Archive - 2012 - Sports Article
Wednesday was a hectic day for many football programs around the nation as Junior College [JUCO] players were putting pen to paper in the early signing period.
Justin Cox, an East Mississippi Defensive Back and former Green Wave star, walked into West Point's Athletic Department wearing a Mississippi State winter cap and a maroon jacket showing everyone where his loyalties were. Without any hesitation, Cox signed again with the Bulldogs and looked very please with his decision.
Itâ€™s been a long time since the Oak Hill Academy Junior High boys team has lost a game.
The impressive streak that was started during the 2010-2011 season has now stretched to 42 games, as the Raiders get ready to host Indianola Academy tomorrow night.
â€śTheyâ€™re pretty good,â€ť said Oak Hill head coach Brian Middleton emphatically on Tuesday afternoon. â€śThey work really hard during the summer.â€ť
Itâ€™s not just the summer drills that have contributed to this remarkable winning streak. Itâ€™s the dedication throughout the entire year that has led to this success.
Though the high school football season has been over for a while, it is now time for the Bernard Blackwell All-Star game to be played this week. The Bernard Blackwell game features the North Mississippi All-Stars versus the South Mississippi All-Stars. The All-Star game is sponsored by the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) and hosted on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The rosters for the North and the South are selected by member coaches of the MAC and were announced in the middle of October. The game will take place this Saturday December 22 and will be played at Gulfport High School.
Oak Hill Academy split in a pair of district games this past weekend against Leake Academy and Manchester Academy. The Lady Raiders and Lady Rebels, two teams that will undoubtedly face off in the district championship come February, were neck and neck after a very competitive first quarter that favored Leake 16-10. As the game got scrappy and the pace was slowed down, the Lady Rebels barely spread the lead out to make it a 28-19 game at halftime.
The Oak Hill Raiders lost their second straight game in a 58-48 loss to Leake Academy on the road Friday night before responding in a big way Saturday to pound Manchester at home in a 71-34 victory.
Head Coach Brad Cox and his Green Wave basketball team traveled to Louisville to take on a very challenging Wildcat club.
In a tight affair, West Point had a difficult time finding a definitive lead until the end of the third quarter. The Green Waveâ€™s depth proved to be the key factor to their success as West Point closed out the game with a bang and a 73-55 victory.
â€śWe knew it would be an all four-quarter type game,â€ť commented Coach Cox after a strong road win, â€śit was a real physical game, and it is just great to beat Louisville here at their gym.â€ť
The Lady Wave were on the road again Friday night, this time West Point headed south to take on the Louisville Lady Wildcats.
Head Coach Kendall Pickens and his Lady Wave gave a good team effort to start the game, but fell victim to a stingy Louisville defense allowing the Lady Wildcats to romp over West Point 72-33.
Hebron Christian made the road trip to Columbus in hopes of bouncing back from a loss to Washington School on Tuesday and to complete the season sweep on Victory Christian, a team they defeated handily earlier in November.
In a Thursday night game where both teams were on fire from behind the three point arc and the floor, the Eagles found themselves behind the eight ball heading into the fourth quarter. A scrappy comeback though saw Hebron fight back into contention, but run out of time as Victory went on to win 69-65.
The Lady Eagles of Hebron made the short journey over to Columbus to face Victory Christian. Back in November, the Lady Eagles hosted Victory in Pheba and were defeated on a buzzer-beating three pointer, 39-38. This time around it was major foul trouble which hampered Hebron Christian as Victory Christian pulled away in the fourth quarter, winning 53-43.
â€śI thought we played well enough to win tonight,â€ť said Head Coach William Cotton, â€śit is just hard to win on an opponentâ€™s court sometimes.â€ť
Earlier this week, West Point played host to Kosciusko. The Lady Wave could not keep their momentum going Tuesday night as the Lady Whippets defeated West Point 44-35. The Green Wave though got back on track with a huge win over Kosciusko 75-29.
Friday night, West Point travels down Highway 25 to Louisville to take on the Lady Wildcats and Wildcats in what should be two great ballgames.