November 30th, 2011
East Mississippi had one goal coming into the 2011 season and that was to win a national title.
After securing their second MACJC state football championship in three seasons, the Lions will again do battle with perennial powerhouse Arizona Western College.
This time, thereâ€™s more on the line in a national championship and the schoolâ€™s first undefeated season.
Saturday, the No. 2 Lions and No. 1 Matadors will face off in the inaugural El Toro Bowl at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Yuma, Ariz. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. MT (3:30 p.m. CT).
The Oak Hill Lady Raiders went on a second half onslaught Monday night, outscoring Heritage 24-9 to earn a 44-33 over the Lady Pats for the second time this season.
Tori Ellis scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Lady Raiders, who were were handed just their second loss of the season last week to Starkville Academy.
Rachel Herndon chipped in with nine points as Maegan Ellis and Shay Atkins contributed with six and five respectively,
Hebron girls head basketball coach William Cotton said he would have liked to have won by double digits but a nine point margin is still a victory. The Lady Eagles went on a 10-point run in the last four minutes to seal their sixth win on the season Monday night, 52-43 over MAIS AA Carroll Academy.
Cotton admits the girls were a little rusty coming off the Thanksgiving break.
â€śOur timing was off, our speed passes were off,â€ť he said. â€śWe just werenâ€™t clicking on all cylinders, but we played good enough to win.
THURSDAY, DEC. 1
The West Point Music Coterie will have their annual Christmas Concert at West End Baptist Church at 7 p.m. The title of the performance is â€śLet Christmas Begin.â€ť
SUNDAY, DEC. 4
Carruthers Turns 80
Eliza Carruthers turned 80 years old Friday Nov. 18. She celebrated her birthday with family and friends Nov. 12, at Ryan's Steak House in Columbus, including her husband, James Carruthers and their five children, Mildred Griffin, Dorothy McQuarters, Rickey Cannon, Carolyn Donald and Janice Tillman, ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
Barker, Mobley Engagement
Mr. and Mrs. Phil Barker are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Elizabeth Cole Barker, to Bradley Joel Mobley son of Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Mobley.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Tucker of Aberdeen, Mr. and Mrs George Vickers of West Point, and the late Mr. Jimmy Barker.
Valsamakis, Broome Engagement
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Alex Valsamakis of Aberdeen, Miss., are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Katie Elaine Valsamakis, to Christopher Dale Broome, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Dale Broome of Hamilton, Miss.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Beryl Wilbanks, of Amesbury, England, and the late Mr. Durrell Wilbanks.
She is a 1998 graduate of Oak Hill Academy, and furthered her education at Mississippi State University in 2002 and Mississippi University for Women in 2003.
Area high schools return to the court tonight.
Hebron Christian School will host Carroll Academy while Oak Hill will travel to Columbus for a rematch with Heritage.
Later this week, the Eagles and Lady Eagles will travel to Winona Dec. 1 and the Raiders and Lady Raiders will travel to Kirk Dec.1 before hosting Marshall Dec.3.
West Point returns to action Friday for a rematch with Starkville before hosting Louisville on Saturday.
The extra time Austin Kinard put in to work on his shooting paid off on Monday.
Kinard heated up from the outside and scored 20 points to help the Starkville Academy Volunteers to a 66-48 victory over the Oak Hill Raiders at the SA gymnasium.
"I've been just working in practice every day after school with my shooting and it helped out for me (Monday night)," Kinard said.
Calvin Young led the Vols with 21 points, but Kinard's contribution was an added bonus.
Starkville Academy coach Mark Alexander was proud of what Kinard provided and looks for it to continue.
DEKALB â€“ Kemper Countyâ€™s eight point run in the last two minutes all but sealed a 62-53 win over West Point Monday night, snapping a two-game winning streak by the Green Wave.
Down by five with a little over six minutes left to play in the contest, Daryl Thomas hit back-to-back threes to pull them within one before Cortez Malone gave them the lead. Malone finished with 17, including 12 in the first half. That was short lived as Kemper went on an eight-point run late in the quarter to grab the win.