April 17, 2014

Sanderson inks with Millsaps
Canton Academy senior Dominic Sanderson has signed with Millsaps College to play football. Canton Academy head football coach Ron Jurney had this to say, " We are so proud that Dominic will be attending Millsaps College and serving as a member of the football program as a kicker. He was an outstanding leader and kicker for us as I am sure he will be for the Majors."
Pictured at the signing are: 
Seated L to R: Ana Sanderson, Dominic Sanderson, Nanette Sanderson
Standing L to R: Ron Jurney and Kevin Sanderson

April 14, 2014

Rebel signs with ECCC
Tristan Hernandez of Leake Academy has signed to play golf at East Central Community College in Decatur. Above: Standing, Phil Shephard Golf Coach, Brian Pickens Athletic Director
Tristan Hernandez Jacqueline Hernandez (Tristan's Mother)

March 20, 2014

Prep to host 2nd annual Military Appreciation Night
Jackson Prep baseball is excited to announce the Second Annual Military Appreciation Night on Tuesday, April 15th at 6:30 pm.

This event was created to honor our military and veterans, bring attention to the Mississippi National Guard, and raise money for Mississippi Military Relied Fund. 

The Mississippi Military Relief Fund provides one-time emergency financial assistance to Reserve component families in Mississippi who are affected by mobilizations in support of the Global War on Terrorism.  For more information concerning the fund go to

The evening will involve many activities including displays around the stadium provided by the Mississippi National Guard, a color guard presentation, and a salute to all veterans and military personnel.

There are four things you can do to help:
1.      Attend the event.
2.      Bring friends and family members.
3.      Invite a veteran or military member.
4.      Spread the word.

We certainly hope you can join us on Tuesday, April 15th for our Second Annual Military Appreciation Night.

Chuck Box
Head Baseball Coach
Jackson Prep

March 17, 2014

Central Private announces new football coach
We are excited to announce Joey Sanchez as the newest addition to our school staff.  Mr. Sanchez has accepted the position of Athletic Director and Head Football Coach.  He will begin full-time on April 2nd.   
Coach Sanchez will be at the school this week to meet with the 7th - 11th grade boys to discuss the athletic program, specifically the upcoming spring training.  Coach King will work closely with Coach Sanchez on the football program.  Sanchez will also work with all coaching staff to build an athletic program which promotes the many capabilities of our student athletes and which encourages participation in multiple sports. 
Coach Sanchez currently serves as the Athletic Director for the Zachary Community School System where he has been since 2009.  His coaching career began in 1998 at Redemptorist High School where he coached both basketball and football and also served as Athletic Director.  In 2013, Sanchez was voted District II Athletic Director of the Year and also Louisiana Athletic Director of the Year. 
CPS Board of Directors

March 10, 2014


District 1A
Mark Lay (Lee Academy - AR)
District 5A
Keith Lockhart (Mt. Salus Christian)
District 2A
Lance Prine (BriarīŦeld Academy)
District 6A
Mike Tucker (Newton Academy)
District 3A
Pete McCleskey (Kemper Academy)
District 7A
Don Pennington (Tallulah Academy) 
District 4A
Steve Flemming (Benton Academy) 
District 8A
Wade Heigle (Claiborne Academy)
District 1AA
Sammy Henderson (Indianola Academy)
District 4AA
Billy Hankins (Simpson Academy)
District 2AA
Brian Dendy (Manchester Academy)
District 5AA
David King (ACCS)
District 3AA
Dr. Tom Middleton (River Oaks School)
District 6AA
Bill Hurst (Centreville Academy)
District 1AAA-D1
Rodney Brown (Washington School)
District 2AAA-D1
Jack Henderson (Parklane Academy)
District 1AAA-D2
Jay Watts (Pillow Academy)
District 2AAA-D2
Jason Brabham (Oak Forest Academy)
CONTACT THE MAIS: (601) 932-2007 

March 7, 2014

Grovero signs with Mississippi College

Anna Grace Govero of Mt. Salus Christiian School has signed a track Scholarship with Mississippi College.
Left to right:  Richard Elam- Athletic Director, Mr. Chris Govero, Anna Grace Govero, Mrs. Mary Lewis Govero, and Kendall Fletcher- track coach.

March 5, 2014

ASC assistant coach passes away
Amite School Center assistant football coach Richard Deere passed away yesterday. Deere was retired from the public school system and was loved by many.
Prayers go out to the ASC and Deere families.

February 28, 2014

Gardner signs with Mississippi College
Sallie Gardner, a senior at Heritage Academy, signs her intent to run Cross- Country with Mississippi College. Front row l to r : Her mother, Darlene Gardner, Sallie, Her father, Grant Gardner. Back Row l to r: Athletic Director Barrett Donahoe, Cross Country Coach Vince Cruse.

February 21, 2014

Final Four Friday, it's here
Southern Sports & Travel
Sleepless nights, game planning, watching film and insuring players are focused on the task at hand is just a normal job description for an MAIS basketball coach during state tournament week. The pressure of being prepared and knowing the ins and outs of opposing teams is not compatible with those coaches with little experience and the stress can overwhelm them.
Players with injuries or illnesses are to be treated and prepared for the two day grind that is Final Four Friday and Championship Saturday. Expectations are high as parents, relatives, friends and school supporters converge on the designated host school where the hardware will be handed out and the name of a school will be etched into the MAIS record book of state champions. 
The trend of parity has become the norm as of late due to the end of three historic runs. MRA's six Overall Championships in seven years was halted by Jackson Prep two season ago and Brookhaven boys had won seven state titles in eight years before Marshall reeled off three straight titles of their own. Leake's girls had their record breaking seven consecutive state championships run ended by Bowling Green last season.
Two tournaments that bare extra attention are the Class A boys and Class AAA girls tournaments.
In Class A the semi-finals expectations were turned upside down last night as Claiborne upset Marshall 76-73 after being down by 18 points in the second half. While it was a shocker, it did validate the quality of basketball in boys Class A as being exceptional this season.
Joining Claiborne in today's semi-finals are three squads that can compete with anyone. Top ranked Cenla, who came up one basket short in a 74-72 overtime loss to Porter's Chapel in last season's state title matchup, handed then top ranked and undefeated Trinity their first loss of the season last week and will be a tough challenge for a Claiborne squad fresh off their upset of Marshall. The stars seem to be lining up for Cenla.
West Memphis will get their first look at Trinity tonight but the Black Knights will do so missing one of their better players. Trinity's lack of depth could be the equalizer that provides a thrilling fast paced contest.
The Class AAA State Tournament being held at MRA will showcase the two time defending Overall Champion Starkville Lady Vols who are seeking to do what no other team has done since 1988, win three straight Class AAA titles.
Starkville will have an uphill climb as they face a familiar foe in the second ranked Presbyterian Lady Bobcats. Presbyterian is still stinging following last Saturday's bitter 42-39 loss to MRA in the Class AAA Division-I championship game and many have the feeling that loss could be the giddy-up Presbyterian needs heading into today's game.
Top ranked MRA is a tough out at home and Jackson Academy gets the honor of attempting to oust the 33-2 Lady Patriots this afternoon.
Should both MRA and Presbyterian prevail today the setting tomorrow will be electric.
In Class A girls the Veritas Lady Lions seem indestructible in their quest for the school's first ever state championship but the road gets tougher as they must go through a solid Carroll squad before taking on the winner of defending state champion Claiborne and Hebron. Of the four teams in today's semi-finals Claiborne is by far the most experienced in high pressure tourney play and that could pay big dividends.
Class AA boys was turned upside down on Wednesday night when Hartfield shocked top ranked Leake and eliminated them from the tournament. I had shared with several individuals that Hartfield would be a tough out for any opponent but admittedly I was shocked at the result against a Leake squad that seemed destined to advance to Saturday's championship round.
Hartfield will draw third ranked Adams Christian tonight and it will be a low scoring contest. Adams bested Hartfield 52-49 exactly one week ago and points tonight could come at a premium. Adams head coach Richy Spears is one of the best defensive coaches in the MAIS in holding opponents under 50 points.
The winner will get either Simpson or Brookhaven. The trend seems to be swaying Simpson's direction following their South State Championship last week. Second ranked Simpson defeated Brookhaven 42-35 last week and is coming off consecutive blowout wins over Adams and River Oaks. That indicates they are gelling at the most critical time.
Big "Shout Out" to Coach David Horner at Jackson Prep and the job he has done. The Patriots have gotten better as the season progressed but the collision course between Jackson Academy and MRA is going to happen.
MRA looked unbeatable for much of the season but losing Clinton Moses has evened the playing field a bit. This looks like Jackson Academy's best shot at their first state title since 2004.
Incredibly Jackson Academy and MRA have already gone head to head four times this season with MRA winning the first three meetings and the Raiders blowing out the Patriots 64-48 last Saturday.
Class AA girls will come down to the trilogy between defending champion Bowling Green and top ranked Leake. The two have met in the title game two consecutive seasons and while Kirk and Brookhaven have played exceptional basketball as of late, the collision is going to happen. 
The time is here. Game day preparations are being taken care of and stomachs are churning leading up to tip time.
While football may be king, basketball draws the highest volume of visitors to Southern Sports & Travel each season.
Lets lace em up and roll!

February 18, 2014

McCarty leaving Brookhaven for Pillow
Southern Sports & Travel
Brookhaven head football coach Tripp McCarty has announced that he has accepted the head coaching position at Pillow Academy. McCarty, who addressed his team at Brookhaven this morning, just completed his third season at Brookhaven and compiled a 25-14 record that included a Class AA state championship and two district titles. It's not yet clear if McCarty will make the move immediately or following the school year.
Defending champs claim South State
The second ranked and defending Class A State Champion Claiborne Lady Rebels took home the Class A South State Championship this past Saturday by defeating Tensas 55-22. The Lady Rebels enter this week's state tournament with a 26-3 season mark.