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August 22nd, 2011

Bennett finishes second at AAU Olympic trials

August 22, 2011

West Point Dontavious Bennett is playing the waiting game on whether he made the AAU United States Junior Olympic team.

Bennett competed in the AAU JR OLYMPICS in New Orleans on the 29th of July and finished in second place.

Bennett says it’s been a lot of sweating and a lot of tears these last couple of months but he has no regrets. He says he realize he’s not gifted or lucky he’s just blessed! He thanks God for his athletic abilities.

Hebron wins one of three at Exposure event

August 22, 2011

Hebron Christian School softball coach Cass Tapley continues to learn things about his team.

Thanks to the experience of playing at the College Exposure Tournament at the Starkville Sportsplex on Saturday, the Lady Eagles got plenty of opportunities to improve.

Hebron won one of three games played and Tapley saw some good and bad things during the course of the day.

“It went exactly like I thought,” Tapley said. “We are so young and we lost seven seniors from last year.”

Lady Raiders sweep at Exposure tourney

August 22, 2011

Marion Bratton might have been a little modest.

After all, the Lady Raiders just finished going 3-0 this past weekend at Starkville Sportsplex- College Exposure Showcase.

"The girls played thier best ball this season,” the head coach said. “Errors were way down with solid defense and bats starting to warm up offensively.”

Oak Hill out scored their opponents 27-3 and posted two shutouts to move to 8-6 on the season.

Junior pitcher Maime Allen (7-4)earned three victories giving up a combined six hits and just one earned run.

August 20th

Mistakes on offense, fast Rams lead to Herbon 34-16 loss

August 20, 2011

Hebron’s first taste of 8-man football Friday night left a bad one in their mouths as the Eagles were grounded 34-16 by Strider Academy in the season opener for both schools.
“It’s a loss and no one is happy about that,” head coach Tri Nason said. “I’m real glad to see that nobody is just wanting to survive the season, or survive a game. We all want to win.”
Strider scored a pair of touchdowns in the opening minutes, one however did not count as the kick-off return was called back due to several penalties. A few plays later, and the Rams had an 8-0 lead after a two point conversion.

Huffman's INT for touchdown not enough in Raiders loss

August 20, 2011

As expected, Newton County Academy's Dillion Williams proved once again why he is one of the best backs in the MAIS.

Oak Hill gave up three big plays, including two to Williams Friday night as the Raiders dropped their season opener 18-7 in West Point.

"We got a long way to go," first year Raiders head coach Benjie Merchant said. "We got to be able to move the ball on offense better. It's a stepping stone. We knew it was a tough team coming in and they executed well. We just have to eliminate the big plays and tighten everything up."

August 18th

Long time coming

August 18, 2011

It’s finally here.

West Point and South Panola will kick-off Saturday night in front of what’s sure to be a sellout crowd in West Point. What better way to start the 2011 season then with the reigning back-to-back state champions in 5A and 6A respectively.

For some, there may not be a better match-up.

The Green Wave have been preparing since the Spring in anticipation for this season. Summer workouts and weight training sessions have kept players in shape and no doubt motivated them to turnout another successful season under head coach Chris Chambless.

Raiders looking for first win right out of the gates against Class A power

August 18, 2011

First year head coach Benjie Merchant will lead the Raiders against one of the best teams in MAIS Class Newton County.

But Merchant says the boys are really excited to finally get going after showing improvement everyday throughout the summer and fall practices.

“There’s been progress as far as instilling the basis of the program in what we’re going to do,” he said. “We still have a long way to go.”

Merchant is on the first level of trying to rebuild a program that has fallen on hard times over the years, including the last two seasons where they have won a combined six games.

Eagles ready to take flight Friday on the road

August 18, 2011

When Hebron takes the field tonight, it’s going to be a test to their conditioning, something they have worked hard on all summer.

With just 11 players on the team they had to move down to 8-man football this season, but there’s been no excuses. Even though they won’t qualify for any post season play, the Eagles have been positive and are looking forward to getting some licks on somebody else; Strider Academy.

August 17th

Green Wave defense ready for the Tigers

August 17, 2011

West Point will have their hands full some argue when South Panola rolls into town on Saturday.

The Green Wave struggled at times defensively in the jamboree against Louisville, especially in the secondary.

But after a week of watching film, Green Wave defensive coordinator Kendall Pickens feels pretty confident his boys will step up to the task at stopping the Tigers.

“We got to get more pass rush on the defensive line and in the secondary, we just have to work on techniques,” he said.

Nichols HR leads Hebron over Pats

August 17, 2011

COLUMBUS - Tori Nichols two run blast in the third inning have Hebron the lead and they never looked back on their way to a 4-2 win over Heritage Tuesday night.
“This was another typical game for us,” Lady Eagles head coach Cass Tapley said. “We did get seven hits but we are going to have to fill some holes in the lineup maybe with more of a short game.”
The game was scoreless until the third when Nichols cleared the bases with one swing. Chloe Tapley doubled to center to start the rally. The Lady Eagles were held scoreless until the fourth when they would double their lead to 4-0.

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