Thursday, July 5, 2012
Two schools earn all-sports honors
By BARRY BURLESON
Two Marshall County high school athletic programs are ranked in the Top 20 in their respective classifications.
The Clarion-Ledger, a daily newspaper based in Jackson, recently announced its All-Sports Awards for 2011-12. Potts Camp is 11th in Class 2A and H.W. Byers 13th in Class 1A.
Points are awarded based on finishes in the Mississippi High School Activities Association state playoffs in all sports.
Potts Camp received points for baseball (13.5), boys track (16), boys cross country (24), girls basketball (13.5), girls track (21) and girls cross country (22). The Cardinals totaled 110.
Shane Stone, assistant principal at Potts Camp, said it a tremendous accomplishment for a small school where a lot of the same students are playing all sports.
“I think our coaches are doing a good job of being flexible, sharing our athletes, because a lot of the sports overlap,” he said. “There has to be a lot of working together.
“We’re blessed with the amount of athletes we have at a small school – and it’s not just quantity but quality, males and females, in all sports. To be good at anything, you have to make a commitment.”
Madison St. Joseph is the top sports school in 2A for the past school year with 248 points. East Union is second (170.5), Calhoun City fourth (148.5) and Bruce fifth (140).
Schools trailing Potts Camp include Baldwyn 16th (90 points) and Walnut 19th (83 points).
Byers received points for boys basketball (19.5), boys cross country (15), football (13.5), girls basketball (30), girls track (8.5) and girls cross country (15). The Lions’ total was 101.5.
(15), football (13.5), girls basketball (30), girls track (8.5) and girls cross country (15). The Lions’ total was 101.5.
Athletic director Jason Thompson said it’s a huge accomplishment for the small school on Highway 72.
“It tells us we’re moving in the right direction,” he said. “It’s a tribute to a lot of hard work by our staff and our kids. It speaks volumes from the top down – we all have the same common goal.”
Thompson said the 2011-12 school year turned out to be an outstanding one academically and athletically.
“It was a great year across the board – in everything,” he said. “Our administration is pushing academics but at the same time they’re very supportive of athletics.
“And our community deserves credit too. It’s a community-wide reward and accomplishment.”
He said Byers has established a winning atmosphere in basketball and it’s carrying over into other sports. The football program is taking off, and volleyball has recently been added. He said he is pushing for other sports, like golf and bowling, in the near future.
“We want to give all of our kids the opportunity to participate,” Thompson said. “Adding on gives them that opportunity.”
St. Aloysius is the number one sports school in Class 1A for 2011-12 with 221.5 points. Myrtle was fifth (175), Tupelo Christian seventh (148) and West Union 10th (121.5).
A few of those behind Byers in the standings were Coldwater 14th (98 points), Smithville 15th (93), Ingomar 16th (89) and Falkner 18th (85.5).
The overall top athletic programs in the state, all classifications, are first, Tupelo (437.5 points); second, Madison Central (431); third, Starkville (397); fourth, Oxford (373.5); and tied for fifth, Clinton (341) and Pontotoc (341).
This is the 25th year The Clarion-Ledger has recognized schools for the All-Sports Awards. Tupelo has won the number one overall honor 18 times.
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