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July 26th, 2011
Oak Hill Academy head football coach Benjie Merchant is getting excited about his first season with the Raiders. Despite the heat during the first week of practice, the players he said, have adjusted well.
â€śCanâ€™t be more pleased with them,â€ť Merchant said. â€śTheyâ€™ve done everything weâ€™ve asked all through the summer up until now.â€ť
The Raiders have been working out twice a day, with a morning workout before putting on the helmets for an hour and half session in the afternoon. Temperatures this week have been in the mid to upper 90â€™s,
The Hebron Christian Eagles got fall camp underway Monday evening under first year head coach Tri Nason.
Nason, who was promoted to head coach after being an assistant in 2010, said because of the size of the roster right now it may look like the Eagles will have to drop down to eight man football.
"The first day went pretty good," he said. "But we're counting on going to eight-man this season. Practice did look good the first day."
When the Hebron Lady Eagles take the softball field this fall, there might be a few unfamiliar faces.
Just four varsity players return from 2010 to a team filled with seventh and eighth graders who last year shined on the junior varsity squad.
Although the girls had a quiet summer as a unit, head coach Cass Tapley said they have been busy with playing summer ball on travel teams.
Lakin Petty is coming back home.
After just one season with the Eagles basketball program at Meridian Community College, the 6â€™4 West Point native has decided to transfer to East Mississippi Community College and will be eligible to play this fall.
Petty said he has stayed busy during the summer and getting in basketball shape three times week by running, lifting weights and participating in drills. He says heâ€™s glad to be back.
â€śI just wanted to be close to home,â€ť he said. â€śI didnâ€™t like what they were doing over there so I decided to leave.â€ť
West Point High School head football coach Chris Chambless announced a reshuffle of his coaching staff this week.
After losing three coaches, including Roger Burton who left to become the head coach at Hollandale Simmons, Chambless had to make a few changes to fill in the missing pieces; Josh Pulphus moved from 8th grade to high school running backs, Casey Welch is now in charge of the offensive line, newly hired Jimmy Coley joins the staff as a junior high coach (7th grade) and Steve Cannon will become the 8th grade football coach.
You could say it was the hardest decision Blake Harrell had to make.
Before his senior year at Hebron Christian School, Harrell decided to transfer to Stakville High School with the hopes of getting looked at a little more by collegiate scouts.
The gamble paid off because Tuesday Harrell did what few get a chance to do and signed a scholarship to play baseball at St. Claire Community College (Michigan).
â€śI wanted the chance to play against better competition, to get ready for the next level,â€ť he said.
Murray Woody was looking to sell his house in Columbus while commuting to Ethel where he was building a state championship contender at the 1A school.
By chance, he couldnâ€™t find a buyer and when the West Point job came open he eagerly applied.
Now he wont have to sell, and heâ€™ll save a little more money on gas.
Woody coached in Hamilton for three seasons, before taking the Ethel job where he led them to a 26-3 record and a South State championship, his first as a head coach.
Were you ever one of those kids that sat at the dinner table and played with your food?
Now you can and won't be grounded for it because the West Point Farmers Market will be hosting the Zucchini 500, (the Daytona of the the food racing world).
Think back to the Pinewood Derby, only now it's with vegetables. The races will start at 5 pm under the pavilion at Mossy Oak, Thursday July 21. Registration for the event starts at 4 pm.
Hebron Christianâ€™s Tri Nason will be back on the sidelines this fall for the Eagles, only with a few more responsibilities.
Nason was promoted to head football coach this off-season after Greg Watkins left for Immanuel Christian and says heâ€™s had a pretty busy summer in Pheba.
â€śAs far as the turnouts for the strength and conditioning for the summer, itâ€™s probably the best itâ€™s been since Iâ€™ve been there as an assistant,â€ť Nason said. â€śThe guys are pretty excited about working hard.â€ť
Can you swim 1.2 miles? Ever tried biking 56-miles and then followed that with a half marathon?
For some it sounds like a grueling challenge. After all, itâ€™s only half of an iron-man competition.
It may sound unbearable, but for one local itâ€™s just one more challenge he wants to conquer.