The pandemic has slowed the prep sports scene to a near standstill, but the newspaper work here at the New Albany Gazette must go on. Since we are a bit short on manpower, I am trying to be of help in whatever capacity possible.
Lexie Kent and Luke Bolen were able to get some closure on a shortened high school tennis season as they went out winners in the North All-Stars win over the South in Jackson. The duo along with Coach Suzy Bowman participated in the MAC 2020 All-Star Tennis Tournament on July 16 at the Parha…
I had the pleasure of furthering my education or lack of knowledge in the newspaper business this week as I trained for extra "stuff" to do. I must admit that I was in a complete fog as we wrapped up that initial training session.
Cotton States Baseball League is winding down after another successful summer. Gazette intern Ashlyn Saxon took these photos from some recent Cotton States high school and college games at BNA Bank Park.
New Albany Schools Twitter social media account issued a press release on Monday, July 20, regarding a positive Covid-19 case that had been confirmed within multiple athletic teams/groups. Below is the official press release by New Albany Schools:
The decision that was approved last Tuesday by the Executive Committee of the MHSAA quite possibly could not be the final verdict, but it was a welcome start for all of us involved with prep sports.
The Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) recently had a meeting of their Executive Committee to discuss the fall sports seasons. The committee offered the following proposals for now with possible revisions to come depending on the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus.
This week's feature for our sports is a fishing story by Kevin Tate, a weekly contributor to the Daily Journal of hunting and fishing articles. Since I no longer fish, I thought it would be best to use a story by an expert outdoorsman that actually does.
Fast-paced, rod-bending action repeated over and over as long as the crickets or red worms last is only half the appeal for finding a few bream beds to monitor throughout the summer. The other half of the payoff arrives in the form of the fish fries that follow.
Victory Christian Academy Setter/DS Hannah Ervin has signed with BMC Volleyball for the 2020-21 season. In her senior season, Ervin recorder 322 digs, 298 assists, 104 kills, 58 blocks and 41 aces.
The Mississippi High School Activities Association's Executive Committee met last week to discuss the fall sports seasons and for that matter, all of the upcoming sports seasons I would guess. What resulted from the meeting was a "wait and see" decision as the state of Mississippi navigates …
NEW ALBANY - Lindsay Hall and Mallory Russell, former Ingomar Lady Falcon and Northwest Lady Ranger teammates will take their basketball careers to the next level at Blue Mountain College.
Work is currently ongoing at the Myrtle Hawk football field despite the coronavirus situation. Workers have installed the scoreboard, bleachers, pressbox and walkways as well as the dirt work for the actual field.
We have now reached July and there is still not a definite answer to the question of whether or not we will have fall sports and if so, when will they begin? Many local school districts are saying that they hope to begin in early August, so we will see how things progress there. In the meant…
NEW ALBANY - Ashley Connolly has seen a lot of things during her volleyball career as player, club coach and high school coach, but nothing can compare to what she recently experienced with the coronavirus pandemic.
Blue Mountain College Women’s Basketball signed former Ingomar and Northwest CC forward Mallory Russell recently. Russell averaged 7.6 points per game and 7. 2 rebounds per game. She notched three double-doubles this past season on a Lady Rangers team that went 17-10. Pictured seated left - …
BMC Women’s Basketball landed Ingomar Basketball and Northwest alum, Lindsay Hall recently. Hall helped lead the Lady Rangers to 17 wins this season, and led the team in 2018-19 with 51 three pointers. She's the owner of three 2A state titles with Ingomar. Pictured seated - Robby Hall, Linds…
Colby Stafford of East Union Lady Urchins Softball recently signed with Belhaven University Blazers Softball and Head Coach Kevin Griffin. Pictured seated from left - Darren Stafford, Colby Stafford, Angie Stafford. Standing left - Mississippi Bombers Coach Bobby Lehman, East Union Softball …
Kelsey Ledbetter of New Albany Lady Bulldogs Basketball signed with MUW Womens Basketball recently. Seated pictured from left - Laurie Ledbetter, Kelsey Ledbetter, Phil Ledbetter. Standing left - New Albany Girls Basketball Assistant Coach Phillip Laney and New Albany Girls Basketball Head C…
NEW ALBANY • The right arm of Easton Williams helped the Tupelo Thunder pick up their third win of the early portion of the season at the Cotton States Baseball League on Saturday.
Last week I shared in both my column and feature about the Dudy North wiffle ball field as well as the fields that I grew up playing on that were located on the farms of the Simpsons and Yates families. My family actually had a field of dreams for our sons as well, we had a multi-purpose fie…
NEW ALBANY - The New Albany Tennis trio of seniors Lexie Kent and Luke Bolen plus Coach Suzy Bowman will get together on the courts for one final match at the MAC 2020 All-Star Tennis Tournament in Jackson on July 16.
After more than eleven weeks of no play due to the COVID-19 pandemic, student athletes in the New Albany School District have returned to school campuses to begin preparing for the 2020-2021 athletic seasons. Following an announcement from the Mississippi High School Athletics Association (M…
NEW ALBANY - The sport of wiffle ball is alive and flourishing in New Albany as the Dudy North Wiffle Ball League recently celebrated their one year anniversary with a tournament. The league has supplied area teenagers and young adults with their own version of a "Field of Dreams" with its p…
We are featuring a truly unique sport this week in our local Dudy North Wiffle Ball League that plays their game down on South Central here in New Albany.
2020 East Union Urchins Baseball Seniors: Front - Taylor McDonald. Standing from left - Chandler Moody, Andrew Pilcher, Joshua Henderson, Kagan Garrison, Jake Patterson. Photo by Trent's.
2020 East Union Lady Urchins Softball Seniors: Front row left - Colby Stafford, Bryanne Dill, Savannah Greer. Back row left - Baylee Pannell, Hannah White, Kaitie Boatner. Photo by Trent's.
2020 New Albany Lady Bulldogs Softball Seniors: From left - New Albany Head Softball Coach Josh Curbow, Rosalee Roberts, Kelsey Ledbetter, New Albany Assistant Softball Coach Summer Tyer.
The rising temperatures and recent threats of hurricanes and tornados serve as reminders that the days of summer are fast approaching. In fact, some days when you check the temperature, it would seem as if they are already here, but officially that will occur on June 20.
NEW ALBANY - Caryl Vogel, coach of New Albany boys soccer team, recently accepted the head coaching position at Blue Mountain College for their new men's soccer program that is expected to begin in 2021.
NEW ALBANY - Sports are now back or in the process of coming back here in New Albany and Union County as local schools were given the green light to resume activity on June 1.
NEW ALBANY - The coronavirus has not slowed down baseball for the Cotton States Baseball League that is played in New Albany. In fact, the league has seen exponential growth according to commissioner Sam Creekmore.
New Albany had a total of 10 teams that took part in the abbreviated 2020 spring sports season. We want to recognize all these athletes and their teams with an extra tribute in photos since their season ended in mid-March.
BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. - Blue Mountain College announced today the hiring of Caryl Vogel to lead the men's soccer program that is expected to start play in 2021-22.
The MHSAA Executive Committee met Thursday to consider and implement return to activity guidelines for member schools during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Mississippi.
The situation with the coronavirus has brought about many temporary and also permanent changes in our lives. Which ones will come and which ones will go will be a work in process in the days, weeks and months to come.
NEW ALBANY - The decision on Thursday reached by the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) has been met with open arms by local Gazette coverage coaches.
This week I am taking a look back at the spring sports scene that could have been for 2020. I wrote a piece for the Daily Journal a few weeks ago with other sports writers in which we mentioned one particular event we missed.
BLUE MOUNTAIN - Blue Mountain College announced today that Saltillo High School's Matthew Reeder will lead the inaugural Topper Women's Soccer program that will begin play in the Southern States Athletic Conference of the NAIA in 2021-22.Reeder, a BMC alum, began his coaching career at Salti…
Editor’s note: The coronavirus pandemic shut down our local Gazette sports and Dennis shares some of the things that quite possibly could have taken place had we been able to play our seasons...
Four players from Union County made the Daily Journal All-Area team for 2019-20. Zach Shugars from Ingomar was named to the first team. Mitchell Shettles of New Albany, Annie Orman of West Union and Kinsley Gordon of Myrtle were named to the third team.