Monthly Archives: April 2008

Adair Named Ripley Coach

Trent Adair was approved as Ripley’s new boys basketball coach today. He replaces the legendary Harvey Childers, under whom he was an assistant for the past three seasons. The Tigers reached the MHSAA State Tournament each year.

The Ingomar native inherits a team that’s losing four of its top six players. Adair’s also stepping into some big shoes – Childers won 1,013 career games, including 821 at the high school level.

Read more about this story in Thursday’s Daily Journal.

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Football Spring Games & Jamborees

I’ve got a pretty good list of spring games and jamborees, though there are some for which I have only the date and host but not the other participants or start time. If you can fill in some blanks, help a brother out!

May 8: at Falkner
May 9: Baldwyn at Ripley
May 9: East Webster at Eupora
May 10: at Saltillo
May 15: at Biggersville
May 15: Booneville, Independence at New Albany
May 15: Tupelo at Itawamba AHS
May 15: at Kossuth
May 15 or 16: Oxford at Southaven
May 15: at Vardaman
May 16: Bruce at Calhoun City, 7 p.m.
May 16: Mantachie, Smithville at Mooreville
May 16: New Hope vs. Shannon, Amory vs. Pontotoc, at Pontotoc
May 16: South Panola at Lafayette Co.
May 16: Houston at Okolona, 6 p.m.
May 16: at Thrasher
May 16: Caledonia at Aberdeen, 7 p.m.
May 16: Pearl at West Point, 6:30 p.m.

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Baseball Playoffs: North Semifinals

The North semifinals begin Friday, and they continue Saturday and Monday. We’ve got 13 NeMiss teams still alive, which is a very good number. I’m especially looking forward to that Tishomingo Co.-Lafayette Co. series, which oughta be a doozy.

Here are the game times for NeMiss teams. As for the Monday games, some coaches are waiting until Friday to flip the coin. UPDATE: Note the time change for East Union at Hamilton, Game 1.

Class 5A
DeSoto Central at Tupelo: 6 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Saturday at DeSoto Central; TBD Monday
Class 4A
Tishomingo Co. at Lafayette Co.: 6 p.m. Friday; 6 p.m. Saturday at Tishomingo Co.; 6 p.m. Monday at Tishomingo Co.
New Albany at Vicksburg: 6 p.m. Friday; 6 p.m. Saturday at New Albany; 6 p.m. Monday at New Albany
Class 3A
Ripley at Senatobia: 6 p.m. Friday; 6 p.m. Saturday at Ripley; 6 p.m. Monday at Ripley
Mooreville at Lewisburg: 6 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Saturday at Mooreville; 6 p.m. Monday at Mooreville
Class 2A
East Union at Hamilton: 4 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday at East Union; TBD Monday
Baldwyn at Ackerman: 6 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Saturday at Baldwyn; 6 p.m. Monday at Ackerman
Class 1A
Smithville at Calhoun City: 7 p.m. Friday; 6 p.m. Saturday at Smithville; TBD Monday
Vardaman at Ingomar: 6 p.m. Friday; 4 p.m. Saturday at Vardaman; 6 p.m. Monday at Ingomar

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NEMCABB Baseball Rosters

Here are the rosters for the annual NEMCABB All-Star Baseball Games, to be played May 31 in Corinth. Thoughts?
Class 3A/4A/5A East Roster
P/OF Jesse Butler, Amory
SS/P Brett Grantham, Corinth
C/P Sam Summerford, Itawamba AHS
P/OF Cody Franks, Mooreville
OF Ladarrius Cole, Nettleton
P/3B Jami Boland, Nettleton
P/3B Austin Burns, Saltillo
C/IF Adam Hill, Saltillo
C/P Josh Saylors, Shannon
P/3B Brett Morgan, Tishomingo Co.
SS/1B Joseph Koon, Tupelo
C/OF Evan Weibel, Tupelo
OF/P Nathan Flanagan, Tupelo
OF/IF Gardner Richey, Tupelo
1B/P/DH Kyle Thornton, Tupelo
OF/IF Channing Walker, Tupelo
Coaches: Gary Enis, Tupelo; Rob Scarbrough, Corinth

Class 3A/4A/5A West Roster
C/P Ricky Ware, Houston
2B/OF Ty Stroup, Houston
C/P Justin McDaniel, Kossuth
P/OF/1B Cody Lawson, Kossuth
P/3B Chris Gullick, Lafayette Co.
OF/IF Hunter Mize, Lafayette Co.
P/3B Brad Luna, New Albany
IF/P Daniel Tunnell, New Albany
C/OF Brock Foster, New Albany
3B/P Matt Shaw, Oxford
2B/SS Ben Ruscoe, Oxford
2B/1B Cody Roberts, Pontotoc
SS/OF/P Ben Wallace, Ripley
C/OF Adam Roye, South Pontotoc
P/OF Blake Jolly, South Pontotoc
2B/SS Parker Gregory, South Pontotoc
Coaches: Bryan Buckner, South Pontotoc; Curt Fowler, New Albany

Class 1A/2A East Roster
3B/SS Wesley Wildmon, Baldwyn
P Paden Stone, Baldwyn
OF/C Michael Lambert, Belmont
3B Ben Kennedy, Belmont
P/OF Adam Kay, Belmont
P T.J. Bagett, Biggersville
P Jamison Allen, Biggersville
C/P/1B Travis Frembgen, Hamilton
SS/P Jake Sloan, Hatley
SS/P/OF Malcolm Warren, Mantachie
C/OF Wes Weaver, Mantachie
P/3B Anthony Dill, Mantachie
P/1B/OF Hunter Leech, Smithville
1B/3B Luke Gardner, Smithville
P/IF Dustin Egger, Smithville
OF/C Nick Moore, Wheeler
Coaches: Gregg Tucker, Baldwyn; James Shaw, Wheeler

Class 1A/2A West Roster
OF Derek Cutts, Ackerman
P/3B Jordan Moore, Calhoun City
OF Dante’ Jennings, Calhoun City
1B/OF Travecus Coffey, Calhoun City
P/OF Zane Treadaway, East Union
SS Will Duggar, East Union
C Dusty Andrews, East Union
1B/3B Zack Williams, East Union
P/OF Devin Jones, Eupora
OF Gerrell Keys, Ingomar
SS/P Jared Carter, Ingomar
P/1B Kyle Heard, Ingomar
OF/UTL Grant Goolsby, Myrtle
UTL/P Nathan Mills, Myrtle
C Matt Pannell, Myrtle
P/OF Kyle Bullock, Vardaman
Coaches: Josh Miller, Calhoun City; Andy Wilbanks, Ingomar

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Where Have I Been?

In Talladega, of course. And I just got in to the office. But I’m about to set to work on a notebook for Tuesday’s paper. I have NEMCABB All-Star rosters in hand and will get those to y’all via this blog or in the paper, not sure which yet (probably both).

I’ll try to set up the playoff picture after today’s handful of games finishes up. We know Nettleton and Smithville will play for state in softball; East Webster plays today at 4 p.m. for the right to do the same. Lots of baseball teams still alive, and I do know that New Albany is two-for-two on coin flips, meaning they’ll host the “if” game against Vicksburg. All those games start at 6 p.m., with Game 1 in Vicksburg, Game 2 in New Albany.

Later.

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Live From Talladega

OK. Here’s your top 10: Busch, Montoya, Hamlin, Ragan, Vickers, Kvapil, Mears, Newman, Bowyer, Earnhardt Jr. Look for my exciting column in Monday’s Journal.

Well, crap, I got so caught up in the end, I forgot to update with the finish. Busch won when Michael McDowell spun out at the start/finish line on the white flag lap. It ended under caution. The rest of the top 10 later. Although if you’re following the race here instead of on TV, the radio or NASCAR.com, don’t complain.

We had another caution. Now three to go, Kyle Busch leads.

13 to go: Finally had a big wreck. Stewart got hemmed in by four or five other cars and got into Earnhardt. Six cars in all suffered damage: Stewart, Kurt Busch, Earnhardt, Bobby Labonte, Jamie McMurray and Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Busch leads.

18 to go: Ryan Newman now leading. He’s never won here.

Lap 160: Caution comes out after Menard gets spun by Juan Pablo Montoya entering the tri-oval. Nice save by Menard, though, who didn’t hit the ball or any other cars. Hamlin leads.

Lap 144: Caution No. 3. Stewart’s right front tire went down in Turn 1, and he scraped the wall. He’ll still be on the lead lap, as everyone’s pitting, mostly gas only.

Here we go again. A new leader almost every lap. After 141, Earnhardt is leading.

Lap 124: Earnhardt still in front after a round of gas-only pit stops. Had our second caution for debris in Turn 4.

Lap 102: Earnhardt still leading, trailed by Stewart and Hamlin. The field is divided into three separate packs, but we’ll see what happens with upcoming pit stops. Not as boring as the fall race, when they all ran together single file.

Earnhardt and Stewart have been trading the lead. Drivers are now running two- and three-wide after a few laps of single file. They tend to go back and forth like that.

Lap 86: Jimmie Johnson, who was running at the very back, led for a lap but got hung out to dry. Stewart’s up front again.

Lap 65: A round of pit stops, and Stewart’s back up front. Over a 15-lap span, eight drivers accounted for nine lead changes (Denny Hamlin led twice).

Paul Menard(!) takes the lead on lap 51. Dale Earnhardt Jr. right behind pushing him.

Tony Stewart took the lead on Lap 1 and still has it on Lap 28. Matt Kenseth is out. Pretty cloudy, but looks like the rain will hold off.

Jeff Gordon just got booed during driver intros, and it’s almost time to start the Aaron’s 499 (what a dumb name). Anyway, I’m here for your blogging pleasure. Joe Nemecheck is on the pole.

Stay tuned!

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Baseball Playoffs: Game 3s

It was another good night for NeMiss baseball teams, with nine of them finishing off sweeps in the second round of the playoffs. Here’s what we covered:

New season’s first win for Golden Wave

Falcons’ hitters power up sweep

Hot-hitting Seminoles complete St. Joe sweep

Playoff roundup

Here’s today’s schedule. I don’t have the starting time for Lewisburg-Houston.

Class 4A
New Hope at Tishomingo Co., 2 p.m.
Vicksburg at Oxford, 6 p.m.
West Lauderdale at New Albany 6 p.m.
Class 3A
Amory at Senatobia, 6 p.m.
Lewisburg at Houston, 2 games if needed (Lewisburg leads 1-0)
Class 1A
Calhoun City at Myrtle, 6:30 p.m.

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