Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
With Spring Training just weeks away, I canâ€™t be picked on too much for writing a baseball column.
Some might raise issue since we havenâ€™t gotten the Super Bowl played, but since there are no southern teams involved in that game, Iâ€™ll take the liberty of skipping ahead to the diamond.
I donâ€™t know how much our Clay County readers have been paying attention to the offseason, but some pretty special things have happened to one of our southern baseball teams.
That would be the Atlanta Braves.
Stan Hugheyâ€™s squad continued their winning ways this past weekend with two convincing wins over Canton Academy and North Delta. The Lady Raiders beat the Lady Panthers 58-22 and the Lady Green Wave 46-34.
Tori Nichols towered over many of her opponents at a dominant 6â€™3â€ť during her time at Hebron Christian, not only height-wise, but talent-wise. Last year, Nichols and her fellow Lady Eagles made a deep run into the MAIS postseason and made it to the State All-Around in Clinton before being eliminated.
Sometimes it takes a little luck when it comes to winning basketball games. After winning three of their previous four games, the Raiders dropped two contests over the weekend in a 48-53 home loss to Canton and 47-56 on the road to North Delta, continuing Oak Hillâ€™s streak of very close losses. The second loss to the Panthers will place the Raiders in the third seed of the district tournament to face Winston in a go-home game.
Mississippi State University and Blair E. Batson Children Hospital have partnered together to raise money and awareness for the only childrenâ€™s hospital in the state of Mississippi.
Spearheaded by the Mississippi State Student Association and Co-Director of Late Night Events Brett Harris, the â€śOn Your Mark, Get Set, GLOW 5k Runâ€ť is set for February 7 and will start at 7 oâ€™clock at night on Mississippi Stateâ€™s Starkville campus. The run will feature local Golden Triangle Area disc jockeys positioned along the three-mile route and has already created an enormous buzz around campus.
Thursday and Friday night were the final regular season games for head coach William Cotton and his Hebron Christian Lady Eagles in Pheba as they closed out MAIS district 3-A play before the district tournament.
Thursday was a must win game for the Lady Eagles hosting Calhoun Academy as Hebron sat with a 2-4 district record after a narrow 42-41 victory over Kemper Academy Tuesday. In another tightly contested match-up, the Lady Eagles used a gutsy third quarter to pull away from the Lady Cougars picking up the needed win 48-41.
The West Point Green Wave returned to district 2 5-A action Friday night playing host to the Oxford Chargers. Both teams entered the night with 1-1 records and hoped to pick up their second win in district play.
The night started out well for Oxford as the Chargers took an early 12-2 lead over the Wave after three minutes of play in the first quarter. West Point though cranked up and tore through Oxford with a 19-6 run closing out the quarter ahead 21-19. After taking the lead late in the first, the Wave never relinquished their hold on the game going on to win 81-67.
The Lady Raiders and Raiders play host to Canton Academy tonight in two very important district games. Oak Hill split games in the district 2-AA doubleheader with Canton two weeks ago on the road. The Lady Raiders had a successful game against the Lady Panthers, beating Canton 66-36. The Raiders had a hard time from the free throw line and lost in overtime to the Panthers 45-43.
The Lady Raiders and Raiders will look to pick up wins tonight as they will play host to Canton on the campus of Oak Hill in West Point. Junior high action is set to start the night of basketball at four oâ€™clock.
The Lady Wave are coming off a tough weekend after two losses to New Hope and Starkville. In district play against New Hope, West Point had a difficult time with an experience Lady Trojans losing 67-26. The loss to New Hope last Friday night brought West Pointâ€™s district 2 5-A record to an even 1-1. On Saturday night, West Point gave relentless effort but fell short to the Lady Jackets 63-50.
COLUMBUS- It was dĂ©jĂ vu times fifty for the Oak Hill Junior High Raiders as the final seconds rolled off the clock at Immanuel Christian School. The Raiders had the upper-hand and were leading their opponent. The game might not have been the prettiest of the fifty consecutive wins, but the Raiders did it, defeating Immanuel 45-38.