Clear Creek set to host MHSAA tournaments

Published 11:00 am Monday, April 28, 2014

It’s championship week at Clear Creek Golf Course.

The public course in Bovina will host three MHSAA state tournaments today, Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning with the Class I and Class III girls tournaments this morning.

The Class 1A boys tournament will begin Wednesday at 10 a.m.

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Clear Creek will be closed to the public until 1 p.m. today and  Tuesday, and until the boys tournaments are finished on Wednesday and Thursday.

Warren County’s teams are hoping to use the home-course advantage as they try to add to or carve out championship legacies.

St. Al’s girls’ team is the defending Class I champion. Class I includes schools that play in Class 1A, 2A  and 3A in all other sports.

St. Al’s top two golfers from last season, Laura Phillips and Anna Fletcher, are both back to help the team defend its title. Phillips finished fourth in the individual competition last year, and Fletcher was fifth.

In Class III- — which includes schools normally in Class 5A and 6A — Warren Central will be gunning for its first state title after finishing as the runner-up last year. The Lady Vikes were 12 shots behind Hancock, and have two top-five finishers from last year’s tournament returning.

Karley Whittington finished third in 2013, and Peyton Rutherford tied for fifth.

St. Al’s boys team, meanwhile, has been the dominant team in Class 1A for the better part of a decade. It has won three consecutive state championships, and six in seven years.

Vicksburg and Warren Central’s boys teams will also compete in the Class 5A and 6A state tournaments, respectively, this week, but will go on the road to do so. Both of those state tournaments are at Lake Caroline Golf Club in Madison.

Warren Central is trying to improve on last year’s sixth-place team finish.

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 140-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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