November 10th, 2012
The number of veterans returning home from war and looking to settle into a state of normalcy is increasing by the year, and the numbers are only going to get higher as contingency plans for troop withdrawal in the Middle East continue to take shape.
Major General Reuben Jones, a West Point native and soon to be retired Army veteran told a large crowd at the cityâ€™s Veteranâ€™s Day Program on Friday that small communities were key to supporting these returning veterans.
West Point started their journey to Jackson against the number four seeded Canton Tigers from Region 2 5-A.
The Tigers put their best effort forward, but that effort was no match for a dominant Green Wave team. West Point led throughout the game after Tez Laneâ€™s first touchdown run from 34 yards out in the first quarter. Following that there was no looking back, as the Wave went on to crush their first round foe with the final score of 38-0.
It wasnâ€™t pretty, but Brian Middletonâ€™s young Raiders got the win.
In a sloppy defensive Thursday night battle, Oak Hill brushed off their shoulders and surmounted their errors to reach a 2-0 mark to start the new hoops season.
In a low scoring 48-40 victory, Oak Hill was the beneficiary of double digit performances by J.J. Bridges and John Wesley Williamson. Bridges and Williamson scored 15 and 10 points, respectively, while grabbing five rebounds a piece.
Oak Hill solidified themselves as a team to beat this year in the MAIS Class AA after defending their home court against Kirk in a gritty 62-53 win Thursday night. The balanced Lady Raiders overcame foul trouble and an early deficit to knock off a pre-season top five team for the second time in their first four games. Coach Stan Hugheyâ€™s squad stuck with their identity of fast paced offense and full court pressure to build a comfortable lead midway through the game, but when the game got tight, Oak Hill adjusted and responded to Kirkâ€™s rally by rebounding exceptionally well.
Due to a conflict with Mississippi State Basketball tonight, Bud Bowen's "Woo Hoo Mercy" broadcast of the Green Wave's 5-A playoff game against Canton has been moved to another frequency.
Tune in to 106.1 FM tonight to listen to the Green Wave open the 2012 playoffs against Canton.
A.J. Jones stepped up to the free throw line, West Point trailed 55-54 with only fifteen second left on the clock. â€śI just knew I had to step up and make them,â€ť said A.J. Jones about getting the last two free throws. And made them he did, Jones knocked in both free throws allowing the Wave to get past Noxubee County in the Green Wave Classic 56-55.
The Lady Wave are an extremely young squad, returning only one player with playing time experience from last yearâ€™s ball club. Though Saturdayâ€™s loss in the Green Wave Classic to Kusciusko 33-28. The Lady Wave gave relentless effort and got it within two points in fourth quarter against the Lady Whippets but never could close the gap in the losing effort. The game against Kusciusko could have dampened first year Coach Kendall Pickensâ€™ spirit, but he knows that this season for his girls is a time to grow into better ball players.
After picking up their first win of the season against Veritas School 71-52 on Monday night, Coach Gary Vaughn and his Hebron Christian Eagles returned home to Pheba, playing host to Winston Academy.
The Hebron Christian Lady Eagles returned home after their 65-27 loss Monday to the hands of Veritas School of Jackson, Mississippi. Rebekah Falkner led the way for the Lady Eagles in Mondayâ€™s defeat with fourteen points. On Tuesday night in Pheba, the Lady Eagles played host to the Lady Patriots of Winston Academy. The Lady Eagles showed a great amount of heart and no quit effort in the game though trailing throughout. Unfortunately, the ladies of Hebron Christian found themselves at the wrong end of the Winston Academy route, losing 70-25.
With only a day to practice, the Oak Hill High School Boys Basketball team had little time to prepare for their first game of the season. Well, prepare they did.
The Raiders used their athleticism and effort to steam-roll Lamar in a 75-29 romping. J.J. Bridges buried a three to Oak Hill on the scoreboard first, and from then on it was all red and white. Despite missing key players due to injuries, the Raiders utilized everyone in the rotation to give fans an impressive preview of the young team.