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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  •  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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hailey Lunderman has set the pace for the Ole Miss softball team during her freshman season, much like she did in her final three seasons with the Neshoba Central Lady Rockets.

    Lunderman has been named to the All-Southeastern Conference All-freshman team. And now she is a top 10 finalist for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award.
  •  The Choctaw Central Warriors concluded spring football training with a jamboree at Eupora.

    The Warriors scrimmaged against Eupora and East Webster.

    “I felt like we played better against East Webster than we did against Eupora,” Coach Jerod Thompson said. “But we got some things done over the spring. We will start weight lifting and 7-on-7 games in June.”
  •  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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