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June 16th, 2011
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 wasnât all just about football.
Despite some changes in coaching personnel, Hebron Christian Schoolâs athletic department is keeping busy this summer.
New Athletic Director, and assistant girlâs basketball coach Gary Vaughan says heâs excited about the new season and the promise the team has shown under new head coach and headmaster William Cotton.
âWe 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 he said. âWeâre very proud of that. The girls have come a long way.â
Vaughan is excited about 6â2 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.
âWe didnât play that well in the first game, just real flatâ 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.
âWe hit a a lot of balls hard,âHutchison said. âIf 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 weekâs Mississippi State Amateur golf championship at Old Waverly.
âThe last time I played was 17 years ago when my friend Clay Homan won it,â Bryan said. That was Homanâs 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 Schoolâs 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 theyâve played all summer after sweeping Columbus 6-4 and 10-2.
âWe didnât hit the ball particular well in game one,â Hutchison said. âBut we had solid pitching and good defense.â
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.
Greenville native Billy Brozovich takes a breather during round two of the 96th Mississippi State Amateur Golf Championship Friday at Old Waverly Golf Course. The Ole Miss Rebel carded a 68 in round one, and is currently -2 on the day and -6 for the championship.
In case you didn't notice , the West Point Parks and Recreation Department have started a transformation for all city parks in a new effort to bring more energy, and athletes back to the local parks and it started with the tennis courts.
Local leaders and tennis enthusiasts couldn't decide on whether to expand the courts or not.
Parks director James Crowley says it was a project he wanted to take on when he took the job about five years ago.
Summer baseball is in full swing at West Point High School.
With nearly all their starters returning to the diamond next spring, this summer is the perfect opportunity to tweak a few issues that might have plagued the team in 2010. West Point last season finished 15-12 and were eliminated in the second round of the 5A state playoffs after back-to-back losses to eventual champion Ridgeland.
Green Wave head coach Buddy Weyers and his staff have gone back to a two-team varsity system which allows every kid the chance to play.