There are times when a change can have a trickledown effect.

The Choctaw Central and Philadelphia sports programs had nothing to do with the change but they are having to adjust to it.

Earlier this year, Montgomery County High School, a Class 1A school, was absorbed by Winona High School, a class 2A school. The additional students bumped Winona up to a Class 3A school.

Winona, which played for the Class 2A North State championship last November, was placed in Region 5-3A by the Mississippi High School Activities Association. They are joining Choctaw Central, Southeast Lauderdale, Kemper County and Forest to form the new Region 5-3A.

That created a bit of a scheduling upheaval of the region teams’ football schedules and others. To accommodate Winona, most Region 5-3A members had to drop a non-district game. And this involves the two local schools.

Choctaw Central had a game set with Loyd Star on Oct. 19. The Warriors will now host Winona on that night.

Southeast Lauderdale loses a road game on September 28 with Philadelphia to pick up Winona. That was Philadelphia’s homecoming game and leaves a big hole on the Tornadoes’ schedule.

Philadelphia football coach Bobby Hall said he has been working to schedule another game and has a very interesting prospect.  Coach Hall expects to confirm that game soon.

Winona will join Region 5-3A in all sports which will mean shifting basketball, baseball and softball games around as well.


Coaching changes

Coach Hall said he has filled his vacancies for baseball, slow-pitch and fast-pitch softball.

Frank Hutton has been hired by the Philadelphia schools to coach the girls slow-pitch softball team in the fall and the Tornado baseball team in the spring. Coach David Frey, who is already on staff as an assistant football coach, will coach the fast-pitch softball team in the spring.

Meanwhile, Union High School has a new boys basketball coach. Josh Luckett has left Union to become the boys basketball coach at Northwest Rankin. He will be replaced by John Darnell.