Vance named MHSAA 1-3 Player of the Year; Smith Coach of the Year

By NEMS Daily Journal

Acie Vance of Ripley was named the MHSAA Division 1-3A Boys Basketball Player of the Year by the division’s coaches. He averaged nearly 30 points, five assists, six rebounds and three steals per game for the Tigers.
Meanwhile, Michael Smith of Booneville was chosen as the MHSAA Division 1-3A Coach of the Year by his fellow division coaches. Smith guided the Blue Devils to a 28-7 record and a Class 3A state title. … Okolona’s D.J. Gardner, a Mississippi State signee, will be competing in CBS Sports’ and MaxPreps.com’s National High School 3-Point Championship at 7 p.m. on April 1 in Houston.