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October 20th, 2011
William Cotton just canât wait to get on the floor this season.
The first year head girls basketball coach is returning to the sport after an 11-year absence. Itâs going to be a battle right out of the gates.
âWeâre ready to play, â he said. âWeâre ready for a ball game.â
The Lady Eagles will have their hands full in the season opener, the winner of North Sunflower and Starkville Christian next Wednesday at the Winona Christian Invitational. If they win, they could meet reigning MAIS Single A champion Delta the following day. Thatâs just the first test.
The season's not quite complete, but already several West Point Green Wave football players have been honored.
Offensive lineman Romia Wilson and linebacker Brandon Edwards were selected to represent Mississippi in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic set to play Dec. 10 in Montgomery, Alabama.
High school coaches also selected quarterback Dequinten Spraggins, offensive lineman Carson Miller and linebacker Charles Heard to represent the North in the Bernard Blackwell Game scheduled for Dec. 17 in Biloxi.
Expectations are high once again for the Lady Raiders at Oak Hill Academy.
When you finish third in the state and win back-to-back district titles, the only thing left to do is bring home a state championship.
âOur expectations year in and year out for quite awhile have been the same,â head coach Stan Hughey said. âWe want to win a gold ball. Thereâs never been a championship team in girls basketball even though thereâs been a lot of good teams. We want to win the state and thatâs what we shoot for.â
What better way to bring a community together than through sports.
Saturday, the Refuge Student Ministries will team up with Tyson Lee, former Mississippi State quarterback, for the inaugural Tyson Lee Flag Football tournament.
All proceeds raised for the 7-on-7 match ups will go towards the student ministries to help with their goals.
âIt will help local and non-local service projects, worship retreats and just anything that would help with their curriculum,â Student Minister Corbin Coker said.
It was obvious from the sidelines that West Point is happy where they are right now.
After a perfect 4-0 start in district play, who wouldnât be?
The Green Wave scored 47 unanswered points Friday night, on their way to convincing 47-7 win over Saltillo to remain atop the district standings and move to 5-3 on the season.
âWe played hard, weâre improving everyday,â West Point head coach Chris Chambless said after the Green Wave earned their fourth consecutive win. âWe just go to get to that point where we make zero mistakes, we donât miss any blocks or any tackles.â
A 4-3 record may not seem like much to most on paper, but for Hebron Christian, Friday nightâs 24-6 win over Calhoun Academy made a clear statement the Eagles football program is headed in the right direction.
Head coach Tri Nason talked all week about the importance in having a winning season, and the players bought into it.
âOne hundred percent,â he said. âI count this season as a success even though we are 4-3. We could easily be 6-1. And on top of that we did what most people said what we wouldnât do and that was win more than a couple of games.â
As the Division 1-5A schedule turns the corner and heads for home, the West Point High School football team finds itself in a familiar spot:
Undefeated within the district, and in control of the division race entering the homestretch.
Since joining the division in 2008, West Point is a perfect 19-0 against district opponents, and are outscoring division foes by an average of 21 points in that span.
Tonight, the two-time defending state champs will look to continue their stranglehold on Division 1-5A when they host Saltillo for homecoming, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
Hebron can write their own history this week.
The Eagles finish the 2011 season tonight at home against Calhoun Academy and although it doesnât have any playoff implications, in some ways it feels like it does.
âWe have a shot at a winning season,â head coach Tri Nason said. âThatâs more than any other teams have had since Iâve been here. Friday night we get to write our own history. Are we going to be the team that starts getting Hebron on the right track thatâs winning, or are we going to
fall in âalmost there but not quite.ââ
Itâs come down to one moment, one chance to qualify. No restarts or do overs. And for five young athletes on the West Point Swimming team, they want to make the most of it.
Saturday, Kelsey Redus, Isabel Facella, Jessica Farr, Abby Scott and alternate Katie Wilson will don their swimming caps and hit the pool at Courthouse Racquet and Fitness in Flowood for the MHSAA North State championships.
West Point, known for football and basketball prospects over the years, has had swimmers make it this far, but this is a first for these girls and they want to make the most of it.
West Point put themsleves firmly in the drivers seat Friday night, now all they have to do is keep their foot on the gas.
The Green Waveâs ground and pound offense was unstoppable as they ran for 419 total yards in a 37-19 5A Region 1 victory over Clarksdale to move to 3-0 in district play and remain the lone undefeated team after New Hope lost to Hernando.
It was the second long road trip for the Green Wave in the last three weeks.