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August 6th, 2014

West Point football begins

August 6, 2014

DTL staff

The chin straps were buckled, and the helmets were on. The sun beat down, heating up the practice fields behind Hamblin Stadium as the Green Wave football team touched its cleats on to grass for the first time in August.
It is football season.
The Wave opened its fall football practices Monday at West Point High School. West Point head coach Chris Chambless said the first practice went as smooth as anybody could have anticipated.

August 2nd

Harris embraces OHA varsity role as 7th-grader

August 2, 2014


It is not often a 7th-grader finds a starting role on the varsity team. Typically, injuries or an insufficient amount of players force the hand of a coach to play younger competitors.

Ellis, Gray honor fallen Raider

August 2, 2014


Numbers are significant in sports.
They can be seen in stats and box scores. Numerals are found on jerseys, and everybody has their favorite. Numbers are on the scoreboard, signifying wins and losses or how much time is left in the game.
Yet, Maegen Ellis and Mary Campbell Gray are not worried about winning or losing, but rather honoring a fallen friend and classmate.

August 1st

Raiders begin new practice schedule

August 1, 2014


Fridays are pay days for high school football teams. That is what Head Coach Tony Stanford told his squad after the first two-a-day practice Thursday morning at Oak Hill Academy.
It is the beginning of football season. Overcast skies welcomed the opening practices for the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) football teams around the state as preparation got under way for the season.

July 31st

Hebron Christian walks past Oak Hill

July 31, 2014

By Will Nations

PHEBA — Hebron Christian School will be happy to get better from this game. Oak Hill Academy will just want to find a win soon – no matter the circumstances.
As both teams combined for 14 walks, nine hit batters and 15 wild pitches, the Lady Eagles crawled out of the intra-county fray with a season opening victory over the Lady Raiders. Victoria Ferguson’s run on a wild pitch and Jana White’s smart base running in the fourth inning gave Hebron an 11-9 win Tuesday at HCS in Pheba.

July 30th

Heritage hands OHA loss

July 30, 2014

By Will Nations

Kaitlyn Oswalt is nicknamed K.O. by Heritage Academy Head Coach Gary Harris.
She lived up to her billing as the Lady Patriot was the knockout blow in Heritage’s season opener, striking out 11 and pitching four scoreless innings. Heritage used its hurler’s outing to sustain its lead despite Oak Hill’s fifth-inning rally for an 8-5 win Monday at Kim Keller Field in West Point.
“I thought K.O. does what K.O. does,” Harris said. “She is a great pitcher, and she needs to continue to bear down to become an elite pitcher.”

July 29th

VIDEO: Peyton Manning dancing at practice

July 29, 2014

VIDEO: Peyton Manning dancing at practice

Snowtown defeats Tibbee in regular season finale

July 29, 2014

DTL staff

OKOLONA – When the rain falls, it sometimes pour.
The Snowtown Stars rallied 19 runs on 14 hits to defeat the Tibbee Ramblers, 19-2, in the final regular season game of Tombigbee Waterways Baseball League (TWBL) Sunday.
The Stars ran away with the game in a 6-run sixth inning, which included a 2-run home run. Another homer in the seventh and an unearned run gave Snowtown a 16-2 advantage. Three more runs in the eighth gave Snowtown its final.
Tibbee’s pair of runs came from Tez Lane’s 2-run blast to center field in the sixth. The Ramblers left eight runners on base.

July 25th

McIlwain hosts rodeo events

July 25, 2014

By Will Nations

CEDAR BLUFF — The Rockin’ (sic) McRodeo is hosting a pair of events this weekend. Starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, the “Top Roper Challenge,” will be contested by 10 ropers at the McIlwain Arena on Highway 50 West in Cedar Bluff. The arena will also host a benefit for injured roper Bubba Eacholes at 2 p.m. Sunday. Gates open an hour prior to the start of each respective event.

July 24th

MAIS takes precautions on concussions

July 24, 2014

By Will Nations

Concussions are a hot topic in the world of sports these days.
The Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) took steps before the start of the 2014-15 sports year with a new concussion information form, which has been handed out to student athletes. The form must be signed by the student athlete and parent or guardian before the student would be able to compete in their respective sports.

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