The Central-Hayneville Lions recently became Class 1A Zone 5 Champions, a feat that hadn’t happened since 1982.
Much like the 1982 Lions team, the 2022 Lions were knocked out of the state playoffs when they lost to Choctaw County 17-9, 3-12 on Friday, April 22.
The Lion baseball team is led by my coach Michael Perry who joined the school in 2018. Perry is also the football coach where he coached them through to the playoffs in 2020, the first time the Lion’s football team has been in the state playoffs in 34 years. The football team returned to the playoffs the following year.
Perry has two seasons as a baseball coach under his belt. Last season, the Lion’s made the playoffs as the region’s runners-up.
Perry and Lowndes County Athletic Director Nickles Rankins have worked hard to make Lowndes County Athletics a force to be reckoned with. Rankins comes to Lowndes County Schools with 18 years of extensive experience in coaching, teaching and administration. He has applied his experience in building athletic departments in county schools ensuring that any child who wants to play is given that option.
In a county known for basketball, Perry and Rankin work to make it a triple threat.