Monthly Archives: November 2007

Judge Denies Newsome

 Jeremy Newsome

TUPELO – A judge has denied Jeremy Newsome’s bid to play basketball while his lawsuit against the Mississippi High School Activities Association goes forth.

Senior Judge Glen Davidson on Friday denied attorney Jim Waide’s motion for a temporary restraining order, which if granted would have allowed Newsome to play for Nettleton, to which he transferred from Okolona in August.

Davidson wrote that “the plaintiffs have failed to demonstrate a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of their claims.” Waide’s motion claimed that Newsome would suffer “irreparable harm” if he wasn’t allowed to play, but Davidson disagreed.

Another reason Davidson gave in his decision was that “monetary damages appear to be an adequate remedy,” due to Waide’s assertion that Newsome’s possible future as a well-paid professional is being threatened.

Newsome is suing the MHSAA because it denied his basketball eligibility at Nettleton, saying his move was not “bona fide.” After being heard in chancery court, the lawsuit has moved to the federal level. The next hearing is set for Dec. 18 in Aberdeen.

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Blog Bonus – Olive Branch at South Panola

Friday: Olive Branch (11-2) at South Panola (13-0), 7 p.m.

Read more about the football playoffs in Friday’s Daily Journal.

To even have a sliver of hope, to even trick oneself into believing beating South Panola is possible, there is one goal that must be accomplished: Score a touchdown in the first quarter.

Only three teams have done so this season. Two of them wound up playing the Tigers closer than any other teams: Columbus in a 21-14 loss, Tupelo in last week’s 28-21 second-round playoff loss. The other, DeSoto Central, trailed 16-7 at halftime and lost 45-21 (Tupelo and Starkville were the only other teams to score that many points against South Panola this fall).

Tig Barksdale is indeed all that, but South Panola’s defense is the one setting the tone, and it will attempt to do so Friday night against Olive Branch in the Class 5A North final.

“It’s always big if you can come out there right off the bat and shut a team down and get your offense going,” first-year South Panola coach Lance Pogue said. “We don’t put that much focus on it. We’re a pretty good second-half team, too.”

The Tigers are led by linebackers David Conner (83 tackles, 9 sacks) and Marvin Burdette (70 tackles), but there is no real star on that side of the ball, no Tig to speak of. That’s probably their secret.

“Them 11 jokers they got over there playing it” make them so good, Olive Branch coach Scott Samsel said. “They ain’t got no weak spots there.”

Samsel knows what his team must do better than it did in a 17-3 regular-season loss to SP. Saying is easier than doing, of course.

“The first time we played this year, and the second time we played last year, just handling the pressure off the edge was a problem,” he said. “We’re trying to make sure our protection schemes match up a body with a body.”

South Panola has beaten Olive Branch in each of the last two North finals, and the Tigers have won nine straight matchups since 2001. The Conquistadors have averaged 7.2 ppg in those nine losses.

“We don’t know if we’re a great defense,” Pogue said, “but we know we’ve got a chance to be pretty good when we play pretty hard.”

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Tupelo Kiwanis, Coach “C” Skeds

Tupelo Kiwanis Classic

Dec. 8, at Tupelo Middle School (boys only)

11 a.m. – Dora, Ala. vs. Tupelo (JV)

12:30 p.m. – Dora, Ala. vs. Tupelo (9th)

2:00 – Pine Grove vs. Mooreville

3:30 – Dora, Ala. vs. Mantachie

5:00 – Alcorn Central vs. Holly Springs

6:30 – Corinth vs. Myrtle

8:00 – Walker, Ala. vs. Tupelo

Coach “C” Classic

Dec. 15, at Lafayette Co.

At High School gym

10 a.m. – (G) Hernando vs. Grenada

11:30 – (B) Coldwater vs. Calhoun City

1 p.m. – (G) Calhoun City vs. Lafayette Co.

2:30 – (B) Tupelo vs. Hernando

4:00 – (G) Clinton vs. Tupelo

5:30 – (B) Clinton vs. Lafayette Co.

7:00 – (B) New Hope vs. Oxford

At Middle School gym

1 p.m. – (G) Horn Lake vs. Coldwater

2:30 – (B) Grenada vs. Horn Lake

4:00 – (G) Oxford vs. New Hope

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NeMiss Scouting Report

Head coach Jimmy Mitchell and Corinth will take on Louisville in the  North 3A finals Friday. Daily Journal Assistant Sports Editor Brad Locke talks to him about that today in the NeMiss Scouting report. Read more about High School football Friday and Saturday in the Daily Journal. Check out djournal.com for all the scores and more Friday night. 

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Wildcat Classic

Got some pretty good matchups in the semifinals of the Walnut Wildcat Classic. Here’s what it looks like.

BOYS

Thursday, 8:30 p.m.: Ripley vs. Corinth

Friday, 8:30 p.m.: Kossuth vs. DeSoto Central

Finals at 7:30 p.m. Saturday

GIRLS

Thursday, 4 p.m.: Ripley vs. Corinth

Friday, 7 p.m.: Tishomingo Co. vs. Alcorn Central

Finals at 6 p.m. Saturday 

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Predictions – Week 14

Excellent work, Charleston11! You went 9-1 last week, which means you receive a random compliment: Your feet smell like roses. Roastbeef1 and reb7 both went 7-3. The holiday kept some of you away, I see. Tsk, tsk. Here are this week’s picks, all North/South finals, plus the Marshall Academy game, so 11 in all.

• Olive Branch (11-2) at South Panola (13-0)

• George Co. (12-1) at Meridian (11-2)

• Kosciusko (9-4) at Noxubee Co. (11-2)

• Moss Point (12-1) at Laurel (12-1)

• Corinth (9-4) at Louisville (10-3)

• Raleigh (10-2) at Franklin Co. (11-2)

• West Bolivar (13-0) at Hollandale Simmons (11-1)

• Enterprise-Clarke (11-2) at Taylorsville (12-1)

• East Webster (12-0) at Ray Brooks (11-1)

• Puckett (12-0) at Weir (12-1)

• Marshall Aca. (12-1) vs. Centreville Aca. (12-2)

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Tournament: Beef-up Time

Jon Ginn has had enough of early playoff exits. So he’s beefed up his team’s schedule.

The Pontotoc boys coach will face stiff competition in his own tournament this week. The Warriors (2-2) open Thursday with Houlka, a Class 1A team they lost to earlier this season. The big dog in this tourney is Blount, Ala., which boasts a couple of big-time players: point guard Jamel Brazeal and 6-10 center Brenton Butler, both of whom played in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game this summer.

Blount, which will play South Pontotoc (6-1), is considered a favorite to win Alabama’s 6A championship. Pontotoc and Blount could meet in the second round Friday, and that could be good for Pontotoc in the long run.

“We want to be able to be competitive in postseason play,” Ginn said. “We have the last few years made it into the playoffs and faced Lanier or Provine the first round, and that’s our season.”

Ginn also has his team playing in the Baldwyn Classic in December and the Oxford Round Robin in January, and its non-region schedule includes games against Tupelo, South Pontotoc, Corinth and Ripley.

Following is the schedule for the Pontotoc Invitational, as well as some other area tournaments this weekend.

Pontotoc Invitational

Thursday, Nov. 29

6 p.m. – South Pontotoc-Houlka girls

7:30 – Pontotoc-Houlka boys

Friday, Nov. 30

6 p.m. – Blount (Ala.)-South Pontotoc boys

7:30 – Pontotoc-Tupelo girls

Saturday, Dec. 1

4 p.m. – Girls losers bracket

5:30 – Boys losers bracket

7 – Girls winners bracket

8:30 – Boys winners bracket

Shannon Invitational

Thursday, Nov. 29

4 p.m. – Olive Branch-Okolona girls; 5:30 – Olive Branch-Okolona boys

7 p.m. – Calhoun City-Shannon girls; 8:30 – Calhoun City-Shannon boys

Friday, Nov. 30

6 p.m. – Okolona-Shannon girls; 7:30 – Okolona-Shannon boys

Saturday, Dec. 1

4 p.m. – Okolona-Calhoun City girls; 5:30 – Okolona-Calhoun City boys

7 p.m. – Olive Branch-Shannon girls; 8:30 – Olive Branch-Shannon boys

“O” Town Showdown (at Oxford)

Friday, Nov. 30

4 p.m. – Madison Central-Germantown (Tenn.) girls

5:30 – Madison Central-Germantown boys

7 – Oxford-Craigmont (Tenn.) girls

8:30 – Oxford-Craigmont boys

Saturday, Dec. 1

3 p.m. – Craigmont-Madison Central girls

4:30 – Craigmont-Madison Central boys

6 – Germantown-Oxford girls

7:30 – Germantown-Oxford boys

Hatley Invitational

Thursday, Nov. 29

4 p.m. – Tremont-Amory girls

5:30 – Hatley-Tremont boys

7 – Smithville-Vardaman girls

8:30 – Vardaman-Amory boys

Friday, Nov. 30

4 p.m. – Hatley girls vs. Smithville-Vardaman winner

5:30 – North Pontotoc boys vs. Vardaman-Amory winner

7 – North Pontotoc girls vs. Tremont-Amory winner

8:30 – Smithville boys vs. Hatley-Tremont winner

Saturday, Dec. 1

6 p.m. – Girls championship

7:30 – Boys championship

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