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Ahyunte Crosby (25) of Philadelphia works to dribble around Union's Micheal McDonald (4).
Ahyunte Crosby (25) of Philadelphia works to dribble around Union's Micheal McDonald (4).
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 6:00 PM
Philadelphia and Union split a pair of prep basketball games in action from last week.

The Lady Tornadoes took a 60-29 decision over the Union girls. The Yellowjackets came back to stop the Tornadoes 50-41.
  •  Basketball season is always a busy time for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians as they follow the Choctaw Central varsity teams on their campaigns.

    But the number of games is going to be pushed up to another level this weekend as 62 adult teams will gather for the Native American Sports Association’s (NASA) East Coast basketball tournament. Tribes from as far North as New York, North Carolina, Florida and Alabama will be represented in the four brackets. There will be brackets for teams in the men’s division, women’s division, legends men’s division and legends women’s division. The legends divisions features players 40 and older.
  • Neshoba Central teams face 3 regional opponents this week
     Both Neshoba Central basketball teams face three Region 3-4A games this week, thanks to last week’s cold weather.

    The Rocket teams were to visit Lanier last Friday night but the winter storm forced the game to be postponed until Wednesday. That puts Neshoba Central playing Ridgeland at home on Tuesday, visiting Lanier on Wednesday and then hosting Vicksburg on Friday.
  • Coctaw Central Lady Warriors dominate ranked foe
     The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors passed a tough test over the weekend as they knocked off Lafayette 59-48 in the Pontotoc Classic.

    It was Lafayette’s first loss of the season as they dropped to 14-1. Choctaw Central is ranked No. 1 in a statewide poll of Class 3A girls team, and No. 2 in an overall state poll, second only to Starkville which handed the Lady Warriors their only loss earlier this year. The Lady Warriors also stand at 14-1. Lafayette is the No. 2 team in a Class 4A statewide poll and No. 8 overall.
  • The Neshoba Central soccer teams have their playoff dreams on the line over the next two weeks as they close out the regular season with three region games.

    The Rocket teams were to visit Laurel in a non-region game on Tuesday. On Friday, they visit Grenada while on the following Tuesday they host Germantown and close out at home on January 20 vs. Grenada.
  •  Leake Academy faces three games this week in prep basketball action.

    The Rebel teams did not play last week as a Friday game with Columbia Academy and a Saturday game at Lamar School in Meridian were canceled due to the bad weather.
  • Noxapater girls basketball beats Pisgah as boys continue to struggle
    The Noxapater Lady Tigers won their only contest last week as they took a hard-fought 49-42 win over Class 2A Pisgah on Tuesday night.

    In the boys contest, the Tigers’ struggles continued as they dropped a 55-35 decision to the Dragons.

  • Football

    Several members of the East Central Community College football team were honored for their accomplishments during the 2016 season at the college’s Fall Sports Awards Banquet held recently on the Decatur campus.
  • Choctaw Central swept a pair of region soccer matches over Philadelphia last week as the Lady Warriors assured themselves of a place in the upcoming playoffs.

    The Lady Warriors defeated Philadelphia 11-1 while the Choctaw Central boys won its match 5-1.
  • Neshoba central basketball
    Jerry Byrd celebrated his 100th victory as head basketball coach at Neshoba Central last Tuesday as the Rockets defeated Tupelo 62-59 in the “Slam Dunk at the Hump” classic at Mississippi State.

    That gave the Rockets a second victory in as many days at Mississippi State. Earlier, Neshoba Central had taken an 84-44 victory over Raleigh Egypt of Memphis in the first day of the Classic. The Rockets then wrapped up week on Friday with a 66-48 win over Ripley in the Itawamba Community College classic.
  • Local teams focus on upcoming region opponents
    The basketball and soccer teams at the local high schools in the Democrat coverage area have been competing since earlier November.

    Now, important region competition is ready to start and these are the games that really count as teams try to make it to the playoffs. In basketball, the regular season region games set up the brackets for region tournaments. In soccer, the top two teams in a region make the playoffs.
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