Hertis H. Boyles
The Wildcats proved they are one of the top contenders for the Class 3A title this year, thoroughly dominating Seminary, who went unbeaten in Region 8-3A and reached South State last year, in a two-game sweep last week to clinch home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
The Cougars had their season come to an end after dropping two of three to Wayne Academy last week, and head coach Eric Johnson characterized his first season with Columbia Academy (17-13, 4-5) in one word: disappointment.
For the past three seasons, shooting guard TJ Monroe has provided Columbia basketball with microwave scoring and lights-out performances. Now the senior is trading in his blue and gold of the Wildcats to join the Wolfpack at Copiah-Lincoln Community College next year.
Although there is still a little bit of hope, the Eagles likely squandered their shot at the postseason with a pair of seventh-inning collapses against Sacred Heart last week.
East Marion (5-7, 2-6) went into the two-game series needing a sweep to clinch a playoff berth or winning the run-differential battle in a series split.