Southeast Lauderdale’s Joe Miller postgame

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Southeast Lauderdale girls basketball coach Joe Miller talks about the Tigers 73-43 win over Forest High School in the opening round of the South State Tournament.

Follow Meridian at Gulfport boys basketball

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Follow the first round game between Meridian and Gulfport right here .

Meridian at Gulfport boys scouting report

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In one of the most anticipated first-round matchups of the Mississippi state playoffs, Meridian High School (22-6) will travel to Gulfport High School (27-3) Tuesday night. Two of 6A’s top teams will meet, and only one will move on. Below is a look at what fans should watch out for in Tuesday’s game.

Scouting Gulfport

The Admirals rely on sophomore Jahshire Hardnett (15.2 ppg) who leads Gulfport with 33 three pointers, shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arch. Eddie Lee mans the post position for Gulfport, averaging  13 points and 8.3 rebounds a game. On defense, senior Tim Barron is averaging 1.6 steals per game for the Admirals.

Meridian keys to the game

Key #1 

Fueling Meridian’s 16-point comeback against Hattiesburg Friday was the Wildcats’ dominate full-court press on defense. Meridian head coach Randy Bolden said he was pleased with his team’s defense Friday night despite the loss. Defense has been the heart and soul to Meridian’s success this season. If the Wildcats are to pull out a win at Gulfport, they will have to continue the same defensive intensity they displayed in the third and fourth quarter during the Region 5-6A championship game Friday night.

Key #2

Meridian will look to rely on Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen member Darius Miles in the post. The 6-foot-8 center played a huge role in Meridian’s near comeback against Hattiesburg in the Region 5-6A championship game, scoring 13 points to go along with nine rebounds and six blocked shots.

Key #3

If the Wildcats are going to win on the road, they will need a strong performance from Torlorf Thomas. The normally sound three-point shooter had a off game in Meridian’s 74-61 loss to Hattiesburg on Friday night. If Thomas can bounce back from beyond the arch at Gulfport, he creates a tough matchup for the Admirals Tuesday night.

Quotable:  “Any time you go on the road its tough, but we will be ready for it.” – Meridian head coach Randy Bolden

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MCC Baseball Splits Sunday Doubleheader

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From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Eagles returned to the field Sunday trying to rebound with a pair of victories during its current 14-game home stand. The Eagles opened the day with a solid 7-0 victory over Coahoma Community College and dropped the nightcap to Pearl River Community College by a final score of 9-5. MCC moved its overall record for the 2013 season to 5-5 and will return to Scaggs Field Tuesday afternoon in a doubleheader against Alabama Southern Community College. The first pitch of the twin bill against the visiting Eagles is at 2 p.m.

Game 1 :Sophomore Brandon Smith pitched his first complete game of the season to lead MCC to the game one victory over the Tigers. Smith scattered seven hits over his seven innings of work, and collected eight strikeouts in the pitching victory.

MCC ended the game with eight total hits and were led at the plate by freshman Paul Angel with a pair of hits which included his first collegiate home run. Johnathan Youngblood scored a pair of runs in the victory, while Charles Morton added an RBI base hit.

Game 2 :The Eagles couldn’t complete the sweep as Pearl River took a four-run victory in the final game of the day. The Wildcats also collected a victory over Coahoma earlier in the day by a final score of 14-1.

Angel and Morton led the way at the plate for the MCC with two hits apiece, while Youngblood added a two-run single.

The MCC pitching staff struggled in the second game of the day by allowing 10 total walks and four runners to be hit by pitch. Kellon Hibbard (1-2) took the loss out of the bullpen for the Eagles.

 

Area teams in playoff action

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The first round of the state playoffs begin on Monday. Below is a list of the area teams playing in the next two days. For a full look at the full boys brackets click here , for the girls brackets click here .

2A girls

Feb. 18: #1 Bass field (home)  vs. #4 Union (away)

2A boys

Feb. 19: #2 Union (home)  vs. #3 Amite County (away)

3A girls 

Feb. 18 : # 2Pass Christian (home)  vs.  # 3Kemper County  (away)

Feb. 18: #2 Choctaw Central (home)  vs.  #3 West Marion (away)

Feb.18: #1 Southeast Lauderdale (home) vs. #4 Sumrall (away)

3A boys

Feb. 19 : #2 West Marion (home)  vs. # 3 Choctaw (away)

Feb. 19:  #2 Southeast Lauderdale (home)  vs. #3 Collins (away)

Feb. 19 : #1 Pass Christian (home)  vs.  #4 Newton (away)

4A girls

Feb. 18: #1 Bay High School (home) vs. #4 Northeast Lauderdale (away)

Feb. 18 : #1 Quitman (home)  vs. #4 Poplarville (away)

4A boys

Feb. 19: #2 Poplarville (home) vs. #3 Quitman (away)

Feb. 19: #2 West Lauderdale (home)  vs. #3 Bay High (away)

6a girls

Feb. 18 : Meridian (home)  Gulfport (away)

6a boys

Feb. 19 : Gulfport (home) Meridian (away)

EMCC basketball teams to welcome Northwest Mississippi for Monday’s ‘Sophomore Night’ doubleheader

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From school reports 

SCOOBA – ‘Sophomore Day’ activities on the East Mississippi Community College campus will take on added significance Monday evening, as both the Lady Lions and Lions have much riding on their respective home basketball contests against Northwest Mississippi Community College.  A 5:30 p.m. women’s game will be preceded by a 7:30 p.m. men’s contest at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum on the Scooba campus.

Coach Sharon Thompson’s EMCC Lady Lions enter Monday’s home finale in a three-way tie for fourth place in the MACJC’s North Division standings with Holmes and Mississippi Delta.  With all three teams tied at 4-6 in division play, only one of the three tied teams will earn the fourth and final spot in the upcoming MACJC State Basketball Tournament (Feb. 25-28).  Itawamba, Northeast and Northwest have already clinched spots in the women’s state tournament.

Also on Monday, Holmes will play host to Northeast and Mississippi Delta will welcome division-leading Itawamba in women’s play.  During Thursday’s action to conclude the regular season, the EMCC women will travel to Coahoma, while Holmes visits Northwest and Mississippi Delta ventures to Northeast.   

Coach Mark White’s EMCC Lions, meanwhile, can clinch their fourth consecutive MACJC North Division regular-season title outright with a Monday victory over the visiting Northwest Rangers.  Now 15-6 overall and 8-2 in division play, the EMCC men own a current four-game winning streak, including a 63-61 road win over Itawamba this past Thursday in Fulton.  At 15-5 overall and 7-3 within the division, Northwest enters the final week of regular-season action one full game behind the front-running Lions.

With the EMCC and Northwest men having already clinched spots in next week’s (Feb. 25-28) MACJC State Basketball Tournament, the other five teams within the MACJC’s North Division are all fighting for the other two divisional playoff berths.  Mississippi Delta and Coahoma enter the week at 5-5 and 5-6, respectively, in division play, while Holmes and Northeast are tied at 4-6.  The Itawamba men are presently 3-8 within the division.

In addition to EMCC honoring its men’s and women’s sophomore basketball players on Monday, EMCC’s sophomore cheerleaders will also be recognized during halftime of the men’s contest.  The men’s halftime will also feature a special performance by the Mississippi State University Pom Squad.  During Monday’s regular-season home finale, the EMCC basketball teams will also pay tribute to the seventh annual Play 4Kay initiative, raising breast cancer awareness, by wearing pink on their basketball warm-up gear and uniforms.

 

Tuesday’s EMCC baseball doubleheader vs. Copiah-Lincoln to be played at Northeast Lauderdale High School

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From school reports

SCOOBA – With East Mississippi Community College’s rescheduled home baseball season opener less than a week away, the Lions have relocated Tuesday’s doubleheader against Copiah-Lincoln Community College to Northeast Lauderdale High School in Meridian.  Doubleheader action between EMCC and Co-Lin is slated to begin at 3 p.m. at Northeast’s baseball field.

Because of persistent wet weather conditions causing the delay in the completion of the outfield fence reconfiguration project at EMCC’s Gerald Poole Field, Tuesday’s baseball doubleheader with Co-Lin marks the fifth different ballpark the Lions will have played in to begin the 2013 baseball season.  Entering the week with a 5-3 record, head coach Chris Rose’s EMCC Lions are now planning for Saturday’s (Feb. 23) doubleheader against MACJC South Division foe Pearl River Community College to mark their long-awaited home season debut.  Saturday’s doubleheader action between EMCC and PRCC at Gerald Poole Field on the Scooba campus is set for a 1 p.m. start.

Most recently, the Lions split with Jones County Junior College, winning 5-3 before being shut out 5-0, this past Thursday at Jackson’s Smith-Wills Stadium.  EMCC opened the current season, Feb. 3, sweeping Bishop State Community College, 7-4 and 4-3, at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg.  Subsequent road doubleheader splits at Meridian Community College (4-3 win & 3-2 loss) and at Wallace Community College Selma (2-1 win & 3-1 loss) followed on Feb. 5 and 9, respectively.

Prior to the start of EMCC’s 2013 baseball season, February’s twin bills against Bishop State, Meridian, Jones County and Copiah-Lincoln were all originally scheduled to be played on the Scooba campus.

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