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By Robert Wilson
Jackson Academy coach Jan Sojourner became the third coach in Mississippi history to win 1,000 girls basketball games Tuesday night with a 66-15 victory over Richland at JA.
Sojourner has won 1,000 games in 42 seasons, 898 wins and an MAIS record six Overall Tournament championships in 37 seasons at JA.
With Tuesday’s win, JA has a 11-1 record and has won its last 10 games this season.
Doyle Wolverton in the winningest coach in Mississippi history with 1,249 wins from 1975-2014 at Leake Academy. Durwin Carpenter is second with 1,117 wins in his 48 seasons, 20 seasons at Central Holmes Academy and the last 28 at Pillow Academy.
Sojourner graduated from Copiah Academy and played point guard and helped Mississippi College to a national runner-up finish in 1974. She won 102 games in five seasons at Canton Academy before coming to JA.
Wayne County coach Gina Skelton is next in line to win 1,000 girls basketball games. Skelton has 914 wins in 42 seasons at stops at Pickens, Ala., Carthage, Forest, Quitman, and Wayne County.