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
 

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.

 

 

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Poplarville Girls’ Soccer Clinch a Playoff Spot

This past week was a big week for Lady Hornet soccer.  On Tuesday, January 12th the Lady Hornets faced Greene County in a big district match. Sophomore Amber Smith was able to find the back of the net early in the first half to give the lady Hornets a 1-0 lead. Kaitlyn Barber stood strong in the net for the lady Hornets with 25 saves.  The traveling Greene County wildcats applied pressure all night but with saves from goalkeeper Kaitlyn Barber and a good defensive stand the Lady Hornets were able to keep the Wildcats from scoring. The lady Hornets won 1-0 to give themselves a share of 1st in the district.  Coach Smith adds, “Tonight was a big win for the girls. Greene County is always one of the better teams in the south in girls’ soccer and they have been playing together for a while. I was proud of how the girls never gave up.  As their coach, I could tell they really wanted to win this game and prove to themselves we are a good team this year and deserve to be in the position we are in right now.”

 

On Friday, January 15th the Lady Hornets were able to clinch a playoff spot with a 1-0 win vs East Central in double overtime. Once again, Senior Mallory Nuccio was able to have a game winning goal with less than 5 minutes to play. Coach Smith adds,  “Tonight I could tell our girls were tired and emotionally drained from Tuesday’s win. East Central also played very well and used their larger field to their advantage. But, as the girls have been doing of late we found a way to come away with a Win.”

 

The Lady Hornets are now 15-3-1 overall and 6-1 in district. They will play Forrest County Friday, January 22nd @ 530.

 

 

 

 

 

Poplarville Soccer Looking to Finish Strong

Poplarville soccer is now into the second half of their season. Both teams are looking to finish strong and earn a spot in the 4A state playoffs. The Lady Hornet soccer team has a record of 13-3-1 overall with a 4-1 district record. Lady Hornets are led by senior Mallory Nuccio. Mallory is leading the team in goals scored (18) and assist (7). She also is currently 5th in the state in goals scored in 4A. Merisa Myrick (Junior) is currently second on the team in goals scored (17) and sits at 6th in the state in goals scored in 4A. Holding the opposition from scoring this season is Kaitlyn Barber (Junior). Kaitlyn Leads the state in 4A with 98 saves. She is also second in 4A with a 1.3 goals against average. The Lady Hornets have scored 64 goals on the year and have had 17 goals scored against them.  They have 4 games remaining on the schedule with 3 of those being district contests.


On the boys side, the hornets have a team record of 10-3-2 overall and 2-1 in district play. They are led by Senior and Southwest Community College signee Derrick Houston who has 10 goals on the season. Derrick is currently 8th in 4A in goals scored. Coach Smith also is excited that some injured players are getting healthy. “Ethan McIntyre (Junior) coming back has helped us out a good bit. He is a very good player for us and we benefit from having him back in the lineup.” Austin Carter (Junior) is 2nd in 4A with 0.6 goals against average and is 5th in 4A with 89 saves. The Hornets have scored 34 goals this season and have allowed 11 goals against them.  They also have 4 games remaining on the schedule with 3 of those being district contests.


Both teams will play Greene County at home Tuesday, January 12th with game times starting at 5:30.  They will then travel to East Central Friday January 15th.

(all stats are provided by maxpreps.com)

 

 

 

 

2016 Prom Set For April 30

PHS Prom is April 30, 2016, from 8:00 p.m.- Midnight, at the National Guard Armory in Poplarville, MS. Students can begin registering Monday, January 11, 2016. Registration packets can be picked up in the High School office or the computer lab. This years Theme is "A Night in Disguise" Masquerade Ball. For more information contact Tammy Ladner.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 601-795-8424 ex. 5109.
 
 
 

FASFA Day at PHS

PHS is having a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) Day March 2, 2016. Parents can call/email to set up a time to come in and get assistance with filling out the FASFA for their student. Appointments will be made in 30 minute increments and will begin at 9 am with the last appointment time at 3:30. For more information e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 601-795-7185 ex. 5109
 
 
 

PHS Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Laura Baird, 9th grade English teacher, was selected by her colleagues at Poplarville High School as Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016.


Mrs. Baird, from Hattiesburg, has 23 years of teaching experience.  She has been teaching English at Poplarville High School for the past 20 years.


Thank you for your hard work and dedication.

 

 

 

 

All District Selections for PHS Football

District 7-4A All District Selections are nominated and voted on by the coaches.  


All MVP team: Jesse Pernell, Austin Bolton, Austin Arceneaux, Julian Dotson, Jamerrick Waller, Tyler Fricke and Camden Ray.  Chad Hart was chosen for All District Defense MVP.


First Team All District Team: Turan Smith, Tristen Nichols, Aritaeus Johnson and Sye Blossman.


Honorable Mention: Shannon Nelson, Peyton Graham, Malik Gilmore, Taylor Wells, Neil Hickman and Trey Griffen.

 
 
 
 

PHS Soccer Shutting Down Rivals

Poplarville High School Boys Soccer Team faced their rivals, the Pearl River County Blue Devils, Friday, December 4th in Carriere.  The Hornets came out on top when Ethan Glasscock made a penalty kick to bring the final score to 1-0.  This would be the Hornets third win over the PRC Devils out of the four matchups this season.  So far this season, the Hornets record stands at 7-2-(1 tie).  They have scored 24 goals and have only had 5 goals scored against them. Austin Carter has 6 shutouts and 49 saves.  Derrick Houston leads the team with 7 goals.  The Hornets start district Friday, December 11th against Green County.


Poplarville High School Girls Soccer Team were also victorious over the PRC Blue Devils with a score of 2-1.  So far this season, the girls stand at 7-2-(1 tie).  They have scored 28 goals and have had 12 goals scored against them.  Kaitlyn Barber has 3 shutouts and 63 saves.  Merissa Myrick and Mallory Nuccio lead the team with 8 goals each.  The girls also start district Friday, December 11th at Green County.


The season is going good so far, both teams are working extremely hard.  The girls are looking to improve and give themselves a chance in district play and working towards a playoff game.  The boys are battling through some difficult times after losing some key team members for a period of time. Nick Hines and Ethan Mcintyre are out with injuries.  Both teams are competing and working hard to get back into the playoffs after last years success.
 
 
 

Girls Basketball Improving with Each Game

The Lady Hornets stand at 1-6 so far this season.  Kenya Tillman leads in blocks, averaging 4 per game.  Monica Raine leads in rebounding with an average of 8 per game.  Jasmine Merrill leads in assists, averaging 7 per game.  Point Guard, Mallory Smith, leads the team in free throws with 86%.  Zanaisha Turner is the leading scorer.  Games have a point average of 48.  Newcomer rookies are freshmen- Angela Angulo, Zakia Jordan, Monica Raine, Jasmine Sharp and Junior Ellen Herrington.


Coach Cable is very proud of the Lady Hornets and how they’ve overcome so many obstacles of comprehending the game of basketball.  Coach Cable states, “ Although we have not won many games, each game we have competed in, we were granted an opportunity to win.  The most valuable thing that I love about this season is that my girls are now becoming “basketball players.”  Coach cable also had this to say about her girls, “ Mallory and Jasmine are handling the ball with more confidence.  Kenya is blocking out better and Monica is executing her post moves.  We aren’t winning a lot of games, but we aren’t losing either.  We are getting better.”


The girls will have a chance to improve their record December 8th at 5:30 when they will battle Picayune at home.

 

 

 

 

Boys Basketball Off to a Good Start

The Hornets stand at 6-1 so far this season.  They are off to a good start, including a recent win against Hancock High School. They are working hard and playing well.  The leading scorers so far this season are Craig Barnes with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Zack Taylor with 14 points and 6 rebounds, and Tamiljah Merrill with 11 points and 3 rebounds.  Dekevian Coleman is leading the team in 4 assists a game.  Freshman Cole Needham is leading the team in free throws with 75 percent.


Coach Cable states, “The team is doing a good job with being unselfish and being more about team success rather than individual success.  The team is a lot tougher this year and working hard to strive as a team to win district.”


The Hornets will host Picayune tonight, December 8th, at 6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

December 8th Basketball Game Time Changes

The hornets varsity basketball game versus Picayune high school on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 has been changed to the following. 
 
NO junior varsity game. 
Varsity girls at 5pm
Varsity boys at 6:30pm
 
 
 

Hornet Basketball Schedule UPDATE

(1st update) 
 
The junior varsity & varsity basketball game between Poplarville vs Hancock High school on December 4 2015 will be played at North Hancock school not Hancock High school.    
 
 
(2nd update) 
 
The Hornet basketball game scheduled at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans Louisiana has been cancelled this year.  
 
 
 

Operation Christmas Child

The First Priority Club at Poplarville High School had a large collection for this year’s Operation Christmas Child shoe box collection. The students and teachers collected enough items to fill 34 shoe boxes, as well as $233 to pay for the shipping of the boxes. The First Priority Club is a non-denominational student led Christian organization that meets every Friday morning before school. Please contact Mrs. Erin Breland or President Dalton Spiers if interested in helping or joining this organization.
 
 
 

AEST Students Tour Pearl River Utility Waste Treatment Plant

The Poplarville Agriculture Environmental Class toured the Pearl River Utility Authority's Waste Treatment Plant in Poplarville Friday, November 6, 2015.  Mr. Cliff Hodges gave the students a walking tour of the physical plant.  He was assisted by Cody Morris. Mr. Hodges explained to the students that the sewage treatment plant uses natural bacteria to break down the sewage before it returns to the environment. He also explained that technology is used to monitor the plant.  All alerts come through their cell phones.  Mr. Anthony Hall spoke to the students about the career opportunities in waste water treatment.  He said that you can advance up the career ladder by adding certifications.  Mr. Hall said that once you are certified you are qualified to find a job in any town.

 

 

 

 

Basketball Schedule 2015-2016

Deatra Robinson-Cable, Head Varsity Girls     Chareck Cable, Head Varsity Boys
Kimberly Moore, Assistant Varsity Girls             Cruz Russell, Assistant Varsity Boys
 
 
DATE
DAY
LOCATION
 
TIME
Oct. 31
Saturday   [Jamboree]
Hattiesburg
Boys Only
TBA
Nov. 10
Tuesday    [Classic]
@ East Marion
VG/VB
6/7
Nov. 12
Thursday
@ North Forest
JVB/VG/VB
5/6/7:30
Nov. 17
Tuesday
Pearl River Central
JVG/VG/VB
5/6/7:30
Nov. 24
Tuesday
Stone
JVG/VG/VB
5/6/7:30
Nov. 27
Friday
PRCC Classic
VG/VB
TBA
Dec. 1
Tuesday
PRC   Location: PRCC
9B/JVB/VG/VB
4/5/6/7:30
Dec. 3
Thursday
Hattiesburg
JVG/9B
6/7
Dec. 4
Friday
@ Hancock
JVG/JVB/VB/VG
4/5/6/7:30
Dec. 8
Tuesday
Picayune
JVG/VG/VB
5/6/7:30
Dec. 11
Friday
@ North Pike
VG/VB
6/7:30
Dec. 14
Monday
@ Lumberton
JVB/VG/VB
5/6/7:30
Dec. 15
Tuesday
@ D’Iberville
9B/JVB/VG/VB
4/5/6/7:30
Dec. 18
Friday
Long Beach
JVG/VG/VB
5/6/7
Dec. 28
Monday
@Picayune
VG
TBA
Dec. 28
Monday
@ McComb
VB
TBA
Dec. 29 - 30
Tues - Wed
@ McComb
Xmas Tournament
VB/VG
TBA
Jan. 8
Friday
Sumrall
JVG/VG/VB
5/6/7:30
Jan. 12
Tuesday
Columbia
JVB/VG/VB
5/6/7:30
Jan. 15
Friday
Purvis
JVB/VG/VB
5/6/7:30
Jan. 16
Saturday
Lumberton
VG/VB
4/5:30
Jan. 19
Tuesday
FCAHS
JVG/VG/VB
5/6/7:30
Jan. 22
Friday
@Purvis
JVG/VG/VB
5/6/7:30
Jan. 26
Tuesday
@ Sumrall
JVB/VG/VB
5/6/7:30
Jan. 29
Friday
Greene County^^
VG/VB
6/7:30
Feb. 2
Tuesday
@ FCAHS
JVB/VG/VB
5/6/7:30
Feb. 5
Friday
@ Columbia
JVG/VG/VB
5/6/7:30
Feb. 9
Tuesday
@ Greene County
JVB/VG/VB
5/6/7:30
Feb. 15 - 19
Mon – Friday
DISTRICT  @Purvis
VG/VB
TBA
Feb. 22 - 23
Mon-Tuesday
1st Round Playoffs
VG/VB
TBA
Feb. 25- 27
Thurs – Saturday
2nd Round Playoffs
VG/VB
TBA
Mar. 4 - 14
Fri -  Saturday
State Championships
VG/VB
TBA
 
 
 
 

Poplarville to Renew Old Rivalry Friday

The Poplarville Hornets will face a familiar foe in the second round of playoffs Friday at Hornet Field.  The St. Stanislaus Rockachaws and the Hornets were District 8-4A opponents from 2005 through 2014.  Both teams have played some tight contest in recent years.  In 2012 the Hornets broke school records for rushing yards, total yards and points in a single game in route to a historical 82-80 win.  The next season St. Stanislaus took the victory 48-41 at Hornet Field.  Last season the Hornets traveled to St. Stanislaus and took a 47-46 win in OT versus the number one ranked team in 4A.

The Rockachaws are 8-3 and finished number one in District 8-4A this season, a title that Poplarville brought home last year.  St. Stanislaus advanced to the second round by defeating the Quitman Panthers 47-20 last week.

Kickoff will be at 7:00 Friday at Hornet Field.  Hope to see you there rooting for the Hornets as the quest for the school’s first ever State Championship continues.