Archive - Aug 2010 - Sports Article
Standing near midfield at Daytona Beachâ€™s re-furbished Municipal Stadium, Mainland High School linebacker Mike Swillicote and his teammates marveled at the stadiumâ€™s new artificial turf surface.
â€śI canâ€™t wait to get out here and play football on this stuff,â€ť Swillicote said at the turfâ€™s unveiling two weeks, to which his teammates quickly agreed.
Well, guys, nowâ€™s your chance.
By Bryan Davis
Ever since falling in back-to-back games to Oak Hill two weeks ago, the Hebron Christian Diamond Eagles have been on a tear.
They are winners of four consecutive ball games, including three this past weekend at the Starkville Exposure Tournament.
Before those games, the Lady Eagles played Winona, at home, last Thursday evening, and they blasted them 13-0.
By Bryan Davis
The West Point Green Wave football team (1-0) will be making its much-anticipated trip to Daytona Beach (Fla.) this week to take on the Mainland High School Buccaneers.
For the Wave, itâ€™s going to be a short week of practice, as the team departs on Thursday to its destination.
â€śItâ€™s business as usual for us,â€ť said Green Wave head coach Chris Chambless. â€śWe always use Mondays to correct mistakes from Friday, and then we start working on our next opponent.â€ť
By Bryan Davis
Last season, the Heritage Academy Patriots looked quite intimidating out of the gates. However, down the stretch, the team experienced nine straight losses to negate a 3-0 start.
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders are going to try to make it 10 consecutive loses on Friday night, and they will be trying to avenge an opening week loss to Heritage in 2009.
That loss was 47-14, and it set the tone for an 0-4 start for the Raiders.
The Patriots are going to be attempting a winning start, with a pretty formidable roster, which sports a little under 30 players.
By Kristen Stevens
Daily Times Leader
Determined not to lose another land slide to district rival, Carroll Academy, Oak Hill Academyâ€™s Lady Raiders (6-5) were ready and waiting when Carrollâ€™s Lady Rebels came to West Point Tuesday. Coach Marion Brattonâ€™s girls played like an altogether different team than they did in their August 5 match at Carroll, when they lost 0-10.
By Bryan Davis
Tuesday afternoon was one of those times when the community comes together to celebrate a common interest.
The community pep rally for the local football teams had its divisions, mainly between Oak Hill and West Point supporters, but everyone in attendance agreed that this town is ready for football again.
West Pointâ€™s team, cheerleaders and marching band were all on hand in front of a very large crowd to be recognized prior to Friday nightâ€™s game against Shannon.
For the second time this week, the Lady Raiders of Oak Hill got up a few runs on the Hebron Lady Eagle softball team and did not relinquish that lead.
The Lady Raiders downed Hebron 6-4 on Thursday afternoon.
â€śWe played a better ball game than we played on Tuesday,â€ť Bratton said. â€śThey played hard, and they battled all the way and didnâ€™t give up.â€ť
In Monday nightâ€™s game, Hebron got down 4-0 in the first and could not recover, despite a three-run third.
Thursdayâ€™s rematch, a game that was added to the schedule on Wednesday, looked to be a pitcherâ€™s duel starting out.
On Monday night, the Oak Hill Academy Lady Raiders swept into Pheba to play the Lady Eagles of Hebron on the softball diamond.
Oak Hill jumped out on top early, eventually claiming an 8-3 lead over Hebron.
Lady Eagle starter Beveley Blake gave up four two-out runs in the first inning, but the defense and pitching settled down after that, allowing Hebron to climb back in it.
After getting three in the bottom of the third, Oak Hill settled in and added four more runs over the next two innings to seal the win.
Response to the fan bus ticket offered by McClenton Tours to West Pointâ€™s week-two match in Daytona Beach, Fla. has been great, according to Marion McClenton, owner of the company.
â€śIt has been very good,â€ť said McClenton on Wednesday. â€śThe people are very excited.â€ť
McClenton first offered one of his own buses in a package deal that included the price of the bus fare, game ticket and lodging. The total price is $178.
McClenton said that his bus quickly filled up, and he went right to work leasing another, 55 passenger bus.
Note: Yesterdayâ€™s edition of the Daily Times Leader put Hebron playing its jamboree on Friday. It will be played this evening at Strider in Charleston at 5 p.m. We apologize for the error.
The Hebron Christian Eagles will be making their journey to Strider Academy tonight.
The jamboree will include four teams, and the Eagles will get to go one-on-one with two of them.
There will be a 5 p.m. match with Strider, followed by a 7 p.m. game against Bayou Academy.
â€śWe finally get to bang on somebody else instead of each other,â€ť said Hebron head coach Greg Watkins on Wednesday.