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June 13th, 2011
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.
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.
Dozens of cowboys and cowgirls will be strapping their steers and dusting their hats in preparation for the Mcllwain Junior Rodeo this Saturday at Rockin' Mc Arena in Cedar Bluff on the farm of Jim and Vicki Mcllwain.
Saturday's event is the third in a summer series of rodeos that will be held once a month until August.
Vicki says there are a lot of kids in the area that are interested in participating in rodeos and this is a perfect way to come out and have fun.
The Benjie Merchant era has officially begun at Oak Hill Academy.
Tuesday evening, coach Merchant and his new staff were introduced to several parents and students at the football field.
Merchant, a Laurel native, said the opportunity to come back closer to home was just too good to miss.
â€śThe passion for Mississippi football is like no other,â€ť he said. â€śI missed that.â€ť
Oak Hill headmaster Bill Miley said the school is very excited to have him on board.