PHS Poplarville High School

The Poplarville High School serves students grades 9th through 12th. The campus is located at #1 Hornet Drive, Poplarville MS 39470. You can reach PHS at (voice) (601) 795 8424 or (fax) (601) 795-1345.

Principal: Jonanthan Will
Assistant Principal: Timmy Story

2016-2017 PHS Girls Soccer Team









Merisa Myrick

Kaitlyn Barber

Jasy Lee

Jill Hudnall


Gracie Smith

Amber Smith

Lexey Breerwood

Ali Glasscock


Karlee Price

Stormy Matthews

Hannah McClendon

Olivia Branum

Candi Spiers

Austin Mayfield

AnJolie Francis


Rachel Carpenter

Renee Harris

Angel Holloway

Hannah Spiers

Star Newson

8th Grade:

Julianna Wells

Kaitlyn Williams

Chasity Dearman

Mollie Brown

Jaycee Bridgers

Evelyn Kimball

7th Grade:

Lilly Smith





PHS Tennis News

Moss Point Match

The PHS tennis team had a good run on the courts Tuesday night against Moss Point High School.  Match play began at 4:00 in an attempt to get all play completed before the threat of rain stopped play.  The rain held off but the wind was a definite factor throughout the night.  Wind gusts of 20 mph made it difficult at times to control the flight of the tennis ball.  Despite the extremely windy conditions, Poplarville finished the night with several individual wins as well as a team win.  The match against Moss Point was the first District Match of the year.

Varsity Winners:

Boys Singles: R. Schubert defeated L. Smith 6-0   6-1

#1 Boys Doubles:  C. Jones & T. Miley defeated  A. Haynes & T. Salter  6-3   6-0

#1 Girls Doubles:  P. Nix & S. Coleman defeated D. Jenkins & D. Wilson  6-4  7-5

Mixed Doubles:  C. Davis & S. Recatto defeated D. Watson & T. Porter   6-1  6-0

JV Winners:

Mixed Doubles:  M. Davis & K. Smith  won 6-0 in a single set.

Girls Doubles:  P. Nix & A. Knoll won 6-2 in a single set.


Bay High Match 

The Poplarville Hornet tennis team was back in action at home against Bay High Tuesday afternoon. Sunny and warm weather was a welcome sight after the recent heavy rains.  Bay High is the 2nd District match played so far this season.  

Varsity Winners:

Boy Singles: Ryan Schubert defeated Breaghan LeFlore  6-1   6-2

#2 Boys Doubles:  Christopher Casteneda & Noah Gray defeated John Gonzales & Aiden Pohl  7-6   6-4

J.V.  Winners:

Girls Doubles:  Anna Knoll & Mary Ruth Pridmore  defeated Leigha Verschelde & Brooke Perkins in a single set  6-3

Boys Singles:  Micah Davis defeated Blake Bell  6-1   6-4.





2016 PHS Dance Team

Congratulations to the 2016 Dance Team:

Layken Alber
Heidi Ashley -co-captain
Skylar Baldwin - co-captain
Isabella Clunan
Emma Cooley
Bailee Crider
Kylei Gipson
Sarah LeCompte
Paige Lee
Gabrielle Lewis
Grace Smith
Cameron Tyner
Logan Whipple -captain


2015-16 Poplarville Hornet Soccer Banquet

Coach Adam Smith and Coach Beth McShea would like to congratulate and recognize the following players for their award(s) received at the Soccer Banquet on Saturday night.


MVP- Mallory Nuccio

Offensive Player of the Year- Merisa Myrick

Defensive Player of the Year- Kaitlyn Barber

Academic- Mallory Nuccio

Hustle and Hard Work- Candi Spiers

Heart of the Hornet- Gracie Smith

Team Choice- Mallory Nuccio

Most Improved- Kaitlyn Barber

Coaches Award- Hannah McClendon

Junior Varsity Offensive Player of the Year- Chasity Dearman

Junior Varsity Defensive Player of the Year- Olivia Branum

First Team All-District 7-4A – Mallory Nuccio, Kaitlyn Barber, and Merisa Myrick

Second Team All-District 7-4A- Amber Smith, Gracie Smith, Candi Spiers, and Star Newson


MVP- Turan Smith

Offensive Player of the Year- Derrick Houston

Defensive Player of the Year- Jayden Shaw

Academic- Davis Hollingsworth

Hustle and Hard Work- Ben Barry

Heart of the Hornet- Dakota Penton

Team Choice- Nick Hines

Most Improved- Jayden Shaw

Coaches Award- Josh Davis

Junior Varsity MVP- Bradley Stines

Junior Varsity Most Improved- Chris Hughes

First Team All-District 7-4A- Turan Smith and Jayden Shaw

Second Team All-District 7-4A- Derrick Houston and Austin Carter


  • Support and Dedication Award was presented to Coach Chris Dewease

  • Hard work and dedication Award was presented to Mrs. Elana Shaw

Also would like to thank

  • First Baptist Church for allowing us to use their recreation center

  • Crossroad seafood grill for doing an excellent job on the crawfish

  • ReSteel for their contribution at the beginning of the season  

  • All parents for their contributions throughout the season and banquet  

Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarship opportunities for current seniors at PHS. Scholarship applications are in the guidance office, computer lab and CDC. 
Upcoming scholarship deadlines are listed below.
Alcorn 3.30
MS Assoc. of Superintendents 3.31
Pearl River County Board of Realtors 3.31
PRCC Navigator 4.1
Exxon Pine Belt Oil 4.4
BankPlus 4.4
PRCC Foundation Scholarship 4.4
MS Municipal League 5.6
PRCC Honors Institute Scholarship 5.16
PRCC Honors Program 6.3
Details on the blog:

Hornets vs. Maroon Tide Archery Meet

Poplarville and Picayune met once again at a heated archery competition this Monday. Both teams came to win for their respective schools but only one of these great teams could come out on the top. Last week Poplarville had fought with honor and integrity, but so did Picayune at their last competition yet the Hornet Nation could not topple the Maroon Tide. At Monday’s competition, Poplarville had revved up its spirit. Archers at Poplarville had practiced with Hornet ferocity, their skills had increased exponentially from last meeting Picayune. Now, could the Hornet Nation finally achieve the greatness that it knew it possessed? If only more of its team members had arrived. Those select archers that chose to stand against the Maroon Tide honored Poplarville by shooting with unparalleled skill. Archers such as Mike Strickland, Tyler Chisolm, Olivia Branum, and Megan Williams were inspirational with their use of the bow. Mike Strickland had even tied with Picayune’s William Lebeau for first place. Though the Hornets had notched, drawn, and fired with unbelievable precision and accuracy, they came up short against the Maroon Tide only because the Hornets had some missing Stingers. Both teams were quite the sight to observe, even the audience was in competitive spirit causing cheers and boos from both sides to their respective teams. At the end of the day, Poplarville and Picayune nodded heads, shook hands, and congratulated shooters for their sportsmanship at Monday’s competition.
Written by Brandon Bunales

PHS 16-17 Cheerleaders Announced

Congratulations to the Poplarville High School Cheerleaders for the 2016-2017!

Elizabeth Amacker

Holli Ard

Landry Bagley

Gabi Benefield

Mikaela Bilbo

Ashanti Bolton

Jacenta Davis

Tatum Davis

Ravyn Garrett

Tatum Gennin

Macey Head

Payton Hartfield

Sadie Hubbard

Tori Lambert

Austin Mayfield

Faith Necaise

Takyla Parker

Harper Pearson

Sean Rains

Karlee Rodriguez

Madysen Sheppard

Harlee Stuart





Tanner Miley competed at the Region 1 Science Fair held last Friday on the campus of USM. He placed first in the Earth and Environmental Division with his project on oil spill cleanup applications. He was also awarded two special judges’ awards: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s “Pulse of the Planet” award and the U.S. Stockholm Jr. Water Prize award. Tanner will go on to compete at the State Science Fair to be held at Ole Miss in April.





Who’s who 2016 Results









Mr. & Mrs. PHS

Nick Hines & Devynn Hart


Most beautiful & Most handsome

Alon Travis & Derrick Houston


Beauties Beaus

Devin cazeaux Ethan Glasscock

caylen Beall Eli Saucier

Savannah Rivero Richard Patton

Merisa Myrick Parker Wells

Holli Ard Kyle Tynes

Seana Rains Tyson Holston


Class Favorites

12- Truett Marshall & Ariel Dunn

11- Joelle Knezevich & Dawson Brown

10- Landry Bagley & Montrell Turner

09 - Zakia Jordan & Mario Barnes


Most Likely to Succeed

12- Dalton Spiers & Victoria McMurray

11- Kaitlyn Barber & Dylan Rosenbaum

10- Elizabeth Burge & Zack Couvillion

09- Olivia Branum & Logan Santiago


Most School Spirit

12- Marc Ducote & Courtnee Strain

11- Takyla Parker & Kolby Havard

10- Skylar Baldwin & Alan Holliday

09- Janna Dutsch & Ross Barnett


Most Athletic

12- Tyler Fricke & Mallory Nuccio

11- Zanaisha Turner & Jesse Pernell

10- Megan McGill & Austin Bolton

09-Rakeya Travis & Antonio Barnes


Houston Signs with Southwest

Derrick Houston signed to play Junior College Soccer with Southwest Community College. Derrick was a two year Letterman and lead the team in goals scored his senior season.  Derrick’s hard work, strong work ethic and commitment to improve attributed to his success on the pitch, "Coach Smith added.  Zack Mills (Southwest CC Head Boys Soccer) says "He is pleased to have someone like Derrick on the team. He will bring good size, strength, and athleticism to the program to go along with his skill set.  He will be a great addition and fill some holes we were looking to fill with his signing."

Pictured: Standing- Adam Smith (Head Boys Soccer Coach), Jonathan Ray (Athletic Director)

Sitting- Tera Houston (Mother), Derrick Houston, Matt Houston (Father)

Hornets Win Thriller in First Round

The Poplarville Hornets took a 43-40 decision in dramatic fashion in their First Round matchup at Bay High Wednesday night.  The Hornets trailed the Bay 19-18 at halftime and struggled early in the second half before doubling the Tigers up in the final period.  It was a fantastic, hard fought team effort that came down to the final minute.  


With 2.45 seconds remaining senior Craig Barnes was called for a questionable foul sending the Tigers to the free throw line to shoot two free throws.  The first free throw hit the back of the iron and bounced out.


The second free throw almost looked identical as the Bay High player missed his second free throw.  What would happen next is sure to go down as one of the most improbable and amazing shots in school playoff history.  The rebound was quickly grabbed and the ball moved forward to senior Zack Taylor.  Taylor dribbled to half court and fired up a prayer as the buzzer sounded.  The prayer was answered for Taylor and his teammates as they stood in shock as the ball darted through the hoop.  


As you can imagine there was a lot of celebrating, high fives and hugs in the bleachers and on the court.  

With the win, the Hornets have accomplished two milestones that haven't been touched by a Poplarville team on the court in a long time.  The Poplarville Hornet basketball team has now tallied 20 wins and will compete in a second round playoff for the first time in at least a decade.

Poplarville will travel to McComb on Saturday to tangle with the Tigers!!  Tip off is set for 7:00 p.m.





Tennis News

The PHS tennis team has a new head coach, Kim Myers. Coach Meyers served many years as assistant coach under former coach, Lynn Anderson, who retired from coaching at the end of last season.

Coach Myers has been busy practicing with the team for the upcoming season which begins on February 26 in the Stone County Classic.  Best of luck to the tennis team!





Blossman Commits to PRCC

Wednesday, February 3 Senior Sye Blossman signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at the next level.

Sye committed to play football for the Pearl River Community College Wildcats in Poplarville, Mississippi this fall.  Sye is the son of Eddie & Leah Blossman and Kim & Terry Carver.

Sye has played for the Hornet Football Team for 6 years.  He started on offense as wingback for two of those years.  He was selected for the District 7-4A First Team All District Team.

Sye finished his senior year at Poplarville with 49 attempts., 357 yards (average of 7.3), and 2 TouchDowns.

Pictured left to right: Standing: Coach Beech.  Sitting: Terry and Kim Carver, Sye, Eddie and Leah Blossman.

PHS Powerlifting Team are Regional Champions

Congratulations to the PHS Powerlifting Team.  They took home the Region Championship Saturday, February 13 at Moss Point.  Every lifter scored points in their weight class.


114- Nathan Galaske 1st Place

123- Kobe Taylor 1st Place

132- Turan Smith 1st Place

148- Chris Fowler 2nd Place

165- Ahmad Bolton 4th Place ; Hunter Callahan 5th Place

181- Austin Arceneaux 2nd Place; Tristan Nichols 3rd Place

220- Jesse Pernell 1st Place

242- Jamerrick Waller 5th Place
275- Chad Hart- 4th Place

Heavyweight- Josh Spiers 4th Place

Hornets will travel to South Pike, March 6, for the South State Championship

PHS Cheer Squad Tryouts

Tryouts for Poplarville High School Cheer Squad will be Saturday, March 5, 2016.  Parents/Guardians of interested candidates are required to attend a MANDATORY meeting on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at 6 pm in the PHS Library.  Contact Keri Smith at (601) 795-8424 for more information.

Counselor Blog for Scholarship Opportunities

PHS Scholarship applications are in the guidance office, the career center and in the CDC! The counselor blog has more details for all scholarships that are currently available. Below is a list of upcoming scholarship deadlines with links to the blog for details. The blog can also be accessed through the school website by clicking on the guidance link.

PHS will host a FAFSA Day on March 2nd. Counselors from the Get2College Center in Ocean Springs will be here to assist parents and students in completing the application for federal aid and for state aid. Through completion of the FAFSA, students will find out if they qualify to receive any Pell Grant money. Additionally, completion of the FAFSA is required by most colleges before a student can receive institutional aid. Mrs. Tammy Ladner is the contact person to sign up for an appointment. Parents should contact her to sign up for a time. Appointments will be available between 8:30 and 3:30. The Get2College Center is a non for profit organization that assists Mississippi families in planning and paying for college. All of their services are free. The center in Ocean Springs offers individual appointments, ACT prep and more.
Poplarville Womens Club - Deadline 2.25

Regions Black History Month Scholarship - Deadline 2.25
Organ Donor - Deadline 2.26
PRCC Ted J. Alexander Leadership Program Scholarship - Deadline 2.27
Les Belles Fluers  - Deadline 2.28
Buick Scholarship - Deadline 2.29
Mississippi Association of Supervisors Scholarship - Deadline 3.1
To see all items posted on the blog, follow the link below. There are posts for leadership programs and information for students in grades 9-11 as well.  

McMurray Named STAR Student for the 2015-2016 School Year

Victoria McMurray has been named as a STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student for the 2015-2016 school year by the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) M. B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the STAR program. Victoria is the daughter of Harvey and Joy McMurray.

The Poplarville High School senior will be honored during the annual Education Celebration in April at the Jackson Convention Center in downtown Jackson.

Star Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence.  Both American College Test scores and scholastic averages are compared to determine the school’s STAR student.  The STAR program encourages and promotes academic achievement among Mississippi’s high school seniors.  

Each STAR student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student’s scholastic achievement.  Victoria designated Mrs.Erin Breland as the STAR Teacher.

Hornets Looking to Finish the Regular Season Strong

Right now the Lady Hornets are tied in 1st Place in District Play.  Lady Hornets are being led by Mallory Smith, Zanaisha and Jasmine Merrill.

The boys team is looking to finish the regular season strong.  Currently 16-7 overall with a 6-1 record in district.  The Hornets will finish the season with two road games before the district tournament.  Times for the district tournament will be announced soon.  The team desperately needs the Hornet Nation Support.  The team can’t do it without you.

Hornets will play a district game at Columbia Friday, February 5.  J.V. Boys @ 5.  Varsity Girls @ 6. Varsity Boys @ 7:30.

Last district game before the district tournament will be Tuesday, February 9 at Greene County.

District Tournament will be at Purvis High School February 15-19th.

Fricke Commits to PRCC

Wednesday, February 3 Senior Tyler Fricke signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at the next level.

Tyler committed to play football for the Pearl River Community College Wildcats in Poplarville, Mississippi this fall.  Tyler is the son of Candi and Leo Fricke of Poplarville.

Tyler, a 2 year starter, has played offense and defense for the Poplarville Hornet Football Team.  He was selected for the District 7-4A All District MVP team for the 2015 season.  Tyler was the recipient of Poplarville High School’s Most Valuable Defensive Player and the 2015 Ironman Awards.

Tyler finished his senior year at Poplarville with 110 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks.

Pictured left to right: Standing: Coach Owen, Coach Beech, Coach Story and Coach Dewease.  Sitting: Candi, Tyler and Leo Fricke.

Strain Signs With PRCC

On Friday, January 22, 2016, Senior Courtnee Strain signed a national letter of intent to play softball for Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, MS.  Courtnee is the daughter of Brad and Deanna Strain.

Courtnee has played centerfield for the Lady Hornets Softball Team for the past 6 years  under the direction of Coach Ray, Coach Ross and Coach Jackson.

Also Pictured; Coaches Jonathan Ray and Drue Ross, Parents Brad and Deanna Strain , Grandmother Lynn and Sisters Caitlin and Callie Strain.