Not taking a side, Hill says MHSAA change is needed

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Retiring Baldwyn superintendent and District I executive committee president Ronnie Hill isn’t accusing the Mississippi High School Activities Association of purposely manipulating games in the state tournament. He isn’t taking a side, but he does say things that are being done have given people that impression and steps need to be taken to prevent this situation from happening in the future.

Four referees from at least two games in the last two seasons say they were told to protect certain star players from foul calls.

The MHSAA has admitted sending people, including assistant director of athletics Robert Holloway, into the halftime room of officials at various events, but says it does so to give direction – praise and correction. Referees say the messages are clearly directed at certain players and they are being specifically advised on particular players.

MHSAA executive director Don Hinton and Holloway deny the allegations. One official took offense to the denial.

“Their comment of them not coming in there and not saying what they said, him saying it’s not true is a lie,” the referee said of Hinton. “It’s just a lie. Point blank, it’s a lie.”

Hill said it apparently is a common practice in Central and South Mississippi to give guidance at halftimes. It’s not in North Mississippi. That’s why Hill and three other District I executive committee members met with Hinton last week to discuss the matter. Two committee members in the South were also present at the meeting.

The executive committee has a regularly scheduled meeting today, where the topic, although not likely on the agenda is expected to discussed.

“If you need to address officials and say ‘Guys, get this under control,’ do it,” Hill said. “But let’s eliminate the middle man and there’s no need to mention numbers.”

More in Thursday’s #DJournal

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MHSAA’s Holloway denies allegations

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Two more Mississippi high school referees are speaking out, confirming the claims of two other officials that the Mississippi High School Activities Association told them during last month’s state basketball tournament to protect certain star players.

Two referees who spoke out last week didn’t know the name of the person they say entered their halftime room and delivered a message that the three-man crew do a better job of making sure a certain player stayed on the floor and not foul out or get too hassled on defense.

Monday, two referees named MHSAA assistant director of athletics Robert Holloway and a man they identify as “Randy” as the two who told them to look out for certain players during the 2013 tournament.

“He came in the dressing room at halftime and said, ‘Did we figure out who the best players on the floor were?’ We all looked at each other. He said, ‘Well, I believe they got three fouls.’ He said we as officials need to try our best to keep the best players in the game, if at all possible,” the referee said.

The referee said the man said he understood if it was a hard foul and couldn’t be avoided.

A second referee in the same game confirmed the meeting and said the two men didn’t come right out and say to give the star special treatment, but the referee said it was implied.

“They asked the question, ‘Have y’all figured out who the best player is?’ We said yeah. He said, ‘Y’all need to make sure she doesn’t pick up a cheap foul to start the second half.’”

The referee said he and his crew should be able to not make contact calls that didn’t affect a shot or a pass or give an advantage to one team. However…

“The problem I have, I think good officials can manage the game,” he said. “But when they’re implying that basically we need to overlook calls, I’ve got a problem with that. Because what we’ve now done is we’ve gone from managing the game to manipulating the game.”

Holloway denied the implication.

Read what Holloway had to say, here at #DJournal.com.

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Two more referees: ‘MHSAA protecting players’

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Two more Mississippi high school referees are speaking out, confirming with two previous officials that the Mississippi High School Activities Association told them during last month’s state basketball tournament to protect certain star players.

Two referees who spoke out last week didn’t know the name of the person they say entered their halftime room and delivered a message that the three-man crew do a better job of making sure a certain player stayed on the floor and not foul out or get too hassled on defense.

Monday, two referees named MHSAA assistant director of athletics Robert Holloway and a man they identify as ‘Randy’ as the two who told them to look out for certain players during the 2013 tournament.

“He came in the dressing room at halftime and said: ‘Did we figure out who the best players on the floor were?’ We all looked at each other. He said, ‘Well, I believe they got three fouls.’ He said we as officials need to try our best to keep the best players in the game, if at all possible,” the referee said.

The referee said the man said he understood if it was a hard foul and couldn’t be avoided.

Holloway and MHSAA executive director Don Hinton did not return calls seeking comment.

A second referee in the same game confirmed the meeting and said the two men didn’t come out and say to give the star special treatment, but says it was implied.

“They asked the question, ‘Have y’all figured out who the best player is?’ We said yeah. He said, ‘Y’all need to make sure she doesn’t pick up a cheap foul to start the second half.’”

More in Tuesday’s #DJournal …

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MHSAA’s denial ‘is a lie’ says referee

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MHSAA executive director Don Hinton denies allegations that someone from his organization told referees in March’s state basketball tournament to protect certain players, from fouls, etc. Here is that story from Saturday’s #DJournal. 

One of the referees who spoke out, while still requesting to remain anonymous, took offense to Hinton’s denial.

“Their comment of them not coming in there and not saying what they said, him saying it’s not true is a lie,” the referee said. “It’s just a lie. Point blank, it’s a lie.”

Two officials have shared the same story with me. One says another referee told him or her it also happened in their game during championship week.

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Ashley: ‘If true, nearly capital offense’

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Ingomar coach Norris Ashley spoke out about allegations the MHSAA told referees to protect star players in March’s state tournament.

Ashley equated it to fixing games. Here is the story from Saturday’s #DJournal. 

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Scores from Saturday, April 5

Baseball
Booneville 9, South Pontotoc 1
Corinth 8, Pontotoc 4
Houston 5, Belmont 3
Ingomar 10, Ripley 2
Myrtle 9, West Union 1
Myrtle 11, Thrasher 1
New Albany 4, Senatobia 3
Oxford 13, Houston 6
Saltillo 14, Shannon 4
Smithville 6-12, Hatley 2-0
Tupelo 6, New Albany 2
Tupelo 7, Saltillo 3

Softball
Itawamba AHS 6, Hatley 4
Mantachie 14, Wheeler 3
Saltillo 13, Tupelo 10
Tupelo 8, Vardaman 7
Wheeler 15, Potts Camp 3

Tennis
Tupelo Tournament
Tupelo 5, Pontotoc 2
Oxford 6, Tupelo 1

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BREAKING NEWS: MHSAA accused of protecting star players

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Two Mississippi referees tell me they were told at halftime of one of March’s state championship to make sure they did a good protecting a star player. Mississippi High School Activities Association Executive Director Don Hinton denies the allegations.

The Mississippi High School Activities Association’s top executive has denied that his organization attempted to protect star players in the recent state basketball championship tournament.

Two Mississippi high school basketball referees, speaking anonymously, told the Daily Journal they were told at halftime of a March state championship game to do a better job of keeping a star player in the game.

One referee said a man came into their halftime room and said he was delivering a message from an MHSAA official, motioning with his hands that the large crowd at Mississippi Coliseum was there to see a certain player and the three-man crew needed to do a better job making sure the player stayed on the floor and not foul out or get too hassled on defense.

“It is not true,” MHSAA executive director Don Hinton said.

Hinton says the association has a director of officials who talks to officials pregame, at halftime and sometimes after the game. He says the meeting may revolve around keeping a game under control between two aggressive teams.

“As far as directing something toward a star player, that’s totally not true,” Hinton said.

One of the referees told the Journal that the three-man crew was told before the game that the crowd would be focused on a certain player and were told where he or she would be called out in the introductions. A fellow referee said a similar halftime conversation took place with him in a different championship game earlier in the championship week.

Here is the rest of the story.

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Journal Fantasy 5 April 4

Journal’s Fantasy 5
If you were playing Northeast Mississippi Fantasy baseball, these are the boys and girls you would have won with last week.
Compiled by Jeff Roberts, stats taken from games played Mar. 24-29, call-ins to the Journal, as well as from MaxPreps.

Boys
1. Chase Bogue, Sr., West Union, 10 hits, 8 XBH, 5 HR
2. Clay Hillhouse, So., Houston, Batting: 5 hits, .625 BA, 6 runs, 4 RBI, 3 XBH; Pitching 1 win, 4 IP, 7 K
3. Dakota Edwards, Sr., East Union, 7 hits, .583 BA, 4 runs, 7 RBI, 1 XBH, 2 BB, 2 SB
4. Andrew Lambert, Sr, Booneville, 6 hits, .600 BA, 4 runs, 6 RBI, 1 XBH, 2 BB, 3 SB
5. Ryan Wesson, Jr., Baldwyn, Batting: 4 hits, .800 BA, 3 runs, 2 RBI, 2 BB; Pitching 1 win, 5 IP, 6 K, 0 ER

Girls
1. Brittany Taylor, Sr., West Union, Pitching: 3 wins, 12 IP, 25 Ks, allowed 2 hits and 1 BB in 39 BF; Batting: 3 hits, .500 BA, 4 runs, 3 RBI, 1 SB, 1 HR, 2 XBH
2. Aubrey Kent, Sr., Myrtle, 1 win, 9 IP, 22 Ks, allowed 1 hit and 1 BB in 29 BF
3. Lane Kennedy, Jr., Smithville, 8 hits, .471 BA, 11 runs, 10 RBI, 1 SB, 4 XBH, 1 HR, 2 BB
4. Julianna Garner, Sr., West Union, 5 hits, .714 BA, 5 runs, 7 RBI, 1 SB, 3 HR, 3 XBH
5. Billie Claire Goode, Sr., Smithville, 6 hits, .400 BA, 8 runs, 7 RBI, 2 SB, 1 XBH, 7 BB

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Scores from Friday, April 4

Baseball
Amory 8, Shannon 1
Belmont 2, Booneville 1
East Union 19, Walnut 0
Houston 5, Caledonia 1
Itawamba AHS 2, Tishomingo County 0
North Pontotoc 9, Alcorn Central 2

Softball
Amory 7, Corinth 5
Baldwyn 7, Tupelo 2

Tennis
(Tupelo tournament)
Lafayette 4, Saltillo 3
Mooreville 6. Saltillo 1
Tupelo 6, Alcorn Central 1
Tupelo 5, New Albany 2

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Scores from Thursday, April 3

Baseball
Nettleton 2, Belmont 0
Oxford 8, Saltillo 1
Baldwyn 9, Mantachie 7
Ingomar 16, Blue Mountain 1

Softball
Nettleton 8, North Pontotoc 3
Wheeler 7, Falkner
Baldwyn 9, Walnut 2
Mooreville 1, Kossuth 0
Tishomingo Co. 7, Pontotoc 5
Vardaman 17, Houlka 2
Lafayette 12, Ripley 0
Jumpertown 14, Tremont 0
Myrtle 12, Hickory Flat 2
Hatley 6, Mantachie 5
Itawamba AHS 18, Shannon 3
Saltillo 9, Oxford 2
New Site 7, East Union 5

Golf
at Tupelo CC
Baldwyn 156, Tupelo 164.
Baldwyn: Clayton Gray 39, Jacob Dixon 39, Garrett Gray 39. Cason Collins 39, Ethan Carmichael 49.
Tupelo: Miles Roy 40, Davis Arthur 40, Walker Clayton 41, Reed Thornton 43, Garner Nance 46.
Individuals: Taylor Replogle (T) 48, Lawson Gamble (B) 53.

At Iuka CC
Boys
Kossuth 197, Tishomingo  Co. 209.
Kossuth: Hunter Murphy 47,  Luke Lyles 49, Nick Crump 49, Jake Hardin 52, Blake Shipman 53.
Tishomingo Co.: Johnathan Murphy (medalist) 46, Tyler Smith 49, Logan Perkins 54, Dylan Whitlock 57, Titus Curtis 63.
Girls
Kossuth 107.
Kossuth: Shelby Phillips (medalist) 52, Alyssa Trulove 55,  Shelbi Barnes 58.
Tishomingo County: Allie Barnett 62.

at Booneville CC
Boys
Falkner 189, Thrasher 203.
Falkner: Alex Janes (medalist) 44, Gunter Dunnam 47, Chase Hill 48, Weston Roberson 50.
Thrasher: Cody Potts 48, Brannon Dodd 51, Blake Morrow 51, Blake Weatherby 53.
Girls
Thrasher 115, Falkner 117.
Thrasher: Molly Trimble (medalist) 55, Haylea Assad 60.
Falkner: Molly McDowell 58, Madison Street 59.

at River Birch GC
Boys
Amory 170, New Albany 174.
Amory: Will Thompson (co-medalist) 41, Hayden Minich (co-medalist) 41, Cameron Koehn 44, Tyler Morgan 44, Ty Young 46.
New Albany: Will Robbins (co-medalist) 41, Austin Heard 43, Holt Garrett 45, Dalton Hall 45, Zachary McDonald 46.
Tremont: Cody North 55.
Girls
New Albany: Lauren Dunlap (co-medalist) 43, Lucy Martin (co-medalist) 43, Lenzi Sanderson 47.
Amory: Karli Knox 54.

Tennis
New Albany 6, Pontotoc 1
Boys singles: Ryan Henry (P) d. Mark Robbins 2-6, 6-4 (10-8).
Girls singles: Morris Kelly Clayton (NA) d. Ivy Robbins 6-3, 6-4.
Boys doubles: Trace Thompson-Christopher Shands (NA) d. Jacob Ferguson-Chet Wilson 6-2, 6-4; Michael Crotts-Parker Nail (NA) d. Blake Gregory-Rhett Stegall 6-1, 6-2.
Girls doubles: Hannah Anderson-Quinshay Perkins (NA) d. Shannon Montgomery-Sarah Hill 6-2, 6-3; Katie Davis-Meghan Van (NA) d. Georgia Claire Campbell-Meredith Adams 6-1, 6-0.
Mixed doubles: Roberto Valadez-Darby Mills (NA) d. Caleb Ginn-Lizabeth Jimenez 6-1, 6-3.

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Scores from Tuesday, April 1

Baseball
Tupelo 6, Hernando 4
Baldwyn 5, Mantachie 1
East Union 7, Walnut 1
TCPS 5, Houlka 4
Nettleton 2, Louisville 0
Amory 11, Shannon 4
Itawamba AHS 15, Tishomingo Co. 0
Ingomar 15, West Union 3
Pine Grove 5, Tremont 1
North Pontotoc 12, Mooreville 2
Smithville 15, Vardaman 0
New Site 11, Hatley 6
Pontotoc 11, Corinth 1
Ripley 5, Senatobia 2
Oxford 10, Saltillo 3
Houston 2, Caledonia 0

Softball
Baldwyn 12, East Union 2
South Pontotoc 5, North Pontotoc 1
Jumpertown 19, Hickory Flat 0
Wheeler 24, Pine Grove 16
Smithville 11, Vardaman 1
Itawamba AHS 7, Tishomingo Co. 5
Mooreville 15, Saltillo 5

Golf
Opening round of Gator Invitational at CC of Jackson
Tupelo (1st place): Austin Rose 71, Hayden Buckley 76, Blake Harris 75, Daniel Purnell 76, Miles Johnson 80.
Individuals: Clayton Gray (Baldwyn) 76, Kirk Reeder (Tupelo) 77.

at Pontotoc CC
Boys
Oxford 172, New Albany 176, Pontotoc 191, Kossuth 192.
Oxford: Ben Hubbard 39, Ethan Holmes 42, Wilson Baker 45, Beau Ryals 46, Taylor Daniels 48.
New Albany: Will Robbins 43, Holt Garrett 44, Boone Faulkner 44, Dalton Hall 45, Zachary McDonald 49.
Pontotoc: Denver Russell (medalist) 37, Guy Logan Grubbs 50, Nolan Stafford 52, AJ Martin 52, Spencer Johnson 59.
Kossuth: Jack Kather 45, Jake Hardin 45, Luke Lyles 51, Jacob Meeks 51, Hunter Murphy 55.
Girls
New Albany 83, Pontotoc 97,  Kossuth 98, Oxford 113.
New Albany: Lauren Dunlap (medalist) 38,  Lucy Martin 45, Lenzi Sanderson 48.
Pontotoc: Summer Jensen 43,  Elizabeth McCullar 54, Karlee Grisham 57.
Kossuth: Shelbi Barnes 48, Alyssa Trulove 50, Shelby Phillips 52.
Oxford: Nile Thomas 52, Katie Trott 61.

at Big Oaks GC
Ingomar 167, TCPS 179, Smithville 205.
Ingomar: Chandler Thompson 40, Molly Hale 41, Matt Hale 42, Ryan Stanford 4, Brad Aldridge 47.
TCPS: Parker Brooks (medalist) 36, Rob Pillow 46, Garrett Scott 48, Drew Clement 49, Carter Trousdale 50.
Smithville: Tanner Palmer 43, Mitch Carrol 49, Dillon Colburn 50, Drew Cox 63.
Nettleton: Josh Smith 52, Rocky Foster 59, Zack Hannaford 60.

at Dogwoods GC, Grenada
Calhoun City 333, Bruce 382, Winona 403.
Calhoun City: Noah Hill 80, Coleman Suber 81, Jacob Ruth 84, Peyton Suber 88, Cole Gary 98.
Bruce: Cameron Clarke (medalist) 71, Casey Vance 93, Austin Winter 107, Rudy Ferguson 111, Nathan Hill 115.
Vardaman: Brandon Walker 75, Cody McMahan 122.

at Pine Hill, Ripley
Boys
Ripley 180, Walnut 220.
Ripley: Hall Miskelly 43, Owen Childs 44, Brady Lewellen 46, Hunter Harrison 47, Dawson Lence 55.
Walnut: Eli Glissen 54, Johnny Gilmore 54, John Mark Franz 55, Travis Theil 57, Dylan Taylor 60.
Girls
Walnut 110, Ripley 120.
Walnut: Elizabeth Franz 53, Hadley Wilbanks 57, Roslyn Nabors 60.
Ripley: Rachel Dees 52, Brooke Ann Benson 68.

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Scores from Monday, March 31

Baseball
Mooreville 5, Mantachie 0
Myrtle 4, Falkner 0

Softball
Myrtle 2, Ingomar 1
Vardaman 7, Bruce 2
Tishomingo County 4, Belmont 0

Tennis
New Albany 4, Heritage Academy 3

Golf
Amory 170, Saltillo 184, Lafayette 194

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