High School Sports

Prep roundup: These Coast volleyball teams survived semifinals to play for state titles

Our Lady Academy's Emma Funk helped lead the Lady Crescents to yet another Class I state title berth.
Our Lady Academy's Emma Funk helped lead the Lady Crescents to yet another Class I state title berth. amccoy@sunherald.com file

Our Lady Academy cruised past Alcorn Central 3-0 (25-9, 25-13, 25-13) on Thursday to stamp its ticket for yet another Class I championship.

OLA will face Resurrection, which defeated St. Andrews 3-1 (25-16, 23-25, 25-18, 25-16), at 11 a.m. Saturday in Starkville.

The usuals led OLA on Thursday, with Emma Funk recording 25 kills and Rebecca Walk adding 21. Hannah Gest had 43 boasted assists.

Daja Cowan led RCS with 13 kills. Emma Godfrey added 10 kills, 10 digs and 24 assists, while Denazia Sewell chipped in 12 kills.

A win for OLA on Saturday would mean the school’s fourth straight state championship and 12th title overall.

Class II: Vancleave had to dig deep to defeat Lewisburg 3-2 (27-29, 22-25, 25-16, 25-21, 16-14). Payton McKerchie paced Vancleave with 25 kills, three blocks 24 service points and six aces. Paige Davis had 49 assists, 20 digs and 13 service points. Sydney Salter added 30 digs and 25 service points. VHS will play Lake Cormorant at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Class III: DeSoto Central defeated reigning champion Hancock 3-2 (25-10, 14-25, 25-19, 26-24, 16-14). Leading the Lady Hawks was Maddie Ladner with 26 kills, five blocks and two aces. Karringten Perkins had 15 kills and two blocks.


St. Patrick’s boys, girls XC teams take second in 5-2A: St. Patrick’s boys and girls cross-country teams each placed second in Wednesday’s Region 5-2A competition, which was hosted at Choctaw Trails in Clinton. Cade Meyers (17 minutes, 36.22 seconds) placed first in the boys competition, with Dylan Middleton (18:22.13) and Mason McCullough (18:45.24) finishing third and sixth respectively. Jordan Pete (20:30.82) led the Fighting Irish girls with a third-place finish. Isabel Leatherman (21:35.45), Amelie Million (21:53.88) and Gabriela Patino (23:18.02) placed fourth, fifth and 10th. Other schools that competed in the meet were Clarkdale, Enterprise, Heidelberg, Loyd Star, Madison St. Joseph, Mississippi School for Math & Science, Newton, Our Lady Academy, Pisgah, Puckett, Scott Central, St. Patrick, Union and West Union.

CCA boys take title: Christian Collegiate Academy’s boys cross-country team took first place in the MAIS Class 2A championship meet Tuesday at Choctaw Trails. CCA squeaked by Lamar Christian School with 29 points, compared to LCS’s 34. Central Holmes Christian School placed third with 98 points. Hans Jackson took second place, while Chase Holland placed third. Other Bulldogs to place included Ian Cobb (sixth), Jaden Bishop (eighth), James Clement (11th), Matthew Harris (15th) and Corbin Adams (17th).

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs