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The Neshoba Central Rockets celebrated their first region championship since 1991 as they defeated Ridgeland 3-1 last week,
The Neshoba Central Rockets celebrated their first region championship since 1991 as they defeated Ridgeland 3-1 last week,
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00 PM
The Neshoba Central baseball team captured its first region baseball championship since 1991 last week as they defeated Ridgeland 3-1 in the deciding game.

The Rockets are the regular season champions of Region 4-5A.  They will be off this weekend and will see their first action April 28-29 and May 1.

“It feels really good to win the region championship,” Coach Justin Stovall said. “They may have been co-champions a few times in recent years. But as far as we can tell, this is the first time since 1991 that Neshoba Central has won the region.
  • Neshoba Central’s Fanning named Callahan scholar
     When Neshoba Central senior Jake Fanning started filling out the application for the Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athlete award earlier in the school year, he didn’t know that much about the program.

    “They called me to the counselor’s office and told me I had been chosen to represent the school,” Fanning said. “It was a large application. In addition, it required three letters of reference and a 500-word essay.”
  • Powered by senior Hunter Little, the Union High School powerlifting team captured the Class 2A state championship Saturday at the State Meet.

    Union finished with 50 points in the Class 2A standings. Bruce was second with 32 points followed by Scott Central with 24 points and East Union with 23 points.

    The Yellowjackets finished with four first places, three second places, one third place, and two fourth place finish.
  • Lady Rockets close out regular season
    The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets look to close out the fast-pitch softball regular season this week with a pair of games against Newton County.

    The Lady Rockets are slated to visit Newton County on Tuesday and host the Lady Cougars on Thursday.

    Neshoba Central entered the week with a 20-2 record. They played two games last week, defeating Germantown 9-5 and topping Philadelphia 1-0. The Lady Rockets won their region and drew a first round bye in the playoffs.
  • The Leake Academy Rebels will wrap up the 2017 baseball season this week with one game against Starkville,

    The Rebels did not make the playoffs this season but first year Coach Cory Burns was proud of the effort from his team.

    “The kids played hard and had a good year,” Burns said. “A lot of young kids got a lot of good experience and we hope to build on that next season.
  • The Philadelphia Tornado baseball team enjoyed a big win as they knocked off Quitman 13-3 in one of two games they played last week.

     In the other game, Southeast Lauderdale won  6-2.

      “This is a very young team,” Coach Cody Freeman said. “I know we said that last year. But last year, we were playing with eighth graders and ninth graders. This year, they are ninth graders and 10th graders.
  • The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors are gearing up for the upcoming Class 3A fast-pitch softball playoffs.

    The Lady Warriors enter the playoffs this weekend with a best two-out-of-three game series against Seminary. They host Seminary on Friday night. Games two and three will be played at Seminary on Saturday.
  • The Choctaw Central Warriors will enter the state Class 3A state baseball playoffs this weekend.

    Choctaw Central enters the playoffs as the No. 3 team out of Region 5-3A. They stand at 6-9. It is expected the will play Wesson in the first round of the playoffs.

    The Warriors lost their final three games of the regular season, losing 8-7 to Forest, 4-1 to Choctaw County and 16-6 to Noxapater on Monday night.
  • The Union Yellowjackets will open play in the Class 2A state baseball playoffs when they take on Enterprise-Lincoln this weekend.

    This will be best two-out-of-three game series. The first game will be played at Enterprise-Lincoln on Friday night, starting at 6 p.m. The second game will be Saturday, starting at 6 p.m. A third game, if necessary, will be played Monday at Enterprise-Lincoln.
  • The Union Lady Yellowjackets placed second in the Region 5-2A fast-pitch softball standings and will play in the State Class 2A State playoffs, starting this weekend.

    The Lady Yellowjackets’ play-in round opponent was not decided at press time. It was between Our Lady Academy and Magee. Union will be on the road Friday and home Saturday for a double-header.

    The Lady Yellowjackets went 3-0 last week as they defeated Clarkdale 11-7, and then swept Newton High School  11-1 and 16-2.
  • Lady Rockets claim region championship
    The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets took a big step toward achieving their ultimate goal of winning a fifth straight Class 5A fast-pitch state championship last week in their 1-0 victory over Grenada.

    The victory improved the Lady Rockets’ region record to 3-0 and clinched first place and a first round bye in the upcoming state playoffs. The Lady Rockets also defeated Northwest Rankin 8-0 and Raleigh 8-4. They enter the week with an 18-2 record.
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