By ROCKY HIGGINBOTHAM

Kemper County Messenger



Nanih Waiya will not field a slow-pitch softball team this fall.

Courtnee Graham, who coached the Lady Warriors’ slow-pitch program three of the last four years, said the school could not drum up enough interest to field a team this season. School officials have discussed adding another sport to possibly replace slow-pitch in the future.

“We just didn’t have enough girls who wanted to play this year,” Graham said. “We’ll try again next year.”

Nanih Waiya has been competitive in slow-pitch since the school began playing the sport in the 1990s. But Graham said a handful of the school’s softball players decided a few years ago to concentrate on fast-pitch only, and others have followed suit.

In the past three seasons, Nanih Waiya has fielded teams with between 12-17 players.

The Lady Warriors were winless two years ago, then went 2-16 last season with a 15-person roster which included several who were playing the sport for the first time.

This year, the Mississippi High School Activities Association combined its six classifications into three for slow-pitch competition. Nanih Waiya was slated to compete with Leake County, Noxapater, Philadelphia, Sebastopol and Union in Region 6 of Class I.

Most MHSAA schools participated in jamborees last weekend and are scheduled to open their 2017 seasons