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Prep roundup: Ocean Springs climbs to No. 7 in state-wide poll

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 Matthew Pleasant and the Ocean Springs Greyhounds jumped up to No. 7 in the latest Associated Press Top 10 prep poll.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD Matthew Pleasant and the Ocean Springs Greyhounds jumped up to No. 7 in the latest Associated Press Top 10 prep poll.

After rallying late to knock off St. Martin 31-29, Ocean Springs jumped three spots to No. 7 in the latest Associated Press prep poll. The Greyhounds also jumped from unranked to No. 5 in the Class 6A poll, one point behind Warren Central.

Four other Coast teams received recognition in the state-wide Top 10. Pearl River Central finished three points behind Columbus for 10th on the poll with nine points. Gulfport (7), St. Martin (3) and Resurrection (1) each received votes in the Top 10.

Gulfport (13) and St. Martin (6) also received votes in the Class 6A poll.

PRC jumped up to No. 5 in the Class 5A poll with 67 points, including one first-place vote. Pascagoula received six points in the poll.

St. Stanislaus finished just outside of the Class 4A Top 5 with 27 points, good enough for seventh in the classification.

For the eighth consecutive week, Resurrection held firm atop Class 1A with 10 first-place votes. Simmons received two first-place votes, while Smithville received one.

Slow-pitch honors

The Class 5A/6A Region 8, District 8 slow-pitch all-district team was recently announced. Harrison Central's Jimmy Parker was named coach of the year, with Neely McLeod of George County landing region MVP honors. Mercedes Pride of West Harrison won the defense award and Harrison Central's Amari Ramsey earned the offensive award. Harrison central's Ramsey, Kayla Cade, Jhericka Strickland, Haleigh Parker and Ashley Arnold all landed on the all-region team. McLeod, Megan Morse, Ariel Touchard and Saige Brewer were named to the team from George County. West Harrison's Mercedes Pride, Rebecca Cuevas, Megan Sexton, as well as Biloxi's Olivia Holley, Carlie Vice and Katherine Patterson earned spots on the team. Rounding out the Coast's representation was D'Iberville's Jenna Smith and Jackie Lahiae. HCHS took first with a 7-1 record, followed by George County (6-2), West Harrison (5-3), Biloxi (2-6) and D'Iberville (0-8).

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