With the cancellation of all the college sports seasons, seniors at four-year colleges and sophomores at junior colleges, alike, found what was potentially their final seasons come to an unexpected halt.
Every year, I always say that I count it down until one particular day of the year. It’s always circled on my calendar, and for me, it’s the most anticipated date.
With the MHSAA’s announcement that spring sports seasons have not been officially canceled and a decision on the suspension of competition would come closer to the return to school date of April 20, high school coaches are still holding out hope that spring sports seasons can still be played…
AMORY/MOOREVILLE – The Amory Panthers went undefeated on the spring break week, topping Ripley 11-4 at home on Friday, then traveling to Mooreville on Saturday and coming away with a 5-2 win.
BOONEVILLE – The Nettleton Tigers rebounded from giving up the lead in the fifth inning to rally in the sixth to push past West Union, 8-5, on Wednesday night in the Northeast Spring Break Tournament.
The Hatley Lady Tigers split their two games and the Smithville Lady Noles suffered two losses on Friday and Saturday at the Clarkdale Spring Fling Tournament.
When all the news started about professional and college sports suspending due to the coronavirus on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, we saw a variety of reactions but from most of us, it was a feeling of sadness.
BOONEVILLE – The Hamilton Lions came through in the final inning against Center Hill last Tuesday, capping off their two games in the Northeast Spring Break Tournament with a 6-5 win over the Mustangs.
The Smithville Seminoles split their two games last Monday night at the Bruce Tournament, first grabbing a 6-3 win over Vardaman before falling 17-3 to host Bruce.
Hatley senior Breely Smith is setting another first for the Tigers, signing her letter of intent with the Blue Mountain College powerlifting team on Thursday.
AMORY – The Hamilton Lady Lions got a big night at the plate from Tori Harrison and a strong game in the circle from Madison Mitchell last Tuesday night to lift them to a 8-3 win over county rival Amory.
SMITHVILLE – The Amory Lady Panthers jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the fourth inning and never looked back as they rolled to a 12-4 win against county rival Smithville on Friday night.
HAMILTON – Hamilton’s Brady Davis was on fire last Tuesday night. The senior ace struck out 12 in a no-hitter and had a great night at the plate as the Lions put the shutout and cruised to a 10-0 victory over the Lamar County Bulldogs.
HATLEY – Hamilton made it interesting on Saturday afternoon, but Hatley’s four-run lead going into the last inning proved to be enough as the Tigers held on for the 6-5 win over their county rival.
AMORY – The Smithville Lady Noles built up an early lead but nearly saw it disappear as Amory mounted a potential comeback in the final two innings.
HAMILTON – Aniston Atkins had a good night at the plate, hitting two home runs last Tuesday night, including one in the first inning, but the visiting Amory Lady Panthers came back to get the 14-8 victory over the Hamilton Lady Lions.
HAMILTON – The Amory Panthers started out their season on a good note, scoring 18 runs and throwing a pair of shutouts in their two wins at the Monroe County Tournament on Saturday.
AMORY – The Amory Panthers opened up the Class 3A playoffs with a bang last Tuesday night, pulling away in the second half of their 85-66 win in the first round against Humphreys County.
ABERDEEN – The Aberdeen Lady Bulldogs built up a lead in the third quarter but couldn’t put Holly Springs away until clutch free throws at the end sealed their 44-38 win in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs last Monday night.
ABERDEEN – There’s not as much talk right now about a 25-year Aberdeen High School class reunion, but one its class members, Gene Chailland, hopes he can drum up a mini-reunion for his OWO Championship match against Tony Dabbs Feb. 29 at the Aberdeen Park and Recreation Building.
Morgan Mitchell becomes the next Amory soccer player to continue her career at Itawamba Community College, signing her letter of intent last Tuesday to play for the Lady Indians.
HAMILTON – Tori Harrison tried to light a spark last Monday night. Her late first quarter scoring run wasn’t enough as the Ingomar Lady Falcons creamed the Hamilton Lady Lions 53-26 in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs.
ABERDEEN – Whether it’s old school, new school or hardcore wrestling, fans and first-comers to the sport will get a variety Feb. 29 for an Outlaw Wrestling Organization show at the Aberdeen Park and Recreation Building, at the intersection of Commerce and Matubba streets.
BOONEVILLE – The Amory Panthers fought back from a double-digit halftime deficit to force overtime with Booneville in the Division 1-3A championship on Saturday night.
HAMILTON – The Hamilton Lady Lions saw their commanding lead dwindle in the final minutes of the fourth quarter of the Division 4-1A championship against Vardaman but were able to force overtime, then pull off the 49-48 win in the closing seconds on Friday night.
HOUSTON – The Aberdeen Lady Bulldogs never found their groove on Friday night. After getting the early lead, they never recovered as host Houston got the 46-37 win to take the Division 4-3A tournament title.
WHEELER – The Smithville Seminoles faltered on Thursday night as Baldwyn found some revenge and picked up a 55-40 rematch win in the semifinals of the Division 2-1A tournament.
BOONEVILLE – The Nettleton Tigers rebounded from a tough Thursday night in the semifinals of the Division 1-3A tournament and pulled away late in a 57-39 win over Belmont in the boys’ consolation game on Friday night to grab third place in the division.
ARLINGTON, Texas – It was unmistakable, the look of absolute joy on defensive lineman Channing Ward’s face in the visiting locker room at Globe Life Park on Sunday afternoon.
HATLEY – The Smithville Seminoles started out hot, cooled off in the second quarter but held it together in the second half to come away with their second-straight win, 64-49, over their rival Hatley to sweep the season series between the two teams.
AMORY – The Amory Panthers built up an early lead but never could put North Pontotoc away on Friday night, holding off a late comeback for the 77-72 win on Senior Night.
NETTLETON – The Aberdeen Bulldogs made things interesting last Tuesday night, cutting a 15 point deficit in the fourth quarter down to four, but the Nettleton Tigers held on for the 69-62 victory. .