Jackson Academy girls basketball coach Jan Sojourner earned her 750th career victory on Saturday night. Sojourner’s coaching victories have come at Canton Academy (1980-85) and JA (1985-present).
She is the sixth winningest girls basketball coach in state history. Her 751st victory will tie her with Richard Harris for fifth all-time.
Harris compiled a 751-215 record from 1958-93 coaching at St. Martin, Hickory, Decatur, Newton County and Newton Academy.
MLK tourneys set
Three holiday tournaments (one girls event on Saturday, two boys events on Monday) are scheduled in the Jackson metro area to commemorate the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend.
The Rumble in the South will take place at Mississippi College on Monday, featuring six games, including eight teams ranked in The Clarion-Ledger Super 10 or class rankings.
The first Super 10 game is the 2:30 p.m. matchup between top-ranked Gulfport and seventh-ranked Provine. Second-ranked Callaway and No. 10 Madison Central will tip off at 4 p.m. in the other all-Super 10 matchup.
First game is set for 10 a.m. when Jackson Academy, ranked No. 3 in Academy AAA, will face Northwest Rankin; Piney Woods vs. MRA, ranked No. 5 in Academy AAA, will follow at 11:30 a.m.; Jackson Prep, top-ranked in Academy AAA, will face Corinth, ranked No. 4 in 4A, at 1 p.m.; and Murrah will face Bogalusa (La.) in the final game of the event at 5:30 p.m.
Also on Monday, Lanier will host the MLK Classic, featuring six boys games highlighted by the 5 p.m. Super 10 matchup between No. 4 Meridian and No. 6 Vicksburg. The event begins at 11 a.m. with Wingfield taking on Tylertown; Yazoo City will face McComb at 12:30 p.m.; Forest Hill and Memphis Raleigh-Egypt will follow at 2 p.m.; Moss Point-Greenville Weston at 3:30 p.m.; and Lanier will take on Starkville in the finale at 6:30 p.m.
Lanier will also host the Ladies Hoopsfest on Saturday.
The schedule for the all-girls event is as follows: 2:30 p.m. – Callaway vs. No. 6 Meridian; 4 p.m. — Jim Hill vs. Raymond; 5:30 p.m. — Murrah vs. Richland; 7 p.m. — Provine vs. McComb; 8:30 p.m. — Lanier vs. Greenville-Weston.
Vivians’ big night
Scott Central Dandy Dozen junior forward Victoria Vivians scored a career-high 62 points in a 69-67 victory over Lake last Friday night.
Vivians, The Clarion-Ledger’s statewide Athlete of the Week, finished just six points shy of tying the state single-game record of 68 set by Harrison Central’s Felicia Hayes in 1992.
It ties her for fifth all-time on the single-game scoring list with former Clinton standout Niesa Johnson (1992).
The 62-point outing trailed only Hayes, Ingomar’s Jessica Roberson (67 points in 2000), Mt. Salus’ Mary Kathryn Govero (65 in 2006), East Webster’s Jemmye Ann Helms (65 in 1992) and Southeast Lauderdale’s Monique Horner (64 in 2000).
MHSAA soccer teams throughout the state are scrambling to complete regular-season schedules prior to the beginning of playoffs Tuesday.
Rain the past two weeks has resulted in numerous postponements, including a number of district games that must be made up to determine the winner and runner-up in districts.
Second-round games are scheduled for Jan. 26, semifinals Jan. 29 and championship games Feb. 1-2 at Clinton High School.
The MHSAA has altered the championship game schedule this year, with 6A girls and boys games Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Other title games will be Feb. 2, beginning with the 3A/2A/1A girls at 9:30 a.m., followed at two-hour intervals by 3A/2A/1A boys, 4A girls, 4A boys, 5A girls and 5A boys.
Defending boys champions are Clinton (6A), Starkville (5A), Bay High (4A) and Sacred Heart (3A/2A/1A).
Defending girls champions are Brandon (6A), Ridgeland (5A), Florence (4A) and Our Lady Academy (3A/2A/1A).