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September 22nd, 2010
Monday night was bitter-sweet for the four members of the Oak Hill Academy Diamond Raider softball team.
The crowd, which was on hand to watch the varsity team be beaten by Hebron 11-0, also had to say good-bye to the teamâ€™s four seniors who have played so well for the Lady Raiders.
Abby Falkner, Anne Stevens, Mary Helon Hays and Paige Dawkins were presented roses and honored with their parents between the varsity and junior varsity games with Hebron.
On Friday night, the West Point Green Wave (3-1) will be traveling in their first in-state road football game of 2010. Three weeks ago, the Wave traveled to Dayton Beach, Fla. to play Mainland High School.
Other than that, West Point has had home field advantage. In week one, they hosted Shannon in a 39-14 win.
They followed that up with the big road win at Daytona, but returned to be beaten by Starkville 21-20. Last week, they got back on the winning track, with a 28-13 win over a very good Noxubee County team.
On Friday, they will be going to play the 2-2 Rams of Indianola-Gentry.
Oak Hill is coming off a breakout game from last Friday night. Taking out some early-season frustrations on the Eagles of Hebron Christian Academy, the Raiders knocked off their cross-county opponents 46-12.
Making it a 1-4 overall record on the season, it was back to business as usual for Oak Hill head coach Leroy Gregg and his players on Monday. Gregg said there was intensity on the practice field, but it was no different than any of the other weeks after a game.
By Bryan Davis
Last week, the West Point Junior High football seventh grade team fought Noxubee County in a gritty game of defense. That game ended in a 0-0 tie.
This week, the seventh grade team was at it again, and the Thursday night home battle against Columbus turned out to be another tie ball game, ending in an 8-8 tie.
West Point fullback Dameon Lee provided the only scoring for the Green Wave in the game, beating the Falcon defenders to the end zone for a five yard touchdown rush.
By Bryan Davis
Year number two of the series between the Oak Hill Academy Raiders and Hebron Christian Eagles football teams was completed on Friday night.
The crowds were ever present on the home and visitor sides, as fans from across the county came out to watch the two close communities battle it out in the building Clay County rivalry.
Last year, Hebron traveled to Oak Hill, and they were defeated 14-0. This year, they were hosting, and they wanted a little revenge.
Last Friday night, the Benton Academy Raiders (1-3) came to Phebe to take on the Eagles of Hebron Christian School (1-4), and they scored 46 points off the Eagle defense and special teams.
Two nights ago, a different set of Raiders came to Hebron, but they brought the same results.
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders (1-4) brought their best play of the season to the Eaglesâ€™ field, and they defeated Hebron 46-12.
By Bryan Davis
Last season, the Hebron Christian Eagles (1-3) and the Oak Hill Academy Raiders (0-4) started, what everyone hopes to be, a long-lasting rival series in Clay County.
Hebron traveled to Oak Hill in 2009, and they were sent away with a 14-0 loss.
This year, the Eagles will be hosting the Raiders, in a rematch, to see who wins the Clay County title in 2010.
Neither the Eagles nor the Raiders have a had a lot going for them in the first four weeks of the regular season.
The Eagles dropped their first two games, getting out-scored 79-6.
By Bryan Davis
Last Friday night, the West Point Green Wave (2-1) were shocked in the second half of their contest against the visiting Starkville Yellowjackets.
The defeat not only put a blemish on the Waveâ€™s 2010 regular season record, but it also marked the end of a 16 game winning streak.
Last season, the Green Wave opened with a loss to the Shannon Red Raiders.
After that, the team went on a tear across the state, winning its next 14 ball games, including a state title victory.
The first six Diamond Raider batters were set down on Monday afternoon, as Oak hill (12-8; 3-3) battled for a playoff spot against conference rival Winston. They eventually battled back to win 6-1.
â€śTheyâ€™ve got a little confidence and a little stagger about them,â€ť said Oak Hill head coach Marion Bratton about his girls. â€śIâ€™m tickled to death with that.â€ť
After the first two innings went by without a whimper from the Lady Raiders, Winston paid for it in the third.
The Hebron Christian Diamond Eagles (16-9; 5-0) were 2-1 overall, counting their 3-0 conference win over Winona on Thursday and a split in the Carroll Academy Tourney this weekend. They got a win over Magnolia Heights, but Jackson Prep was too much for Hebron, finally defeating them 3-1.
Things got off to a good start, as the Lady Eagles rounded off the week at Winona.