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Chayton York (3) of Neshoba Central gets past the Vicksburg defender in the Rockets victory.
Chayton York (3) of Neshoba Central gets past the Vicksburg defender in the Rockets victory.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM
The Neshoba Central Rockets dominated both games as they captured their first region basketball tournament championship in recent memory this past week.

The Rockets, the region host team, came in ranked No. 1 in a statewide poll of Class 5A boys basketball teams. They defeated Lanier 74-32 in the first game, and then beat the Vicksburg Gators 76-45 in the championship game.
  • Some local teams were involved in jamboree games this past Saturday.

    Jamboree games have limited innings and do not count on a team’s record.
  • The Philadelphia High School Lady Tornadoes saw their 2016-2017 basketball season come to an end Monday night as they dropped a 53-40 decision to Franklin County in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

    The Lady Tornadoes finished the season with a 17-14 record.
  • Leake Academy teams move on to state tournament
     Both Leake Academy teams advanced to the Mississippi Independent Schools Association State Class AAA basketball tournaments which will be held this week at Kirk Academy.

    The Leake Academy girls were to enter the tournament as the No. 3 team out of the North on Tuesday when they played Adams Christian. The Leake Academy boys also opened state tournament play Tuesday when they played Columbia Academy, the No. 1 seed out of the South.
  • Lady Rockets capture region crown
     The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets captured the Region 4-5A girls basketball championship with victories over Ridgeland and Lanier in games played last week.

    The Lady Rockets opened their quest on Monday night with a 62-52 win over Ridgeland. They followed up on Friday night with a 40-28  win over Lanier, the No. 1 ranked team in girls Class 5A basketball. The tournament was played at Neshoba Central.
  • Lady Warriors roll past Jefferson County, 83-39
    Both Choctaw Central basketball teams have qualified for the State Class 3A tournament in prep basketball action.

    The Lady Warriors swept through the Region Class 5-3A girls bracket by defeating Kemper County 65-25 in the semifinals, and Forest 75-46 in the finals. The Lady Warriors then rolled over Jefferson County 83-39 in the first round of the state tournament on Monday night. The Lady Warriors will be home Friday night when the play the winner between Magee and Collins in the second round. The Lady Warriors now stand at 27-3.
  • Neshoba Central girls claim Division II bowling title
     Hailey Copeland closed out her high school bowling career by rolling a strike that clinched the Mississippi High School Activities Association’s Division II state championship for the Neshoba Central Lady Rockets Thursday in Jackson.

    Both the Neshoba Central girls and boys teams made bowled their way into the “Bakers Series” in the state championship tournament.
  • Lady Rockets’ victory assures state tournament berth
     The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets qualified for the Class 5A state basketball tournament Monday night when they defeated Ridgeland 62-52 in the first round of the Region 3-5A tournament.

    “This is what we have been playing for,” Coach Fred Morris said. “Our team has really come together in the past couple of weeks and we are playing like I know we can. We are making good shots and playing good defense. It takes playing well on both sides to win.”
  • The East Central Community College women’s basketball team picked up an important 77-61 MACJC South Division win against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in a game played in Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium in Decatur Thursday,.

    East Central led most of the ballgame after taking the lead in the first quarter and was up by nine at the intermission.
  • The No. 8 nationally ranked East Central Community College Diamond Warriors baseball team opened its 2017 season with a doubleheader sweep against Jackson State Community College of Jackson, Tenn., Saturday  at the Clark-Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.

    The Diamond Warriors beat JSCC 9-7 in a back-and forth first game. The score was tied at seven in the bottom of the sixth, when freshman Wyatt Ball of Nanih Waiya High School hit a fielder’s choice allowing ECCC to score two runs to take the lead they would not relinquish.
  •  Philadelphia High School will host a fast-pitch softball jamboree Saturday at Burnside Park.

    The schedule is as follows:
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