against Pontotoc, North Pontotoc and Oxford.

FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL

(4A) Amory 6-3

Buzz: The Lady Panthers have beaten Smithville, Hatley and a strong Lafayette team.

(3A) Mooreville 10-1

Buzz: The Lady Troopers have beaten Tishomingo County, Hamilton and Petal. Their loss is to Saltillo.

(3A) Nettleton 7-2

Buzz: The Lady Tigers have beaten Smithville, West Union and Baldwyn.

(4A) Pontotoc 4-0

Buzz: The Lady Warriors, who started late because of basketball, have beaten Corinth and North Pontotoc.

(1A) Smithville 9-2

Buzz: The Lady Noles beat Tupelo and lost to Nettleton.

Kim Mallory of IAHS on Miss./Ala. roster

The annual Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Basketball Games are scheduled to be played at 5 p.m. (girls) and 7 p.m. (boys) today at Jackson State University’s Williams Athletics and Assembly Center.

The lone Daily Journal-area player participating is Kim Mallory, who led Itawamba AHS to a Class 4A state championship last week at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.

The 5-foot-10 Mallory, a forward, scored 13 points and recorded three steals in the Lady Indians’ 42-41 win against defending champion Bay High.

The annual Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star Basketball games – North vs. South format – will be played Friday, March 28 at JSU. The games feature rising seniors.

The girls game tips off at 6 p.m., following the finals of the 3-point shooting, free throw shooting and slam dunk contests.

Seven area players are on the girls roster: Zaida Cox, Ripley; Grace Elliott, New Site; Abria Gulledge, Byers; Marlee Hatcher, Pontotoc; Katelyn Nunley, Belmont; Jaleigha Polk, Tupelo and Jabria Pounds, Nettleton.

New Site’s Byron Sparks is one of the coaches.

No boys players were selected.

Aldridge receives prep lifting honor

The MHSAA will present its Pioneer Award for powerlifting to Tupelo’s Lamar Aldridge, a longtime coach, teacher and advocate of the sport.

A ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on April 4 at the Mississippi Coliseum.

Perry Liles, the state powerlifting meet director, praised Aldridge for his work during the early years of the sport.