November 1st, 2011
Oak Hill Academyâ€™s boys basketball coach Brain Middleton is getting a little nervous.
With still about a week left to go before their season opener against Lamar, Middleton is hoping to get off to a better start in 2011.
â€śWeâ€™re working extremely hard,â€ť he said. â€śWeâ€™ve had three very good days of practice and looking forward to getting back into the gym.â€ť
Entering his seventh season, Middleton has his largest squad with 12 players suiting up, a mixture of experience and youth that hope to repeat as division champions, their first title since 1987.
The Oak Hill Academy Lady Raiders will return to the hardwood this afternoon when they take on MAIS Class AAA Jackson Academy at the Canton Academy preseason tournament.
Schedule times have been changed with the varsity girls tipping off at 4 p.m. and junior varsity starting at 5 p.m.
It will be the first test for head coach Stan Hughey and the girls who for the most part have been getting in shape for the new season despite a few scrimmages along the way after a very productive summer.
When it comes down to it, Hebron may not blow you out the water on the court, but theyâ€™ll definitely give everything they have for four quarters.
The Eagles come into the season with a new head coach and without a star player, yet Tri Nason believes his team has that blue collar work ethic.
With the 2011 season just days away, West Pointâ€™s boys and girls basketball teams had their first real taste of competition on Saturday when they traveled to Ripley for a preseason jamboree.
It was a chance for both coaches to really see what they had, and both were very impressed.
â€śI was proud of their effort, they have a lot of heart and character,â€ť girls head basketball coach Murray Woody said. â€śIt took a us a little time to get into a rhythm, but once we settled down and ran the stuff weâ€™ve been practicing and executed, we did a lot better.â€ť
WINONA â€“ An 18-point second quarter performance by Hebron Christian School all but solidified their third round victory over 1A Calhoun Saturday afternoon, 49-20 at the Winona Christian School pre-season tournament.
Using a high-pressure man-to-man defense for most of the game, the Lady Eagles never trailed in the contest, jumping out to comfortable 10-0 lead after the opening quarter and by halftime, the girls had a 23-point advantage.
It was quite a flashback in time, but the West Point High School football team did take a trip to the 80â€™s Friday night.
The Wave used a trio of 80-yard rushing plays, two by QB DeQuinton Spraggins, one by tailback Tez Lane, to earn a 31-21 win over the homestanding Oxford Chargers.
Spraggins broke loose and rushed for 221 yards on 11 carries, which
included an 82-yard touchdown run and an 87-yard sprint to set up another score.
A three-vehicle crash that occurred just after 8 a.m. on Friday morning claimed two lives, including one West Point man.
David Malone, 63, who was driving a 1997 GMC truck, and Keona Fields, 25, who was driving a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am, were both killed after a head-on collision that occurred just east of the river bridge.
According the officials with the Miss. Highway Patrol, the accident occurred just east of the Tenn-Tom Waterway bridge, yards away from the Clay County line of the Lowndes County side of the river.
Oak Hill's freshman class got a pair of touchdowns Friday night, but it wasn't enough to get a victory as the Raiders dropped to 0-10 on the season following a 14-12 district loss to Immanuel in West Point.
The Raiders had the game's first scoring opportunity only to have their field-goal attempt from 27-yards out blocked. Two possessions later and the Rams took the lead with a 68-yard touchdown pass by Darius Jones to Jason Davis. A two-point conversion made it 8-0
David Oliver Malone
David Oliver Malone, age 63, passed away, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, on Hwy. 50 East, near West Point.
David Oliver Malone was born February 6, 1948, in Caledonia, to the late Jewel Watson and Edward Floyd Malone. Mr. Malone was the Marketing co-ordinator for CECO Mfg. for 40 years. He was a member of the Church of the Incarnation. David Oliver Malone married Linda Lowry Malone Sept. 30, 1972, in West Point.
Sam Calvert, age 82, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, at his home.
Funeral services are Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at 1 p.m. from Hopewell M.B. Church, with the Rev. Carl Perry officiating. Burial will follow in Hopewell M.B. Church Cemetery.
Visitation is today from 2 â€“ 5 p.m. from Carter's Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carter's Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.