March 27, 2014
Chris Rankin has submitted his resignation after two years as head football coach at Holly Springs High School.
He said his reason for leaving the 3A school is “for a better opportunity to take care of my family.”
Rankin will return to 6A Olive Branch, where he will serve as an offensive coordinator with the Conquistadors.
• Lady Cards knock off Lady Indians
Two Marshall County rivals hooked up in a nip-and-tuck, high-scoring softball game on Monday of last week.
The Potts Camp Lady Cardinals, unveiling a new field this season, knocked off the Byhalia Lady Indians 9-8.
Patriots enjoy winning week
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy baseball team won three of four games last week, including an easy District 1-A sweep of West Memphis Christian.
The Patriots’ other win came over Northpoint Christian School and the loss to Class AAA Heritage Academy.
“We are playing at a pretty high level right now,” said coach Bart Jenkins. “I’m very pleased with the pitching depth that we have developed.
“I think we have a chance to be a great ball club as long as we continue to play together and have fun. I am also pleased with the level of leadership that has emerged.”
Kudzu 5K April 11; registration available
The annuual Killer Kudzu 5K will be held Pilgrimage weekend in Holly Springs.
The race is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, April 11. Registration is $20 in advance and $25 the day of the race.
The Killer Kudzu winds through historic Holly Springs. The challenging course begins at Montrose (on Salem Avenue) and takes runners past grand antebellum homes, towering native woods, a cemetery dating back two centuries, and of course, kudzu.
For more information on the race or to register online, visit www.Kudzu5K.com.
Track season begins
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy hosted its first track meet of the season March 19 with the junior high boys achieving the highest finish, third place.
Byhalia Middle School placed first in the junior high competition.
Behind The Scoreboard
We’re moving from high school hype to March Madness (or March Mayhem if you are on the unfortunate end of things), in one easy stroke.
Last Tuesday and Wednesday the NCAA kicked off its “really big show” with the usual “play-in games,” this season expanded to a total of eight teams. That means a 68-team bracket with a notation that next season will probably bring another expansion. That opening was pretty mild and could have been a veiled prelude of what was yet to follow.
Gulledge North all-star
Marshall County will be represented this weekend in the annual Mississippi Association of Coaches North vs. South All-Star games.
Abria Gulledge of H.W. Byers will play for the North in the girls all-star game, which starts at 6 p.m. Friday at Jackson State University. It features the best high school juniors in the state.
Cardinals get win over rival Indians
By BARRY BURLESON
An intra-county contest highlighted last week’s baseball slate.
Potts Camp knocked off Byhalia 8-2 Friday for the Cardinals’ first win of the season.
The Cardinals (1-10) then lost 16-4 to Myrtle on Saturday.
Team roping event this Saturday
The seventh annual Aaron German Memorial Team Roping will be held Saturday, March 29, at the Pontotoc County Agri-Center.
Books open at 9 a.m. with roping starting at 10 a.m.
Rodeo April 5 in Barton
A Deep South Champion-ship Rodeo will be held in Barton on Saturday, April 5.
The big event, produced by J Bar B Rodeo Co., begins at 7 p.m. at the Robert Rainey Jr. Memorial Arena, 928 Quinn Road.
Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $6 for children, and ages 3 and under free.
For more information, call Jerry Bolden, 662-551-0475.
Boating safety set for April 5 at fairgrounds
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will be conducting a boating safety education class on Saturday, April 5, at the Marshall County Fairgrounds on Hwy 7 North in Holly Springs. The class will be from 8 a.m. until.
Anyone born after June 30, 1980 must complete a boating safety class in order to operate any motorized boat or jetski on public waters.
The class is free of charge and students must bring their current mailing address and social security number with them.
Boating safety classes are offered on-line at MDWFP.com for a fee of $30.
Anyone wanted to sign up for the April 5 class must contact the MDWFP North Region office at 662-840-5172.
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