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New spot for high school stuff …

Due to sports staff changes we’ve got a new spot for now to find all the high school scores, rankings and more.

Click here for the DJ Blitz.

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Todd Vinyard
Online Editor

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Home from New York

What an awesome trip. I will write a column on it soon, I’m sure, but for immediate reaction, visit my personal blog, Deep South Thoughts. Thanks to my boy Brandon Speck for putting this trip together, and to my wife for coming along. Happy 10th, babe.

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Road Trip: New York

It is 2:30 a.m. And we just got pulled over in Crossville, Tenn. Finally got busted for that busted taillight.

Oh, by the way, me and six others are headed for NYC to catch some baseball. Adam Gore, Brandon Speck, his wife (Jessica), Steven Criss, Ryan Wiggington and my wife are packed into our minivan. About 700 miles to go.

More updates later at bradlocke.blogspot.com.

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State Championships Schedule

I’m still working on the North finals game times, but here is the schedule for the state championship round in Pearl. It starts Thursday, not Friday as previously planned. Who knows why.

MHSAA Baseball State Championships
May 15-21
At Trustmark Park, Pearl

Thursday, May 15
4 p.m. – Class 5A, Game 1
7 p.m. – Class 4A, Game 1
Friday, May 16
1 p.m. – Class 1A, Game 1
4 p.m. – Class 2A, Game 1
7 p.m. – Class 3A, Game 1
Saturday, May 17
10 a.m. – Class 1A, Game 2
1 p.m. – Class 5A, Game 2
4 p.m. – Class 4A, Game 2
7 p.m. – Class 3A, Game 2
Monday, May 19
4 p.m. – Class 2A, Game 2
7 p.m. – TBD, Game 3 (if necessary)
Tuesday, May 20-Wednesday, May 21
TBD, Game 3s (if necessary)

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Baseball Playoffs: Game Times

I’ve rounded up most of the starting times for the first round of the baseball playoffs. Remember, a handful of games are being played today. Friday game times are listed first.

Class 4A
Tishomingo Co. at Cleveland, 6 p.m. (3 p.m. Sat.)
Lafayette Co. at Saltillo, 7 p.m. (3 p.m. Sat.)
Oxford at Pontotoc, 6 p.m. (3 p.m. Sat.)
New Albany at Hernando, 6 p.m. (3 p.m. Sat.)

Class 3A
North Pontotoc at Louisville, 5 p.m. (noon Sat.)
Humphreys Co. at Ripley, 5 p.m. (2 p.m. Sat.)
Amory at Alcorn Central, 6 p.m. TODAY (2 p.m. Sat.)
Houston at Corinth, 6 p.m. TODAY (TBD Sat.)
Mooreville at Nettleton, 6 p.m. (noon Sat.)

Class 2A
Baldwyn at Bruce, 5 p.m. (2 p.m.)
Ackerman at Belmont, 2 p.m. (3 p.m. Sat.)
Hamilton at Mantachie, 6 p.m. (3 p.m. Sat.)
East Union at Water Valley, 5 p.m. (1 p.m. Sat.)

Class 1A
Wheeler at Vardaman, 5 p.m. TODAY (4 p.m. Sat.)
Drew at Hickory Flat, DH 2 p.m. TODAY (TBD Sat.)
Ingomar at Falkner, TODAY 7 p.m. (2 p.m. Sat.)
West Union at Shaw, 3 p.m. (2 p.m. Sat.)
Myrtle at Ray Brooks
Calhoun City at Pine Grove, 6 p.m. (3 p.m. Sat.)
Greenville St. Joe at Potts Camp, 4:30 p.m. (1 p.m. Sat.)
Biggersville at Smithville, 6 p.m. (2 p.m. Sat.)
East Webster at Noxapater, 5 p.m. (11 a.m. Sat.)

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Gland Slam back in Tupelo …

From today’s Daily Journal … Revived Grand Slam begins second run.

Which teams or players are you going to be looking for at the Grand Slam?

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Scores and more from Jackson …

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East Oktibbeha’s Cassandra Bradford (33) takes the ball to the basket over Houlka’s Candiace McIntosh in the Class 1A high school basketball game Tuesday in Jackson. (AP Photo/Clarion-Ledger, Brian Albert Broom)

Girls Tournament
The Associated Press

JACKSON – Pairings and results from the the Mississippi High School Activities Association girls basketball tournament:

CLASS 5A
Opening round
Thursday, Feb. 28

Greenville-Weston 59, Hattiesburg 51

Friday, Feb. 29

South Panola 51, Hancock 34

Semifinals
Wednesday, March 5

Brandon (26-6) vs. Greenville-Weston (21-12), 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 6

Murrah (29-1) vs. South Panola (24-7), 1 p.m.

Championship
Saturday, March 8

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

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CLASS 4A
Opening round
Tuesday, Feb. 26

Yazoo Co. 64, Northeast Jones 45

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Brookhaven 50, Pontotoc 48, OT

Semifinals
Monday, March 3

Yazoo Co. 56, Forest Hill 47, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 4

Gentry 76, Brookhaven 69

Championship
Friday, March 7

Yazoo Co. (35-4) vs. Gentry (37-), 7 p.m.

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CLASS 3A
Opening round
Tuesday, Feb. 26

Raymond 54, Aberdeen 37

Franklin Co. 61, North Panola 43

Semifinals
Saturday, March 1

Southeast Lauderdale 72, Raymond 66

Monday, March 3

Franklin Co. 56, Alcorn Central 51

Championship
Friday, March 7

Southeast Lauderdale (35-1) vs. Franklin Co. (26-10), 1 p.m.

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CLASS 2A
Opening round
Monday, Feb. 25

Lake 65, Belmont 59

Kemper Co. 58, Water Valley 52

Semifinals
Friday, Feb. 29

Philadelphia 55, Lake 39

Saturday, March 1

H.W. Byers 55, Kemper Co. 47

Championship
Thursday, March 6

Philadelphia (26-5) vs. H.W. Byers (34-4), 7 p.m.

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CLASS 1A
Opening round
Wednesday, Feb. 27

Houlka 58, McAdams 53

Thursday, Feb. 28

Pisgah 52, Pine Grove 31

Semifinals
Tuesday, March 4

East Oktibbeha 52, Houlka 21, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 5

Coldwater (32-0) vs. Pisgah (30-3), 1 p.m.

Championship
Saturday, March 8

East Oktibbeha v. winner of Coldwater-Pisgah game, 1 p.m.

Boys Tournament
The Associated Press

JACKSON – Pairings and results from the the Mississippi High School Activities Association boys basketball tournament:

CLASS 5A
Opening round
Thursday, Feb. 28

Greenville-Weston 58, Biloxi 49

Friday, Feb. 29

Starkville 61, Wingfield 54

Semifinals
Wednesday, March 5

Brandon (23-10) vs. Greenville-Weston (19-13), 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 6

Provine (26-7) vs. Starkville (28-3), 2:30 p.m.

Championship
Friday, March 8

Semifinal winners, 8:30 p.m.

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CLASS 4A
Opening round
Tuesday, Feb. 26

Moss Point 63, Vicksburg 57

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Ridgeland 42, St. Stanislaus 39, OT

Semifinals
Monday, March 3

Picayune 57, Moss Point 48

Tuesday, March 4

New Hope 71, Ridgeland 42

Championship
Friday, March 7

Picayune (33-4) vs. New Hope (28-8), 8:30 p.m.

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CLASS 3A
Opening round
Tuesday, Feb. 26

Jefferson Co. 86, Humprhreys Co. 71

Pass Christian 67, Ripley 65

Semifinals
Saturday, March 1

Columbia 72, Jefferson Co. 70

Monday, March 3

Aberdeen 76, Pass Christian 75, OT

Championship
Friday, March 7

Columbia (30-4) vs. Aberdeen (34-3), 2:30 p.m.

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CLASS 2A
Opening round
Monday, Feb. 25.

Hollandale Simmons 69, Taylorsville 56

Scott Central 75, Ruleville 64

Semifinals
Friday, Feb. 29

Newton 85, Hollandale Simmons 78

Saturday, March 1

Scott Central 58, Tchula-Marshall 47.

Championship
Thursday, March 6

Newton (32-4) vs. Scott Central (24-11), 8:30 p.m.

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CLASS 1A
Opening round
Wednesday, Feb. 27

Coldwater 89, Puckett 50

Thursday, Feb. 28

East Webster 62, Hickory Flat 43

Semifinals
Tuesday, March 4

Durant 69, Coldwater 62

Wednesday, March 5

Myrtle (31-5) vs. East Webster (21-9), 2:30 p.m.

Championship
Saturday, March 8

Durant (24-9) v. winner of Myrtle-East Webster, 2:30 p.m.

Brad Locke’s coverage from Jackson …

HISTORY LESSON PART OF EAST WEBSTER, MYRTLE PREPARATION

East Oktibbeha reachs Class 1A finals.

Game coverage from Jackson

Class 4A Boys
New Hope 71, Ridgeland 42
The Associated Press

JACKSON – Dale Hughes scored 21 points to lead New Hope to a 71-42 win over Ridgeland on Tuesday in the Class 4A boys high school playoffs.

Ray Knight chipped 17 points for New Hope (28-8) and Rashanti Harris added 16.

New Hope built a 32-22 halftime lead and it was never close in the second half.

James Archie led Ridgeland (28-11) with 18 points.

Class 4A Girls
Indianola Gentry 76, Brookhaven 69
The Associated Press

JACKSON – Brizannia Washington scored 32 points, including nine in overtime, to lift Indianola Gentry to a 76-69 win over Brookhaven on Tuesday in the Class 4A girls high school playoffs.

Veronica Walker added 15 points for Gentry (37-0) and Jerrica Crawford chipped in 14.

It was a three-point game in overtime when Gentry hit a couple of free throws then got a steal and layup at the buzzer to take the win.

Swayze Black scored 30 points to lead Brookhaven (31-7) and Nikki Byrd added 23.

Class 1A Girls
East Oktibbeha 52, Houlka 21
The Associated Press

JACKSON – April Sykes scored 18 points to lead East Oktibbeha to a 52-21 win over Houlka on Tuesday in the Class 1A girls high school playoffs.

Cassandra Bradford chipped in 12 for East Oktibbeha (32-2).

East Oktibbeha led 32-12 at halftime.

Candiace McIntosh led Houlka (23-13) with 10 points.

Class 1A Boys
Durant 69, Coldwater 62
The Associated Press

JACKSON – Bobby Williams scored 18 points to lead Durant to a 69-62 win over Coldwater in the Class 1A boys high school playoffs on Tuesday.

Akeem Moore added 14 for Durant (24-9), Cordaryl Anderson had 12 and Travis Johnson scored 10.

Coldwater led 27-17 at halftime. But Durant used a 10-0 run at the end of the third whittle Coldwater’s lead down to 42-38. Then Durant outscored Coldwater 31-20 in the fourth quarter to take the win.

Terrance Milam led Coldwater (22-12) with 17 points, Ross Shorter added 13 and Kortney Adams put 12 on the board.

Read more about the state tournament at djournal.com and in the Daily Journal sports section.

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