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Beaver Dam wins the goal medal in Stickball in the Mississippi State Games.
Beaver Dam wins the goal medal in Stickball in the Mississippi State Games.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 6:00 PM
Dakiern Wilson scored two goals to lead Beaver Dam past Pearl River 4-3 in the State Games of Mississippi Youth Stickball Gold Medal game Saturday night at Choctaw Central High School.

Wilson scored the winning goal with 11 seconds left to break a tie game. Braylon Bell and Tralon Dixon also scored for Beaver Dam. Gage Lewis scored two goals for Pearl River and Gannon Vaughn scored once.
  •  For the second year in a row, Neshoba Central ranked third among Class 5A programs in Mississippi’s All Sports standings.

    The rankings are based on a points formula and is published by The Clarion-Ledger. It gives points for sports a school participates in through the Mississippi High School Activities Association. Points are awarded based on how a school finishes following their respective post-season. Making the playoffs gives a school points. The state champion receives top points in a sport with less points going to the runner-up and so on.
  • Glen Sanders, Philadelphia High School’s new girls softball coach, said the Lady Tornadoes will hit the ground running when practice gets underway in July.

    Sanders was named to the position in early June but was still tied up in his former position as headmaster at Sumter (Ala.) Academy. The school has announced it would be closing due to declining attendance and Sanders has been dealing with that. He officially becomes a member of the Philadelphia High School faculty July 1.
  • Rockets host summer basketball camp, announce schedule
     Neshoba Central put on its annual summer basketball camp this past week with more than 50 players participating.

    “We have played summer games all during the month of June,” Coach Jerry Byrd said. “In this camp, we spent two days stressing skills and fundamentals. We had third graders through seniors involved. The men’s coaching staff from East Central came and worked with us. One of our former players, Jaquan Dotson, who is a sophomore at East Central, also helped with the camp. The kids enjoyed getting instruction from the college coaches and players.”
  •  Former Neshoba Central head football coach Chuck Friend will be the defensive coordinator at South Panola High School during the 2017 season.

    Friend coached at Starkville High School as an assistant last year. When Ricky Woods left to become the head football coach at South Panola, he asked Friend to join his staff as the defensive coordinator.
  • State Games of Mississippi Local soccer teams battle in competition
    There was a first for the State Games of Mississippi this past Friday and no one was happy about it.

    For the first time in 26 years of the State Games, the Opening Ceremonies and Parade of Champions was rained out. The event was to have been held in downtown Meridian.
  • Philadelphia High School’s new basketball coach is certainly familiar with the team and its players.

    That’s because he is their principal.

    Last week on a 4-0 vote, the Philadelphia school board appointed high school principal Michael Tardy to be the head basketball coach for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Stickball season gets under way this week for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians with its youth division to be contested as part of the State Games of Mississippi.

    Stickball is a traditional game for the Choctaw Indians which dates back for centuries. Instead of wars, disputes between communities were settled by stickball games. It is described as the little brother of war, and it lives up to its reputation each year. According to Choctaw information, games were first recorded in the 1700s, but most likely games were played much earlier. It is held annually as part of the Choctaw Indian Fair.
  • Details make Heart O’ Dixie Triathlon work
    Taking care of the details is an important part of the annual Heart O’ Dixie Triathlon, and a key reason why it has continued for 38 years.

    On race day (July 22), all attention is focused on starting the race, getting the race competed, and the awards ceremony. Nearly a year’s worth of work and planning comes together in five or six hours.
  • Weather decides State Games
     The State Games of Mississippi junior softball tournament drew a crowd this past weekend at Northside Park.

    But in the end, the weather decided the medal winners.
  • Glen Sanders has been named girls softball coach at Philadelphia High School.

     Sanders will coach both the slow-pitch and fast-pitch teams. He takes over for Jordan Flake who stepped down as softball coach at the end of the season. Sanders is from Union and has taught, coached and worked as an administrator in the West Alabama area.
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