Archive - Jul 2011 - Sports Article
Dozens of West Point kids laced up their soccer cleats and strapped up their shin pads Friday morning to learn the world's most popular game.
Kids ranging from ages 4-18 participated in the roughly two-hour coaching clinic, hosted by world renown Coerver (Co-Ver) Coaching, at the old fair grounds by the central office for Parks and Recreation. Broken up into groups, the players were taught basic dribbling and controlling skills.
Organizer and president of the West Point Soccer Organization, Thomas Easterling said he was very happy with the turnout despite a little rain in the area.
Football may be just a around the corner, but prep softball starts Friday for area teams.
Both Oak Hill Academy and Hebron Christian School softball teams hit the diamond to kick off the 2011-12 season.
Oak Hill had a few speed bumps early in the summer after a summer league they were slated to play in fell through, yet they still managed to play as a unit against several area teams for a home-and-home series. Because of summer camps and other activities head coach Marion Bratton had a hard time getting all the girls together, several of whom have never played under him.
Dozens of future Green Wave turned out this week for a three-day youth football camp hosted by West Point High School.
Athletes, ranging from ages 7 and up, had individual and group sessions with players and coaches from the football program. But it wasnâ€™t all about football.
â€śIt was a great turnout, especially with the youth aged campers,â€ť varsity running backs coach Josh Pulphus said. â€śThey received a lot of instruction about academics, being good role models for other students and trying to stay humble.â€ť
While local high schools strap on the pads and helmets in preparation for another exciting football season, Friday, area kids and parents will lace up the cleats to learn the basics of futbol; you know soccer.
The West Point Soccer Organization and the West Point Parks and Recreation Department have teamed together to provide a free Coerver Coaching skills clinic starting at 10am near the main office for the parks and recreation department.
Oak Hill Academy head football coach Benjie Merchant is getting excited about his first season with the Raiders. Despite the heat during the first week of practice, the players he said, have adjusted well.
â€śCanâ€™t be more pleased with them,â€ť Merchant said. â€śTheyâ€™ve done everything weâ€™ve asked all through the summer up until now.â€ť
The Raiders have been working out twice a day, with a morning workout before putting on the helmets for an hour and half session in the afternoon. Temperatures this week have been in the mid to upper 90â€™s,
The Hebron Christian Eagles got fall camp underway Monday evening under first year head coach Tri Nason.
Nason, who was promoted to head coach after being an assistant in 2010, said because of the size of the roster right now it may look like the Eagles will have to drop down to eight man football.
"The first day went pretty good," he said. "But we're counting on going to eight-man this season. Practice did look good the first day."
When the Hebron Lady Eagles take the softball field this fall, there might be a few unfamiliar faces.
Just four varsity players return from 2010 to a team filled with seventh and eighth graders who last year shined on the junior varsity squad.
Although the girls had a quiet summer as a unit, head coach Cass Tapley said they have been busy with playing summer ball on travel teams.
Lakin Petty is coming back home.
After just one season with the Eagles basketball program at Meridian Community College, the 6â€™4 West Point native has decided to transfer to East Mississippi Community College and will be eligible to play this fall.
Petty said he has stayed busy during the summer and getting in basketball shape three times week by running, lifting weights and participating in drills. He says heâ€™s glad to be back.
â€śI just wanted to be close to home,â€ť he said. â€śI didnâ€™t like what they were doing over there so I decided to leave.â€ť
West Point High School head football coach Chris Chambless announced a reshuffle of his coaching staff this week.
After losing three coaches, including Roger Burton who left to become the head coach at Hollandale Simmons, Chambless had to make a few changes to fill in the missing pieces; Josh Pulphus moved from 8th grade to high school running backs, Casey Welch is now in charge of the offensive line, newly hired Jimmy Coley joins the staff as a junior high coach (7th grade) and Steve Cannon will become the 8th grade football coach.
You could say it was the hardest decision Blake Harrell had to make.
Before his senior year at Hebron Christian School, Harrell decided to transfer to Stakville High School with the hopes of getting looked at a little more by collegiate scouts.
The gamble paid off because Tuesday Harrell did what few get a chance to do and signed a scholarship to play baseball at St. Claire Community College (Michigan).
â€śI wanted the chance to play against better competition, to get ready for the next level,â€ť he said.