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July 13th, 2012
It started as a suggestion.
â€śWe put up a suggestion box months ago,â€ť West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley. â€śItâ€™s for officers who have ideas or suggestions about how we could run the department better or how we could better contact the community.â€ť
Detective Sgt. Albert Lee suggested a charity softball tournament.
â€śWe have all kinds of things for kids,â€ť Lee said. â€śBut I thought it would be good to go forward with all the departments in the city. Itâ€™s a healthy thing, a good way to get exercise for city employees.â€ť
The two teams representing West Point in the eight and under Dizzy Dean South State Tournament completed play in Louisville on Saturday.
The West Point Nationals dropped their first round contest to host Louisville 25-2, lost to Starkville 22-4 and Grenada 18-6.
The Nastionals took home the Sportmanship Award, for showing the best sportsmanship throughout the tournament.
The West Point Americans lost their first game to eventual champions Grenada Youth 11-6, defeated Hamilton 22-0, defeated Union 18-2, and lost to Columbus 9-8.
Gray Berry and Jaden Craven catch a Columbus Nationals runner in the base paths during the 10 and under Dizzy Dean South State Tournament on Saturday. West Point won the contest 13-8.
Dylan Scott swings during some weekend West Point Dizzy Dean action for the 11-12 year-old All-Stars.
Aiden Henson (right) watches the pitch from third base during the fourth inning of West Pointâ€™s contest with the Columbus Nationals on Saturday. Henson scored on a passed ball. Aiden Henson
On Saturday, the West Point 9-10 year old All-Stars finished the first inning of their game with Caledonia down 5-0.
"When we got down like that, we could have just given up," Coach Sherman Berry said. "But we chipped away and chipped away and scored enough to win."
The West Point team finished fifth out of 15 teams in the tournament.
The win Saturday put West Point in a Sunday afternoon game with Starkville.
Starkville took the contest 25-16.
"We had too many errors," Berry said.
Although it was a low scoring game, Saturday night's regional contest between rivals Oak Hill Academy and Starkville Academy had all the makings of a Greek drama with bragging rights on the line.
In the end, it came down to clutch free throws and it was Oak Hill (15-10) who pulled off the nail biter, edging the Volunteers 36-35. The loss extended Starkville's losing streak to seven games.
Old Dominionâ€™s speed and quickness proved to be a factor Friday night as Hebron dropped a heartbreaker, 42-39 at home. It was the second time this season the Eagles were trumped by Old Dominion.
â€śWe just didnâ€™t get into a rhythm,â€ť head coach Tri Nason said. â€śNobody was hot. Thatâ€™s probably what hurt us the most, our lack of flow and rhythm on offense.â€ť
The Eagles had the lead after the first quarter, 14-10 before they went cold on the offensive side, scoring just four points over the next eight minutes.
West Point could have it's first trophy of the season on the basketball court come Saturday.
The junior high girls basketball team, under the direction of six year head coach Beverly Jackson, will tipoff for the Big Six Conference championship against Starkville in Starkville. Start time is scheduled for noon. It will be the first time in recent memory the girls have chance to play for the title, and it's the first for coach Jackson.
"I wasn't aware of the accomplishment," she said. "But i'm very excited to get a chance to play for it."
LOUISVILLE - Oak Hill head coach Brian Middleton said Tuesdayâ€™s victory over Winston wasnâ€™t a season changing win, but â€śWe had to get that mentality back.â€ť
Oak Hill snapped a four-game losing streak with a 52-36 win over Winston Academy and keep their heads above water as they fight for a number two seed in the district tournament.
â€śWeâ€™re going to come around,â€ť Middleton said. â€śOne game at a time starting with Friday night against Manchester.â€ť