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CHOCTAW CENTRAL vs. BELMONT (Girls 3A): 2.25.12 @ 9:00 AM

Posted: 2/23/2012 8:25 AM

CHOCTAW CENTRAL vs. BELMONT (Girls 3A): 2.25.12 @ 9:00 AM 


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Congrats Belmont on your win today.
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Choctaw Central coach Willis Tullos announced he has been canned after the game.

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Legendary Choctaw Central coach Willis Tullos' contract will not be renewed and he has been informed he will not return for the 2012-13 season according to the coach who spoke candidly in a postgame interview following the Warriors’ 63-50 loss to Belmont in the MHSAA Class 3A state semifinals on Saturday morning at the Mississippi Coliseum.

“All year they (have) been talking about they were going to fire me when the new administration, the new Tribal Council, came in,” said Tullos when asked about the future of his team. “Whether I'll be here or not, I do not know. The kids would come in from the weekend and say I heard you got fired this weekend. On Jan. 6 my principal came to me and said that my contract would not be renewed. I asked him why and he said for non-renewal we don't have to give a reason. He said that it is personal and you have people that like you and people that don't like you. And the people that don't like you are in power now. Those were the exact words he told me.”

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Posted: 2/26/2012 1:02 PM

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Our state is funny in that some administrators have a tendency to "non renew" coaches who turn programs around. Steve Thompson at Perry Central 3 years ago. Now Tullos who brought the Choctaw girls program back to dominence. So sad to see this.

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This profession is so corrupt. It's sad that a superintendent or principal can just non renew a coach just because they don't like them. If the coaches stand together and start suing these chumps this will stop. If a coach is doing his or her job it shouldn't matter if the administration likes them or not.
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Posted: 2/26/2012 1:51 PM

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Problem is without tenure this isn't possible. I knew of a teacher with 24 years who was non renewed. 1 year short of service retirement...and not one thing could be done because there is no tenure law. Coaches are hired to coach. Even if they are good classroom teachers they are out of a job if their coaching contracts are terminated...fact of life.

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ask anyone around new augusta and find out why steve thompson was non renewed
you will get an earful
broadcaster54 wrote: Our state is funny in that some administrators have a tendency to "non renew" coaches who turn programs around. Steve Thompson at Perry Central 3 years ago. Now Tullos who brought the Choctaw girls program back to dominence. So sad to see this.
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Maybe yes maybe no...but the truth remains he took the boys from 3 wins in 2 years to 17 and their first playoff spot in 2 years...and improved the girls to 19 wins. Not saying anything about anyone else but I believe they haven't had a winning season in both since he left. Those are just facts. He and Willis like to coach the old fashioned way...some folks don't like that until they start losing and the cry is, "Why did we let them get away".

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Springstead's prolonged search for a boys basketball coach proved to be a thing of good timing for all involved.

In the end, Springstead announced Tuesday it has hired Steve Thompson. He replaces Pat Kelly, who resigned to take the same post at Jensen Beach after leading the Eagles to the Class 4A state title last season.

"It's worked out pretty good," Thompson said. "I've gotten a chance to come back to the area I always wanted to be in. My family's going to retire. It's worked out perfectly."

Thompson, 52, might not have been available if Springstead had expedited its coaching search. Kelly resigned at the end of July after guiding Springstead to a 53-6 record in two seasons. Thompson spent more than a month as Gulf's new basketball then resigned in mid-August when it was clear no teaching job was available.

Thompson said Tuesday he returned to his family home in Nashville and explored some options in Kentucky before friends contacted him about the Springstead vacancy. One thing Springstead could offer was a physical education/health teaching position.

"I found out they went to the 4A state finals, and had a pretty good program," Thompson said. "We set up an interview immediately, and they called a week later and offered it. I've been here and I enjoy it."

Thompson has been teaching at Springstead for two weeks.

Springstead athletic director Bob Levija said the school interviewed 15 candidates for the supplement, which pays roughly $2,500 annually. In the end, Thompson's resume stood out among the rest, Levija said.

Thompson was a three time coach of the year in Mississippi and Tennessee with a career record of 401-193. He also coached Penny Hardaway on an AAU team.

"He had a great record in Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi," Levija said. "He just kind of stood out. He'd be a real good fit here. It's not like we took second in the state and got a ton a back. There might be one kid back. It's big-time rebuilding."

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Interesting.
You say he did a great job coaching, but the schools all saw fit to "non-renew" him.
Why could that be?  Why on earth would 3 different schools all get rid of a great coach?
Are all the AD's stupid?  Do they all hate basketball?  3 different schools and this one coach!
It sounds very fishy to me.
coastcasinoking wrote: I believe he took all 3 schools he coached at in this state to playoffs...the school in FL has not been back as well. That is fact.

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Posted: 2/27/2012 9:56 AM

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HillsHoops wrote: Interesting.
You say he did a great job coaching, but the schools all saw fit to "non-renew" him.
Why could that be?  Why on earth would 3 different schools all get rid of a great coach?
Are all the AD's stupid?  Do they all hate basketball?  3 different schools and this one coach!
It sounds very fishy to me.
coastcasinoking wrote: I believe he took all 3 schools he coached at in this state to playoffs...the school in FL has not been back as well. That is fact.
To be honest i have heard of this happening alot. People get together and don't like the way a coach is coaching or feel he/she should be doing it differently and want them gone.  its not always about winning and losing. its about who has most power. so administrators try to run sport programs according to complaints from community, because they feel they jobs will be in endanger if they dont give people what they want. as coaches some people rather see you lose playing who they want to see, than winning with who you know should be out there.
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Oh, I've heard people say that's what happened - but just a very few times - in the last 30 years.  But usually you find it's something else.  Once or twice it's come out that a coach had done some major wrongdoing and they were just sweeping it under the rug by getting rid of the coach without going public with what had really happened.  Once again, that's just a couple of times in 30 years.
But here we are talking about the same coach, multiple schools.  And supposedly a coach that has turned around terrible programs to boot.  Doesn't that stretches the limits of plausibility??

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By the way, I researched the school in Florida and he did turn the program around all right!
Before he arrived, they had won 4 straight championships and had a 30-1 record the year before.
He went 6-18.  Since he showed up, 3 straight losing seasons.
Talk about a turnaround specialist. Ouch. 

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HillsHoops wrote:

By the way, I researched the school in Florida and he did turn the program around all right!
Before he arrived, they had won 4 straight championships and had a 30-1 record the year before.
He went 6-18.  Since he showed up, 3 straight losing seasons.
Talk about a turnaround specialist. Ouch. 


Yes that is true...but my research shows they lost 8 major players from that team including 4 starters...they returners had little or no experience. I believe the papers there have documented that fact...and 3 very promising prospects were pushed out the door before the coach arrived in the early fall. I believe all 3 were instrumental in leading another school in that county to state prominence. So Hills maybe it should be asked exactly what could have transpired had all those talented players been allowed to stick around. Your attempts at spin are appreciated...they just have no substance here.

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There are at least 6 published stories out there in this newspaper alone that state the same thing...over 400 career wins. If he was doubted they surely would have investigated earlier. When he fired assistant George Bennett then everything went into motion. One of the saddest episodes ever in high school sports and these people should be investigated for unethical practices.

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booster12 wrote:
HillsHoops wrote: Interesting.
You say he did a great job coaching, but the schools all saw fit to "non-renew" him.
Why could that be?  Why on earth would 3 different schools all get rid of a great coach?
Are all the AD's stupid?  Do they all hate basketball?  3 different schools and this one coach!
It sounds very fishy to me.
coastcasinoking wrote: I believe he took all 3 schools he coached at in this state to playoffs...the school in FL has not been back as well. That is fact.
To be honest i have heard of this happening alot. People get together and don't like the way a coach is coaching or feel he/she should be doing it differently and want them gone.  its not always about winning and losing. its about who has most power. so administrators try to run sport programs according to complaints from community, because they feel they jobs will be in endanger if they dont give people what they want. as coaches some people rather see you lose playing who they want to see, than winning with who you know should be out there.

Booster is right. Unlike "some" who post here I am a Mississippi guy...have been an official. I have seen coaches who turned around the worst programs imaginable be shown the door for the most petty reasons...most of the time it had to do with personality conflicts but most of the time it had to do with the coach in question being a dynamic kind of coach or jealousy... both coaches in question are those types of coaches. I wish coach Tullus the best...have seen him coach...he is one who could really take "hisns and beat yorns and yorns and beat hisns".

" Sure I  know I have plenty of enemies but I would rather be the most hated winner in America than the most beloved loser"-Adolph Rupp

"No Harold I am not a genius...but I am a damn good football coach"-Paul W. Bryant

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Posted: 2/27/2012 6:34 PM

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I don't think he was "non renewed" anywhere Hills. He resigned all positions to accept other positions. Even at PC according to his paperwork there he gave a "voluntary" resignation to accept the job in Florida. Now maybe eagleman54 can clarify that but that is what his paperwork from the district stated and it was signed by the superintendent himself. Mississippi is a different kind of place Hills...coaches in this state move around.
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Yesterday at 10:02 Broadcaster54 said he was non-renewed at Perry Central.
Hernando Today http://www2.hernandotoday.com/...//******/rqe1Oi and the Tampa Bay Times http://www.tampabay.com/news/e...-resume/1079626 say he was let go at Springstead in Florida the day the basketball season ended. 
So I think it's pretty disingenous of you to claim he wasn't non-renewed somewhere, especially since most folks seem to think you and Caster are the same person.  And as far as I know, coaches in all states move around.  Some stay a lot longer than others, I've known many in several states to stay 15 years or more.  On the other hand there are some coaches that just can't seem to keep a job.  When it happens time and time again to the same coach, there's generally a very good reason.

coastcasinoking wrote: I don't think he was "non renewed" anywhere Hills. He resigned all positions to accept other positions. Even at PC according to his paperwork there he gave a "voluntary" resignation to accept the job in Florida. Now maybe eagleman54 can clarify that but that is what his paperwork from the district stated and it was signed by the superintendent himself. Mississippi is a different kind of place Hills...coaches in this state move around.

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Well I guess if you would "create" stories about the best football coach and program in America and try to harm their recruiting you would create a story about a high school basketball coach. Gotta admit this guy is good. I especially like the part where this guy says he is what is wrong with some in the media today. Coach you should be proud...
you are here: home > izzy gould, b’ham news bashes alabama once again (updated)

two days before national signing day, izzy gould, a beat writer for the birmingnam news continues his assault on ua athletics.

if you remember, it was gould who held hands with paul finebaum wannabe kevin scarbinsky last summer in the “t-town menswear” story, one of the biggest non-stories in the history of alabama reporting.

that story mysteriously broke near sec media days and the beginning of fall practice, though the actual incident had been introduced, investigated and dismissed by the university of alabama the winter before.

but the facts of that story didn’t stop gould’s and scarbinsky’s vigor to “find something” on alabama.

if you’ll notice, that sound you hear are thousands of crickets chirping ever since the two media goobs swung with all their might…and whiffed…for their “pulitzer moment.”

last night, again just two days before national signing day, gould went on the assault, giving voice to the controversial mother of crimson tide commitment, landon collins.

if you’ll remember it was collins’ mother, april justin, who completely disrespected her son and his wishes on national television during the underarmour high school all-star game.

when the young man had the opportunity to make his decision on where he would go to school, he chose alabama. immediately however, his mother (clad in purple and gold) began shaking her head. and, when momma had the mic what did she do? told america her son had made a mistake.

most respecting parents have those conversations in private; nothing was final at that point, and signing day, after all, wasn’t until february 1. but ms. justin elected to speak her mind with the world watching.

while being recruited, her son had a two-year span of time to make his college choice, and when his moment had finally arrived, momma trampled all over it.

hard to understand why the young man lives with his father and step-mother. now there might be a good story.

fast-forward now to monday night, when izzy’s little fingers hammered away on his computer, so excited to give this poor excuse for a maternal figure a voice. someone that selfish, that disrepectful of her own flesh and blood…what in the world is her story worth?

izzy thought it was priceless. the man at the center of trying to create mayhem for the university of alabama last summer again had his chance.

this, in a capsule, is what is wrong with the media today. media members like izzy gould want to create stories…or more specifically, be the story…when in the past members of the media reported stories.

but this is what we’ve come to expect from the feminine hygeine product called the birmingham news. a “hit piece” on alabama recruiting two days before national signing day, while the news, again, run by an auburn graduate, continues to lob layups at the school in lee county.

where was the investigative piece on cam newton?

where was the investigative piece sunday night when arik armstead chose oregon over auburn, mainly because oregon’s chip kelly “didn’t do any negative recruiting.” the obvious insinuation there is that auburn, and others did. where’s the story there? what did auburn do? what negative tactics does auburn employ?

or here’s a story. why don’t we investigate why auburn’s recruiting, one year removed from a national title, is in the toilet. why isn’t auburn getting the recruiting “bump” you typically get just after winning it all? could it be that in the wake of escaping the cam newton saga by the skin of their teeth there is now an ncaa microscope that auburn now lives under, so the tactics of certain towel wavers long thought to be dirty (well before he came to auburn) have had to be put on hold?

why else would top recruits like armstead, tj yeldon and probably eddie goldman not want to be “auburn men” fresh off of the tigers winning their first ever national title?

no, let’s not dig there, birmingham news. let’s give voice to a mother who doesn’t even have custody of her own child. do you know how hard it is for a mother not to have custody of her child? any divorced fathers reading this want to give me an “amen”?

but izzy, let’s give this person a voice. the birth mother of one of alabama’s most prized recruits, two days before national signing day, who fervently wants her son to do what she wants him to do over what he, his father and others in the family want him to do.

izzy’s story centers on collins’ mother’s disdain for alabama, and her unconfirmed allegation that alabama head coach nick saban offered collins’ girlfriend an internship ahead of “20 other girls” on a waiting list–as if ms. justin would be privy to such inner-circle university knowledge.

but ole izzy quotes this lady chapter and verse like a revival preacher.

izzy then quickly points out:

“if saban did offer collins’ girlfriend a job, it could violate ncaa bylaw 13.2.1, which prohibits anyone with a school’s athletic interest from making arrangements for giving or offering benefits to a prospective student-athlete’s relatives or friends. ncaa bylaw 13.2.1.1 letter (a) specifically prohibits “an employment arrangement for a prospective student-athlete’s relatives.”

last time i checked, a girlfriend isn’t a relative. and if she is about to be a ua student, on her own accord, from a family with alabama ties, good luck swimming in that cesspool of ambiguity.

what alabama fans are so tired of are alabama beatwriters who seem to time their stories for maximum effect…or damage. this while auburn beatwriters continue to pen “feel good” pieces on recruits no one has ever heard of, seemingly right from the auburn sports information dept. this just months after their pinnacle moment.

landon collins, the top safety prospect in the nation, will sign with alabama on wednesday, and for her sake, i sincerely hope ms. justin the best. we will gladly offer her a second and third chance to demonstrate maturity and good intent for her son, who wants to play for the best head coach and defensive back specialist in america.

afterall, when dre kirkpatrick and mark barron go in the first round this april, they’ll be in good company with other dbs saban has sent to the “money round.”

there’s your story, izzy. how top talent continues to want top coaching for top opportunity. and who knows. maybe you wanted to write it and were overuled. but your history in “story creation” in tuscaloosa suggests otherwise.

and as your “street cred” with alabama fans along with your newspaper continues to die, hopefully your access to the program will kick the bucket as well.

UPDATE – 01/31/12 – 12:30pm
Izzy Gould appeared on Birmingham-based WJOX at 12:05pm today (01/31/12) to “clarify” the story.

Gould said he did not plan the story for the day before signing day, though the interview if I understood correctly took place last weekend.

On the job itself alledgedly offered to the girlfriend, Gould said he couldn’t get any clarification if such a position existed because Alabama was not talking about it.

“It’s unclear what that job would be,” Gould said, “if there’s any money/credit attached to it.”

Gould said that Collins’ mother didn’t like the way Alabama’s coaching staff handled the recruiting process. Was too focused on getting him to the NFL, didn’t talk enough about academics. She was also clearly upset over the girlfriend and her mother.

(Note mine: Alabama boasts one of the most comprehensive academic centers in the nation, with graduation rates well above the national average, and in the upper echelon of the SEC. I can’t believe this information never came up in Collins’ recruiting process. Selective memory and a preoccupation with a girl trying to steal her son may be at play here.)

And yet, Gould said “April Justin was very complimentary of the Alabama program.” So there seems to be a lot of conflicting information that is “typical of the recruiting process.”

When he asked what she would wear to Landon’s signing (remember her purple and gold at his UnderArmour announcement), Izzy said she told him “She’ll show up wearing something pink.”

Still, why even make this a story? Why not focus on Landon and not on his tacky mom who has made the story about herself? Why focus on unsubstantiated information about a job that may or may not even exist?

Izzy Gould has a job to do, and I am not saying here that he awakes daily with an agenda to sink Alabama. I am saying however that time and association is everything, and his involvement in the T-Town Menswear story last summer will haunt him for a long time when he produces stories like this one that “look” fishy from the start. Giving April Justin an open forum to speak her mind on facts that can’t be substantiated while offering zero rebuttle on matters that she may be overlooking is what stirred the pot on this story for most Bama fans.

It’s fair to say it’s not Gould’s job to tote the water for Alabama. But that doesn’t mean that after running a story like this one, on this particular day, that his next eye contact with Nick Saban in the press room is going to be a comfortable one.


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You sound like a raving lunatic to me, turning the subject from Choctaw girls basketball to how you got fired to how you didn't get fired to a marathon post about Alabama football reporting...seriously, are you just totally nuts?
That article down Tampa way seems to have captured your true character pretty accurately.

Never underestimate the power of the truth.

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HillsHoops wrote:

You sound like a raving lunatic to me.
That article down Tampa way seems to fit right in your character.


Looks like all that stuff you tried to feed these good people here was pretty much shot down...according to you Thompson had everyone back from a 30-1 team...according to the athletic director it was,and I quote,"big time rebuilding'.So who is the liar? It just makes me sick how cats like this guy give good sports reporters a bad name. Thank God for Stan Caldwell and Rick Cleveland...and all I was trying to do was to introduce these people to the "works" of Isadore Gould...and it has been confirmed Gould was fired by the Birmingham News.
By CHRIS BERNHARDT JR. | Hernando Today
Published: November 24, 2009 Updated: November 24, 2009 - 11:57 PM
SPRING HILL --

Pardon Nick Steadman if it took him a little while to gain his barrings in Tuesday night's season opener versus Hernando.

When the senior point guard looked around prior to the tip, he had to notice some people missing.

"I'm like, 'where's all the other guys at?'" Steadman said.

Overshadowed by his four fellow starters during Springstead's run to the state championship game last season, Steadman is now the only one that remains.

Thus the onus has fallen on him to go from role player to star as the Eagles try to maintain a legacy enhanced by the state runner-up trophy that now resides in their trophy case.

After a rocky start, he shifted back on the right track, scoring 14 of his 18 points in the second half to lift the Eagles to a 50-41 victory in front of the home crowd.

"I've never been down in this gym before," Steadman said. "I was thinking I've got to keep it together and finish strong. We kept doing it one by one and it kept coming back to us.

"...I've just got to be the point guard that coach wants me to be. Try to assist, make sure the boys get good looks and that I contribute, as well."

Slow start

This win marked the 421st in the coaching career of Steve Thompson, but his first since taking over the Springstead post vacated by Pat Kelly.

"They're both the same, just a different accent," Steadman said, referring to Thompson's Mississippi drawl.

Thompson has warned not to expect to see the same Springstead team as last season, but that sobering reality still hit hard as Hernando opened up a 9-0 lead in the first quarter.

After Thompson called the first official timeout in his tenure with the Eagles, his players responded with a 9-point blitz in a little over two minutes, and a 17-0 run between the first and second quarters.

"I told the guys (during the timeout) these guys came to play," Thompson said. "They're a lot better than they were last year. They're very well-coached. I told the guys this is our house, get back into what you do best, which is pressure the basketball."

That trademark Springstead press helped produce 27 Hernando turnovers and 13 steals, five apiece by Steadman and Naquan Inniss, who added 11 rebounds.

However, the Eagles exhibited some sloppiness themselves, turning it over 24 times. That helped the Leopards stick around, down just two at the half (24-22) and four at the end of three (34-30).

Steadman hit a buzzer-beating basket in the third quarter and took over early in the fourth. His long jumper made it 40-30, the largest lead of the night, with just less than six minutes left.

He was helped off the floor midway through the period, having re-aggravated a torn medial collateral ligament.

Yet when Hernando crept back within five at the 1:15 mark, Steadman lobbied his way back into the game, stole the ball and knocked down a pair of free throws at the other end.

"It was competitive," Hernando Head Coach Mark Latsko said. "We talked about putting the ball in the basket in the locker room after the game. At some point we've got to quit missing so many wide-open looks.

"Defensively we played well. Steadman is a great ballplayer. He hit some big shots."

The Leopards did receive a fine performance from Corey Thomas, who tallied 17 points, 11 rebounds and four steals.

Much work to do

Both coaches realized there's much work to be done as the new season unfolds.

"Springstead is used to winning basketball games and we've come from a losing culture and it's tough to break that," Latsko said. "We got up 9-0 and got too excited. We need to play more even-keeled."

Thompson noted that not only does he have very little varsity experience on his roster past Steadman, he's also missing two potential starters (Lameek Floyd, Sal Latimer) to injury.

He did enjoy the play of junior Will Hall, an out-of-state transfer and the brother of former Nature Coast girls star Shareka Maner. Hall chipped in 18 points off the bench.

"What (Assistant) Coach (George) Bennett and I have to do as a coaching staff is bring these kids together and get them to play together," Thompson said. "That's what last year's team did so well.

"These kids are not as quick. These kids are not as agile or athletic as the last four teams here. But if they play a sound game, we'll beat some people."

SPRINGSTEAD 50, HERNANDO 41
Qtr. Scoring 1 2 3 4
Hernando 9 13 8 11 - 41
Springstead 15 9 10 16 - 50
Hernando (41): Thomas 7 2-2 17, Wilson 3 3-5 9, Roberts 1 0-1 2, Delaine 2 0-1 4, Jackson 3 0-0 7, Bronson 1 0-0 2, Conway 0, Knapp 0, Huggins 0, McNeal 0, Aldermann 0. Totals 17 5-9 41.
Springstead (50): Townsend 0 2-2 2, Inniss 2 2-2 6, Vanlow 2 0-2 4, Steadman 5 8-11 18, Wild 1 0-1 2, Hall 7 2-4 18, Maragh 0, Smith 0. Totals 17 14-22 50.
Three-point field goals: HER 2 (Thomas, Jackson); SPG 2 (Hall 2).
Total fouls: HER 22; SPG 12.
Technical fouls: none.
Fouled out: Delaine (HER), Vanlow (SPG).
Records: Hernando (0-1), Springstead (1-0).

Sports writer Chris Bernhardt Jr. can be reached at 352-544-5288 or cbernhardt@hernandotoday.com.

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" Sure I  know I have plenty of enemies but I would rather be the most hated winner in America than the most beloved loser"-Adolph Rupp

"No Harold I am not a genius...but I am a damn good football coach"-Paul W. Bryant

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Re: CHOCTAW CENTRAL vs. BELMONT (Girls 3A): 2.25.12 @ 9:00 AM 


Returning to the topic at hand does anyone know if Willis is going to stay in coaching?

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