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Neshoba Central's Beck Williams is presented with a silver medal along with other players from District 4 after they lost the gold medal game Friday to District 6.
Neshoba Central's Beck Williams is presented with a silver medal along with other players from District 4 after they lost the gold medal game Friday to District 6.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 6:00 PM
Beck Williams and Brayden Dunn played on the District 4 team that made it to the Gold Medal round of the all-star tournament before losing out to District 6.

District 4 was in the B division of the tournament. District 4 won its first two games of the tournament, beating District 2 8-3 and District 5 15-3. A rainout on Thursday night forced District 4 to play three games on Friday.
  • State Games of Mississippi Local soccer teams battle in competition
    There was a first for the State Games of Mississippi this past Friday and no one was happy about it.

    For the first time in 26 years of the State Games, the Opening Ceremonies and Parade of Champions was rained out. The event was to have been held in downtown Meridian.
  • Philadelphia High School’s new basketball coach is certainly familiar with the team and its players.

    That’s because he is their principal.

    Last week on a 4-0 vote, the Philadelphia school board appointed high school principal Michael Tardy to be the head basketball coach for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Stickball season gets under way this week for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians with its youth division to be contested as part of the State Games of Mississippi.

    Stickball is a traditional game for the Choctaw Indians which dates back for centuries. Instead of wars, disputes between communities were settled by stickball games. It is described as the little brother of war, and it lives up to its reputation each year. According to Choctaw information, games were first recorded in the 1700s, but most likely games were played much earlier. It is held annually as part of the Choctaw Indian Fair.
  • Details make Heart O’ Dixie Triathlon work
    Taking care of the details is an important part of the annual Heart O’ Dixie Triathlon, and a key reason why it has continued for 38 years.

    On race day (July 22), all attention is focused on starting the race, getting the race competed, and the awards ceremony. Nearly a year’s worth of work and planning comes together in five or six hours.
  • Weather decides State Games
     The State Games of Mississippi junior softball tournament drew a crowd this past weekend at Northside Park.

    But in the end, the weather decided the medal winners.
  • Glen Sanders has been named girls softball coach at Philadelphia High School.

     Sanders will coach both the slow-pitch and fast-pitch teams. He takes over for Jordan Flake who stepped down as softball coach at the end of the season. Sanders is from Union and has taught, coached and worked as an administrator in the West Alabama area.
  •  Preparations are well under way for the 38th annual Heart O’ Dixie Triathlon which is slated for July 22.

    “It’s sneaking up on us real fast,” said race director B.J. Morrow. “There isn’t that much that changes year-to-year. We have a pretty good check list and now we are going over it.
  • After three successful seasons as Kemper County High School girls head basketball coach, Jennie Vance is leaving to become the head coach at Moss Point High School. Vance, a 1992 graduate of Philadelphia High School, began her coaching stint at Kemper County in 2014, with a 14-13 win/loss record in her first season.

    Vance played college basketball at Ole Miss under Coach Van Chancellor; the Lady Rebels made it to the NCAA Tournament each year of her college career.
  • After five years of being an assistant coach, James Gregory felt like it was time to lead his own program.

    Gregory was recently named the head baseball coach at Noxapater, replacing Casey Orr who stepped down after five seasons.
  • Jerrick Porter is headed back to Noxapater. This time, the Winston County native is coming back as the head boys basketball coach.

    Porter will replace Brooks Crabtree who stepped down after the season. Porter comes from Leake Central where he was an assistant football coach and the head girls track coach.
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