The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets Bowling Team traveled to Fannin Lanes in Jackson Feb. 22 to compete in the 2013 MHSAA State Bowling Championship.

Eight high school girls teams competed for the state championship title. Series totals after 4 games were as follows: Tupelo 3374, Clinton 2826, Madison Central 2744, Ridgeland 2663, Neshoba Central 2648, Petal 2601, Pascagoula 2280, Pearl 2246. Although Tupelo was the victor, all Depot Bowling league members, family members, and friends are excited for the Lady Rockets' and Coach Blount's 5th place finish. Many are congratulatory toward and impressed with Neshoba Central's first year accomplishments. Both the boys and girls teams and Coach Blount should be proud of themselves for a job well done. Best of luck next year!

Mr. Tommy Dearing, superintendent of education; Mr. Michael Thomas, athletic director; and Mr. John Bowen, NCHS principal, traveled to Jackson to watch the bowling competition. All three enjoyed the experience and are proud of the team's achievements. Mr. Thomas said it had a great atmosphere and he enjoyed watching them. He said, "(Neshoba's bowling) will be around for quite a while and the interest will continue to grow." Mr. Bowen wanted to let Coach Blount and the Lady Rockets know that he is "extremely proud of them and looks forward to many years of excellence." Mr. Dearing also enjoyed watching the event and learning what it is about. "We are excited about the bowling program and proud to offer a variety of sports," he said.

The Lady Rockets, Mr. Blount, and I would like to sincerely thank the officials for attending the event. We truly appreciate their interest and help in making bowling a part of Neshoba Central's athletic program.

Next week I hope to present my interview with the Lady Rockets and Coach Blount.

Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23 and 24, Depot Bowling hosted the Youth City Tournament. Youth league bowlers from Meridian and Philadelphia competed in the two-day tournament in Singles, Doubles, and Team events. Between both facilities, there were 30 participants on Saturday for the Singles and Doubles events and 36 on Sunday for the Team event. Everyone had a great time bowling with their league mates plus members from the other facility. Meridian bowlers and family members were very complimentary of Depot Bowling and our youth bowlers just as we were of their bowlers.

They look forward to coming back for the Youth State Tournament in June. Results of the tournament are still being verified and will be posted as soon as possible. Thank you to all who participated, their families, and to Depot Bowling for all they do to support and encourage the youth program.

The Youth League will not bowl this Sunday. We will resume Sunday, March 17th. While you are out of school, you might like to call some friends to take advantage of the $2 bowling. Have a great Spring Break!

This Saturday, a 9-Pin No-Tap Tournament fundraiser hosted by friends of Eddie Sellers will be held for medical expenses. Registration starts at noon with bowling at 1pm. Entry is $20 per person which includes shoe rental and 3 games. There will be prizes for high score men and women, high series men and women, and a 50/50 strike pot. Any adults interested in participating in the fund-raising tournament should call or text Darrell at 601-575-9347 or Depot Bowling at 601-656-0770.