08/18  THS VS. D'IBERVILLE

08/25  SALEM VS. WEST LINCOLN

09/01  THS VS. MCCOMB

09/08  THS VS. NORTH PIKE

09/15  THS VS. SOUTH PIKE

09/22  THS VS. FRANKLINTON, LA

09/29  THS VS. BASSFIELD

10/06  THS VS. COLUMBIA

10/13  THS VS. SEMINARY

10/20  THS VS. WESSON

10/27  THS VS. WEST MARION

AWAY GAMES IN BOLD

AIR TIME IS 6:45

Tylertown has another distinction earned at this year’s Dixie Youth World Series. Two of the three officials representing Mississippi are from Walthall County. Only about 30 officials are chosen to officiate the entire series. Derrick Carr and David Blackwell have officiated tournaments at the state level in the past. In 2013, Blackwell was asked to officiate the DYB World Series, but the full-time Mississippi State Trooper had to turn down the invitation. The next year, 2014, he was asked again and Blackwell accepted going back every year since, making this year the fourth series he’s officiated. For Carr, it’s his first year to be chosen as a series official. Officials of the association monitor games referees and umpires like Blackwell and Carr officiate during the season. Eventually, a few are selected and recommended by the state director, then submitted to the national director by whom the final selection is made. In addition to officiating the games Blackwell and Carr were also evaluated and scored as they worked the games. Performance has a bearing on their being invited back. League president Stevie Kennedy says to officiate a world series game is quite an honor “Their performance in the tournament apparently was quite acceptable as Blackwell and Carr worked games in the winners’ bracket throughout the series,” he said.  Additionally, Blackwell was one of the officials working behind the plate, reserved for high ranking game officials. “They are paid for their officiating the games,” Kennedy said. “But they foot their own expenses, travel, lodging and meals while they are there.” In order to stay certified as a Dixie Youth official one is trained through clinics and must remain in good standing as a dues paying member of the DYB Sports Officials’ Assn. The same is true of high school sports, except they’re approved by the Mississippi High School Activities Assn. Both men are ex-players themselves with youth and high school sports backgrounds.

Two countians officiate at Dixie Youth World Series

         David Blackwell                                                  Derrick Carr

Tylertown’s first-ever showing in the DYB World Series didn’t end Wednesday as the team lost its second game in the double elimination tournament, with the announcement Friday that the Walthall All Stars/Team Mississippi won the 2017 World Series Sportsmanship Trophy.
Officials announced the award Friday at the conclusion of the series played in Oxford, Ala.
For the coaches and team the Sportsmanship Trophy is a sought-after award as the selection is made by all the teams participating in the series.
“To win the Sportsmanship Trophy really speaks well of our guys and their behavior both on and off the field,” said Dixie Youth president, Stevie Kennedy.

Walthall wins World Series Sportsmanship trophy