A Louisiana celebration
• Pats go way south to capture North crown
By BARRY BURLESON
Photo by Barry Burleson
head coach Bart Jenkins tries to avoid the “cold bath” during post-game
fun late Thursday night after the Patriots took game three and the
series versus River Oaks. Players are (from left) Matt Rappa, Kevin
Fitzpatrick and Evan Hickman.
The stay in Monroe, La., Thursday was a bit longer than Marshall Academy had hoped. But it proved to be worth the wait.
two baseball games, totaling 15 innings and six hours, the Patriots
celebrated a Class AA North State championship on the opponent’s field.
MA-Centreville meet this week for state championship
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy will be seeking the school’s first ever state championship in baseball this week.
In addition to this year, North State crowns came in 1982, 1990-92 and 2007.
Woods wins first in three events
Five Potts Camp High School athletes will compete Saturday in the State Track and Field Meet at Pearl.
Advancing are Tenesha Woods, Megan Watkins, Kris Roberts, Brantley Harris and Kody Joyner.
placed first in three events last Saturday at the Class 2A North State
Meet on the Mississippi State University campus in Starkville. She won
the high jump (4-10), the long jump (16-02) and the triple jump
Behind The Scoreboard
By Claude Vinson
The NBA is well into its most crowd-attracting part of the season and there have been more than a few clock busters.
there were some other stats which were unsavory in nature and pointed
out some violent acts, NBA style. Jordan Hill, the back-up center for
the L.A. Lakers, was charged with domestic assault on a girlfriend
which had occurred back in February (at that time he was a member of
the Houston Rockets). He was officially charged at the beginning of the
playoffs. Shame on you, Mr. Hill, a mountain-size man attacking a small
woman and double shame on you for having such awful tattoos.
|Success at state|
Academy’s Kevin Fitzpatrick and Elgin Lafever brought home gold medals
from the State Track and Field Meet last weekend in Jackson.
Fitzpatrick won first place in two events – long jump (21-04.5) and
triple jump (43-05). His triple jump distance was personal best.
Lafever ran his way to first in the 200 meter dash. His time of 22.96
was a personal best. He also took third place in the 100 meter dash
(11.38). MA placed second in the 800- and 400-meter relays. The time
for (pictured, from left) Lafever, Chase Ferrell, Neil Murphy and
Fitzpatrick in the 800 was 1:34.10 and their time in the 400 was 45.43.
In overall standings, the Patriots finished fifth in Class AA of the
Mississippi Association of Independent Schools with 52 points. The
track coach at Marshall is Susan Rodgers.
Byhalia hosting jamboree Saturday
• Others on tap
Spring football jamborees kick off this Saturday, May 12, with Byhalia High School hosting five other schools.
The first annual BHS jamboree kicks off at 11 a.m.
|“Orange Crush” wins first in Preseason Tournament|
Holly Springs “Orange Crush” 8 & under Girls Dizzy Dean Softball
Team won first place in the Marshall County Preseason Tournament held
in Byhalia. Team members are (from left, top row) assistant coach Jill
Hubbard, assistant coach Jason Gurley, head coach Don Cothern and
assistant coach Danielle Cothern; (middle row) Heidi Pasco, Maggi
Hubbard, Brenya Muse, Cadence Wait, Kylie Gurley and Xzorria Jones;
(bottom row) Ark’jah Sims, Mackenzie Garner, Madison Weeks, Erin
Hancock, Daijah Malone and Rylea Barrier. Not pictured are Michaelann
Lemons and Alyssa Porter. The team is sponsored by Merchants &
|Preseason tournament champions|
Brittenum Hitters, a 7-8 year-old coach pitch team, are the preseason
champions for the Marshall County baseball league. Team members are
(kneeling, from left) Cameron Jones, Tylee Snow, Jayden Moore, Rontoris
Williams, Damarion Howell; (second row, standing, from left) Shawn
Sellers, Tyler Malone, Derron Dowdy, Terrance Pittman, Lemon Phelps;
(standing, back, from left) Whitney Howell, scorekeeper; Derron Dowdy,
third base coach; April Byrd, scorekeeper; and Shawn Sellers head
coach. Special thanks goes to the team’s sponsor, J.F. Brittenum
Funeral Home. Not pictured are Julien Bing and Darryl Hubbard.
|Redbirds to welcome Marshall Countians|
County Night at the Memphis Redbirds game will be held on Friday, May
11, at Auto Zone Park, corner of Union Avenue and 3rd Street, Memphis,
Tenn. The event is sponsored by Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce, Town
of Byhalia and Byhalia Sports Association. Come out for a night
saluting Byhalia and Marshall County. Gates open at 5 p.m. for a block
party with music, food and drink specials. T-shirts will be given away
to the first 3,000 fans. Byhalia Sports Association players will be
parading around the field before the game. Byhalia Mayor Phil Malone
will throw out the first pitch at 7:05 p.m. For reserve discounted
tickets ($10, $14 & $20), call Jarrett Stark, 901-722-0287. For
more information, call Doris Lee at 901-283-5771 or pick up forms at
the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce (662-838-8127) or the Town Hall.
Photos by Shannon FerrellMAIS all-stars
Academy was well represented in the Mississippi Association of
Independent Schools All-Star Basketball Games this year. Playing for
the North were (above, from left) seniors Kevin Fitzpatrick, Emma Elgin
and Chase Ferrell. (Right) Fitzpatrick was honored with the North
AA-AAA Boys Most Valuable Player Award. The girls and boys all-star
games were played at Jackson Prep.
Holly High relay teams qualify for North State
of Holly Springs High School relay team members qualifying for the
Class 3A North State Track and Field Meet were submitted after last
week’s press deadline.
State next for Byers, Ashland athletes
Ashland and H.W. Byers will be represented at the Class 1A State Track and Field Meet Friday in Pearl.
from the two schools qualified by finishing in the top four during
events at the North State Meet last Saturday in Coldwater.
Chris Casto’s pinch-hit,
three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth sent the game into extra
innings for Northwest, but it was visiting and 17th-ranked Hinds who
scored four runs in the top of the 10th to knock off the Rangers 11-7
and win Game 2 of a best-of-three series, 2-0.