Website honors Lady Warriors
By Austin Bishop
Winston County Journal
A website dedicated to covering high school sports in Mississippi named four members of the Nanih Waiya fast-pitch softball team to its all-state team and selected Lady Warriors head coach Jennifer Holdiness as 1A Coach of the year.
Junior Ryan Holdiness was named 1A player of the year, while senior catcher Kara Lane Nowell — who has signed with Delta State — was selected as 1A Defender of the Year.
Also chosen to the 1A All-State team by High School Sports in Mississippi were sophomore Reagan Holdiness and freshman Mackenzie Johnson.
Ryan Holdiness hit .407 with six homers and 41 RBIs to go with nine doubles and three triples. She also scored 35 runs and had six sacrifice flies. Holdiness also had a 13-3 pitching record with a 2.04 ERA. She also recorded 112 strikeouts in 113 innings pitched.
Nowell hit .446 for the Lady Warriors with seven doubles and 21 RBIs to go with 40 runs scored.
Johnson hit .368 with a team-leading 53 runs scored, 16 stolen bases, and .598 on base percentage to go with 31 walks and 14 hit by pitches. She also had five doubles and a triple.
Reagan Holdiness hit .396 with a home run, six triples and four doubles, 21 RBIs and 40 runs scored.
Warriors named to All-State baseball team
The honors just keep rolling in for the Nanih Waiya baseball team, which finished the season with a 26-8 record and runners-up in MHSAA Class 1A.
Colby Eaves, Luke Rosamond and Ty Higginbotham were all named to the Class 1A All-State first team by the Mississippi Association of Coaches, while Hunter Luke and Stewart Ball were chosen second team.
Ball is a junior catcher, while the other four are seniors. Eaves and Rosamond will both be playing for East Central Community College next season.
“We just had a very good group of kids,” said Nanih Waiya head coach Tyler Rogers. “The seniors had a really good run and I’m very proud of them.” The Warriors won 1A state titles in 2011 and 2012 to go with this year’s runner-up finish.
Eaves, Luke and Higginbotham also made the Mississippi High School Sports website 1A all-state team, while Eaves was named pitcher of the year.
Hampton has big day for JSU
It didn’t surprise Nanih Waiya head baseball coach Tyler Rogers in the least that Fred Hampton took center stage during the Baton Rogue Regional last weekend.
“Fred has always been a good ball player,” Rogers said. “He excelled at everything he did. He’s just a good all around kid, who made good grades, and was also a great athlete.”
Hampton, a former Nanih Waiya and East Central Community College standout, had three hits — including a two-run, ninth-inning homer — for Jackson State in the Tigers 11-7 loss to LSU in the Baton Rogue Regional on Friday.
Hampton, got the start in right field in the game against LSU and hit seventh. He did the same on Saturday, as he was 1-for-3 for the Tigers against Louisiana-Lafayette. JSU lost that game 15-1 to be eliminated from the tournament.
For the season Hampton started in 42 of the 47 games he played, hitting .248 on the year with a homer, seven doubles, a triple and 26 RBIs. He also scored 37 runs while stealing 12 bases and begin caught only once.