Soccer stars ink deals on National Signing Day The area has been blessed to have outstanding soccer throughout the years. On National Signing Day, that talent was rewarded with scholarship offers.
Caroline Grafe of Hancock, Owen Betz of St. Stanislaus and West Zimmerman of St. Stanislaus all signed National Letters of Intent to play soccer next year.
Grafe signed to play for the Pearl River Community College Lady Wildcats on Wednesday.
Grafe has been involved in Beta Club, Student Council, National Honor Society, French Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Science National Honor Society and English National Honor Society.
Grafe commented, "When I visited, I felt like the girls were a close knit group. It felt like a family." Feb 5, 2016, 20:30
Rocks claim third straight Class 4A South State title with 2-1 victory over Bay High For everything that is different, this result has pretty much stayed the same over the past three seasons.
For nine of the last 12 times the St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws and the Bay High Tigers have played soccer, the final score has been decided by just one goal. And Monday's Class 4A South State championship tilt was not any different.
The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws' soccer team nipped the Bay High Tigers 2-1 on February 1st to snag their third consecutive Class 4A South State championship. In the last 14 games between the two teams, each team has won seven times with SSC claiming the last four. Feb 2, 2016, 21:47
Bay surges past Rocks, Gorgone out as SSC coach The Bay High Tigers swept their regular season series with cross-town rival St. Stanislaus with a 56-43 victory over the Rocks on Friday, Jan. 29.
However, the biggest news from the evening was the fact that Major Gorgone was no longer walking the sideline for the Rocks.
Patrick McGrath, Principal of St. Stanislaus College, commented, "I can confirm that Major Gorgone is no longer the head basketball coach here at St. Stanislaus College. We do not comment publicly on personnel matters; however, we wish Major the very best in his future endeavors. Our immediate focus now, at this crucial portion of the basketball season, are the young men being led by interim head coach Sam Doescher and Mr. Jerry Rigby. Feb 2, 2016, 21:47
Seated, from left: Colleen Hopgood, Tristan Hopgood, Heath Hopgood. Back row: Bay High head baseball coach Kevin Burdine, Dr. Amy Coyne, principal, Evan Hopgood, brother, June Curtin, grandmother, Will Seymour Athletic Director.
Bay High School senior Tristan Hopgood recently signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball for Pearl River Community College next year.
Hopgood, a catcher, commented, "I went on a visit at PRCC with head coach Josh Hoffpauir and he sold me. I felt very much at home at PRCC. I feel that PRCC is the best opportunity for me both as a player and as a student. I will be given a chance to start and play early. I am excited to get started."
Hopgood has started at catcher for the Tigers since he was a freshman. He has earned four letters in baseball and four letters in football.
In addition to his time on the athletic fields, Hopgood has been a member of the Bay High Spirit Club for three years. Jan 29, 2016, 20:04
Standing from right: BSL Councilman At Large Mike Favre, Larry Clinksdale Cal Ripken Southwest Director, Mayor Les Fillingame, BSL Recreation Dir Jamie Favre plus other local Board Officers look on as local President James Moran and Cal Ripken District 6 Director signs the contract to bring Cal Ripken's 7/8 Southwest Regional Tournament to BSL this July 13-18. Local Board Secretary Brandy Mayo states: "This tournament will bring a large following from thru out the Southwest Region to BSL during the peak summer months. It will bring many visitors to BSL and Hancock County for the first time. Hancock Tourism Director Myrna Green, myself and our local Board ask our businesses and citizens to extend a warm welcome to our guests and help support this tournament.”
Jan 29, 2016, 20:02
Area teams sweep first round of soccer action The area schools competing in the first round of the MHSAA state soccer playoffs all won their first round games.on Monday evening. The games were moved up from Tuesday due to impending inclement weather.
The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws were the only ones that hosted a first round game. The Rocks (20-3-1) defeated the Sumrall Bobcats 10-0.
This was the first season of soccer at Sumrall High School.
SSC jumped out to a 5-0 lead at halftime and never looked back.
SSC head coach Ryan Joiner commented, "The biggest aspect of tonight's won was our execution. We like to attack and we attacked the goal well. On defense, we lost our shape at times but we still played well." Jan 26, 2016, 18:26
Hancock's Feazelle stars in Max Emfinger All-American game Hancock High School senior quarterback Aaron Feazelle was selected to play in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl on Jan. 2. The game was played at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.
In the game, Feazelle played quarterback for the West squad. He threw for 134 yards and a touchdown on 7-for-12 passing. He also rushed five times for 41 yards. The West team was coached by former Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints quarterback John Fourcade.
Hancock head coach Rocky Gaudin commented, "Aaron is one of the best overall players I have ever coached. His leadership, work ethic, and attitude have been a major factor in the progress our program has made the past 4 years. He is a great young man and athlete and I feel blessed to have had a chance to work with him. He is going to be a success in college and in life." Jan 22, 2016, 19:13
SSC tops Bay 3-2 for the Division 8-4A soccer title The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws and the Bay High Tigers have had some memorable one goal battles over the course of the past three seasons. And, Tuesday's battle between the two was no different.
The Rocks (18-2-1) topped the Bay High Tigers 3-2 in an exciting and intense match. The win also gave the Rocks the Division 8-4A title and #1-seed in the impending Class 4A state playoffs while the Tigers (9-8-3) will advance as the #2-seed.
SSC head coach Ryan Joiner commented, "It was an intense game. The games between these two teams are always intense. I thought we did a very good job of controlling the ball in the first half. We were aggressive. In the second half, Bay High did a good job of attacking the goal. We are thrilled with the division title but our focus is on the playoffs now." Jan 22, 2016, 19:12