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Madison Central claims ninth All-Sports award

With a strong performance in the spring and an assist from the Columbus baseball team, Madison Central repeated as the MHSAA 6A all-sports winner for the 2013-14 school year. Madison Central entered the spring trailing Tupelo by 12 points but outscored the Golden Wave 157-131½ this spring to win 464½-451.

The award is computed annually by The Clarion-Ledger for all six MHSAA classes based on performances in 22 sports — 10 boys sports, 11 girls sports and tennis. Points are awarded for up to 16 teams in each sport based upon finishes in championship competition.

Madison Central’s margin over Tupelo is equal to the 13½ points the Jaguars received for reaching the round of 16 in baseball. Madison Central would not have made the playoffs — and would have shared the championship with Tupelo — had Columbus not beaten Starkville in extra innings in the last game of the regular season.

Tupelo (18 all-sports championships) and Madison Central (nine) have won in the largest classification every year that the award has been presented.

Madison Central scored points in every sport except girls basketball and took home four championships — boys and girls soccer, boys powerlifting and boys golf. Tupelo won six titles, sweeping boys and girls cross country, swimming and bowling, but failed to make the playoffs in volleyball and fast-pitch softball. The latter proved decisive when Madison Central’s fast-pitch team picked up 24 points as 6A runner-up.

“To me and my staff, this means a great deal,” Madison Central athletic director Bobby Hall said of the award.

The Jaguar athletic staff has some of the state’s most successful coaches in their sports, including Hall in football, Cecil Hinds in boys and girls soccer, and Kayla Watkins in fast- and slow-pitch softball.

Madison County accounted for half of the all-sports champions with St. Andrew’s and Madison St. Joseph joining Madison Central as winners.


Oxford repeated as winner, outscoring Pearl 351-308½. The Chargers won championships in boys cross country, boys powerlifting, tennis and boys track. Oxford won with a strong showing in the spring after trailing Pearl by 5½ points.


Pontotoc swept boys and girls cross country and won boys powerlifting on its way to a 34½-point margin over Lafayette, 301-266½. Pontotoc was the winner in 2012 and was runner-up to Corinth last year.


St. Andrew’s continued its domination of 3A, finishing with 274 points to 245½ for runner-up Kossuth. The Saints won championships in boys cross country, girls swimming and tennis. After dominating 2A for years, St. Andrew’s moved up to 3A in 2009 and has won five straight titles.


Madison St. Joseph has won 2A each of the five years since St. Andrew’s moved to 3A. This year, the Bruins finished with 258 points to 207½ for East Union. The 50½-point margin was the largest for any winner. St. Joe won only one sport — boys swimming — but earned points in 12 others.


In the closest competition, Sacred Heart edged defending champion Tupelo Christian 218-217. Sacred Heart’s lone championship was in girls soccer.

In the last sport, baseball, Tupelo Christian defeated state champion Smithville in the first game of the North State championship series, but Smithville came back to win the next two. A Tupelo Christian victory in the series would have given the overall title to the Eagles.

A year ago, it was Tupelo Christian that won by a single point, 190½-189½, over defending champion St. Aloysius.

All-Sports final standings


1. Madison Central 464.5

2. Tupelo 451

3. Clinton 336

4. Brandon 335

5. Northwest Rankin 306½


1. Oxford 351

2. Pearl 308½

3. Germantown 291

4. Pascagoula 245

5. Ridgeland 227½


1. Pontotoc 287½

2. Lafayette 266½

3. Corinth 229

4. West Lauderdale 220

5. Florence 218½


1. St. Andrew’s 274

2. Kossuth 245½

3. St. Patrick 190

4. South Pontotoc 177

5. North Pontotoc 147


1. Madison St. Joseph 258

2. East Union 207½

3. East Webster 160

4. Baldwyn 145½

5. Taylorsville 139½


1. Sacred Heart 218

2. Tupelo Christian 217

3. St. Aloysius 204

4. Stringer 171

5. Smithville 131½

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