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Neshoba Central's Walker Beckham lays down a squeeze bunt in a recent contest. The Rockets open postseason play against New Hope this week.

Photo by Chris Todd
Neshoba Central's Walker Beckham lays down a squeeze bunt in a recent contest. The Rockets open postseason play against New Hope this week. Photo by Chris Todd
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 6:00 PM
The Neshoba Central Rockets will open play in the Class 5A state baseball playoffs this weekend when they take on New Hope in the best two-out-of-three game series.

The first game is set for Friday night at Neshoba Central. Game two will be played at New Hope with the third game, if necessary, to be played Monday night at the Rockets’ field.
  • Lady Rockets seek fifth straight state fast-pitch title
    The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets begin their quest for a fifth straight Class 5A state fast-pitch softball championship this week.

    The Lady Rockets entered the week with a 22-2 record. As champions of Region 3-5A, they drew a first round bye.  They took on Lake Cormorant in first round of the playoffs Tuesday night. The two teams play game(s) two and three, if necessary, at Neshoba Central on Thursday night.
  • The Philadelphia Lady Tornadoes opened play in the Class 3A state fast-pitch softball championship tournament Tuesday as they took on Magee.

    The Lady Tornadoes are the champions of Region 5-3A and drew a first round bye. They were to play one game at Magee on Tuesday and then host the Lady Trojans for game(s) two and three, if necessary. Those games start at 5:30 p.m.
  •  The Choctaw Central Lady Warriors advanced to the next round of the Class 3A state fast-pitch playoffs Saturday as they completed a sweep of Raleigh.

    The Lady Warriors improved to 14-5 as they defeated Seminary 15-1 in the first game and 9-3 in game two. Raleigh, the first place team in Region 6-3A, drew a first round bye.
  • Enterprise-Lincoln eliminates Union in three games
    The Union Yellowjackets saw their 2017 baseball season come to an end Monday night as they dropped a 7-5 decision to Enterprise-Lincoln in the third game of the Class 2A series.

    Enterprise won the first game 5-4 while Union took the second game, 7-3. The third game was played in Brookhaven.

    Earlier last week, Union wrapped up the regular season with a pair of games. They dropped a 4-3 decision to Quitman and a 15-2 loss to Nanih Waiya.
  • The No. 9 nationally ranked East Central Community College softball team ended regular season play Friday with a couple of run-rule wins over visiting Baton Rouge Community College.

    The Lady Diamond Warriors won the first game 11-3 in six innings and then took the second game 12-1 in five innings.

    With the wins, East Central improved to 40-6 overall on the season and 23-5 in MACJC league play.
  •  Battling for playoff positioning, the East Central Community College baseball team picked up a crucial doubleheader sweep over Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson on Wednesday, April 19.

    East Central overcame an early deficit to win game one 11-9 and then took the nightcap 16-8.
  • Lady Tornadoes look toward playoffs
    The Philadelphia Lady Tornadoes went 3-2 last week as they look toward the Class 3A fast-pitch softball playoffs.
        The Lady Tornadoes entered the week with a 13-7 record. They were to host Enterprise on Tuesday.

    Last week, Philadelphia defeated Southeast Lauderdale 9-0. They then dropped a 1-0 decision to Neshoba Central. Philadelphia defeated Choctaw County on Thursday and then played two games on Friday. They defeated Enterprise 10-2 and then lost a 6-5 decision to Newton County.
  • Rockets savor first region crown since 1991
    The Neshoba Central baseball team captured its first region baseball championship since 1991 last week as they defeated Ridgeland 3-1 in the deciding game.

    The Rockets are the regular season champions of Region 4-5A.  They will be off this weekend and will see their first action April 28-29 and May 1.

    “It feels really good to win the region championship,” Coach Justin Stovall said. “They may have been co-champions a few times in recent years. But as far as we can tell, this is the first time since 1991 that Neshoba Central has won the region.
  • Neshoba Central’s Fanning named Callahan scholar
     When Neshoba Central senior Jake Fanning started filling out the application for the Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athlete award earlier in the school year, he didn’t know that much about the program.

    “They called me to the counselor’s office and told me I had been chosen to represent the school,” Fanning said. “It was a large application. In addition, it required three letters of reference and a 500-word essay.”
  • Powered by senior Hunter Little, the Union High School powerlifting team captured the Class 2A state championship Saturday at the State Meet.

    Union finished with 50 points in the Class 2A standings. Bruce was second with 32 points followed by Scott Central with 24 points and East Union with 23 points.

    The Yellowjackets finished with four first places, three second places, one third place, and two fourth place finish.
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