Jackson Academy’s fall athletes played exciting and rewarding seasons this semester, and celebrated together as circumstances allowed. Players and fans alike overcame the challenges of playing and supporting sports during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, we recognize the varsity football team, the cheer and dance teams, the softball team, and the varsity and junior varsity girls soccer teams. Congratulations to each student athlete and team on their accomplishments!
Jackson Academy’s fall athletes played exciting and rewarding seasons this fall, and celebrated the end of their season with awards events. Players and fans alike overcame the challenges of playing and supporting sports during the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to recognize our students’ accomplishments. This week, we recognize the junior high football teams, the cross country teams, and the volleyball teams. Congratulations to each student athlete on their accomplishments! We look forward to recognizing our remaining fall athletes next week.
Two JA seniors made their official commitments to D-1 universities on Wednesday. Parker Bracken signed to play beach volleyball at Louisiana State University and Jackson Conn committed to Mississippi State University’s baseball program. They were joined at the event by members of their families, coaches, members of their teams, and classmates.
Jackson Academy hosted a signing Monday at 10 a.m. for two seniors who are continuing their athletic careers in college baseball next year. Parker Ryan signed with Pearl River Community College and Branson Tadlock signed with Jones County Junior College. Parker and Branson were joined at the event by members of their families, coaches, members of the baseball team, and classmates.
Each year WAPT TV 16 and Bank Plus team up to recognize high school athletes who are excellent scholars. Jackson Academy’s recipient for 2020-21 is senior Drew Antici of Madison. WAPT produces a video about each student and holds a banquet honoring the recipients in the spring.
JA cheerleaders, dance teams, and drumline demonstrated their skills at inspiring audiences during the MAIS Spirit Competition held at the Mississippi Coliseum yesterday. The newest addition to spirit competition is a drumline show, this year held as an exhibition. JA’s drumline delivered a lively, crowd-pleasing performance. JA spirit teams brought home four championship titles, three runner up positions, and two All-Star recognitions. Congratulations to all of JA’s spirit teams!
Now Raider Network is part of a broader, more ambitious platform called Spin Video. Spin Video includes Raider Network and also offers a “Raider Network” experience for other schools and educational entities.
Jackson Academy baseball players are using former Tulane University Head Coach Joe Brockhoff’s Super 8 Hitting System that employs video analysis to hone their batting this year. And, they are going to test out their swings during games scheduled at Trustmark Park February 13 and 18.
The Gatorade Company announced January 13 that Parker Bracken has been named the 2019-20 Gatorade Mississippi Volleyball Player of the Year. Parker is the second Gatorade Mississippi Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from Jackson Academy.