New Albany Football Game Chosen as “Friday Nights Under the Lights” Feature Game & “Let’s Walk GameDay” Event

The New Albany-Pontotoc game scheduled for September 2 at Kitchens’ Field in New Albany will be a featured “Friday Night Under the Lights” high school football game.  The New Albany-Pontotoc game is the first of ten high school games across the state to be chosen as a “Friday Night Under the Lights” game.

A special “Let’s Walk GameDay” will be held prior to the game at the high school track.  “Friday Night Under the Lights” and WiFi Sports Network have partnered with “Let’s Go Walkin Mississippi” and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi to bring gameday walks to high schools across the state.  Let’s Go Walkin’ Mississippi is a community program sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi

Join Russ Robinson and the Friday Night Under the Lights crew for a walk towards a healthier Mississippi at 5:00 p.m.  before the game broadcast.  The first 500 fans to participate in the walk will receive a free event t-shirt and a complimentary “Let’s Go Walkin’ Mississippi” bottled water.  Students of all ages, Bulldog fans, and community members are encouraged to participate in this pre-game walk.  Each of the two schools who have walking participants will be awarded a $250 check by WiFi Sports Network.

Walking is a simple low-impact aerobic activity that can make a big impact on your health.  Walking is generally safe for most people and it doesn’t require practice, skill or much knowledge about physical activity.  Some benefits of walking include:  weight management, lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol and increases HDL (good) cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, reduces risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, improves your mood and sense of well-being, helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints.  Join the “Let’s Walk GameDay” and take a walk towards good health.

The pre-game show and football game will be streamed live at beginning at 7:15 p.m.  Go to the New Albany School District website at for more information on “Let’s Walk GameDay” and live streaming of the game.


Sports Physical Screening Event Scheduled for May 5

School personnel from the New Albany and Union County School Districts are working with local physicians, physical and occupational therapists, and athletic trainers to make preparations for the upcoming pre-participation sports physical screening event to be held on Thursday, May 5th.  For the fourth consecutive year, the physicians of Creekmore Clinic will allow the use of their office for this event.  However, Creekmore Clinic is not responsible for required follow-ups.

The Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) requires all students who will participate in any MHSAA sanctioned event to have a pre-participation physical assessment.  This includes all students in grades 7-12 who will participate in any sport, including cheerleading, band, and chorus.  This evaluation must take place every year in which a child participates in an activity. 

We will continue to require that students entering the 9th grade (current 8th graders) be seen by their personal physician for their physical evaluation in their physician’s office and not during the screening event. The MHSAA physical form for 2011-2012 9th grade students will be given to all current 8th graders and will also be available in all local physician/nurse practitioner offices. School officials and health care professionals encourage all parents with a child entering the 9th grade for the 2011-2012 school year to call and schedule their child for a wellness exam with his or her personal physician as soon as possible. 

“We feel that the past several years’ physical screening events have been very successful for students, parents, and schools and we will continue with the same process this year,” stated Dr. Jason Dees.

All students who plan to participate in an MHSAA sanctioned activity will soon be receiving a copy of a personal medical history form that MUST be completed, signed, and returned to the child’s school prior to May 5th.  Each school will determine when these forms are due.  If a child does not have his or her form completed and signed by a parent, they will not be eligible to participate in the health-screening event. 

School administrators appreciate the continued community support for extracurricular activities in the schools.  “Students who participate in these activities generally perform better in the classroom, have fewer discipline issues, and are less likely to drop out of school,” according to Ken Basil, Superintendent of Union County Schools. 

“Our schools are fortunate to be a part of a community where physicians, healthcare professionals, and so many others are willing to donate their time so that our students are eligible to participate in extracurricular activities” said Dr. Charles Garrett, Superintendent of New Albany Schools. 

Any parent with questions about this year’s pre-participation screening should contact the child’s school.

New Albany Lady Bulldogs Receive Clarion Ledger Honors

Pictured above are the eight seniors for the New Albany Lady Bulldog Basketball Team:  front row:  Nyambi Penson and Porche White; middle row Marquita Young and Caroline Stroud; back row:  Kebrina Lucas, Jasmine Knox, Micha Washington, and Paris Sanders.

The New Albany Lady Bulldog Basketball team is ranked #1 in the state in all classifications according the Clarion Ledger Preseason Poll that was released earlier this month.  Weekly polls should begin to be released by the Clarion Ledger next month.

According to Head Coach John Stroud, the preseason polls are based on last year’s performance, last year’s records, and returning players.  “We were ranked #1 for four straight weeks in last year’s Clarion Ledger Polls and it is wonderful for us to receive these preseason honors.”

The Lady Bulldogs have eight seniors on the team and are returning all their starters from last season.  The starting line up includes:  Sophomore 5’11” Forward Jazmine Spears; Senior 6’1” Center Micha Washington; 5’6” Forward Nyambi Penson; Senior 5’6” Guard Kebrina Lucas; and Senior 5’4” Guard Porche White.  Spears and Washington were named to the 2010 All State Tournament Team. 

Spears was selected to the Clarion Ledger’s Dandy Dozen Team.  This team includes the top twelve players from the state and Spears was the only sophomore in the state chosen for the honor.  This recognition is based on newspaper opinion, stats, college coaches, and summer play.  “This is quite an honor for Jazmine and we are very proud of her,” Stroud said.  The only other player from the northeast Mississippi area to be selected to the Dandy Dozen is New Site Senior Krystal Jackson. 

The Lady Bulldogs are off to a 3-0 start that includes wins over Ingomar, Myrtle, and Kossuth.  They face a tough schedule in the coming two weeks as they take on Columbus, a 6A team; Ripley, ranked #1 in 3A classification; Newton, the 2010 2A State Champs; and Briarcrest, a team out of Memphis that frequently makes the playoffs in the Tennessee state tournament. 

Coach Stroud says he does not necessarily see another undefeated season going into the state tournament like last year.  “Our team needs to be challenged during regular season play,” he said.  “Our schedule is more difficult this year so that we can be more prepared for post season play.”

Pictured below:  Sophomore Forward Jazmine Spears (#11) is the only sophomore in the state to be named to the Clarion Ledger’s Dandy Dozen.


Pictured above l-r are the head coaches for the sports that received recognition as Scholar Athlete Teams for the 2009-2010 school year:  Jay Cossey, Powerlifting; Robert Garrett, Golf; John Walker, Baseball; Taylor Nichols, Soccer & Cross Country; Ron Price, Football; Shane Sanderson, Athletic Director; Mary Beth Muncie, Cheer.  Not pictured:  Brad Gray, Boys Basketball; John Stroud, Girls Basketball; Warner Creekmore, Tennis.

The Mississippi High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) has recently announced the Scholar Athlete Teams for the 2009-2010 school year.  Each year coaches in MHSAA member schools may participate in the Scholar-Athlete Team Recognition Program by nominating the teams they coach.  Any varsity team with a 3.00 or higher composite grade average for the first semester of the school year is eligible to receive a team academic award. 

There were thirteen teams at New Albany High School (NAHS) to receive this distinction.  The teams included:  football; boys/girls basketball; slow/fast pitch softball; baseball; tennis; boys/girls soccer; cross-country; golf; powerlifting; and cheer.

“We are pleased that our athletes are dedicated to both academics and athletics,” said NAHS Principal Lance Evans.  “We congratulate the thirteen teams who were recognized as scholar athlete teams.”

NA Girls Basketball Players Receive Division Honors

Pictured above:  Coach John Stroud recently congratulated four Lady Bulldog basketball players for being selected to the Division 1-4A Team.  Front row l-r:  Kebrina Lucas, Micha Washington, Jazmine Spears, Nyambi Penson; back row:  Coach Stroud.

The New Albany girls’ basketball team has four players on the 1-4A Girls’ Basketball All-Division Team.  The 2009-2010 girls division team was announced earlier this month.

The Lady Bulldogs went 10-0 in regular season division play and were the Division Tournament and North Half Champs.  The 32-1 Lady Bulldogs suffered their only loss in the 4A State Championship finals when they lost to Raymond.

Members of the Division Team include Lady Bulldog players:  Kebrina Lucas, a junior guard who averaged 11 points per game and led the team in assists with 4 per game; Nyambi Penson, a junior guard who averaged 8 points per game and was the leading three-point shooter for the team; Micha Washington, a junior forward who averaged 15 points and 7 rebounds per game; and Jazmine Spears.

Spears was named the division’s Most Valuable Player.  She is a freshman forward and has started for the Lady Bulldogs the past two seasons.  Spears led the team in scoring and rebounding with 20.5 points and 11 rebounds per game.   

“I am extremely proud of our team and their accomplishments this year,” said Lady Bulldog Head Coach John Stroud.  “We are excited that these players have been recognized for their contributions to the team in division play.”  Stroud added that there are no seniors on this year’s team and he looks forward to working with the team in the off-season to prepare for the coming year. 

“We are extremely proud of Coach Stroud and the Lady Bulldog Basketball teams accomplishments this year,” said Jay Foster, New Albany High School Principal.  “They have brought a lot of great recognition to our school and community.  We are pleased that many of the players have been recognized with post-season honors.”