So what does Trae Embry­ do for an encore?

Last fall, Embry came to Neshoba Central after a successful softball coaching career at Eupora and led the Neshoba Central Lady Rockets to their first slow-pitch state championship.

The Lady Rockets started practice for the 2013 fast-pitch season on Monday and Embry said his team's plans are to keep getting better.

"We are a young team," Embry said. "We have 31 girls out and 27 are in the 10th grade or younger. We only have two seniors, Miranda Crenshaw and Jesse Hennington.

"We are going to work hard and try to improve each day. If we do that, we'll see what happens," Embry said. "The sky is the limit."

Neshoba Central's first action will be Feb. 16 when they compete in the Kosciusko jamboree. The following weekend, they play in the Southeast Lauderdale classic. Then the season starts Feb. 25 at home with Union.

The Lady Rockets' schedule is as follows:

Neshoba Central Lady Rockets

2013 fast-pitch season

Feb. 16 - Kosciusko jamboree

Feb. 23 - Southeast Lauderdale Classic

Feb. 25 - Union

Feb. 28 - Philadelphia

March 1-2 - Tupelo tournament

March 4 - at Union

March 9 - Winona tournament

March 14-15 - Clarkdale tournament

March 18 - at Philadelphia

March 19 - Enterprise

March 22 - at Kosciusko

March 23 - JV tournament

March 26 - at Starkville *

March 28 - Winona

April 2 - New Hope *

April 5 - Kosciusko

April 9 - Starkville *

April 11 - at New Hope *

April 12 - Newton County

April 16 - Nanih Waiya

April 18 - at Enterprise

* - Region game


Neshoba Central has announced its 2013 football schedule as follows:

Neshoba Central Rockets

2013 football schedule

Aug. 23 - at Newton County

Aug. 30 - Kosciusko

Sept. 6 - Philadelphia

Sept. 13 - at NE Lauderdale

Sept. 20 - Open

Sept. 27 - at Pearl

Oct. 4 - Callaway (HC) *

Oct. 11 - at Canton *

Oct. 18 - Germantown *

Oct. 25 - at Ridgeland *

Oct. 31 - at Lanier *

Nov. 8 - Vicksburg *


The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets saw their record fall to 11-7 on the season last week in a 44-32 loss to Canton High School last Friday.

Neshoba Central led 12-10 at the half. But Canton would outscore the Lady Rockets 14-3 in the third quarter as they took control of the game. Canton outscored Neshoba Central 20-17 in the final quarter.

The Neshoba Central boys dropped a 74-57 decision to Canton.

The Rocket teams were to close out the 2012-2013 regular season at home against Starkville on Tuesday night. The region tournament will be held at Canton High School Feb. 11-15.


The Neshoba Central boys soccer team placed second in its region and made it to the state Class 5A playoffs. The Rockets were eliminated last Tuesday in a 3-1 loss to Oxford.