>Links to past Overall Champions and State Champions in all classes have been posted on the right side of the website. Ultimately the plan is to attach footnotes to each team with small tidbits of information such as some of the players and coaches who were part of each particular squad or high scorers in title games. With each year that passes more and more information is lost. If anyone wants to contribute any info on a team they are familiar with please email firstname.lastname@example.org so it can be added.
>It’s been a several years since we’ve seen this much parity in girls basketball, more so amongst Class AAA and AA squads. Brookhaven is coming off an incredible 2011 run and had reeled off eight straight wins against Class AAA opponents dating back to last season’s Overall Tourney before falling to MRA this past week. Bowling Green made the drive to Jackson earlier in the month and picked off Jackson Prep and Kirk pulled an upset of Class AAA third ranked Pillow on Saturday. The past nine Overall Tournaments have resulted in five Class AAA, three Class AA and one Class A champion. Picking a clear cut favorite for the Overall Tournament beginning on February 27 will be a tough task but Starkville sure has the swagger of front runners. The Lady Vols are the total package in all phases of the game but throw together the top five or six teams in classes AAA and AA and you have yourself a donnybrook.
>It would easy to assign the term “pressure packed” to the upcoming Class AA North State Tournament to be held in Batesville in two weeks, more specifically on the girls side. Five of the top seven teams in Class AA will be amongst those assembled to decide which four will advance to the state tournament in Grenada.
In the south both Brookhaven and Bowling Green are heads above the best squads in their region but there is a stark contrast with regards to their counterparts in the north where a bevy of talented teams exist.
If the North State Tourney started today a round two “go home” game between top ranked Leake and fifth ranked Kirk would take place. It’s unfathomable to think that Leake, winners of six straight state titles, or Kirk, coming off a big upset win over Class AAA third ranked Pillow, could see their season end.
Of course of all this is conjecture at this point as seeding will not be determined until after next week’s district tournaments but there will be some sweaty palms and butterflies will be plenty when crunch time comes calling.
>A great way to show support for MAIS basketball players for the upcoming four week tournament season is through a player ad on Southern Sports & Travel. More people will see a player ad on Southern Sports & Travel in one 24 hour period than will see during most tournament programs for the length of that tournament. Click on the player sample ad on the right side of the website for design and rate information.
>During the January 26 meeting of the MAIS Athletic and Activities Committee a motion to move fast pitch softball to the spring failed to garner the required votes.
>The Track Committee recommended adding pole vault and triple jump to girls’ events for the 2012 track season. The committee also recommended changing hurdle heights to match the National Federation heights.
>The Southern Sports & Travel All MAIS basketball teams will be announced immediately following the Overall Tournament as will the Player of the Year for girls and boys.
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