Congratulations to the JA Lady Raiders! The team attained its 40th win and the MAIS Overall Championship title at Mississippi College Saturday. The Lady Raiders defeated Kirk Academy 52-39 for the title. Named to the MAIS Overall All Tournament Team were De’ja Bradford, Conley Chinn, Emily McNair, Lauran Sheriff, and Malon Stratton.
The Lady Raiders won 59-25 in Monday’s game against Leake to advance to the second round of the overall tournament. Wins against Oak Forest (58-28) on Wednesday and Marshall (40-15) on Friday earned the team a spot in the championship game.
The boys varsity team advanced to the overall tournament, winning their first round game against Canton Academy 57-48. In the second round, they had a 70-44 win over Riverdale and ended their season in a 63-61 loss to Hartfield in the third round. Micah Morgan was named to the All Tournament team.
The Mississippi WheelCats are the only wheelchair basketball team in the state, so their actual games require travel to Texas, Alabama, South Carolina, and other states. Friday, during activity period, JA hosted a game with the boys varsity basketball team, faculty, and the Mississippi WheelCats. The event was a perfect time for the WheelCats to prep for their upcoming season and a great opportunity to bring awareness of wheelchair athletics to the JA community.
On Wednesday, February 1 in the Learning Commons, two senior athletes indicated their intent to play collegiate sports. During the National Signing Day event, DeQuon Sterling signed to play football with Southwest Community College and Austin Ramey signed to play soccer at Dallas Baptist University.
From left to right: Molly McClure, Regan Felder, Annalee Willson, Olivia Quin, Addison Armstrong and (trainer) Patti Shoemaker.
Not pictured: Lauren Sutton, Ana Kelly Hontzas, Lily Rhoden, Sophie Rhoden, Alden McNamara, Anna Claire Sheffield, and Sarah Clay.
The Jackson Academy Equestrian Team has completed its regular season wrapping up the group’s second year in equestrian competition, with one rider advancing to regionals.
In their final regular season horse show at Providence Hill Farm weekend before last, the Middle School team won reserve champion, and Sophie Rhoden got the sportsmanship award. Molly McClure qualified for regionals to be held February 18 at Providence Hill Farm.
The JA team sponsored our school’s first horse show in Canton earlier in the school year and had great participation by teams from five states. They plan to sponsor another show in the fall. At the Canton show, Middle School won reserve champion.