Welcome to a continuing tradition at SBLive Mississippi – the MHSAA All-Sports Awards.
At the conclusion of every high school athletic year, SBLive’s Tyler Cleveland will crunch the numbers to award Mississippi high school athletic programs who achieve the highest level of success in the most sports. Think of it as an Athletic Director’s Award.
The scoring system has developed over the years and is based on how each team finishes in each sport. For example, a team receives 30 points for winning a state championship in any respective sport. If the sport relies on a playoff bracket to determine a champion, the runner-up receives 25 points and the teams who were defeated in the semifinal round receive 20 (and so on). Every team that reaches the playoffs, regardless of the team’s record, scores points for their school.
In a sport determined by indirect competition (like powerlifting or cross country), the first-place team receives 30 points, second place gets 25 (and so on), with the top eight teams receiving points.
Here’s a look at how the top teams in MHSAA’s Class 3A fared during the 2020-2021 athletic season:
CLASS 3A ALL-SPORTS AWARDS
1. St. Andrew’s Episcopal
Total Score: 320
Championships: Boys’ Basketball, Girls’ Soccer, Boys’ Soccer, Girls’ Swimming, Boys’ Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball
What a year for St. Andrew’s — the Saints captured seven state championships and finished runner up in three more (girls’ cross country, boys’ golf and girls’ track). The boys’ basketball title was their third in four years. Their 320 points is among the most of any athletic program in the state for the 2020-2021 athletic season.
Total Score: 225
Championships: Boys’ Cross Country, Girls’ Track, Boys’ Track
The Warriors were in the mix in just about every sport this past year. They made the playoffs in baseball, girls’ and boys’ basketball, softball, football, boys’ and girls’ soccer and volleyball and reached the state quarterfinals in five of those sports.
Total Score: 212.5
Championships: Girls’ Bowling, Girls’ Cross Country, Boys’ Powerlifting
The Aggies had a banner year across the board, and could have easily added two or three more state titles. They lost in overtime to finish runner-up in girls’ basketball, boys’ cross country and reached the state semifinals in softball.
Total score: 170
Amory had several teams on the brink of a championship in the last year. The Panthers finished runner-up in tennis, reached the state semifinals in baseball and boys’ soccer and the boys’ golf team finished third in the state tournament.
Total Score: 142
Championships: Baseball, Softball
The Blue Devils just seemed to be in the mix in every team sport this year. In addition to winning it all in softball and baseball, the Blue Devils made the playoffs in football, finished runner-up in boys’ basketball, reached the semifinals in tennis and finished third in boys’ golf.