Smith on Sports: Mid-Mississippi Challenge never ceases to amaze

Danny P. Smith

Sports Editor

It was a dark and gloomy Saturday for the most part outside the Cobb Gymnasium in Ackerman.

On the inside, there were many bright spots.

The 12th annual Mid-Mississippi Challenge took place and it never disappoints as far as quality of teams and competition of the games.

Two out of the first three games of the one-day classic came down to the wire and resulted in two-point wins.

The host Choctaw County girls defeated East Webster 47-45 in the first game of the day, then the Louisville boys won 57-55 over East Webster.

After Philadelphia earned a girls victory over Kossuth 57-48, Ingomar captured the third two-point win of the first few outings with a 40-38 decision.

It was my second time in as many years to see Ingomar play in the Mid-Mississippi Challenge. The Lady Falcons have a very disciplined team under coach Trent Adair and it’s not surprising to see why they have enjoyed success recently.

The Mid-Mississippi Challenge has mainly been a girls tournament over the years, but Choctaw County coach Gary Beals has done a good job of sprinkling a couple of boys games within the bracket somewhere.

It was a very good get for Beals when the Starkville Yellow Jackets agreed to be a part of the lineup this season.

The Jackets of coach Greg Carter are one of the best teams in Class 6A and they are showing that again this year.

It was an impressive effort for SHS against Booneville on Saturday as it won 87-25. Zeke Cook seems to be getting better and better for the Jackets as he was chosen the Most Valuable Player of the outing.

At the end of the day, it appeared to be yet another successful Mid-Mississippi Challenge. Beals and his staff always do a good job of putting on the event and it's one of my favorite tournaments to attend each year.

The weather may have made it a little difficult on some visitors to get to Ackerman during the course of the day, but the effort was rewarded with some pretty good basketball.

Danny P. Smith is the sports editor and columnist for The Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SDN or its staff.