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The Lady Rockets hold the trophy aloft after winning their fourth consecutive MHSAA Class 5A Championship on Friday night in Ridgeland.
The Lady Rockets hold the trophy aloft after winning their fourth consecutive MHSAA Class 5A Championship on Friday night in Ridgeland.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 6:00 PM
When it was all over late Friday night, the Neshoba Central Lady Rockets had claimed their fourth straight fast-pitch softball state championship with a sweep of West Harrison.

The Lady Rockets won the first game 2-0 on Thursday night and took the second contest 6-0 on Friday night. Neshoba Central finished the season with a 27-1 record. The tournament was held at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland.
  • Pompelia claims first place in triathlon, Goldman takes fourth
    Meridian’s Tyson Pompelia finished third in last year’s Heart O' Dixie Triathlon.
        This year he started first and led the entire way.
  • Goldman, Morrow take Dicky Nowell awards
    Philadelphia’s Richie Goldman just keeps on getting better.

    After finishing sixth in the Heart O’ Dixie Triathlon last year, Goldman had his best finish ever, taking second place as well as the Dickey Nowell Award for the highest man finisher from Neshoba County.
  • Native American YO tournament provides busy weekend
    Northside Park was a busy place this past weekend as the baseball and softball championships of the Native American Youth Organizations were decided.

    Tournament play got under way on Thursday and went late into the night on Saturday. Eighty teams were entered into the tournaments which were divided by age and gender. The 13-15 and Senior divisions were held at Choctaw Central.
  • Pearl River wins stickball championship
    A new champion was crowned Saturday as Pearl River defeated Koni Hata 2-1 in the men’s division finals of the 67th World Series of Stickball tournament.
        The stickball tournament was held in conjunction with the Choctaw Indian Fair and played at Choctaw Central High School before a packed house. It marked the first championship for Pearl River in recent memory. They were one of five division champions crowned this past week and none of last year’s champions repeated.
  • There won’t be a lot of last minute preparation for the 37th Heart O’ Dixie Triathlon.

    When the event begins at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday with the .5 mile swim at Lake Tiak-O'Khata, a small army of volunteers, law enforcement officers and First Responders along with the Philadelphia Sertoma Club will have everything in place.
  • More than 3000 people are expected to come to Philadelphia starting Wednesday for a weekend of softball and baseball.

    The Choctaw Tribe will be hosting the Native American Youth Organization tournaments. The action starts Thursday with 80 teams entered in five age categories for baseball and softball. All of the teams have 15 players, who will also have their family and friends traveling with them.
  • Chebet wins The Rez 10K 
    Joseph Chebet ran away from the competition Saturday as he finished The Rez Run 10K race with a time of 34:27.

    Nearly 40 people were listed as finishing the 10K run while the 5K run listed 140 finishers.
  •  The Leake Academy Rebelettes are always one of the dominate fast-pitch softball teams in Mississippi Independent Schools Association competition.

    Last season, they finished with a 27-12-1 record while winning the district and the North State AAA championships. But they lost to Silliman Institute in the state finals, making it the third season in a row they were the runners-up. The 2016 season is less than a couple of weeks off and the Rebelettes are looking to take the next step.
  • World Series of Stickball Champions to be decided this weekend
    Champions will be crowned this weekend in the World Series of Stickball which is under way at the Choctaw Indian Reservation.
        The annual event started last week with teams competing in five different divisions. The tournament is held in conjunction with the Choctaw Indian Fair which got under way this week.
  • An additional award will be presented at the 37th annual Heart O’ Dixie Triathlon awards ceremony this year.

    The first Neshoba County finisher has always been recognized after the triathlon. In 1990, the award was formerly named the Dickey Nowell Memorial Award in honor of one of the original competitors. Nowell always enjoyed the Heart O’ Dixie Triathlon and competed in it even as he battled cancer. Following his death, his family and the Philadelphia Sertoma Club began presenting the award.
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