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The Lady Rockets hold the trophy aloft after winning their fourth consecutive MHSAA Class 5A Championship on Friday night in Ridgeland.
The Lady Rockets hold the trophy aloft after winning their fourth consecutive MHSAA Class 5A Championship on Friday night in Ridgeland.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 6:00 PM
When it was all over late Friday night, the Neshoba Central Lady Rockets had claimed their fourth straight fast-pitch softball state championship with a sweep of West Harrison.

The Lady Rockets won the first game 2-0 on Thursday night and took the second contest 6-0 on Friday night. Neshoba Central finished the season with a 27-1 record. The tournament was held at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland.
  • Neshoba Central grad Buckley helps MC win national championship
    Former Neshoba Central softball standout Ty Buckley can add playing on a national championship team to her resume.

    She and her Mississippi College teammates captured the 2016 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national softball championship this past weekend in Troutville, Va., as they defeated Belhaven College 3-0 in the championship game.
  • Neshoba Central grad Hailey Lunderman, now a member of the Ole Miss Rebels softball team, is one of the 10 finalists for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award.

    On Wednesday, the three finalists will be announced. The winner of the award will announced May 31 before the start of the College Softball World Series which is held in Oklahoma City.
  • East Central drops heartbreaker to Jones County in Region 23 championship
    The No. 10 East Central Community College baseball team rallied from a six-run deficit, but in the end fell one run short of the No. 3 Jones County Junior College Bobcats in the championship game of the 2016 National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 Baseball Tournament Sunday, May 22, at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.
  •  Several local athletes and sports teams were honored last week during The Clarion-Ledger Sports Awards banquet in Jackson.

    Those receiving recognition by school were as follows:

    - Choctaw Central: Tiara Joe was recognized as all-state for slow-pitch softball. Kyannah Grant was recognized for cross-country.
  • Lee wins division in golf playoff at PCC
     Jeff Lee won a three-way playoff to place first in his division in the second annual Philadelphia Country Club Men’s Senior Men’s Championship Sunday afternoon.

    Lee was tied in the 50-59 age division with Mark Duncan and Bobby Butler with all three finishing the two day event at 150. Lee won the playoff with Duncan coming in second while Butler came in third.
  • Neshoba Central wrapped up its fourth straight fast-pitch softball championship Friday night, May 13, with a sweep of the West Harrison Hurricanes.

    The Lady Rockets won game one 2-0 and game two 6-0, Neshoba Central finished with a 27-1 record.

    The big storyline for the Lady Rockets, besides winning another state championship, Aspen Wesley’s pitching and a smothering defense, was the weather. It forced several games to be postponed or canceled, and shortened Neshoba Central’s 18-team tournament.

    Here is a week-by-week look back of the 2016 fast-pitch season.
  • The Philadelphia Lady Tornadoes opened the 2016 season as the defending Class 3A fast-pitch softball champions.

    With all but one starter back, Lady Tornadoes Coach Austin McNair was focusing his team’s attention on the upcoming season – not last year.

     “We have a long way to go,” McNair said. “We are just getting all of our players back from basketball. We have a lot of work to do.”

    Here is a week-by-week look at how the Lady Tornadoes’ season went.
  • Mooreville ends Philadelphia’s hopes for repeat championship
    The Philadelphia Lady Tornadoes did not repeat as Class 3A state fast-pitch champions this past weekend.

    But they did not go down quietly in the night.

    Mooreville swept the Lady Tornadoes 6-3 and 9-6 to win the Class 3A fast-pitch state championship. The championship series was held at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland.
  •  At the beginning of spring training last month, Philadelphia football coach Teddy Dyess wasn’t sure what to think about the 2016 Tornado team.

    The Tornadoes went 6-6 last season and finished fourth in the Region 5-3A standings. This is going to be a rebuilding year for the offense, or so it seemed.

    But Dyess was feeling much better about his team following a scrimmage at Lumberton last Thursday.
  •  Monday afternoon was class time for football coach Patrick Schoolar and his Neshoba Central Rockets.

    Neshoba Central had scrimmaged New Hope on Friday. It was more of a joint practice than a game and they didn’t keep score. But it gave Schoolar a chance to see his new team in action.
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