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September 22nd, 2011
Oak Hill Academy is still searching for their first win on the year.
But as the weeks continue, the opponents wonâ€™t get any easier, including Canton Academy.
The 2-3 Panthers have had an inconsistent season. After starting 0-2, they got their first victory over Hillcrest and went toe-to-toe with Winston Academy, arguably the toughest team in the district.
â€śThey gave Winston a run for their money,â€ť Raiders head coach Benjie Merchant said. â€śAthlete wise theyâ€™re like Manchester and they play hard.â€ť
Hebron Christianâ€™s hopes of a district softball title evaporated Tuesday night as Winona Christian scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to earn a 5-3 victory on the road and take first place into the playoffs which start this weekend.
The Lady Eagles (12-7), who already secured their fifth consecutive playoff appearance a week ago, came back from a 2-0 deficit after giving up a pair of runs in the first inning to tie the game and eventually take the lead.
â€śWe just got out played,â€ť Hebron head coach Cass Tapley said.
The West Point High School swimming team had another good meet in the pool last Saturday, this time in Oxford including three top-ten finishes in their second meet of the season.
In all, 16 schools were represented from around the state.
â€śOverall, the majority of our swimmers had a faster time this meet than they did their very first meet two weeks ago,â€ť head coach Stephen Stockton said. â€śI am very proud of each one of them. They have been working very hard, in-spite of the weather the past couple of weeks.â€ť
On the heels of the teamâ€™s first victory in 2011, West Point (1-2) will have another tough hurdle when they hit the road for the second time this season at Noxubee County.
Last week, the Green Wave used a dominating second half effort from its defense and a balanced attack on offense to earn a 33-12 win over visiting Starkville who handed them their only loss a year ago.
As many as six players will be out for Oak Hill in tonightâ€™s non conference slate versus Winona Christian. Itâ€™s been an issue for the read and white since fall camp.
Head coach Benjie Merchant and his staff have been forced to reshuffle positions all year long.
â€śItâ€™s killing us,â€ť he said. â€śWe get one back, we lose anther one.â€ť
Third string quarterback Adam Tumey, a new addition to the squad will be taking the snaps. Last season he played cornerback.
â€śHeâ€™s got a good arm and good throwing motion, just lack of experience at the position,â€ť Merchant said.
With Hebron Christian School on the verge of a district title, Tuesdayâ€™s 12-1 victory over Calhoun Academy clinched a fifth consecutive playoff appearance for the Lady Eagles.
A landmark in itself, but for pitcher Chloe Tapley, it solidified her as one of the best pitchers in the MAIS.
Tapley again had another stellar outing in the circle, just three hits given up to compliment 13 strikeouts.
Nothing new for the junior, who over the last few weeks had pitched three straight no-hitters.
Two of the regionâ€™s top junior high programs squared of Tuesday night in the battle of the unbeatens, but after four quarters of play, Oak Hill (3-1) were handed their first loss on the year 24-14 to Indianola Academy (4-0).
The Raiders had dominated their opponents all season by a combined score of 104-6 heading into Tuesdayâ€™s game, but after falling behind early, they struggled to catch up despite cutting the deficit to four points in the fourth quarter.
CALHOUN - Hebron pitcher Chloe Tapley reached 1,000 strikeouts for her career on Monday while helping the Lady Eagles secure their fifth consecutive post-season birth in a 12-1 win over Calhoun Academy.
Tapley struck out 13 batters and needed just seven to break the milestone and extend her total to 1,006 in 646 career innings. She has a total of 199 Kâ€™s in 100 innings this season.
A complete feature will be published later this week in the Daily Times Leader.
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