It is the gold standard and blue print of Mississippi regional high school sports organizations.
Most state-wide all-star games would want to run as smooth.
It is NEMCABB – Northeast Mississippi Coaches Association for Better Baseball. And its annual all-star games are this weekend.
“Recognizing the players in the area, that’s the purpose of NEMCABB,” said Buddy Hall, an original board member of the organization, who was just recently named head coach at New Albany High School. “This weekend gives kids exposure that wouldn’t normally get it.”
With the idea conceived in 1989, and the first games played in 1991, NEMCABB will put on three All-Star games Saturday, with players reporting today. With games at the state-of-the-art Corinth High School Baseball-Softball-Cross Country Complex, 1A-2A All-Stars will play at 1 p.m., 3A/5A All-Stars will play at 4 p.m., and 4A/6A All-Stars will play at 6:30 p.m.
“When you’ve done something for almost 30 years, you’ve worked out the kinks,” said Corinth head coach Rob Scarbrough, who will be coaching the 4A/6A East All-Stars, and whose son Hayden is on the 4A/6A East roster.
“As far as everything being super smooth, this all-star game is smooth.
“Everything is usually run on time, and it’s all because of good planning from people like John Smillie and Buddy Hall, and all the guys on the board. Behind the scenes, this is such a good group, they don’t mind putting in time for the kids.”
The 1A-2A rosters include Cameron Wardlow and Will McNeese of the Smithville team that just recently competed in the Class 1A championship series. The 3A/5A rosters include Clark Mills from North Pontotoc, who played in the 3A championship series, along with Mississippi State signee Luke Hancock from Houston.
Head coaches for the various teams include Jamie Russell from Smithville, Wes Johnson from East Webster, and Scott Gann from Houston.
“I’m use to running around and making sure things get taken care of,” said Hall, who will be coaching the 4A/6A West All-Stars. “If I had known how busy I was going to be, I could have waited for another year to coach.
“We’ve been doing this for so long now, we’ve pretty much got it down.”