Archive - Sports Article
June 21st, 2011
Several of the state's top amateur players will once again tackle Old Waverly Golf Course Wednesday eying a spot in the Southern Golf Association Southern Amateur championship next month in Palm Harbor, Florida.
The 24-man field has players from all-across the region including Texas, Alabama and Georgia. The top three leaders after the one day event will qualify for the championship.
Preparations are underway here in West Point as the town gets ready to host a 2011 Dizzy Dean state softball tournament in July.
The eight-team field, representing Fulton, Bruce, Mathison, Louisville, Aberdeen, Eupora and Saltillo, starts July at the Jesse W. Harmon Sports Complex. The winner will advance to the 2011 World Series held at Green Book Park in Southaven.
Preparations are underway for all the necessities needed to host a tournament of this size including field preparation, event staffing for concessions and tickets and umpires.
Friends and family packed the West Point High School gymnasium Friday afternoon as over 300 cheerleaders performed various dance routines and cheers at the West Point Junior Cheerleaders summer day camp.
In all roughly 320 girls from grades K-3 to 6 worked one-on-one with several of the junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders throughout the week all in preparation to perform in front of a large crowd.
It was obvious how hard they worked judging by the enormous round of
Over a dozen West Point High School football players got in a few extra reps this week when they attended the second annual NFL High School Player Developmental Camp held at Itawamba Community College in Fulton.
The Green Wave, mostly freshmen and sophomores, got a chance to showcase their skills in front of area coaches and players over the four-day camp hosted by the ICC football staff. But it wasnâ€™t all just about football.
Despite some changes in coaching personnel, Hebron Christian Schoolâ€™s athletic department is keeping busy this summer.
New Athletic Director, and assistant girlâ€™s basketball coach Gary Vaughan says heâ€™s excited about the new season and the promise the team has shown under new head coach and headmaster William Cotton.
â€śWe just came back from a camp at Washington School, (Greenville), and we were able to win the tournament on the last day of the camp,â€ť he said. â€śWeâ€™re very proud of that. The girls have come a long way.â€ť
Vaughan is excited about 6â€™2 senior Tori Nichols.
West Point High School was in summer baseball action last Saturday as the number one team split a two game set, falling 9-0 to Hernando before topping Heritage Academy 8-4.
â€śWe didnâ€™t play that well in the first game, just real flatâ€ť coach Blake Hutchison said. He said offensively, although the boys were shut out, they did hit the ball hard.
Twice the Green Wave had the bases loaded but failed to make the most of situation.
â€śWe hit a a lot of balls hard,â€ťHutchison said. â€śIf we could have gotten a few to drop it might have changed the outcome of the game."
Wilkes Bryan admits he was pretty nervous about playing in last weekâ€™s Mississippi State Amateur golf championship at Old Waverly.
â€śThe last time I played was 17 years ago when my friend Clay Homan won it,â€ť Bryan said. That was Homanâ€™s first championship.
Bryan shot a +32 in the championships and finished 59 in the 62 man field but it was his performance on Friday that turned heads.
After shooting an 84 on the first day, Bryan was sitting at +13 after the first nine holes with just one birdie and a pair of bogeys.
Randall Weems closed out the final day of the 96th Mississippi State Amateur Championship Sunday the same way he started.
The West Point native shot a +5, 77 at Old Waverly Golf Club to finish +20 in the four-day event and 30th overall.
Thursday, Weems shot a 77 and his +9, 76 on Friday was enough to make the cut.
Another native, Wilkes Bryan shot an 84 to close out the tournament. He shot a hole-in-one on number 12 on day two. Ryan Ratcliff also aced the 190 yard, number 17.
West Point High Schoolâ€™s baseball program continued their summer league Thursday night at the high school with both teams in action.
Team one swung the bats well in what assistant coach Blake Hutchison called the best theyâ€™ve played all summer after sweeping Columbus 6-4 and 10-2.
â€śWe didnâ€™t hit the ball particular well in game one,â€ť Hutchison said. â€śBut we had solid pitching and good defense.â€ť
David McElwain is pretty good at tennis. The West Point native is slowing becoming one of the rising junior tennis players in the state.
Currently ranked fifth in the state by tennisrecruiting.com, the 15-year has had plenty of success this year, including his recent win at the Starkville Junior Open in May defeating Austin Paulding, 6-3, 7-6.
Right now he has least ten tournament victories under his belt. The Starkville tournament fielded about a dozen, but McElwain says the bigger tournaments can host as many as 30.