MAIS currently on course to resume play on schedule


The Mid South Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) is planning for a fall season.

“The only definite thing I can say is that right now we are planning to proceed as scheduled. We have not made any adjustments to our calendar” said Chris Chance, MAIS associate director for activities. But he added “That is all subject to change.”

Chance said he had not heard from any schools reluctant to resume sports. “A lot of what I have heard is the opposite, that they are eager to get back to athletic activities.”

July 27 is the first day that MAIS schools may begin football practice and July 31 for softball (a fall sport for MAIS schools), volleyball and girls soccer.

— Laurence Hilliard


Holmes Community College Lady Bulldog sophomore and former Choctaw County High School standout Brysa Maxwell has signed a basketball national letter of intent with Delta State University in Cleveland.

Maxwell, a recent Holmes graduate and Ackerman native, averaged 9.5 points per game as a sophomore for the Lady Bulldogs. She pulled in 8.1 rebounds per game this season. She had three steals per game and 2.2 assists helping lead the Lady Bulldogs to the MACJC State Tournament.

As a freshman, she averaged nine points per game along with six rebounds, 1.1 assists and 2.5 steals. The Lady Bulldogs narrowly missed the MACJC playoffs during her freshman season.

— School Reports


The East Central Community College Warriors will open the 2020 football season by hosting five-time national champion East Mississippi Community College Thursday, Sept. 10, in Bailey Stadium on the campus in Decatur. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.

After hosting the EMCC Lions, Head Coach Ken Karcher and his Warriors will travel to Ellisville to face Jones College at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17.  East Central will host the Southwest Bears at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, before a trip to Poplarville to play the Pearl River Wildcats at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1.

The defending national champion Gulf Coast Bulldogs will visit Decatur for a 6:30 p.m. contest on Thursday, Oct. 8. It will be Homecoming 2020 for ECCC. The remainder of the schedule has ECCC at the Copiah-Lincoln Wolves in Wesson at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, at home against the Hinds Eagles at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, and at the Coahoma Tigers in Clarksdale at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.

— Bill Wagnon


Bay Springs native Parker Dykes was laid to rest this week. He was head coach at his alma mater Jones County Junior College for 14 years and won 90 games and two state titles and led JCJC to a National Championship in 1998.

— Dale McKee


Choctaw County High School graduate Allison Brown earned Distinguish Academic All State recognition from the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges with a 3.82 GPA (out of 4.0) as a freshman at East Mississippi Community College while playing softball.

“She is a top athlete, the type every coach wants to coach,” said East Mississippi coach Austin McNair. “She is one of the hardest working kids I have ever been around.”

Brown graduated from Choctaw County in 2018. She attended East Central Community College before transferring to East Mississippi, where she enjoyed an excellent freshman year on the diamond, with a .320 batting average when the season came to an end after 12 games.

— Laurence Hilliard