November 17th, 2011
For the third consecutive season, West Point has found themselves one win away from the north state championship game.
The old saying âthird timeâs a charmâ, could ring true for the Green Wave if they can get past Starkville on the road Friday.
So far this season, all the talk about West Point has been their offense. And why not?
Coerver Soccer is running a skills camp for soccer players aged 7-18 on Thursday nights at the Sportsplex from Nov. 17-Dec. 15.
Thomas Easterling, president of the West Point Soccer Club, said that the benefits of participating in the camp easily outweigh the cost, which is $35 per player. "The ball handling skills that players acquire in the Coerver sessions give them an incredible advantage in recreational and intermediate levels of soccer," he said. "But the most important thing about Coerver is that their coaches make learning the game fun."
Oak Hill head coach Brian Middleton preached all night every chance he could to his players to believe in themselves. They did.
The Raiders trailed by nine heading into the fourth quarter Tuesday night, and exploded for 18 points in the final eight minutes to pull off the victory, 45-41.
âIt was a big win, a big rivalry winâŠ it was awesome,â Middleton said. âWe pushed each other and finally we got over that hump.â
The Hebron Lady Eagles picked up their fourth of the season Tuesday night, but it wasnât easy by any means.
A run late in the fourth quarter gave the girls a seven point lead and enough to hold on for a 56-54 win over Veritas. It was the second victory in the last three games for the Lady Eagles.
Tori Nichols, who finished with 27 points and five blocks, fouled out in the fourth, but the Hebron bench stepped up and held on to the lead. The girls shot 60 percent from the free-throw line in the ball game, with several coming down the stretch.
Hebron was looking for a win Tuesday night.
They needed one bad.
After starting the season 2-0, then dropping their last two, the Eagles got back in the win column with a 55-43 win over New Life Center.
âThey had good athletes on the team,â head coach Tri Nason said. âThey were by no means going to be a walk over and we knew that as soon as they walked in, we were going to have to battle pretty well.â
The win if anything, improved the morale of the team a little bit.
The past few years have been extremely tough for Clay County with the stagnant national economy and the loss of many manufacturing jobs. These losses have caused us to suffer with inordinately high unemployment for our county. It's tough times like these that motivate community leaders and elected officials to search for answers and solutions that create jobs for our community. It's been my conviction that if our citizens have jobs many of the social ills we experience will be resolved.
Mary K. Keel
Mary K. Keel, born July, 26, 1934, to the late Ramond Marston Kirkwood and Irene Burns Kirkwood, passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at her home in Paragould, Ark. She was preceded in death by her sister, Joyce Kirkwood Scott. She retired from AmSouth Bank in Birmingham. Ala. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Paragould, Ark.
Oak Hill Academyâs boys and girls basketball teams return to the hardwood tonight when they host regional rival heritage Academy.
The Lady Raiders have won four in a row including back-to-back wins over Kirk in OT, 47-45 and Indianola last week, 42-22.
Heritage had won three straight heading into the game before falling to Kemper Academy last night, 45-35.
The Raiders are 1-2 to start the season and are looking to bounce back after a tough loss from Indianola, 48-39. The Patriots have just started their season with a win, 57-21 over Kemper.
Doris Pate Champion
Doris Pate Champion, age 77, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point.
Doris Elba Champion was born Aug. 30, 1934, in Webster County to the late Edna Trull Pate and John Wesley Pate. Mrs. Champion worked in bookkeeping and customer Service for Renasant and earlier the Peoples Bank for 19 years. She was a member of Old Aberdeen Road Church of Christ Family. Doris Pate Champion married Bobby Joe Champion April 16, 1954, in the Irish Colony of Clay County.
GREENVIILLE âTied at 32 heading into the fourth quarter Monday night, Hebronâs Lady Eagles had a six point lead with a little over five minutes left to play in the ball game, and then went ice cold before falling to MAIS Class AAA Washington School 47-40 on the road.
The Lady Eagles (3-5) failed to score in the last four minutes of the ball game. Hebron was outscored 15-8 in the final period.