The Pensacola Ice Flyers have competed in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) since the 2009-10 season. Since that time the Flyers have won the President’s Cup and the league’s championship trophy twice, in 2013 and in 2014. The team’s nickname pays tribute to Pensacola’s naval history, which is only appropriate given the fact that Pensacola is home to one of the largest naval bases in the country and is home to the famous Blue Angels flight squadron, which is stationed at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The Blue Angels perform at air shows across the country and have performed in front of over 200 million spectators since their founding in 1946.
Jackson State University opened in 1877 in Natchez as Natchez Seminary. The school was a Baptist affiliated school that was formed to educate newly freed slaves after the Civil War. In 1882 the school was moved 90 miles northeast to downtown Jackson and renamed Jackson College. Just twenty years later the school moved to its present location a few miles southwest. In 1934 the church withdrew funding for the school, and without the support of the church the school was turned over to the State of Mississippi and renamed Jackson State University.
Belhaven University is a small private Christian university located in Jackson, MS. The college was founded in 1883 through the merger of two schools, Mississippi Synodical College & McComb Female Institute. The school’s current location opened in 1894 in the mansion of former Confederate Colonel Jones S. Hamilton. The mansion was named Belhaven, and hence is how the university got its name. In 1927 a lightning strike destroyed the mansion, which housed the university’s only classrooms – the columns that stand today on the west side of the campus are the only remnants of the old college.
If you drive from Jackson to Vicksburg on I-20 chances are you’ve seen it, a large, very non-descript structure that resembles a giant golf ball. As you take exit 35 it greets you just off the exit ramp and you’ll think you’re pulling up into the parking lot at Epcot. But this isn’t Disney World – this is the A.E. Wood Coliseum, home of Mississippi College Choctaws Basketball.
Located on the grounds of the University of South Alabama sits the beautiful 10,041-seat Mitchell Center, home of the Jaguars men’s and women’s basketball teams. Affectionately known as USA, the Jags basketball teams moved into the state of the art Mitchell Center in 1999 after playing the previous 29 seasons at the outdated Jaguar Gym on campus. Despite moving into a new venue, the Jags basketball team has had mixed results, with only two seasons where they made it to the NCAA tournament (‘06 and ‘08).