Sports Briefs

High school basketball

At Smithville, Haynes replaces his former player
– After vacating his boys basketball coaching position to focus on being the principal at Smithville High School, Chad O’Brian reached out to his former high school coach to replace him.
Greg Haynes, who coached O’Brian at Tremont High, officially became the new Smithville High boys basketball coach as of late last week.
“He seemed like a good fit all the way around,” O’Brian said. “I’ve known him for over 20 years. “We hired a good basketball coach, but most important, a really good man.”
Out of 24 years of coaching high school basketball, Haynes, 55, spent 19 of those as a head coach. He served as a head coach at Tremont, Hamilton and, most recently, Vardaman, and has won division championships at all three of those schools.
The Corinth High graduate did not coach this past season.
“I missed the camaraderie of being around the players,” Haynes said. “You do something for so long, it just kind of gets embedded in you.”
– John Wilbert

BASKETBALL
International update
– Ole Miss guard Terrico White scored seven points in 16 minutes as the United States defeated Puerto Rico 82-61 at the under-19 World Championships in New Zealand. Team USA played its last second-round Group E game overnight today vs. Lithuania, and the quarterfinals begin Friday (Thursday night Central Time). … Mississippi State center Jarvis Varnado scored two points and grabbed a rebound in Team USA’s 68-66 Group I win over host Serbia on Tuesday at the World University Games. The USA plays Bulgaia in a quarfinal game at 1 p.m. Thursday (CT).
Quick hits
MSU sets ‘Super’ dates
– The dates have been set for the 25th annual Super Bulldog Weekend on the Mississippi State campus. The weekend of April 16-18 will feature the annual spring football game, an SEC baseball series with Tennessee and other events.
– Ole Miss men’s basketball guards Chris Warren and Eniel Polynice have been cleared for full workouts have successfully rehabbing knee injuries they suffered last season. Warren played in 11 games, Polynice just one.
– The NCAA’s Division II football championship game will remain in Florence, Ala., through at least the 2011 season. Pittsburg, Kan., was a rival bidder for 2010-11.
Daily Journal, wire reports

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