Jeff Davis' trip to bench was not planned route
From Staff Reports
Dec. 13, 2001
When Jeff Davis was playing high school basketball alongside current Southeast Lauderdale High School boys coach Ryan Miller and watching his uncle Donald Shirley coach the Lady Tigers of Southeast, he never thought he was going to be a coach.
Davis, currently in his third season as the head coach for the Lady Bulldogs of Clarkdale High School, got his degree in secondary education, planning to be a history teacher.
After taking a teaching job at Clarkdale he began to help former CHS boys head coach Ronnie Roberts as an assistant. Then when the girls post came open, he decided to work the sidelines for a living.
The Lady Bulldogs, who are currently 6-9 on the season, hit the road to take on Newton High School on Friday night.
Division 5-3A the toughest?
Any time there is a girls basketball game in Division 5-3A these days, expect a war.
Southeast Lauderdale is the defending Class 3A State Champion. The Lady Tigers ran their record to 11-3 following Tuesday night's come-from-behind 68-59 win over Newton County.
All three of Coach Joe Miller's team's losses have come against division opponents.
Newton County head coach Natalie Vance agrees.
Tupelo gave Lady Cats rough time
Last Friday night, the Meridian Lady Wildcats hooked up with Tupelo for the first time since last March's 5A State Girls Championship Game at the Big House in Jackson.
It was not a pleasant night for coach Donald Shirley's team. Tupelo, off to a 12-0 start, ripped Meridian 72-42. But Shirley says the game was closer than the score indicates.
Frazier-Yarbrough tips off tonight
The four-team round-robin Frazier-Yarbrough Tournament begins today with four games being played beginning at 4 p.m.
The Heidelberg and Noxubee County girls tip things off, followed by the two boys squads at 5:30 p.m. The 7 p.m. game is between the Quitman and Meridian girls with the Panthers and Wildcats scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m.
Friday's action features Noxubee County and Quitman playing in the early games at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., while Meridian and Heidelberg meet in the late games at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Saturday's action has Quitman and Heidelberg playing early and Meridian and Noxubee County facing off late.
AAA quarterbacks get job done
Both of the Offensive MVPs for the MPSA All-Star game last weekend were quite familiar with each other and Mississippi College's Robinson-Hale Stadium field. That's because they started against each other for the Academy AAA final.
Micah Schilling led Silliman Institute to the AAA title by beating the Chad McMahan-led North Delta School 14-12 the week before at MC. On Friday, Schilling was the starting quarterback for the South All-Stars. McMahan was the starter for the North.
This time, it was McMahan who left a winner, directing the North to the 28-14 win. McMahan rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw a 39-yard TD pass to Starkville's Parker Mullins.
Schilling was one tired all-star following his game effort. He ran the ball 20 times for 90 yards and a touchdown. He was also 12-of-30 passing for 95 yards.
Let's put it the hoop
Lamar School Coach Doc Stephens would love to see more scoring out of his Lady Raiders. Lamar is off to a 3-8 start.
Lamar hosts Manchester Friday night and then will spend the week after Christmas in the East Central Tournament.
Meridian Wildcats 1-0 in division
The Meridian Wildcats, however, are 1-0 in division play after spanking Tupelo 81-66 in Tupelo.
The Wildcats will have to battle Watson's former team in Starkville Yellow Jackets and Columbus in the division round-up.
Local golfer makes Junior Cup team
J.T. Williamson of Lamar School was one of 24 golfers in the state who took part in the Mississippi Junior Cup matches and the 2001 Tournament of Champions this past weekend at Canebrake Golf Club in Hattiesburg.
The Junior Cup matches were created in 1999 to honor the best junior golfers in the state.
Are you sure this is December?
The game time temperature for Friday's Class 2A Final between Ackerman and Gulfport St. John was a balmy 78 degrees.
Despite the heat', Ackerman went on to win the game 20-14.
Raiders making progress
New Lamar School boys coach Tristan Howell says his team is making good progress.
The losses were to Howell's alma mater in Leake Academy, Jackson Prep and Oak Hill. Lamar lost to Central Hinds handily on Tuesday night
Lamar hosts district rival Manchester on Friday and will also play in the East Central Tournament on Dec. 26-29.