Me oh my, what an awesome day it was on Saturday, Feb. 15 for high school bowlers, their families, friends, and fans when Depot Bowling hosted the 2014 MHSAA Class II North Bowling Regionals.

Everyone was excited to watch athletes from DeSoto Central, Tupelo, Starkville, Northwest Rankin, Meridian, and our hometown favorite Neshoba Central bowl, despite nervousness, with enthusiasm, passion, and skill.

We were truly honored to have the Neshoba Central NJROTC Color Guard and a lovely young singer open the competition. Commander Chris Rowell introduced cadets Morgan Shingler, James Kelly, William Gay, Noah Dozier, and Teresita Hickman as they presented the colors followed by the beautiful a cappella singing of our National Anthem by Laken Winstead, a ninth grader at NC. I want to thank you all for making Regionals special!

In addition to bragging about Neshoba Central's bowling, I would also like to do so regarding their conduct. Thank you Neshoba Central Bowling Team for being properly respectful to our nations flag and anthem. You all have been a great representative of your families, coach, school, county, state, and nation concerning this issue to which Coach Blount, your school, your families, and I are truly proud. Hopefully other schools will learn from and follow your example.

On behalf of the team, I want to give a big thank you to Depot Bowling for hosting the competition.

The staff was helpful, friendly, and accommodating to everyone. It was definitely a learning experience for all that will help make each Regional held here in the future that much better. Maybe hosting the State Championships is on the horizon.

Now as far as the bowling itself, what can I say but, "Yea, Neshoba Central Rockets and Lady Rockets are going to State!" You all bowled your hearts out and it payed off. The boys team finished their four games with a 4027 series. That's a 201 average. The girls team finished with a 3264 series, averaging 163. The State Championships will be the same format, so no sweat, go get 'em!

Friday, at 9 a.m. Fannin Lanes in Jackson will host the 2014 MHSAA Class II State Championship. Neshoba Central, Tupelo, Madison Central, DeSoto Central, Starkville, and Petal will all have a boys and girls team. Rounding out the eight teams will be Hattiesburg and Ridgeland for the girls and Clinton and Hancock for the boys.

If you are unable to attend the championship match, you can watch it live via web-steam at or visit and scroll down to the MHSAA Network tab to get the live feed.

Depot Bowling, league members, family, and friends wish Neshoba Central the best of luck. Go Rockets! Win State!