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After a tough loss to regional rival Starkville Academy a week ago, the Lady Raiders responded in a big way Tuesday night in a 50-28 throttling of rival Heritage Academy. Oak Hill used staunch defensive and balanced scoring to dismantle the Lady Patriots on their home floor.
In a gritty, defensive road battle, Brian Middletonâ€™s young squad showed their toughness to answer the call of fierce rival Heritage Academy in a 44-34 rematch win. The Raiders overcame poor shooting and the Patriotâ€™s physicality on defense and responded by punching them right back in the mouth by turning the second half into a free-thow fest.
As almost everybody knows in the Southeast and around the country, Alabama and Georgia will square-off in Atlanta for the SEC crown and a national championship berth Saturday night. Since the game has been declared a national semi-final by the media, everybody watching will have their eyes locked on the television set for all four quarters. But before you get up at halftime for a break, you might want to stay in your seat as Anna Trundle, a current junior at Mississippi State, has a chance to throw footballs into a Dr. Pepper Can for $100,000 in scholarship money.
In a game that Hebron Christianâ€™s greatest lead was 35 at one point, the Eagles looked as if they had not skipped a beat after a two week break from competitive play. The last Varsity game the Eagles played was a thrashing win over Grace Christian of Louisville on November 13.
It all came down to the final minute of play between Hebron Christian and Victory Christian in Pheba Tuesday night. A Subrina Oswalt go-ahead basket with only seven seconds left seemed to clinch the Lady Eagle win, but Victory Christian had other plans in mind. Victory, after a timeout, inbounded the ball from their baseline, drove down the court, and hit a 25 foot shot as the game clock expired to defeat Hebron 40-39.
Itâ€™s time for Upward Basketball and Cheerleading again.
Evaluations begin Monday at 5:30 p.m.
This thriving ministry has been a part of West End Baptist Churchâ€™s outreach to the community for eight years, and it has grown in each year of its existence.
The unique structure of Upwards Sports places an emphasis on a spiritual atmosphere that involves sportsmanship and equal playing time.
â€śWe are blessed to have this for the whole community,â€ť said Gail Ray, an Upwards organizer for West End.
Wade Hamby finally got to play football for the West Point Parks and Recreation PeeWee league last year.
At the time, he was 5 years-old, getting playing time with an 8 year-old team.
In May, Hambyâ€™s dreams of hitting the field this fall were shattered when doctors discovered a tumor on one of his lungs. Hamby had previously undergone heart surgery at 16 months.
Now at age 6, heâ€™s going through pre-operational procedures that would make most adults cringe.
West Point returned to Starkville for the second time this year to take on the Yellow Jackets in the North Half Championship game. The Green Wave had a tall order ahead of them as they wanted to seek redemption over Starkville who knocked out West Point in the 2011 playoffs.
In a hard fought game, the Wave and Jackets needed more than four quarters to decide the winner in Starkville. After one overtime period, the Yellow Jackets were the victors with a Gabe Myles two-point conversion run, 29-28.
I have been watching the NBC syndicated series â€śFriday Night Lightsâ€ť the past couple of weeks. In the current season, the head coach for the fictional Dillon Panthers Eric Taylor, portrayed by Kyle Chandler, informs his players that any recruiting violations will hurt the player and team. Many of the recruiters for the universities push for Dillonâ€™s top-rated running back, Smash Williams. The majority of these recruiters offer Smash special treatment, money, and even cars if he will chose to attend their university or college.
The West Point Green Wave (11-3; 7-0) had a number of lopsided victories during the 2012 season.
One thing the team did not have was a lopsided loss.
Of the three blemishes on the West Point schedule, including Friday nightâ€™s season-ending loss to Starkville, the Green Wave did not lose by any more than six points in each defeat.
The first loss of the season came during week one against South Panola. The final score was 12-10 in favor of the hosting Batesville team.