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June 24th, 2011
Itâ€™s time to bring the heat.
The West Point based Mississippi Heat traveling basketball team have been lighting up opponents this season, compiling a 12-4 record overall and earning second, third and first place finishes in their last three tournaments this summer.
As part of Mid-America Youth Basketball, which has been organizing and promoting youth basketball tournaments since 1993, the Heat have been a stable in the organization for the last seven years under head coach Oliver Johnson.
The 2011-12 basketball season isnâ€™t until November, but the Lady Eagles at Hebron Christian School have already been hitting the court.
Head coach William Cotton, who replaced Greg Watkins, says there will be a new philosophy in the minds of the players, a key component that was missing from the a team that lost just five games last season.
â€śIâ€™m trying to establish a new work ethic,â€ť he said. â€śAnd become a little bit of a more high energy and high intensity basketball team. Iâ€™m a pressure coach. I believe you teach kids to apply pressure they can take pressure.â€ť
The unsuspecting rain this week throughout the region put Oak Hillâ€™s summer softball games on hold, but as head coach Marion Bratton explained, it wasnâ€™t the first obstacle they needed to overcome.
The Lady Raiders were all set to play in a league with surrounding teams at the sports complex in Starkville, but after teams pulled out and decided to play close to home, Oak Hill did the same. Working with a few area teams, the group decided to do a home and home series.
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.