**The South’s 27-21 win over the North in last week’s All-Star game signaled the end of the MAIS 2010 football season. Congratulations to state champions Jackson Academy, Pillow, River Oaks and Trinity. The 2010 season was in complete contrast to the 2009 campaign that seem to provide rain each Friday night.
**Seven players are being considered for the 2010 Southern Sports & Travel Player of the Year. A group of seven objective individuals will determine that player based on statistics, leadership and value to their team. The player will be announced next week.
...Dylan Cruz of DeSoto
...Givonni Dent of Trinity
...Tip McKenzie of Trinity
...Cody Prewitt of Sylva Bay
...Chandler Rogers of Brookhaven
...Teshadi Talton of River Oaks
...Ja’Quez Taylor of Pillow
**River Oaks is the first Louisiana team to win a Class AA title since the 2002 Oak Forest squad that beat North Delta 17-14. The Mustang’s last state championship was in 2005 in Class A.
**Trinity captured back to back titles and the school’s fifth state crown with a win over Tri-County. The Saints, under the direction of head coach David King, have won four Class A state championships in the past ten seasons.
**The month of November proved to be record breaking for Southern Sports & Travel. The site received over 18,000 visits during the month and as basketball gets into everyone’s system that mark could get eclipsed in January and February.
**Lots of hours have been spent recently in an effort to compile basketball data on all three classes in an attempt to track all the teams throughout the season. I have been burning up the fax machine, email and text messages and for the most part have been met with lots of cooperation, however, for some bizarre reason there are some who want nothing to do with providing any information on their school.
**I’d like to send out a message to the MAIS with regards to the Overall Basketball Tournament in February. Much more needs to be done to celebrate such a great tournament for the fans and students particularly at halftime of the boy’s and girl’s championship games. There’s no reason the arena should resemble a wake during halftime on Championship Saturday.
**Please send photos and information for any MAIS athletes signing scholarships to firstname.lastname@example.org.