Rianna Gibbs Wilson
Imagine you had an employee who had served you faithfully for nine years and overall done a good job. If that person received an opportunity with a competing firm to make much more money than you could afford to pay them, what would your reaction be?
Caleb Batie has had to scratch, claw and battle since the moment he graduated from West Marion to be noticed. Without having any offers coming out of high school, Batie walked on at Pearl River Community College and redshirted as a freshman.
For such a young team to battle adversity and still have the success West Marion did this season — winning six games and advancing to the second round of the playoffs after an 0-3 start — the 2017 campaign for the Trojans has to be viewed as a success despite Friday night’s 34-6 home loss to Hazlehurst.
It was a long night in Louisville for East Marion as Nanih Waiya (13-0) cruised to a 51-12 win over the Eagles.
While there weren’t many highlights in the game for the Eagles, head coach Kevin Jackson saw some positive developments from a pair of underclassmen.
Columbia Academy simply ran into a buzz saw of an opponent Friday night at Indianola Academy — a team that hasn’t lost a game since the 2015 state championship and that loss came after a 14-0 start — and fell 43-16.
Bright sunshine and cool temperatures made for a great day for the final Dash 4 Doc 5K race in memory of the late Dr. Bryan McCraw.
More than 65 runners took to the 3.1 mile course with Nestor Anzola crossing the finish line first in a time of 23:24. Ella Bourne took the top female spot with a time of 25:28.
A 1-hour-and-4-minute weather delay wasn’t enough to keep Columbia Academy from knocking off one of the top teams in the MAIS AAA playoffs Friday night.
The Cougars made the 180-mile trek to Rayville, La., and came away with a 38-26 upset win over Riverfield Academy, which entered the game on a 10-game winning streak.
West Marion was confident heading into Friday night’s first round matchup at Raleigh after beating the Lions on the road in Week 4.
While it was far from pretty, the Trojans’ confidence was justifiable as they held off a late comeback attempt to beat Raleigh 22-20 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.