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Shannon named ABCA/Rawlings Division II Player of the Year

Delta State University first baseman Zack Shannon became the first player in NCAA Division II history to be named the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings National Player of the Year in consecutive seasons, as announced by the organization on Tuesday. He becomes only the second player to garner the recognition two times at any level, joining Shawn Gilblair of Eastern Connecticut State (NCAA Division III), who won the award in 2007 and 2009.

Plans for Powe monument dedication underway

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Plenty of progress has been made as far as the memorial marker for the late Sank Powe.

The memorial marker, which is a monument, arrived earlier this month and is currently positioned between the baseball and softball fields on the Cleveland Central High School campus. The baseball field is named Sank Powe Field.

MHSAA makes right call in eligibility ruling


Last week, I heard some news that made me give the Mississippi High School Activities Association a big thumbs up.

I was informed that the MHSAA notified the North Bolivar Consolidated School District that if the merger goes through between John F. Kennedy Memorial High School in Mound Bayou and Broad Street High School in Shelby to form North Side High School, the athletic teams for the new school would be eligible for postseason play. Also, if the two schools stay, they will remain eligible for playoffs in 1A as well.

Johnson, Dorsey hired, teams eligible for postseason play

With the 2018-19 school year rapidly approaching, the biggest question mark is will there be the John F. Kennedy High School Hornets and the Broad Street High School Jaguars or will there be just one school with the North Side High School Gators?

In January, the North Bolivar Consolidated School District announced a merger between John F. Kennedy Memorial High School in Mound Bayou and Broad Street High School in Shelby to form one school, which would be located in Shelby at the Broad Street High School facility. A group of Mound Bayou residents known as JFK United filed a suit to halt the merger. The court date for the injunction to cease the merger has been delayed multiple times with a new court date set for July 2.

What they're saying about Coach Ronnie Mayers at DSU

What they’re saying about Coach Ronnie Mayers

"Ronnie Mayers has given a lifetime of effort to his alma mater. Ronnie has always taken ownership in every aspect of his life. As student, faculty member, coach, father and athletic director, he has always represented himself and Delta State to the highest regard, but his commitment to family has always been his best attribute. I want to wish Ronnie, Karen and the family all the best in his retirement."

Dr. Kent Wyatt, President Emeritus

Mayers announces he will retire at the end of the year

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Delta State University Athletic Director and Director of Aquatics Ronnie Mayers announced one of the toughest decisions of his career Monday.

Mayers, who has been the official AD at DSU since 2013 and has been employed at the school for over 40 years, said he will retire on Dec. 31.

The 66-year-old Natchez native just felt it was time to step down and spend more time with his family.

Consistency is key for any great program

For a sports fan, there’s nothing like watching his or her team win the ultimate championship.

In 1995, I was one excited fanatic when I watched the Atlanta Braves win the World Series. When it comes to high school and college, fans are extremely passionate and cheer hard for their team to win a state or national title. It’s the ultimate goal every player wants to accomplish and the true delight of every fan to experience.

McClendon Tournament under going changes for the future


For many years, the Brett McClendon Memorial Baseball Classic was one of the big highlights of the youth baseball season in the area.

The Brett McClendon Tournament, which was started to honor the name Brett McClendon who died in a farming accident on June of 2000 at age 13 in Beulah, has raised over $120,000 in its history to go to an endowment fund at Delta State University as well as provide funds for new equipment at the Cleveland Park Commission along upgrades to the ballparks in Cleveland.

Luck and Greatness have Bulldogs in CWS

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Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and pitcher the late Lefty Gomez once said, “I’d rather be lucky than good.”

The Mississippi State University Bulldogs (37-27) here lately have been both lucky and good. I take that back. Good isn’t the right word. Great is more like it.

Shannon picked up in 15th round by Diamondbacks

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Delta State University senior first baseman and Cincinnati, Ohio native Zack Shannon found out Wednesday that he will get the chance to continue his playing career.

Shannon was selected as the 459th overall pick in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday.

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