Burning the midnight oil here on a Tuesday, piecing together an effort on the North boys for this week.
As any good area fan of high school basketball knows, this is one of the best weeks of the season.
Just to get Class 6A out of the way, Murrah vs. Vicksburg and Madison Central vs. Grenada Friday.
And to keep a short story short, in 5A, Oxford plays Callaway at 8:30 p.m., with Provine-Yazoo City in the other contest Friday. Certainly, Drew Tyler will have a plan to advance to Saturday, but the Oxford players must be able to execute.
The fun begins for Northeast Mississippi Thursday in 4A, which is at Corinth.
There is good local flavor in the 4 p.m. pairing of New Albany-Corinth. At 5:30 p.m. is Noxubee County-Lafayette, at 7 p.m. Rosa Fort-Shannon, and 8:30 p.m. Amanda Elzy-Houston.
Great guard play in the New Albany-Corinth game, and I think New Albany’s Eric Channey the quickest guards in this corner of the state.
Ironically, Elzy and Houston meet on Thursday this week a year ago, and there was tension between Houston Bruce Franks and Elzy’s Gerald Glass. Then on Friday of this week a year ago, Elzy eliminated Shannon.
Might happen again this year, with Elzy and Corinth in the finals.
In 3A at Mooreville, the premier pairing of Thursday will be Booneville-Mooreville at 4 p.m.
The two split during the regular season, with Booneville winning easily in January. Great theater, simply great.
Also in Mooreville, Aberdeen will play Velma Jackson at 7 p.m.. The winner of this contest should face the winner of the Mooreville-Booneville game on Saturday.
In 2A at Baldwyn, host Baldwyn has Coahoma County at 4 p.m., while Okolona has Coahoma AHS at 7 p.m.
Baldwyn’s road probably gets tough with a Friday matchup against S.V. Marshall, then probably Coahoma AHS Saturday.
And in 1A at Ingomar, another great 4 p.m. pairing with the host Ingomar against favored Biggersville. Wonder when the last time was Biggersville played in Union County?
This could surprise some how good this one could be.
Certainly, Blue Mountain has been riding high through the season, but face a stern test at 7 p.m. against Coldwater.
There is also Falkner-Coffeeville at 5:30 p.m., and Shaw-Tremont at 8:30 p.m., but bet on Biggersville and Coldwater squaring off Saturday.
Including all the great girls matchups as well, too bad we can not be in all the locations this week, it certainly will be good stuff.
And good luck to all area teams Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
David Wheeler has been contributing to the high school sports coverage of the Daily Journal since 1985.