Off to the Big House: Ingomar defeats Montgomery County for semi-final appearance

JACKSON – When the Falcon’s needed a playmaker, senior point guard Laquain Foster answered the call.

Foster turned in 27 points in Ingomar’s 67-54 win over Montgomery County on Tuesday, finding runs in a game full of them to outlast the Hornets’quietly creeping towards overtaking the lead.

Ingomar jumped out ahead early, posting a 14-5 advantage before Montgomery County found their offensive output on the arm of Akkevious Robinson who dropped five quick points to bring the Hornets within striking distance at 14-11.

The Falcons held fast, keeping a 17-11 lead after one quarter.

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The Extra Point

The football championship move is the gift that keeps on giving if you write sports columns.

Less than two weeks from the initial decision, The Clarion Ledger posted a story on Tuesday that told of Picayune High School football coach Dodd Lee and Gulfport High School’s Eddie Pierce joining with other schools in southern Mississippi to ask the Mississippi High School Activities Association to foot the bill for their additional travel time and expenses to the finals.

Sorry, but what?

Though the MHSAA did say they were considering plans for such an event, as schools already get a take of ticket sales and concessions, I didn’t think much of it. Usually the football finals are a one-night stay for teams who have a long bus ride, versus three or four at the conclusion of basketball season.

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Kossuth Wins First State Title

PEARL — It seemed like it was meant to be.

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The Kossuth Aggies hold up the Golden Glove after their Class 3A State Title win over Sumrall High School.

Kossuth put together a Game Two that was nearly perfect with Hunter Swindle and Josh Whitaker leading an Aggie team to a 4-0 win over the Sumrall Bobcats to capture the 3A State Baseball Championship at Trustmark Park on Friday.

The series sweep came over 14 innings in two days, five days removed from an 18-inning marathon with Independence High School which brought them to Pearl.

” I tell my guys all the time that if we are prepared to play it doesn’t matter when we play,’ Kossuth Head Coach Daniel Threadgill said. “We can play at 2 a.m. or 3 p.m. and 18 innings — we are ready to play.”

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Just One More: Aggies go 1-0 in State Title Series

PEARL — Kossuth played a close one.

The Aggies locked up a Game 1 win over Sumrall in a 6-5 final, logging a four run sixth inning that looked to cinch the game.

At least until an error got in the way.

What had previously been a perfect game was snuffed out in the seventh inning, as Jacob Wilcher misjudged a fly ball into center field.

The ball dropped – Sumrall scored its third run of the game, and the race was on.

“The sun was bad at that point,” Head Coach Daniel Threadgill said of Wilcher’s mishap, “It was behind the home stands and difficult to see. There wasn’t a mental error, it was just mother nature.”
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The Last Mile Brings Victory for Lions

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The Biggersville Lions hold up their 2013 State Championship Trophy following their Class 1A State Title win over Coldwater.

JACKSON – The final mile was paved with gold.

The Biggersville Lions claimed the prize that alluded them in 2012, securing a gold ball and a Boys Class 1A State Championship title in a 62-53 defeat of Coldwater High School.

The win marked a redemption game for the team, who returned to Alcorn County as the 1A runner-up in last years final.

“It’s something that definitely stayed with us this year, I thought that we might be in a rematch situation and it just worked out – this team really proved themselves and fought hard for the win, and to be able to leave with a win is great,” Head Coach Cliff little said during the post-game press conference.

The Lions focus on a win even directed the team huddle where the parting cry for the game was one word – ‘revenge’.

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A Family Affair: Lions Compete for State Title

BIGGERSVILLE — It’s about chemistry and leadership.

Both are attributes that the Biggersville Lions use to describe a 27-8 season and a second consecutive trip to the ‘Big House’ — the Mississippi Coliseum — and the Class 1A State Basketball Finals.

“We’ve been together since we were young, since sixth or seventh grade,” junior starter Daniel Simmons said, “so we’ve had chemistry, and thats how we can play with each other – we are used to each other.”

The Lions claim seven junior members, one senior in Blake Stacy, and three sophomores on the 10-man roster.

The 2012 team all took part in the 1A runner-up team, providing experience in playing in the biggest game of the season.

As with the 2011 basketball team, one which graduated six seniors, expectations are riding high.

“The expectation is to win the gold ball, we came in second last year and now we want to go back and win – no doubt about it,” Head Coach Cliff Little said of the team.
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The Marshall Effect

Most people will tell you Marshall Henderson has ‘crazy eyes’.

But the SEC’s leading scorer isn’t crazy. He’s a guy who can shoot from 37 feet and have it be ‘in range’.

He’s a guy who talks to himself during games, a player who also chats with opponents, referees, the fans and, most likely, to the basketball itself.

Off the court, Henderson presents himself as a normal 22-year-old attending the University of Mississippi. It’s only in the presence of a basketball and a hoop that his personality changes – it’s on the hardwood where the perimeter shooter from Hurst, Texas is perhaps the most polarizing player that the league has seen in recent memory.

And if not, Henderson is certainly the most talked about.

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