Nice to see SA, SHS work together to solve situation

Danny P. Smith
Staff Writer

Thursday was a day that made me very proud to say I’m from Starkville.

Two high school schools in this city, Starkville Academy and Starkville High School, worked together to make an athletic event happen on Thursday night that otherwise would not have had a chance to take place.

It’s certainly not big news to anybody that the weather this week has been pretty terrible around here.

The rain and mist of midweek has given way to a little bit of snow flurries and cold temperatures this weekend.

Sometimes this time of year, fields can get pretty soggy with several days of wet weather. That’s what happened at the Starkville Sportsplex soccer fields where the Starkville Academy Volunteers play their home matches.

Persistent rain caused Wednesday’s match against Indianola Academy to be postponed, but Thursday’s match against Columbus Christian was a district match and one the Vols really needed to play.

With the Starkville Sportsplex fields under water, it was not going to happen there.

That’s when SHS stepped up and allowed Starkville Academy to play the match on the turf field of Yellowjacket Stadium. The Jackets were out of town playing a Class 6A, Region 3 match themselves at Madison Central and didn’t need the home field on Thursday.

Even though the conditions weren’t ideal as the rain was heavy at times, at least the Vols got their district match in and won a 1-0 decision.

"I just want to thank Starkville High coach (Rob) Fyke and their AD Dr. (C. Cheyenne) Trussell for letting us play this district game here as our field is under water," SA soccer coach JoJo Dodd said.

It was great to see Starkville High School and Starkville Academy work together in this way to solve the situation.

There seems to be a great amount of respect between the athletic departments of the Jackets and the Vols.

The football coaches of Chris Jones at SHS and Chase Nicholson at SA seem to have a good relationship and supported each other during the very successful seasons they had. That’s one of the reasons why the Starkville Daily News made them Co-Coaches of the Year. Both men were very deserving of the honor and it was difficult to give it to one over the other.

Hopefully, the Jackets and Vols continue to work together to help each other when necessary.

That makes for a much better environment for everyone when that type of cooperation exists.

Danny P. Smith is the sports editor and columnist for The Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SDN or its staff.