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September 13th, 2011
Anyone who has had a chance to watch Wilma Davis and Nakeisha Walker on the court know they have talent. And this past summer, several of the countryâ€™s top high school players had that same opportunity.
Walker and Davis, now seniors at West Point High School were selected to participate in the USA Junior National basketball tournament in Columbus, Ohio; a showcase of some of the best high school talent on the court where the players get a chance to work one on one with college coaches and get on the radar of some of the nationâ€™s best programs.
Oak Hill continued their winning streak Monday afternoon to three games with a 12-2 victory over Central Academy, a game that saw plenty of hits for the Lady Raiders including a two-run blast over center field by Lauren Hitt for the exclamation point. It was her first home-run of the season.
â€śLauren is capable of hitting those like that, and she did today,â€ť head coach Marion Bratton said. â€śWhen she gets her timing down and sheâ€™s in that certain zone, she can pop it.â€ť
DECATUR - Hebron Christian School reached the double-digit victory mark last weekend after splitting a two game set at the Kemper Academy/East Miss Community College Tournament.
The Lady Eagles improved to 11-6 on the season with just a handful of games left to play on the schedule.
Chloe Tapley threw her third consecutive no-hitter in Hebronâ€™s 15-0 victory over Russell Christian. Tapley struck out nine batters in just four innings of work.
The Lady Eagles dominated from the opening pitch scoring one, three, two, five and four runs respectively in each of the five innings played.
Truth be told, West Point High Schoolâ€™s football coaching staff and players felt like they left a win on the field in 2010 against arch-rival Starkville, when a litany of miscues, mistakes and turnovers led to a 21-20 Starkville win in West Point.
There would be no mistakes this time.
Avenging its lone defeat of 2010, West Point used a dominating second half effort from its defense and a balanced attack on offense to earn a convincing 33-12 win over visiting Starkville Friday night.
Oak Hill used a three run second inning effort Friday to get their second win in as many games, downing Manchester Academy 5-1 on the softball diamond.
The Lady Raiders moved to 11-9 on the season and despite being out of the playoff hunt, look to close out the year on a high note.
â€śPay backs are nice,â€ť Oak Hill head coach Marion Bratton said. â€śTheyâ€™re a good ball club, but theyâ€™re also young. If we donâ€™t get them now, theyâ€™re going to be hard to get in the future. We have to take advantage of it when it comes.â€ť
Manchester Academy sticking with a run-heavy offense, handed Oak Hill their fourth consecutive loss Friday night, 37-0 in district action.
The visiting Mavericks totaled 268 yards on the night and quickly took control of the game from the opening kickoff and by the end of the first half had a commanding 30-0 lead.
Starting out their own 46 yard line, the visitors needed just two plays to strike first when Jammie Jamison scored the first of his two scores with a 42-yard sprint to give the Mavericks an 8-0 lead after a two-point conversion.
Talyor Coggins rushed for a season-high three touchdowns as the Hebron Christian School Eagles bounced back from a 10-point deficit at the half to earn their second victory on the season, 36-16 over Clinton Christian Friday night in their home opener.
â€śIt was an overall team effort, but we really had a big game out of Taylor Coggins tonight,â€ť head coach Tri Nason said. â€śJust unselfishness on everyoneâ€™s part. Everybody just wanted to make it a team effort and it was.â€ť
Same week, different date.
Starkville High School did the unthinkable September 10, 2010, defeating the Green Wave 21-20. It was the only loss for West Point before they won 12 in a row on their way to a second consecutive 5A state title.
History, fans hope, wonâ€™t repeat itself tonight when the two teams meet under different circumstances.
The Green Wave have started 0-2 for the first time since 2000 while the Yeallowjackets are coming off back-to-back wins over Madison Central and Tupelo.
Hebron takes the filed Friday night for the first time in front of their home fans.
Just four weeks into the season and the Eagles are 1-1 coming off last weeks 48-8 over Calvary Christian. Head coach Tri Nason said heâ€™s a hard time on occasions trying to keep his team focused for this week because they are still excited after that first victory.
â€śThere still a little bit excited, Iâ€™m trying to get them to forget it but they havenâ€™t forgotten it yet,â€ť he said. â€śHopefully theyâ€™ll be calmed down a little by Friday.â€ť
A new and improved Manchster Academy rolls into West Point tonight trying to keep up their impressive start to the season while Oak Hill Academy are still trying to correct the mistakes theyâ€™ve been making all season long that have kept them winless thus far.
â€śWe found out who wanted to be here and who doesnâ€™t this week,â€ť head coach Benjie Merchant said. â€śWeâ€™ve had some good practices but weâ€™re still searching for our identity.â€ť
Mental mistakes on snaps as well as poor coverage and missed tackles have plagued the Raiders since week one.