Monthly Archives: March 2008

Chris Garrett & LSU

Chris Garrett

Oh, the vitriol adults will spew at teenagers they’ve never met. Happens every time someone like Chris Garrett reneges on a commitment. To check out some of the griping, visit Gregg Ellis‘ blog: djbulldogs.wordpress.com.

To review: Garrett, a junior quarterback at Tupelo, had committed to Mississippi State. Then yesterday, he changed his mind and committed to LSU. That got Bulldog fans worked into a lather, with many of them wishing Garrett the worst of luck in Baton Rouge.

Amid all the spewed venom, a salient point was made by many blog posters: Garrett went back on his word. It really is that simple, and no amount of justification will change that. His mistake was committing so soon, although I suppose the pressure to secure a scholarship offer early can be great.

Here are Garrett’s stats from 2007: 98-for-178 (55.1%), 1,739 yards, 18 TDs, 11 INTs. He averaged only 13.7 pass attempts per game. I believe he’ll need to double that next season for the Golden Wave, which is thin at running back, to be successful.

Today’s question, then: Will Garrett ever see the field at LSU?

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From Wednesday’s Journal …

Here’s the baseball action we covered Tuesday night:

Streak now at 17 for Tupelo

Welcome Matt: Ace leads Tishomingo Co. past New Albany

Nettleton stays atop 2-3A race

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Tuesday Night Baseball

I just got done with the Nettleton/South Pontotoc game. Tigers take it, 6-5. South committed five errors, four of them over the first two innings, and fell behind 5-0. Hunter Richardson had 12 strikeouts and got the win for Nettleton.

And according to tcfan, Tishomingo County pummeled New Albany 12-1. Ten-runned ’em! Wow.

Tupelo remained undefeated with a 17-2 shellacking of Columbus. That’s 17-0 going into Thursday’s game with South Panola.

That’s all I’ve got right now. I’m sitting in the Pontotoc McDonald’s parking lot (wi-fi). Check the Journal or the Web site for details.

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State Basketball Champs – All of Them

Found a link that lists the basketball champions across the country, from rivals.com: http://highschool.rivals.com/content.asp?SID=1185&CID=784341

By the way, five days until the Daily Journal All-Area basketball teams are released, along with players and coaches of the year for girls and boys. These decisions have been made, but I’d like to make this today’s question anyway: Who do you think deserves the Journal’s top honors?

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Baseball for Breakfast

How pleasant it was to get in the car this morning and hear the Red Sox-A’s season opener on the XM. Great way to start the day, especially when you’re already on your second set of clothes because you spilled your daughter’s gross pink medicine all over you. (Tip: Make sure the lid’s on tight before shaking.)

It made me less grumpy. It was also apropos considering that tonight we at the Journal will dive into the baseball season in Northeast Mississippi. Three marquee games to watch (and that we’ll be covering):

• Unbeaten Tupelo will host Columbus in a Region 2-5A game. The Golden Wave, ranked No. 5 in the nation by Baseball America and No. 1 by the Journal, is 16-0 overall, 3-0 in region play; Columbus is 0-3 in region.

• Tishomingo Co. (13-2), the Journal’s No. 2 team, visits No. 3 New Albany (17-3) in what should be a pitchers’ duel. Sources tell me – well, OK, tcfan tells me – that Tish will send Matt Davis against New Albany ace Brad Luna. If you’re like me, you’ll enjoy this 1-4A showdown.

• Defending 3A state champ Nettleton, ranked No. 5, travels to No. 7 South Pontotoc in a 2-3A game. I don’t have updated records, but I know South is coming off a 6-2 loss to No. 8 Houston on Friday.

Other games of note: No. 6 Mooreville at Booneville; No. 9 Calhoun City at Ingomar; Itawamba AHS at No. 10 Saltillo.

So, that’s something to look forward to as you eat … well, if you’re eating now, it’s probably brunch. Close enough.

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Players Plus; Springing Into Spring

Meant to do this the other day. Now that the high school page is finally back, so is the Players of the Week feature. To review, last week’s honorees were Katie Cole (Tupelo softball) and Daniel Tunnell (New Albany baseball). But two others were nominated:

Shelby Howell, Mooreville softball: Shelby was 6-for-10 with a double and 5 RBIs, and played some solid defense, over a three-game span.

Zach Chavers, Pontotoc baseball: The junior shortstop was 7-for-10 with four doubles, two homers and 6 RBIs in three games for the Warriors.

Now that spring is officially here, we’ll finally be in full spring sports mode – well, I do have that All-Area basketball thing to finish for Sunday. But, I’ll be out at area baseball diamonds this week, just as I was last week (freezing my buns off at those 7 p.m. starts).

Also, I’m working on a story about Dwight Bowling‘s new book; the former Smithville football coach, who’s now at Sulligent, Ala., has published his playbook. I’m sure it’s actually not that simple of a tome, but I haven’t talked with him yet about it.

I’m also planning something on Houlka basketball coach Jimmy Guy McDonald, whom I inadvertently left out of Friday’s centerpiece on 1,000-win coaches. I had this nagging feeling all week as I worked on it that something was amiss. Why it never dawned on me, I’ll never know. That’s typical me.

So I’ve got plenty going on this week. I’m sure you do, too, but I appreciate everyone who stops by to peek at my ramblings. Have a great Monday!

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An Odd Thursday; Rankings

Good Friday! Hopefully, it won’t be as long a day as Thursday was. I had to go to Memphis with my daughter’s class for a field trip, then I high-tailed it to Pelham, Ala., for the all-star games. Got home about 1 a.m. This afternoon, I’ll be at the Saltillo-Shannon baseball game; it’s a Region 1-4A matchup.

Speaking of Saltillo, the Tigers (6-4) broke into my baseball rankings this week, at No. 10. Will they avoid the upset bug today? On Thursday, No. 4 Oxford lost to county rival Lafayette County, 7-5. No. 6 Mooreville fell to North Pontotoc, 8-2, which throws those two into a tie in Region 1-3A at 3-1.

If you missed them, here are the rankings that came out in today’s Daily Journal, with records through Tuesday …

Team Rcd Pvs
1. Tupelo 14-0 1
2. Tishomingo Co. 10-2 2
3. New Albany 13-3 4
4. Oxford 10-3 3
5. Nettleton 9-3 5
6. Mooreville 13-2 7
7. South Pontotoc 10-3 9
8. Houston 9-3 10
9. Calhoun City 11-1 NR
10. Saltillo 6-4 NR
Dropped out: Itawamba AHS, East Union.

… and the fast-pitch softball rankings …

Team Rcd Pvs
1. Tupelo 12-0 2
2. Kossuth 14-3 NR
3. South Pontotoc 10-2 4
4. Booneville 4-1 NR
5. North Pontotoc 11-1 5
Dropped out: Pontotoc, Mooreville.

… and here are my final basketball rankings …

BOYS

Team Rcd Pvs
1. Aberdeen 35-4 2
2. Starkville 28-4 3
3. Oxford 30-4 1
4. Ripley 28-5 4
5. East Webster 24-10 NR
6. Pontotoc 25-9 7
7. Myrtle 31-6 6
8. Tupelo 19-8 5
9. Shannon 22-8 8
10. Booneville 23-12 9
Dropped out: Nettleton.

GIRLS

Team Rcd Pvs
1. Pontotoc 31-4 1
2. H.W. Byers 35-5 4
3. Belmont 26-7 3
4. Aberdeen 29-7 6
5. Alcorn Central 31-6 7
6. Oxford 24-8 2
7. Itawamba AHS 20-13 NR
8. South Pontotoc 24-8 5
9. Houlka 23-13 9
10. Pine Grove 28-12 NR
Dropped out: Nettleton, East Webster.

… which brings us to today’s question: Which basketball teams can get to Jackson next year?

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