MHSAA Volleyball quarterfinal schedule

Class I
Corinth at Lafayette, 3:30 p.m.
Ripley at Senatobia, 4 p.m.
Our Lady Academy at Resurrection
St. Andrews at Sacred Heart
Class II
Center Hill at Lake Cormorant
Lewisburg at Germantown
East Central at Pearl
Gautier at Long Beach
Class III
Starkville at NW Rankin
Madison Central at DeSoto Central
Ocean Springs at Oak Grove
Petal at Hancock

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MHSAA Softball Championship schedule

Saturday at Freedom Ridge Park, Ridgeland
Class 1A
Smithville vs. Sebastopol, 10:30 a.m.
Class 2A
Hatley vs. East Webster, 10:30 a.m.
Class 3A
Nettleton vs. Philadelphia, noon
Class 4A
Amory vs. Newton County, noon
Class 5A/6A
Neshoba Central vs. West Harrison, 10:30 a.m.

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Scores from Tuesday, Oct. 21

MHSAA North championships

Class 1A
Smithville 19-36, Hamilton 6-24
(Smithville wins series 2-0)

Class 2A
Hatley 7-8, Mantachie 3-0
(Hatley wins series 2-0)

Class 3A
Nettleton 22-23, Mooreville 12-13
(Nettleton wins series 2-0)

Class 4A
Amory 10-7, Tishomingo County 9-6
(Amory wins series 2-0)

MHSAA South championships
East Webster 2-9-15, Enterprise 4-3-8
(East Webster wins series 2-1)

MHSAA North playoffs
Class I (second round)
Corinth 3, Choctaw County 0
Lafayette 3, Caledonia 2
Ripley 3, Cleveland 0
Senatobia 3, Pontotoc 1

Class II (opening round)
Center Hill 3, Ridgeland 0
Lewisburg def. New Hope
Byes: Lake Cormorant, Germantown

Class III (opening round)
Madison Central 3, Tupelo 2
Starkville 3, Clinton 0
Byes: DeSoto Central, Northwest Rankin

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Rucker brothers thriving for Troopers


Tay and Chris Rucker will be able to talk about this season for every Christmas dinner they share for the rest of their lives. The brothers, Tay a junior and Chris a senior, have helped Mooreville from two years of mediocrity to the top of Division 1-3A.

“They’re typical brothers. They fuss and fight, but it’s kind of like they’re got a connection out there,” Mooreville coach Kevin Austin said. “If Tay gets in trouble, he’s going to find Chris.”

Tay has thrown for 1,197 yards, 14 touchdowns and five picks. He has rushed for 585 and six touchdowns. Chris has rushed for 456 yards and three touchdowns and averages nearly 13 yards per carry.  He has caught 19 passes for 458 yards and three scores

“They fight like cats and dogs, but they look out for one another,” Austin said.

Mooreville (6-2) and North Pontotoc (8-1) are both 3-0 in the division and both in the Journal’s Top 5 medium school rankings. Kossuth is 2-1. The three have won a combined 13 in a row, the best part they play one another the final two weeks of the season. Mooreville hosts Kossuth and goes to North Pontotoc.

And for those who still don’t think Mooreville is legit, the Troopers have 108 points – only Kossuth’s 110 is more among the division teams. The Troopers have allowed a division-low 43 points.

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Former Wave Pinson named Defensive POW

Lee Adams/ICC release

Former Tupelo High and Itwamba CC  Indian and current Louisiana Tech linebacker Terrell Pinson was named National Defensive Player of the Week by the CFPA (College Football Performance Awards) on Monday for his performance against the University of Texas San Antonio on Saturday

The 6’2” 210 pound senior, had a career game Saturday with 7 total tackles (4 solo, 3 assisted), 2 interceptions, 2 pass break ups and 1 forced fumble and recovered for TD. Despite his performance, the Tupelo native was surprised by being named player of the week, but doesn’t take any credit for the honor. 

“I’m honestly shocked, but I’m very excited and appreciative,” said Pinson. “It’s a blessing and I thank God and my teammates for helping me achieve this special honor.”

Pinson, who lettered at ICC in 2011 and 2012, receiving the honor won’t come as a shock to his head coach Skip Holtz. 

“He (Pinson) is a difference maker,” said Holtz during an interview after Saturday’s game. “He came out and had the game of his life.” Holtz went on to say that Pinson put forth “just an unbelievable individual effort.”

Pinson’s three turnovers were key in the Bulldogs securing their 27-20 win and his performance also earned him a “Helmet Sticker” from Lou Holtz on ESPN’s College Football Final show late Saturday night. 

This season, Pinson has recorded 29-tackles, 2-interceptions, 2-forced fumbles and 1-sack in seven games and his Bulldogs are 3-0 in conference play.

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Swimming Results from Saturday, Oct. 18

MHSAA North Championships
At Flowood
Note: All distances in yards
Class I
Madison St. Joe 160, Cleveland 74, MSMS 64, Greenville St. Joe 50, Amory 43, TCPS 26, Ingomar 19, Itawamba AHS 16
Class II
Madison Central 158, Tupelo 128, Starkville 85, DeSoto Central 41, Oxford 34, Lewisburg 19, Warren Central 19, Germantown 5
Class I
Madison St. Joe 169, Amory 90, MSMS 75, Cleveland 67, Itawamba AHS 37, East Side 9, TCPS 6, Greenville St. Joe 4
Class II
Tupelo 171, Oxford 64, Starkville 64, Clinton 64, Hernando 49, Madison Central 37, DeSoto Central 28, Center Hill 13, Germantown 12, Lewisburg 6, Vicksburg 4, Warren Central 4, Southaven 2

200 Medley Relay
Class II Girls: (2) Tupelo 1:57.00, (3) Starkville 2:03.08
Class I Boys: (2) Amory 2:00.81
Class II Boys: (1) Tupelo (Will Harrington, Hayden Henderson, Harrison Whitaker, Luke Deaton) 1:48.86; (2) Starkville 1:49.01
200 Freestyle
Class I Girls: (3) Emily Pierce, Amory 2:15.92
Class II Girls: (1) Laken Vickers, Starkville 2:01.76, (2) Mattie Hughes,  Tupelo 2:02.46
Class I Boys: (2) Walker Todd, Amory 1:58.58
Class II Boys: (1) Liam Manning, Tupelo 1:50.77, (2) Donovan Crossen, Tupelo 1:56.22; (3) Ross Weeden, Tupelo 1:58.00
200 Individual Medley
Class I Girls: (3) Ginny Ray Clevenger, IAHS 2:39.30
Class II Girls: (1) Chelsie Gray, Tupelo 2:19.47, (3) Elizabeth Field, Oxford 2:31.23
Class I Boys: (1) Cooper Clevenger, IAHS 2:22.26, (2) Brock Balducci, Amory 2:29.82
Class II Boys: (3) Jacob Nichols, Oxford 2:10.28
50 Freestyle
Class I Boys: (2) Cooper Clevenger, IAHS 24.85
Class II Boys: (2) Christian Kingery, Starkville 23.40
100 Butterfly
Class I Girls: (3) Ginny Ray Clevenger, IAHS 1:13.46
Class II Girls: (1) Cris Roberts, Tupelo 58.41, (3) Kristen Lacy, Starkville 1:05.39
Class I Boys: (1) Walker Todd, Amory 59.82
Class II Boys: (1) Thomas Murphy, Oxford 56.16, (2) Harrison Whitaker, Tupelo 57.32, Patrick Hastings, Tupelo 57.34
100 Freestyle
Class II Girls: (2) Walker Fortenberry, Tupelo 55.86
500 Freestyle
Class II Girls: (1) Mattie Hughes, Tupelo 5:15.42, (3) Kristen Lacy, Starkville 5:43.01
Class II Boys: (1) Donovan Crossen, Tupelo 5:10.56, (3) Jake Hughes, Tupelo 5:17.74
200 Free Relay
Class I Girls: (3) Amory 2:00.91
Class II Girls: (2) Starkville 1:46.27, (3) Tupelo 1:47.09
Class I Boys: (1) Amory 1:41.50
Class II Boys: (1) Tupelo (Liam Manning, Donovan Crossen, Luke Deaton, Chris Burpo) 1:35.82, (2) Oxford 1:36.13
100 Backstroke
Class II Girls: (1) Cris Roberts, Tupelo 1:01.16, (3) KB Hobart, Starkville 1:06.94
Class II Boys: (2) Thomas Murphy, Oxford 57.68
100 Breaststroke
Class II Girls: (1) Laken Vickers, Starkville 1:10.41, (3) Chelsie Gray, Tupelo 1:10.66
Class II Boys: (2) Jacob Nichols, Oxford 1:02.97, (3) Hayden Henderson, Tupelo 1:05.25
400 Free Relay
Class I Girls: (3) Amory 4:35.92
Class II Girls: (1) Tupelo (Cris Roberts, Walker Fortenberry, Anslee Batson, Mattie Hughes) 3:52.76, (2) Starkville 3:58.09
Class I Boys: (2) Amory 4:26.21
Class II Boys: (1) Tupelo (Liam Manning, Donovan Crossen, Chris Burpo, Patrick Hastings) 3:29.07, (2) Starkville 3:33.13, (3) Oxford 3:37.07

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Softball playoff scores from Saturday, Oct. 18

MHSAA Quarterfinals

Class 1A
Smithville 24-22, Jumpertown 0-4
Smithville wins series 2-0
Hamilton 10-25, Falkner 0-1
Hamilton wins series 2-0

Class 2A
Mantachie 4-10-6, East Union 0-14-5
Mantachie wins series 2-1
Hatley 4-10, Riverside 10-0
Hatley wins series 2-0
E. Webster 17-7-16, Bay Springs 10-11-6
East Webster wins series 2-1

Class 3A
Mooreville 16-22, Kossuth 3-6
Mooreville wins series 2-0
Nettleton 11-20, Booneville 0-5
Nettleton wins series 2-0

Class 4A
Amory 14-4-12, Houston 4-9-2
Amory wins series 2-1
Tishomingo County 10-12 Leake Central 1-2
Tishomingo County wins series 2-0

Class 5A/6A
Neshoba Central 16-12, Saltillo 6-2
Neshoba Central wins series 2-0

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Hall, UWG take down No. 9 DSU


Amory native and West Georgia coach Will Hall took down No. 9 Delta State today, 24-16 in Carrollton. Dropping from the Top 25 after a loss at Valdosta State, the Wolves received votes last week and will move back in this week. Saturday, UWG goes to Hall’s alam mater North Alabama to take on the No. 4 Lions.

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Video: Mississippi State commit happy for Ole Miss, for now

Mississippi State 4-star wide receiver Dontea Jones (Louisville), tweeted Saturday morning that his shoulder will require surgery after injuring it Friday night at Aberdeen.

Jones will miss the remainder of his senior season.

Jones had missed the last three weeks with a sprained MCL and torn meniscus in his left knee. He didn’t expect surgery to be necessary.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect will next be on the field for Mississippi State. He says he has enjoyed his recruitment. And he had some positive things to say about the No. 1 Bulldogs, as well as their arch rival. Jones is glad the Rebels are having Mississippi success, but he’s clear – and smiling – on where he stands when the Egg Bowl rolls around.

“Like to the death of me, I’m a Bulldog, man. I love Mississippi State to the end,” he said.

Jones, ranked by 247Sports as Mississippi’s seventh-best prospect, said MSU coaches constantly checked in on him after his knee injury, making sure he was seeing his doctor.

“They really showed me the most love out of anybody,” Jones said. “I’ve been to every home game this year. As they say, defense actually wins games. They win championships. To me, they’ve got the No. 1 defense in the country. It just really excites me to be part of that future.”

With Ole Miss right behind the Bulldogs at No. 3 entering Saturday, the state of Mississippi is abuzz, with some sacrilegiously even pulling for both teams.

From Jones’ eyes, he likes to see what the state is doing with his own contemporaries, keeping Mississippi talent in Mississippi a big part of keying the runs for both schools.

He has his chance to go elsewhere. Along with Ole Miss, Florida, Tennessee and Miami are among his suitors.

“I like what the whole state’s doing. They’re putting on for Mississippi,” Jones said. “Mostly, it’s been Alabama and teams like Florida and Texas, Texas A&M. They’re just showing that Mississippi kids, they can compete with the best of them. They can play hard. They can come out on top.

“But to the end, I’m still a Bulldog. The Rebels, they’re doing pretty good right now. I’m just waiting of the Egg Bowl.”

Here is more with Jones.

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Four Downs Week 9: Wild Indians, Bad Fans, Mooreville?


1. Don’t nobody talk bad about them Indians.

Remember when Itawamba AHS was 1-4? Gas was $1.07 and you could still visit a local Blockbuster. The Indians beat Corinth 56-21 Friday to take a very commanding Division 1-4A lead with a 3-0 mark. If IAHS simply bothers to get off the bus next week at Pontotoc or put on shoes the final week against Tish, it will easily wrap up a division title.

2. Walnut and Baldwyn set showdown.

Both are 8-1 and fighting for a Division 1-2A title. Winner gets it. Both will get a home playoff opener. Baldwyn’s defense has been unreal. According to the team’s Twitter account, the Bearcats have five defensive touchdowns in the last eight quarters, four fumble returns and an interception. It came against two teams a combined 7-10 and in two blowouts, so it is what it is.

This is by far Baldwyn’s biggest challenge and the only guy Baldwyn has faced with as much game-breaking ability as Armani Linton was Saltillo’s Diamante Pounds. And that was a month ago.

3. Mooreville, what do you think you’re doing?

The Troopers are now 6-2 after beating Booneville on Friday, the first time they’ve ever done that. We almost called Tay Rucker, Ray Tucker in Saturday’s #DJournal, but it was caught and fixed. Not that Mooreville would have cared. Call them what you want right about now. After hosting Kossuth and going to North Pontotoc, you might be calling them 1-3A champs.

4. Aberdeen fans might as well have stayed home.

Before Louisville’s 37-6 beating was in swing, Aberdeen’s fans were already in full we-don’t-care mode. It was a nice crowd at Lester Miley Stadium, but a very quiet one. The Bulldogs played badly, yes, but it was no thanks to you that were able to drum up any emotion. Get with the program, they’re 6-3 and will finish second in the division, thanks to this loss, outside of Charleston’s side of the bracket. That’s not a bad thing. Friday, you were bad fans.

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State commit Jones may miss rest of year

Louisville wide receiver Dontea Jones, a 2015 Mississippi State commit, could miss the remainder of the season.

Jones landed hard on his right shoulder after a catch in the second quarter of Friday’s 37-6 win at Aberdeen and was in a sling after the game.

The 28-yard post had  Louisville in the red zone, his only catch. He had just returned after missing three weeks with an MCL sprain and torn meniscus, which he didn’t expect to require surgery.

Jones said he’ll see a doctor Saturday morning, but the team diagnosis is two months.

“He told me I’m out for two months, period, so that is the year,” Jones said. “I’m just glad to see these boys come out with a win. It hurts me a little bit, man. I’m just glad to see these guys win.”

That was the attitude of the 4-star pledge not long after being told his senior season may be gone. And as much as Mississippi State and a host of others – Miami, Ole Miss and Tennessee included – want the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder’s game, his mindset is every bit as appealing.

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Gene and Brandon’s Week 9 Picks


Week 9 kicks in a little more than an hour. Need something to argue about?

Gene went 4-1 last week to go to 28-7. I am now 25-10, trying to make up some ground after last week’s 5-0 mark.

South Panola at Tupelo

Gene: South Panola; Brandon: South Panola


Louisville at Aberdeen

Gene: Louisville; Brandon: Aberdeen


Booneville at Mooreville

Gene: Mooreville; Brandon: Booneville


New Hope at Oxford

Gene: Oxford; Brandon: Oxford


New Site at Walnut

Gene: Walnut; Brandon: Walnut

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