Winona football coach Joey Tompkins was looking forward to spring football practice as an opportunity to see Jekeyvion Burnley at quarterback and see who might replace eight graduated starters on defense. But there won't be spring practice this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mississippi High School Activities Association executive director Don Hinton succinctly summed up the state of high school athletics in Mississippi in a handful of words – “It's all up in the air.”
What we know now, subject to change at any time:
The Winona baseball team had its best offensive game of the season in the opener of a doubleheader during Spring Break. Hagen Ware led a 12-hit attack in a 13-7 victory over Calhoun Academy with a double, two singles and four RBIs.
To say that Mississippi high school athletics is in a state of flux would be an understatement. The only certainty at this point is uncertainty.
Winona track had a full team for a practice meet with Choctaw County last week and Coach Chris McRae was pleased with the results.
“In practice meets, you never know what you are going to get. You really don't,” he said. “We had a lot of young kids step up and show what they can do. Our times are getting better every time we run.”
Leadoff batter Gracie Cordell had four hits and scored four runs, pacing a 15-hit attack by Winona in a 20-4 softball victory over Calhoun City, “We hit the ball really well up and down the lineup,” said coach Michael Cox. ”We made plays.
A seventh inning rally by Winona at the Winona Dixie Roofing Tournament came up just short in an 11-9 loss to Kirk Academy.
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead with two runs in the second, but found themselves on the short end of an 11-5 score entering the bottom of the seventh. Winona scored four times, but that wasn't quite enough.