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November 1st, 2011
Oak Hill Academyâ€™s boys basketball coach Brain Middleton is getting a little nervous.
With still about a week left to go before their season opener against Lamar, Middleton is hoping to get off to a better start in 2011.
â€śWeâ€™re working extremely hard,â€ť he said. â€śWeâ€™ve had three very good days of practice and looking forward to getting back into the gym.â€ť
Entering his seventh season, Middleton has his largest squad with 12 players suiting up, a mixture of experience and youth that hope to repeat as division champions, their first title since 1987.
The Oak Hill Academy Lady Raiders will return to the hardwood this afternoon when they take on MAIS Class AAA Jackson Academy at the Canton Academy preseason tournament.
Schedule times have been changed with the varsity girls tipping off at 4 p.m. and junior varsity starting at 5 p.m.
It will be the first test for head coach Stan Hughey and the girls who for the most part have been getting in shape for the new season despite a few scrimmages along the way after a very productive summer.
When it comes down to it, Hebron may not blow you out the water on the court, but theyâ€™ll definitely give everything they have for four quarters.
The Eagles come into the season with a new head coach and without a star player, yet Tri Nason believes his team has that blue collar work ethic.
With the 2011 season just days away, West Pointâ€™s boys and girls basketball teams had their first real taste of competition on Saturday when they traveled to Ripley for a preseason jamboree.
It was a chance for both coaches to really see what they had, and both were very impressed.
â€śI was proud of their effort, they have a lot of heart and character,â€ť girls head basketball coach Murray Woody said. â€śIt took a us a little time to get into a rhythm, but once we settled down and ran the stuff weâ€™ve been practicing and executed, we did a lot better.â€ť
WINONA â€“ An 18-point second quarter performance by Hebron Christian School all but solidified their third round victory over 1A Calhoun Saturday afternoon, 49-20 at the Winona Christian School pre-season tournament.
Using a high-pressure man-to-man defense for most of the game, the Lady Eagles never trailed in the contest, jumping out to comfortable 10-0 lead after the opening quarter and by halftime, the girls had a 23-point advantage.
It was quite a flashback in time, but the West Point High School football team did take a trip to the 80â€™s Friday night.
The Wave used a trio of 80-yard rushing plays, two by QB DeQuinton Spraggins, one by tailback Tez Lane, to earn a 31-21 win over the homestanding Oxford Chargers.
Spraggins broke loose and rushed for 221 yards on 11 carries, which
included an 82-yard touchdown run and an 87-yard sprint to set up another score.
Oak Hill's freshman class got a pair of touchdowns Friday night, but it wasn't enough to get a victory as the Raiders dropped to 0-10 on the season following a 14-12 district loss to Immanuel in West Point.
The Raiders had the game's first scoring opportunity only to have their field-goal attempt from 27-yards out blocked. Two possessions later and the Rams took the lead with a 68-yard touchdown pass by Darius Jones to Jason Davis. A two-point conversion made it 8-0
West Point's Parks and Recreation department is hosting a Spooky train ride, with free candy Monday at Rec Building at Marshall Park 6-8 pm!
Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and enjoy the ride before heading out for trick-or-treating.
For more information, contact 494-3214
Hebron Christian struggled offensively Thursday afternoon, losing a 10 point lead in the third quarter and eventually falling to Delta Academy 49-40 in the second round of the Winona Christian School pre-season tournament.
"It was just a poor shooting performance," head coach William Cotton said. "We were doing what we needed to do, just couldn't get the shots that we wanted."
"Hopefully this will be a little wake up call for us," he added. "This is a lesson learned early in the season."
With just two games remaining in the 2011 regular season, the West Point High School football team finds itself in an unfamiliar position; trying to rebound from a division loss.
For the first time in three seasons, the Green Wave dropped a Division 1-5A contest last Friday night in a 30-29 heartbreaker at Center Hill.
Despite the loss, head coach Chris Chambless and his Wave have moved forward, insisting that all of their goals are still within reach.