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Melissa Thomas

Thomas was a four-time all-state basketball player for Scottsboro from 1985-88, closing her career as the program’s all-time scoring leader (1,601 points). She also lettered in track and field and was a record-setting swimmer for the Scottsboro Swim Association. She was Scottsboro Class of 1988 salutatorian and received an academic scholarship to Mississippi State, where she walked-on to the basketball program and later received a full athletic scholarship. She became a two-year starter was a team captain her senior season. She was four-time All-Academic SEC selection. After college, she became avid cycylist and won numerous mountain biking competitions. She was inducted into the Jackson County Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

NUMBERS

5

Consecutive winning seasons for the North Sand Mountain football program, which is a school record. 

DATES

5.4.1985

The Scottsboro varsity girls track and field team’s 1600-meter relay team of Becky Hays, Melissa Thomas, Sheritha Clay and Camille Buckner won the Class 5A state championship during the AHSAA state meet in Selma. Buckner also finished seven in the high jump and fourth in the 400-meter dash. On the boys side, Rod Tiffin finished second in the 110-meter hurdles and triple jump and fifth in the high jump.

5.14.2011

The Woodville softball team earned its first appearance in the Class 1A state tournament with a runner-up finish in the North Regional. The Panthers went 4-2 in the regional —  both losses were to regional champion Waterloo — while defeating No. 7-ranked Spring Garden 8-4 in the elimination bracket final to clinch the state tournament berth. The Panthers built a 5-0 lead in the first inning, as Kyeland Hillard, Lissa Meeks and Krislon Thompson had RBI singles, Emily Huston had an RBI walk and Chelsea Cline had an RBI groundout. Thompson added a two-run single later in the game. Chelsea Collins got the win in the circle. A week later, Woodville went 1-2 in the state tournament in Montgomery and head coach Franklin Pritchett would eventually be named ASWA Class 1A Coach of the Year.

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