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The Mississippi High School Activities Association announced last week that they are closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on high school athletics.

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CHICKASAW • Area baseball and softball teams are left wondering whether they will finish their seasons or not.

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Everyone knows that there is a pandemic going on and that it has canceled just about everything. No need to talk about it at length, however, it at least needed to be stated to preface what I am about to say. This is awful, to say the least. But, I think it is a bit worse for some members of…

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HOUSTON • Paige Kilgore and McKayla Crowley both love the game of softball. Both players have been playing for years and putting work in at practices and at home to be the very best player they can be. They are now being recognized by the Mississippi Association of Coaches by being selected …

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There are no sports for me to talk about. High schools across the state are closed at least for another week as I write this. March madness has been shuttered for this year entirely, and the NBA has postponed this season indefinitely.

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VARDAMAN • The Lady Hilltoppers of Houston won both of their games during a tournament held at Vardaman. The first a 10-0 game against Vardaman and the second a 15-0 bout against West Union.

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BILOXI • The Houston Hilltoppers lost a close one against the Biloxi Indians. With a final score of 8-7 the Indians were able to get up early and then stave off the Hilltoppers’ comeback in the later innings.

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HOUSTON • The Lady Toppers softball team followed up a 12-1 win over Eupora on Thursday night by taking home both games in a double header against a lackluster Noxubee on Friday night by a score of 16-0 in both games.

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The Houston Hilltoppers took on the Eupora Eagles on March 7. With runs only scored in the first inning for both teams, it was a match between the two teams’ pitchers. The Hilltoppers ended up winning the game with a score of 2-1.

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NEW ALBANY • The Vardaman Lady Rams took on the Ingomar Lady Falcons on March 6. A fast-paced high scoring game led to a Vardaman victory, with a final score of 8-6.

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Corona Virus. There is nothing more dominating currently in the media than this strain of illness. It has infected every single person’s newsfeed and life like no other illness in recent memory. It has even infected the sporting world in major ways.

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The time is here once again. It is time to dawn a pair of Oakleys and a Columbia fishing cap and get out on the ponds and rivers to snag those beautiful green scaly monsters.

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HOUSTON • Paige Killgore is the tall junior who stares down batters from atop the pitcher’s mound at Houston High School’s softball field. Being a varsity team member since she was just a seventh-grader, Kilgore regularly shows just how much grit and determination she has for the game of softball.

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The Houston Astros cheating scandal has rocked Major Leauge Baseball this offseason. Whether it was beating on trashcans or wearing wireless buzzers, the Astros would know whatever pitches were coming, and this cheating went on for years. The most surprising use of cheating came in 2017 and …

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RIPLEY • The Houlka Wildcats sadly were knocked out of the playoffs by the Pine Grove Panthers last Saturday. With a close score of 66-64, the Wildcats and Panthers both settled in for a defensive heavy game.

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BALDWYN • Both Okolona boys and girls were knocked out of the playoff race in the first round,falling to Baldwyn with a score of 73-63 for the boys and 55-15 for the girls.

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VARDAMAN • Vardaman boys and girls both fell short in the first round of the playoffs. With the boys falling to Ingomar in a disappointing 97-30 loss, and the girls falling to Tupelo Christian Prep by a score of 53-38.

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Baseball season is here. College baseball started this last week and with that spring has begun. Yes I am well aware that this is still just mid-January, but baseball and softball seasons mean that it’s time to break out the shorts and ball caps.

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HAMILTON • The Lady Rams of Vardaman gave a valiant effort, but ultimately fell short of a divisional title on Friday night. They played two rounds in the tournament, but were not able to win the final game.

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COLUMBUS • The Hebron girls fared slightly better in their tournament against Tunica than the boys. Beating the Lady Devils 39-29 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs where they fell to Lee Academy. They then played Columbus Christian Academy in a bout for third place, but fell t…

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COLUMBUS • The Hebron boys played in their tournament against the Tunica Blue Devils. With a good first half showing, they sadly fell further and further behind. With a final score of 72-47, the boys sadly finished their season winless.

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HOUSTON • The Houston Lady Toppers entered into the divisional tournament on Feb. 11 as a number four seed. After fighting tooth and nail for every game, they emerged Region 4 Division 3A Champions.

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HOULKA • The Houlka Lady Wildcats took on the Myrtle Lady Hawks on Monday, Feb. 3 at their gym in Houlka. While the Lady Cats played a hard game, it would ultimately go to the Lady Hawks by a final of 60-22.

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CALHOUN CITY • The Houston Lady Toppers took to the road against the Calhoun City Lady Wildcats. The Lady Toppers put up a good fight, however, the Lady Wildcats took the battle by a score of 55-42.

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CALHOUN CITY • The Houston Hilltoppers traveled to Calhoun City to take on the Wildcats on Friday, Feb. 7. The Toppers played a hard-fought game, but ultimately the Wildcats won the game by a score of 73-60.

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HOULKA • The Houlka Wildcats took to the court against the Myrtle Hawks on Monday, Feb. 4. The close fought battle would ultimately belong to the Wildcats by a final score of 71-63.

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PHEBA • The Hebron girls fought hard but sadly lost a close game against the Lady rams of Columbus Christian. The final score was 55-40.

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HOUSTON • Houston won handedly against the Hatley Tigers on Friday Jan. 31. With a score of 92-65, Houston was obviously the better team playing. They were able to keep the ball away from the Tigers and score on each of their possessions.

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Kobe Bryant and eight other people died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26. He died while on his way to watch and coach his daughter who was also killed in the crash.

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I need a good dose of competition in my life. Thankfully I get to watch teams compete week in and week out, but that doesn’t take care of my need to play and compete. What I have found though is that playing board games or card games can give me that same thrill. Only issue is that the peopl…

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HOULKA • The Houlka Wildcats played a great, close game against the Coffeeville Pirates on Friday night. With a final score of 67-61 in favor of the Wildcats, the Pirates had a great first half. After halftime though Houlka was dominant putting a combined total of 36 points in periods three …

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There are a two more games of football to be played total. One leading up to the Super Bowl, and then the actual professional championship. As a football guy you might think this makes me sad, and it does. But, what the end of football season means is the start of baseball season.

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VARDAMAN – The Vardaman Rams took on Okolona Chieftans at home on Friday, Jan. 17. Okolona and Vardaman looked well paired in the first period, but then Okolona began to take a very large lead, and would ultimately go on to win 85-41.