Top sports stories for 2018: State championship wins, trips to playoffs among top stories

Published 12:25 am Sunday, December 30, 2018

Plenty of athletic accomplishments were achieved for teams and individuals in the Miss-Lou in 2018.

Below is a look at some of the sports highlights in our community for 2018.

ACCS wins state championship

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ACCS football wins MAIS Class AAA State Championship as a No. 14 seed and with an overall record of 6-7; school’s first football state title since 1982. The Rebels are the first No. 14 seed and first team with a losing record to win the state title.

ACCS team striped of 7 wins

ACCS football has to forfeit its first seven wins of the season for having an ineligible player because he and his family did not move all of their furniture from one house to another after transferring from the private school he was attending.

The ruling by the MAIS is made the week of the Cathedral game and ends the Rebels’ path to an undefeated season, the District 5-AAA championship, and a likely No. 1 seed in the playoffs. They defeat the Green Wave and then Central Private School to advance to the postseason.

Ferriday Trojans go to semifinals

Ferriday football advances to LHSAA Class 2A semifinals. The Trojans end up losing to No. 2 seed and eventual state champion Amite High School 44-20 to finish 10-3.

Vidalia Vikings go to quarterfinals

Vidalia football advances to LHSAA Class 2A quarterfinals as a No. 8 seed. The Vikings fall to No. 1 seed Many High School 35-0 to finish 9-4.

Sicily Island wins playoff game

Sicily Island football hosts and wins its first playoff game since 1992. The Tigers get in as a No. 15 seed in the LHSAA Class 1A Playoffs, defeating No. 18 seed Varnado High School 28-12 in the first round before losing to No. 2 seed Haynesville High School 48-6 to finish with a 6-6 record.

Ham shoots 4 under par

Casey Ham shoots final-round 4-under-par 67 to win the Bill McKenney Memorial City Golf Championship with a two-day score of 6-under-par 136. He is the only participant in the tournament to shoot under par both days.

Three-peat for Cathedral cross country

Cathedral cross-country team advances to third straight state championship.

This was the third consecutive year for the Cathedral cross-country team to claim the state championship for the school.

Cathedral softball is runner up

Cathedral softball is runner-up at MAIS Class AAA South State Tournament and advances to state tournament.

Despite playing in the state tournament, however, the team fell short of claiming the state title.

Delta Charter plays for baseball


Delta Charter baseball, as a No. 9 seed, upsets No. 1 seed LaSalle in the LHSAA Class 1A quarterfinals and, after defeating Kentwood in the semifinals, plays for the state championship.

Centerville goes to state championship

Centreville Academy football, as a No. 7 seed, upsets No. 2 seed Winona Christian School in the quarterfinals and No. 3 seed Sylva-Bay Academy in three overtimes in the semifinals to advance to the MAIS Class AA state championship game. The Tigers would lose to No. 1 seed Greenville St. Joseph 42-22 to finish 8-6 overall.

Other notable stories:

Alcorn State football wins SWAC championship and plays in the Celebration Bowl.

Natchez High seniors EJ Woods and Shavoke Herrington sign national letters of intent with East Mississippi Community College on National Signing Day in February. As EMCC freshmen, they help the Lions go undefeated with a 12-0 record and win the MACJC state championship and the NJCAA national championship.

Trinity Episcopal varsity boys’ basketball wins MAIS Class A South State championship just a few months before the school closes.

Centreville Academy varsity girls’ basketball is runner-up at MAIS Class AA South State Tournament and finishes fourth at Class AA state tournament, just missing out on a berth in the Overall Tournament.

ACCS varsity boys’ basketball defeats Riverfield Academy in consolation game of the MAIS Class AAA State Tournament to earn a berth in the Overall Tournament.

Centerville Academy baseball team advances to MAIS Class AA South State Championship series.

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