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  • Featuring an MACJC season-opening baseball matchup between two nationally ranked teams, the 14th-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College dropped a pair of hard-fought decisions, 8-5 and 3-1, to top-ranked Jones County Junior College Saturday afternoon at Gerald Poole Field.

    In the scheduled nine-inning opener, the Bobcats took an early 1-0 lead in the first frame after lead-off batter Fred Franklin laced a double to right field before moving to third on a passed ball and scoring on Shelton Wallace’s infield out.
  • The Lions of East Mississippi Community College extended their softball winning streak to eight consecutive games and remained unbeaten in MACJC play by sweeping Copiah-Lincoln Community College, 5-3 and 3-1, on the road Friday afternoon.  

    In compiling their longest win string since putting together a nine-game streak in 2013, the EMCC Lions had 10 hits in both contests against Co-Lin.  In the circle, freshman right-handers AG Stewart and Carly Thompson each threw three-hit complete games during the doubleheader sweep.  
  • Nanih Waiya just keeps finding ways to win baseball games.

    Last week in the Rush Invitational Baseball Tournament in Meridian, the Warriors scored on a passed ball in the seventh inning to knock off Ethel 9-8.

    It was one of two victories last Tuesday at Q.V Sykes Park for the Warriors, who also whipped Puckett 5-1 to improve to 12-0 on the season.

  • Kemper Academy's baseball team got in two games during its spring break, whipping Scott County 14-3 last Tuesday before dropping a 19-3 decision to Winston Academy on Saturday night.

    The Rams, who entered this week with a record of 2-2, were slated to go to Columbus Christian Academy on Monday and are scheduled to visit Lamar School in Meridian on Thursday this week. Friday, KA is scheduled to host New Summit.
  • EMCC's Carly Thompson tabbed MACJC pitcher of the week
    East Mississippi Community College freshman Carly Thompson has been named MACJC Softball Pitcher of the Week for her recent efforts in the circle for the Lions.

    Thompson went 2-0 and did not give up an earned run in 15 total innings during three pitching appearances a week ago for the EMCC Lions.  While scattering six hits with 11 strikeouts and three walks during the week, Thompson recorded a stretch where she retired 23 consecutive batters during her combined wins over Holmes and Copiah-Lincoln.
  • Nanih Waiya dropped a pair of 10-0 decisions last week on the softball diamond in their final pre-Spring Break action of the 2017 season.

    The Lady Warriors fell 10-0 to a strong Ethel team on Monday and then dropped a 10-0 decision at Class 4A Kosciusko on Thursday. They are now off until Friday, when they are slated to see action in the Clarkdale Spring Fling Fast-Pitch Tournament at Northeast Park in Meridian.
  • The East Mississippi Community College softball team successfully opened MACJC conference play with a run-rule home sweep, 11-2 and 12-3, over Mississippi Delta Community College Wednesday afternoon at the EMCC Softball Field.

    On the day, the EMCC Lions totaled 23 runs on 22 hits while also receiving complete-game pitching efforts from freshmen AG Stewart and Carly Thompson.
  • After one contest was postponed and another rained out, Kemper Academy’s baseball team is scheduled to return to action this week.

    The Rams, who are 1-1 so far on the season under new head coach Tony Cawthorn, were slated to take on Scott County on Tuesday and will travel to Winston Academy in Louisville Saturday night in this week’s action.
  • Nanih Waiya’s baseball team rolled up four more victories last week, running the Warriors’ quick-start record to 10-0 on the season.

    Coach Tyler Rogers’ bunch started the week with a thrilling, 5-4 win over Eupora on Monday. On Thursday, they pounded French Camp Academy 17-4, then ventured to Stringer on Saturday and came away with a pair of solid wins. Nanih Waiya topped North Forrest 6-3 Saturday morning, then got past Jackson Academy 5-2 Saturday afternoon.
  • Wildcats drop tough contest to Velma Jackson in state tourney
    JACKSON – The Kemper County boys basketball team will not replicate the MHSAA 3A state championship of the football team this school year. In a quarterfinal game Friday at Jackson State that was not decided until 6.7 seconds were left on the clock, Velma Jackson edged the Wildcats 44-40.

    It was a matchup of schools that combined for the last five championships. Kemper has gold balls in the school's trophy case for last year and 2012, while Velma Jackson won three straight titles, 2013-15, before being eliminated from last year's tournament by Kemper.
  • Pair of Rams head to MAIS All-Star Basketball Game
    For what is believed to be the first time in school history, Kemper Academy will have a pair of boys’ players take part together in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ All-Star Basketball Games.

    Seniors Dalton Sanderford and Tanner Owen are expected to play in the Class A-AA game, which is scheduled for Friday at 11:30 a.m., at Jackson Prep in Flowood.
  • A come-from-behind, extra-inning 10-9 softball win in the opening game lifted the Lions of East Mississippi Community College to a road doubleheader sweep over Marion Military Institute Thursday afternoon.  EMCC completed the sweep with a 6-2 victory over MMI in the nightcap.

    Coach Kyndall White’s 3-12 EMCC Lions were slated to begin conference action Tuesday with a home doubleheader against the Lady Trojans of Mississippi Delta Community College. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at the EMCC Softball Field on the Scooba campus.
  • The Lions of East Mississippi Community College continued their hot start to the 2017 baseball season by sweeping preseason 18th-ranked Shelton State Community College, 8-5 and 4-3, Sunday afternoon at EMCC’s Gerald Poole Field.

    The EMCC Lions combined timely long-ball hitting with effective bullpen usage to improve to 9-1 overall on the year with their seventh consecutive victory.
  • A year after reaching the quarterfinals of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ Class A state baseball playoffs, Kemper Academy has plenty of optimism heading into the 2017 season.

    The start of the Rams’ season was delayed by the success of the school’s basketball team – but now that basketball has ended, three additional players have joined the baseball roster and that number could end up being as many as five.
  • Nanih Waiya’s boys gave highly-touted Piney Woods all it could handle in a first-round, Class 1A state playoff game last Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the Warriors could not pull out a win, falling 61-51 on the Tornadoes’ home floor.

    The Warriors, the No. 4 seed from Region 6-1A, finished the season with an 8-15 record. No scoring details were available.
  • A few trips to Trustmark Park in Pearl for championship action have kept expectations high for the Nanih Waiya baseball program in recent years.

    That certainly won’t change this season.
  • For a second straight year, Kemper Academy’s baseball season has been severely delayed by the success of the school’s basketball team.

    The Rams have high hopes on the diamond after being eliminated in the MAIS Class A state quarterfinals a year ago, but they’ve already postponed a pair of contests this season.
  • The nationally ranked East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team collected runner-up honors this past weekend as hosts of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Ozark Region spring season opener.  The three-day college rodeo concluded Saturday night at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center in Meridian.
  • Nanih Waiya turned a few heads earlier this month at the Region 2-1A Powerlifting Meet at Calhoun City, breaking five individual records on their way to a second-place team finish.

    Coach Ryan Keeton’s squad will now compete in the Class 1A North State Meet on March 11, also at Calhoun City. The State Meet is April 14.
  • Looking to get into the win column, East Mississippi Community College continues its softball home stand this week on the Scooba campus.  The Lions will welcome Marion Military Institute and Wallace State Community College-Hanceville for respective Tuesday and Thursday doubleheaders.  Both twin bills were set for 2 p.m. starts at the EMCC Softball Field.
  • SCOOBA — More than 200 college cowboys and cowgirls will compete this week at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center in Meridian during a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association-sanctioned event hosted by East Mississippi Community College’s rodeo team.
  • Nanih Waiya finds going tough in district tourney
    Both Nanih Waiya basketball teams found the going tough in the Region 6-1A Tournament last week.

    The Lady Warriors saw their season come to an end with a 27-23 setback to rival Noxapater last Tuesday night. While Noxapater moved on as the eventual No. 3 seed, Nanih Waiya’s girls finished their season with a 5-17 mark.
  • Red-hot Wildcats looking for postseason success
    The Kemper County Wildcats are hoping a red-hot regular season finish with carry over to postseason success.
        The Wildcats took the Region 5-3A regular season crown on Tuesday night with a 58-44 win at Forest and beat Northeast Lauderdale 54-52 to close out the regular season with a 15-8 mark.

  • The East Mississippi Community College basketball teams couldn’t hold onto halftime leads in dropping home decisions to Northeast Mississippi Community College during Thursday’s MACJC North Division action at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.  The EMCC women fell, 68-60, to the division-leading Lady Tigers, while the Lions surrendered 54 second-half points in dropping an 87-78 nightcap decision to the Northeast men.
  • Nanih Waiya’s basketball teams are in action this week in the Region 6-1A Tournament at Sebastopol, where the Warriors and Lady Warriors will try to earn a berth in the Class 1A state playoffs that start next week.

    Both squads were to face off against Noxapater in a No. 4 vs. No. 5 seed matchup on Tuesday night. A loss Tuesday would end the season for either team.
  • This week, the Lions will first play host to preseason 12th-ranked (NJCAA Division II) East Central Community College in a Wednesday (Feb. 15) doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on the Scooba campus. EMCC is then scheduled to welcome preseason 10th-ranked (NJCAA Division I) Shelton State for a 2 p.m. Friday twin bill. East Mississippi stays at home the following week to entertain Marion Military Institute and Wallace State-Hanceville on Feb. 21 and 23, respectively.
  • The East Mississippi Community College baseball team enjoyed a successful 3-1 weekend at the season-opening Max Bruner Classic played this past Friday and Saturday in Niceville, Fla. Competing against two NJCAA Division I opponents, EMCC swept Enterprise State (Ala.) Community College and split with host Northwest Florida State College
  • Tipping off the second half of MACJC North Division regular-season play, the visiting East Mississippi Community College basketball teams were swept by Northwest Mississippi Community College Thursday evening at Howard Coliseum in Senatobia. The EMCC women fell, 86-81, while the Lions were downed in the men’s nightcap, 85-79.
  • Mercedez Jackson signs with Lady Lions basketball team
    The Lady Wildcats celebrated senior night on Friday night but senior Mercedez Jackson got to celebrate a little extra on Friday afternoon.

    Jackson signed with East Mississippi Community College during a press conference at the gym on Friday. According to Kemper County coach Jennie Vance, the point guard should be a great addition to the Lady Lions roster next year.
  • Wildcats win thriller at home against Choctaw Central
    It just seems like every district game seems to come down to the final possession for the Kemper County Wildcats this season.

    The Wildcats dropped a heartbreaker to Southeast Lauderdale 48-46 last Tuesday before beating Choctaw Central 61-60 on senior night on Friday night.

    "I've started calling us the "Cardiac 'Cats," said coach John Alan Darnell. "Every division game seems to come down to the last play for us."
  • The Mississippi Wildlife Federation and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks are currently taking applications for a youth squirrel hunt to be held at Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge on Feb. 11. The hunt targets youths ages 10 to 15 with little or no hunting experience who are interested in learning about the sport. 
  • The East Mississippi Community College basketball teams were swept by visiting Itawamba Community College during Thursday night MACJC North Division action played at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.  EMCC dropped a 62-57 decision in the women’s contest, while the Indians maintained their division lead with an 83-69 victory over the Lions in the nightcap.
  • Kemper Academy will wrap up its 2016-17 regular season basketball slate at home Thursday night by celebrating “Senior Night” and hosting Hebron Christian School.

    Junior-varsity action begins at 4 p.m., and a total of seven seniors will be recognized later in the evening.
  • The East Mississippi Community College basketball teams recorded a key MACJC North Division road sweep over Northeast Mississippi Community College last Tuesday at Bonner Arnold Coliseum.  The EMCC women remained unbeaten in division play with a 68-55 win, while the Lions completed the sweep with a 77-70 victory in the nightcap.

  • Nanih Waiya swept a pair of District 6-1A basketball contests last Friday night at home, topping Sebastopol 50-45 in the girls’ contest and winning 54-51 in the boys’ game.

    Those wins capped a perfect week for the Warriors and Lady Warriors, who swept French Camp Academy in non-district action 63-37 and 55-46 last Tuesday night.
  • Both Kemper Academy teams picked up three victories, including a pair of district wins each, on the hardwood last week.

    While KA’s girls got their two district wins via a forfeit after Calhoun Academy failed to field a girls’ team after schedules were finalized, the Rams earned all three of their victories last week the old fashioned way.
  • EMCC cheerleaders claim school-best finish in Nationals
    ORLANDO, Fla. — The East Mississippi Community College cheerleading team returned to the national scene and came away from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex last weekend with a school-best, fourth-place team finish in the Division II Small Coed finals of the 2017 Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship.    
  • Nanih Waiya splits pair with arch-rival Noxapater
    Nanih Waiya’s basketball teams opened district play last week with a pair of losses to Leake County and a split against Noxapater.

    The Lady Warriors dropped a 56-30 decision to No. 4 ranked Leake County, while the Warriors fell 63-49 last Tuesday.
  • Kemper Academy boys stun Lamar School
    Kemper Academy’s well-documented depth issues should have been a huge disadvantage when the Rams took on Class AAAA Lamar School last Thursday night in Meridian.

    But as basketball often reminds us, you can only put five players on the floor at one time. And last Thursday, the five Kemper put on the floor were consistently better than Lamar’s five for roughly 30 minutes of action.
  • In the resumption of division action following the holiday break, the East Mississippi Community College basketball teams earned a doubleheader road split with Coahoma Community College Thursday night at the Pinnacle.  The EMCC women stayed unbeaten in MACJC North Division play with an easy 88-62 victory, while the Lions dropped a 64-60 decision to the Tigers in the men’s nightcap.
  • The champions of the Native American Sports Association (NASA) adult basketball tournament were crowned Saturday night before a standing room only crowd at Choctaw Central High School.

    The tournament started Thursday and brought together teams from tribes mostly along the East Coast. Tribes were represented from New York to Florida and Alabama. The majority of teams were from the Choctaw Indian tribe. The tournament is played each year and rotates to different sites.
  • Nanih Waiya split a pair of non-division basketball contests at Clarkdale last Tuesday, including an exciting win for the Warriors over the Class 2A Bulldogs.

    Coach Ron Swart’s boys used a strong fourth quarter to whip the host Bulldogs 66-55, while the Nanih Waiya girls dropped a 44-31 decision.
  • The East Mississippi Community College women’s basketball team held on for a 61-59 road victory over Meridian Community College to successfully open the new year last Thursday

    In the teams’ first game action following the holiday break, EMCC held the home-standing Lady Eagles scoreless over the final three minutes of the contest to secure a second straight season series sweep over Meridian and improve to 6-3 overall on the campaign
  • Kemper County splits Sam  Dale Tournament contests
    The Kemper County Wildcats and Lady Wildcats bounced back from a loss in the opening round of the Sam Dale Tournament last week to win the third place game.

    The Wildcats fell to Northeast Lauderdale 65-61 in their opener but recovered to beat Quitman 73-57 on Wednesday in the tournament.
  • Ferguson looking to play football on next level
    Kameron Ferguson never played football before his junior season in 2015.

    “They lost their kicker and needed someone so I decided to try it,” Ferguson, now a senior at Neshoba Central, said. “I was already playing soccer and baseball. I really liked playing football and now I’m hoping to play on the next level.”
  • KCHS Wildcats split two games on hardwood
    The Kemper County Wildcats split a pair of games against strong competition last week to move to 6-5 this season.

    The Wildcats came back to beat Louisville 58-51 last Tuesday night before falling to Class 6A power Starkville 62-43. In girls' action, Kemper County lost its contest to Louisville 57-33 despite 19 points from Kiandrea Cherry.
  • STARKVILLE – Mississippi State women's basketball made more history Monday as it rose to a program-best No. 4 in the nation in this week's Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

     The Bulldogs earned the ranking after opening SEC play with a 74-48 win against LSU on Sunday. That victory improved the Bulldogs to 15-0 overall, the second-best start in program history. State remains the SEC's only undefeated team and one of just three teams in the nation without a loss.
  • Both Nanih Waiya basketball teams were set to return to action this week as the Warriors and Lady Warriors continue to prep for the beginning of district play.

    Coach Jaimee Childs’ Nanih Waiya girls finished the first semester with a record of 3-6, while coach Ron Swart’s Warriors enter the new calendar year with a 2-6 mark
  • Nanih Waiya swept at West Lauderdale and East Webster
    Both Nanih Waiya teams dropped contests at bigger schools last week, as the Warriors and Lady Warriors fell to Class 4A West Lauderdale and Class 2A East Webster.

    The Lady Warriors finished the pre-Christmas portion of their schedule with a 3-6 record, while the Warriors will enter the new year with a record of 2-6
  • Kemper Academy set to play in Christmas Bash
    After taking a couple of weeks off, Kemper Academy’s basketball teams will return to action this week in the Lamar School Christmas Bash.

    The three-day tournament actually started Tuesday, when Kemper’s girls were to square off against Sylva-Bay Academy and the KA boys were to face Russell Christian Academy
  • State champ Kemper County dominates all-region team

    Kemper County, the 2016 Class 3A state football champions, dominated this year’s All-Region 5-3A team which was recently released.

    Eric Clark was the Region’s Overall Most Valuable Player, while D.J. Clayton was the Offensive MVP.
  • Cats, Lady Wildcats bounce back from first-round loss
    The Kemper County Wildcats and Lady Wildcats both dropped a game to Canton in the opener of their Christmas tournament in DeKalb last Thursday, but bounced back for wins over West Lowndes on Friday night to take third place.

    The Wildcats fell to Canton 48-31 on Thursday night before beating West Lowndes 69-61. The Lady Wildcats dropped their first game to Canton 44-40 and beat West Lowndes 61-49
  • Ex-EMCC star Staggers leads USM to New Orleans Bowl win

    NEW ORLEANS — Receiver Allenzae Staggers set records for receptions and receiving yards Saturday night as Southern Miss outlasted the Louisiana-Lafayette 28-21 in the 16th annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

    Staggers, who was named Southern Miss' Most Valuable Player, caught a career-high 11 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown before the fourth-largest crowd (35,601) in the bowl's history.
  • Rams hammer Starkville Christian
    The Kemper Academy boys – through cancellations, to football injuries, to a short-handed roster, to a brutal non-district schedule – waited patiently for their first win of the 2016-17 basketball season.

    Last Monday night, it came in a big way.
  • Both Nanih Waiya teams came away with victories in a trip to Ethel last Tuesday night.

    Those wins helped the Warriors and Lady Warriors earn a split for the week, as each fell to Class 3A Choctaw County Friday afternoon.

    Nanih Waiya’s girls entered this week with a record of 3-4, while the boys were 2-4. Both squads were to pay a visit to Class 4A West Lauderdale on Tuesday and both are scheduled to visit East Webster Thursday. After this week’s games, Nanih Waiya is not scheduled to see action again until Jan. 3 at Clarkdale
  • As expected, the postseason honors for the Nanih Waiya football team are rolling in.

    A total of eight Warriors have been selected to the MHSAA Class 1A All-State team, and Nanih Waiya also racked up a host of Region 3-1A honors this week
  • Kemper Academy’s girls suffered their first loss of the 2016-17 season last week. But the Lady Rams responded with arguably their best all-around effort.

    After dropping a 37-34 decision in overtime to Columbus Christian last Tuesday, KA’s girls finished the game on a 15-0 run and whipped visiting Newton County Academy 44-25 last Friday night in DeKalb.
  • Lions close out season as No. 2 ranked  team in nation; Mississippi Bowl champs
    Sometimes the success the East Mississippi Community College football team has enjoyed over the past six seasons makes you just shake your head.

    The numbers don't even seem possible. But, yet, they just keep mounting.

  • The schedule shuffling continues for the Nanih Waiya basketball teams, who should see three games apiece this week.

    Last week, the Warriors and Lady Warriors had their games with Ethel on Tuesday postponed because of the threat of severe weather. Lady Warrior head coach Jaimee Childs said those contests won’t be made up – but Nanih Waiya will go to Ethel on Dec. 13 instead of hosting the Tigers and Lady Tigers.
  • The final score may have not indicated so, but early on in their matchup at Wayne Academy last Thursday night, Kemper Academy’s girls were absolutely on fire from the field.

    It was more than enough to propel the Lady Rams to their third victory on the young season.


  • Hitting 10 second-half 3-pointers, the Lions of East Mississippi Community College broke open a close contest on the way to posting an 83-55 home win over Wallace State Community College Hanceville in men’s basketball action last Monday evening at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum


  • Not one, but two football players from Kemper Academy have been named Mississippi Association of Independent Schools All-Stars.

    Seniors Dalton Sanderford and Trent Lightner are in Jackson this week and will participate in the annual MAIS all-star football game slated for Friday.
  • NW falls just short in epic 1A South State Championship
    For as long as they can remember, Nanih Waiya football players may very well feel like they should have had an opportunity to play for a Class 1A state championship this season.

    In all likelihood, Nanih Waiya fans will always feel that way. But in reality, it didn’t happen.
  • Nanih Waiya advances to 1A South State finals
    Disgust was mounting on the Nanih Waiya sideline.

    The Warriors had not taken advantage of prime field position on more than one occasion. A clock malfunction was followed by yet another clock malfunction. And despite being down a score, visiting Resurrection Catholic likely felt like it had the Warriors right where they wanted them.
  • Points were hard to come by during Kemper Academy’s visit to Newton County Academy last Thursday night in Decatur. But in the end, the visiting Lady Rams put enough of them on the board.

    KA used a 10-0 run in the first quarter to take the lead for good, then held on for a 36-29 win over NCA to improve to 2-0 on the season.

  • The Kemper County boy's basketball squad continued to play a little short-handed but the final score didn't show it on Tuesday night.

    The Wildcats, still playing without several starters because of the football team's success, moved to 2-0 this season with a big 68-50 win over Louisville.
  • When Scott Johnson agreed to take over as the head coach of the Kemper Academy boys’ basketball program, he knew it would probably be December before he had a full team to work with.

    But that’s because Johnson and many others expected the KA football team to make a deep postseason run, not because the Rams looked more like they were headed to triage than the gym.
  • CONFERENCE

    East Kemper Elementary will host a Parent/Teacher Conference for 5th grade parents only. This conference is scheduled for Dec. 1, from 5-6 p.m. Items to be discussed include student grades, student behavior, and tips for academic success.
  • Nanih Waiya’s girls’ basketball team put together quite a run during the 2015-16 campaign.

    The Lady Warriors reeled off 24 victories, won a district championship and advanced all the way to the “Elite Eight” in the Class 1A state tournament before falling to Shaw at Jackson State University.
  • Kemper County opened its girls' and boys' basketball seasons with two very close contests this week.

    The Wildcats used a big fourth quarter to take a 45-44 win over West Lauderdale in their opener after the Lady Wildcats dropped a one-point 54-53 decision to the Lady Knights in their opener.
  • Kemper Academy’s girls came from behind four times in the final quarter and overtime period to outlast Columbus Christian Academy 52-51 in their 2016-17 basketball season-opener Monday night in Columbus.

    “We made so many mistakes, but found a way to win,” first-year head coach Scott Johnson said. “I couldn’t be prouder of the girls. They said they’d never come from behind to win a game like that.”
  • The third-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College claimed their fifth MACJC State/NJCAA Region 23 football championship with a 38-30 victory over No. 4 and reigning state and national champion Northwest Mississippi Community College Saturday afternoon at Sullivan-Windham Field.

    Joining previous state/region titles claimed during the 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014 seasons, head coach Buddy Stephens’ 10-1 EMCC Lions have earned an invitation to compete against an at-large team in next month’s Mississippi Bowl. This year’s Mississippi Bowl will be played on Sunday, Dec. 4, at May Memorial Stadium on the campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston.
  • Warriors prep for Resurrection showdown
    As the season progressed, it became evident there were four legitimate contenders to take home the MHSAA Class 1A state football championship in 2016.

    Friday night, Nanih Waiya will have to beat one of those teams to keep its season alive.
  • Warriors cruise into postseason
    Nanih Waiya’s final regular season game of the 2016 football season was a whole lot like the rest of the year: A blowout.

    The homestanding Warriors erupted for 33 points in the first quarter alone last Friday night, coasting to a 54-0 win over Ethel in their final tune-up for the state playoffs.
  • Wildcats roll to easy win in 3A playoff opener
    The Kemper County Wildcats had little trouble in taking their first step in the Class 3A playoffs.

    Kemper County, now 11-1, rolled to a 42-0 lead at half and cruised to a 58-0 win over Crystal Springs in its first round contest on Friday.
  • No. 3 Lions take tight semi-final victory
    The third-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College earned the right to play for their fifth MACJC state football championship by coming from behind to knock off Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, 27-24, during Saturday’s state semifinals played at Sullivan-Windham Field.

  • A pair of representatives from Nanih Waiya High School turned in solid performances in the MHSAA Cross-Country State Championships held last weekend.
  • East Mississippi Community College split a home basketball doubleheader with Wallace Community College Selma in contrasting fashion Monday night at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum on the Scooba campus.  

    The EMCC women breezed to their third straight win with a convincing 79-47 victory, while the Lions took the visiting Patriots to the wire before dropping an 82-81 decision in the nightcap.


  • In recognition of their recent outstanding individual performances, East Mississippi Community College football player Diamante Pounds and women’s basketball player Tyeisha Juhan have been accorded respective MACJC Player of the Week honors.  


  • MAGNOLIA, Ark. – The East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team captured a second straight team title by claiming top honors this past weekend at the Southern Arkansas University Annual Intercollegiate Rodeo.  The NIRA Ozark Region fall rodeo season finale concluded Saturday night at Story Arena.
  • Kemper Academy’s girls’ basketball team has been in the unenviable position of not having enough players for an intrasquad scrimmage for three or four seasons.

    That won’t change for first-year head coach Scott Johnson.
  • Former Philadelphia High School standout Marcus Dupree has been named to the Class of 2017 to be inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.

    Dupree and five others will go into the Hall of Fame during ceremonies on August 4-5, 2017.
  • There are endless amounts of statistics and subplots which might explain Kemper Academy’s 50-40 loss to visiting Franklin (La.) Academy on “The Hill” in DeKalb last Friday night.

    But the most important number which can explain the Rams’ season coming to an end in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ 8-Man state quarterfinals: Five. As in five turnovers.
  • Nanih Waiya doesn’t necessarily hide the fact that bigger goals may very well be in reach later in the season. But one of the Warriors’ biggest goals has now been accomplished.

    The Warriors exploded for 48 first-half points last Friday night at Durant and coasted to a 55-0 victory that handed Nanih Waiya another Region 3-1A championship.
  • No. 3 EMCC Lions blank Hinds 42-0 in regular-season finale to prepare for MACJC state playoffs
    SCOOBA – As a final tune-up in preparation for the upcoming MACJC state playoffs, the third-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College closed out an 8-1 regular season by blanking Hinds Community College, 42-0, Thursday evening at Sullivan-Windham Field. 
  • Rams open playoffs by hosting Franklin
    Kemper Academy’s football team closed out its regular season with quite a lull: Two bye weeks sandwiched around an emotional Senior Night contest against its arch-rival; then a regular-season finale against a young and clearly overmatched team.

    But this Friday night, a new season begins and there will likely be no more lulls.

  • A quintet of participants from Nanih Waiya turned in solid performances last week in the Queen City Championships invitational cross-country meet hosted by Meridian High School.

    The meet was held at the Okatibbee Fast Track in Collinsville last Tuesday. Nanih Waiya was originally slated to participate in the Mississippi College Open Oct. 15 before shifting to the local event.
  • Not too many folks at Nanih Waiya’s Warrior Field last Thursday night envisioned a defensive struggle between the Warriors and Tigers from Noxapater.

    Many, in fact, anticipated a high-scoring affair or even a blowout.

    Nanih Waiya coach Ryan Keeton was neither of those people. And he got exactly what he expected.
  • Kemper Academy will wrap up its 2016 regular-season campaign this week when the Rams pay a visit to Hebron Christian School.

    The Rams, who have already captured the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ 8-Man District 2 title, are 7-0 and ranked No. 2 in the state by a pair of polls. And while there are contests this week which could shake things up, Kemper is currently sitting at No. 3 in the MAIS power point ratings and is guaranteed to host a state quarterfinal playoff game in DeKalb on
  • The Kemper County Wildcats had their biggest challenge of the Region 5-3A schedule so far but rose to the challenge on Friday night at home against Forest.

    The Wildcats (9-1 overall and 4-0 in the region) trailed going into the fourth quarter but scored 16 unanswered points to put away the Bearcats 40-26 on senior night in DeKalb.

  • MURRAY, Ky. — The East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team enjoyed a successful weekend in Kentucky by claiming team honors and also finishing third during back-to-back, two-day NIRA Ozark Region rodeos hosted by Murray State University. The four-day Racer Roundup College Rodeo concluded Sunday at the Bill Cherry Expo Center.
  • A veteran observer from Nanih Waiya summed up the Warriors’ victory over Smithville last Friday night rather fittingly: “We hit ‘em in the mouth and didn’t let up.”

    That, they did.
  • Lions take convincing win over No. 1-ranked Northwest
    SCOOBA – With seven different players reaching the end zone on the day, the fourth-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College never trailed in claiming a 51-32 homecoming victory over top-ranked and reigning national champion Northwest Mississippi Community College Saturday afternoon at Sullivan-Windham Field.
  • Rams take care of business against rival Central
    With the way the remaining schedules shape up, it’s mathematically impossible for Kemper Academy to improve its Mississippi Association of Independent Schools power-point rating for seeding in the upcoming state playoffs.

    That is, unless, No. 1 Tallulah (La.) Academy or No. 2 Marvell (Ark.) Academy were to lose a game.
  • First-half explosion powers Nanih Waiya past French Camp
    If they didn’t get it to start with, Nanih Waiya fans should have headed to the concession stand as quickly as possible last Friday night at French Camp Academy for a little popcorn.

    Because the Warriors’ Chris Smith was definitely putting on a show.
  • Lions take MACJC shoot out over Holmes, 63-49
    GOODMAN – Competing in their highest scoring game since 2009, the fifth-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College topped 16th-ranked Holmes Community College, 63-49, during MACJC North Division football action Thursday night at Ras Branch Field.

    Scoring 112 points between them, Thursday’s slugfest between the Lions and Bulldogs marked the most total points scored in an EMCC football game since head coach Buddy Stephens’ 2009 Lions claimed a memorable 75-71 home victory in regulation over third-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast to claim the school’s first MACJC state football championship. 
  • LIVINGSTON, Ala. – The East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team placed fifth recently at the annual University of West Alabama Rodeo Showdown.  The three-day NIRA Ozark Region event concluded Saturday night at UWA’s Don C. Hines Rodeo Complex.

  • Nanih Waiya’s slow-pitch softball team finished up the 2016 regular season last week with a pretty solid offensive showing, although it didn’t translate into any victories for the Lady Warriors.
  • Kemper Academy will entertain its oldest rival Friday when Central Academy pays a visit to “The Hill” with all kinds of interesting subplots.

    The Rams and Vikings will tangle Friday night at 7, with Kemper needing a victory to maintain its No. 3 standing in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools’ power-point ratings.


  • One-win McAdams had a game plan when heading to division-leading Nanih Waiya last Friday night for a Region 3-1A contest.

    Unfortunately for the host Bulldogs, it backfired early and often