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We are fortunate to have so much talent in our schools

O ur community is really fortunate to have the quality of athletes we have in Simpson County.  Just think about it -- we had three teams go to the playoffs a the end of the regular season. 

Simpson Academy is playing for a state championship.  That is outstanding.  Way to go, guys.  But do the math on this: SCA has approximately 30  players at different age and skill levels.

With their basically new coaching staff, the idea that they are playing for the state championship is  over the top.  To start the season Simpson fielded 44 young men. 

The Cougars will face Lamar from Meridian this Saturday night at 6:30 at Jackson Academy to compete for the 4-A Championship.  The regular season ended with Simpson at nine wins and four losses.  They won three of the four district games they played in.  

The Magee Trojans had a low level of experience at the start of the season, but they got out there every Friday night and played their hearts out.  Just imagine what they are going to be like next year with all the experience these young men were able to get this year.  While they went out early in the playoffs, they made it that far and played well and represented our community well.  Magee had 48 students listed on their playing rooster. 

Mendenhall had a new head coach this year, Chucky Allen.  I was expecting them to go even farther than they did, but you know what?   They did a great job and could take the field against anyone.  Mendenhall had a total of 52 players on their team.   In their regular season they had eight wins and two losses. 

They were in a three-way tie for first place with West Lauderdale and Quitman.  The Tigers faced Purvis, having defeated them once in regular season play.  When it came to the playoffs they got put out.  That’s part of the game.  But think where those guys were and what they did-- in our book, it is something to brag about. 

If you sit back and look at it there were really a lot more folks than just the players and coaches involved with our teams’ successes this season.  Think about all the cheer squads and their work each week.  The public schools also had their band programs  active at every game. 

When you consider all the students involved, along with the parent support, fans and business support, it bodes well for our county and the citizens’ commitment to our schools and community.