By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
A new sports feature that will appear in the Winston County Journal on a regular basis is the Red Hills Report. The purpose of this report is to look back at the previous week’s schedule of sporting activities and let you know how the teams we follow fared.
The concept is pretty simple: If an event is important enough to be listed in the local sports schedule each week, then it’s seems reasonable we should provide you with the result of the contest. We endeavor to list the schedules for each sport associated with 11 high schools in our coverage area — Choctaw County, French Camp, Eupora, East Webster, Louisville, Nanih Waiya, Noxapater, Winston Academy, Grace Christian, Kemper County and Kemper Academy as well as the three area community colleges— Holmes, East Central and East Mississippi — and Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi.
We will also include in the schedule and report on the athletic teams that have local players or coaches from Choctaw, Webster and Winston counties associated with them. If you know of someone from the area who is on a team that should be listed please contact Austin Bishop by e-mail at BrotherA4him@hotmail.com or by calling or texting to 601-938-2471.
This also includes professional or other recreation events, such as professional steer wrestler Tyler Pearson from Winston County, profession football player Johnthan Banks from East Webster High School or former Ackerman High School standout Trent Furr who now plays at Copiah-Lincoln.
Remember in order for the results and area athlete highlights to be mentioned in the report, we need to have the team or event schedule to add to our local schedule. Text me the name of the athlete, sport and school that has a current Winston County connection and I will find the schedule and include it each week.
The following report spans from Monday, Dec. 30 through Sunday, Jan. 5:
Junior quarterback Bo Wallace ran for two touchdowns and passed for another on the way to picking up MVP honors in the Music City Bowl as Ole Miss posted a 25-17 win over Georgia Tech. Wallace finished the night with a career high 86 rushing yards on 13 attempts, while hitting on 22-of-36 passes for 256 yards. The win was the sixth consecutive in a bowl game for the Rebels.
In men’s college basketball action the Ole Miss Rebels took a 79-74 road win over Western Kentucky behind 24 points from Jarvis Summers and 23 from Marshall Henderson, who knocked down seven 3-pointers in the contest. The win pushed the Rebs to 9-3 on the season.
In women’s college basketball the Lady Rebels used 22 points from Valencia McFarland and 20 from Diara Moore to take a 99-69 home win over Austin Peay, while Martha Alwal scored 22 points to help Mississippi State power past Mississippi Valley State 98-58. Alwal was one of six Lady Bulldogs so scored in double figures in the game.
Jacolby Mobley scored 24 points and Avery Woodson added 20 to lead the East Mississippi Community College men’s basketball team to a 79-70 win over host Tallahassee Community College in the first round of Best Western Holiday Classic.
Sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott and junior wide receiver Jameon Lewis were named co-MVPs of the Liberty Bowl as they led the Mississippi State Bulldogs to a convincing 44-7 win over Rice. The win gave the Bulldogs, who finished at 7-6, their fourth consecutive winnings season and improved coach Dan Mullens’ record in bowl games to 3-1. Prescott rushed for a game-high 87 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, while hitting on 17-of-28 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns. Lewis caught nine passes for 220 yards, the most yards ever for an MSU receiver in any game.
Poor first half shooting led to a 79-72 loss for the East Mississippi Community College men’s basketball team against Eastern Florida State College in the second day of the Best Western Hotel Classic played in Tallahassee. Jacolby Mobley led EMCC in scoring with 17 points. The Lions fell to 6-2 on the season with the loss.
Gavin Ware scored 21 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to lead Mississippi State to a 77-63 win over visiting Maryland Eastern Shore in men’s college basketball action. Colin Borchert pumped in a career-high 22 points for the Bulldogs, who matched last year’s win total by improving to 10-3 on the season. It was Ware’s fifth double-double of the season.
The women’s SEC basketball teams began conference play on Thursday. The University of Kentucky, coached by Winston County native Matthew Mitchell, used a 17-point effort by Jennifer O’Neill to take a 85-63 win over homestanding Alabama. The Lady Wildcats, now 13-1 on the season, are ranked No. 6 in the country. Florida took a 10-point halftime lead and held on to beat Mississippi State 82-72. Dominique Dillingham came off the bench to lead the Lady Bulldogs with 16 points. The Lady Rebels dropped an 85-76 loss to visiting Missouri despite placing four players in double figures. Shequila Joseph led Ole Miss with 21 points.
Former Kemper County standout Lacoltan Bester caught six passes for 105 yards and a touchdown to help Oklahoma University take a 45-31 win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Bester caught a 45-yard touchdown pass and hauled in a 39-yard pass to set up a second score.
In boys high school basketball action the Chargers of Choctaw County High School posted a 63-51 win over East Webster, the Wildcats of LHS beat county foe Nanih Waiya 65-27, and Kemper County lost to Quitman 67-40 in the first round of the Sam Dale Tournament in DeKalb.
In girls high school basketball East Webster took a 48-16 win over Choctaw County and Louisville rolled past Nanih Waiya 66-26, while the Lady Wildcats of Kemper County fell to Southeast Lauderdale 41-32 in the first round of the Sam Dale Tournament.
The Golden Eagles of USM ran their record to 13-2 on the season with a 66-49 win over visiting Drexel. Southern Miss had four players in double figures, with Michael Craig leading the attack with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Chance Cooper scored 16 points to lead the Eupora High School Eagles to a 41-29 win over Durant in the Winona Classic. The win was the seventh straight for the 7-1 Eagles. The Noxapater girls took a 63-18 win over Montgomery County in the tourney, while the Noxapater boys fell to Montgomery County 57-26.
The East Webster boys dropped an 81-36 decision to South Lamar (Ala.) in the New Hope Classic. In the Sam Dale Tournament played in DeKalb the Kemper County girls fell to Northeast Lauderdale 53-41, while the Southeast Lauderdale boys topped Kemper County 50-43.
Dayton’s Devin Oliver banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the visiting Flyers an 83-80 win over homestanding Ole Miss in overtime. Jarvis Summer scored 29 points to lead the Rebels, while Marshall Henderson scored 15 and Sebastian Saiz pulled down a team high 11 rebounds.
The USM women’s basketball team jumped out to a 27-2 lead on the way to a 90-49 win over crosstown rival William Carey. Five Lady Golden Eagles scored in double figures led by 18 from Jerontay Clemons.
The Lady Bulldogs of Mississippi State fell to 0-2 in SEC play with an 82-74 loss Auburn, despite holding a 13-point lead in the first half. Martha Alwal score 18 points for MSU.
The University of Kentucky women were upset 83-73 in Lexington to fall to 13-2 on the season. Jennifer O’Neill scored 15 points for UK, while Samarie walker had 10 points and 12 rebounds.