October 20th, 2011
William Cotton just canâ€™t wait to get on the floor this season.
The first year head girls basketball coach is returning to the sport after an 11-year absence. Itâ€™s going to be a battle right out of the gates.
â€śWeâ€™re ready to play, â€ś he said. â€śWeâ€™re ready for a ball game.â€ť
The Lady Eagles will have their hands full in the season opener, the winner of North Sunflower and Starkville Christian next Wednesday at the Winona Christian Invitational. If they win, they could meet reigning MAIS Single A champion Delta the following day. Thatâ€™s just the first test.
The season's not quite complete, but already several West Point Green Wave football players have been honored.
Offensive lineman Romia Wilson and linebacker Brandon Edwards were selected to represent Mississippi in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic set to play Dec. 10 in Montgomery, Alabama.
High school coaches also selected quarterback Dequinten Spraggins, offensive lineman Carson Miller and linebacker Charles Heard to represent the North in the Bernard Blackwell Game scheduled for Dec. 17 in Biloxi.
Expectations are high once again for the Lady Raiders at Oak Hill Academy.
When you finish third in the state and win back-to-back district titles, the only thing left to do is bring home a state championship.
â€śOur expectations year in and year out for quite awhile have been the same,â€ť head coach Stan Hughey said. â€śWe want to win a gold ball. Thereâ€™s never been a championship team in girls basketball even though thereâ€™s been a lot of good teams. We want to win the state and thatâ€™s what we shoot for.â€ť
What better way to bring a community together than through sports.
Saturday, the Refuge Student Ministries will team up with Tyson Lee, former Mississippi State quarterback, for the inaugural Tyson Lee Flag Football tournament.
All proceeds raised for the 7-on-7 match ups will go towards the student ministries to help with their goals.
â€śIt will help local and non-local service projects, worship retreats and just anything that would help with their curriculum,â€ť Student Minister Corbin Coker said.
Wayne Clements, 73, passed away, on Monday, October 17, 2011, at the West Point Community Living Center in West Point.
Robert Wayne Clements was born October 22, 1937, in Clay County, Mississippi, to the late Maudie Lee Morgan and George Robert Clements. He was a retired Machinist for Babcock and Wilcox Company for 37 years. Mr. Clements was a member of Church of Christ-East Columbus. Robert Wayne Clements married Janette Doss Hamblin Clements September 13, 1986, in Clay County.
Minor, Young Engagement
Willie E. Minor of Miami, Fla., and Venora Brown of Macon, Miss., are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Vatreecia Minor, to Tygia Young, son of Mary Jean Young of West Point, Miss., and the late Harvey Holliday.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Annie Ruth Brown of Macon, Miss., and the late Lonnie Brown Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Willie E. Minor Sr., and Ms. Willie Mae Diggs all of Natchez, Miss.
Baker, Hazlewood Engagement
Thomas and Lori Baker of Olive Branch, Miss., are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Brittany Leeann Baker, to Jon Luke Hazlewood, son of Larry and Jo Hazlewood of West Point, Miss.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Larry and Jerrie Leatherwood of Memphis, Tenn., and
Jim and Ann Mercer of Olive Branch, Miss.
She is a graduate of Olive Branch High School, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Art at the University of Mississippi in 2009, and is a member of Kappa kappa gamma sorority.
Mollie Katherine Swoope
Jim and Jennifer Swoope of West Point, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Mollie Katherine Swoope, Sept. 15, 2011, at 4:44 a.m. at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville. She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Randy and Leah Montgomery of West Point.
Paternal grandparents are Edward Swoope of West Point and the late Mary Drake Batton Swoope.
Maternal great-grandparents are Mancil and Mary Ray of West Point, Jean Montgomery of West Point and the late Ralph Montgomery.
Mary Ann Dahlem Beckwith
Mary Ann Dahlem Beckwith, age 64, passed away, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, at Community Hospice, in Verona, Miss. Mary Ann Beckwith was born June 14, 1947, in Aberdeen, Miss., to the late Eva Lee Willis Mask Dahlem and Collie Kristopher Dahle. Mrs. Beckwith worked on the support staff as a secretary for Watkins, Ward Stafford CPA, from July 1982 until Aug., 2011, and was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Beckwith was a graduating member of the Class of 1965 at Aberdeen High School. She loved her cats and dogs.
It was obvious from the sidelines that West Point is happy where they are right now.
After a perfect 4-0 start in district play, who wouldnâ€™t be?
The Green Wave scored 47 unanswered points Friday night, on their way to convincing 47-7 win over Saltillo to remain atop the district standings and move to 5-3 on the season.
â€śWe played hard, weâ€™re improving everyday,â€ť West Point head coach Chris Chambless said after the Green Wave earned their fourth consecutive win. â€śWe just go to get to that point where we make zero mistakes, we donâ€™t miss any blocks or any tackles.â€ť