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July 18th, 2014

FCA honors Nester

July 18, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

From his time as a player at Oak Hill Academy and Mississippi College to his stints on the sidelines with various high schools, West Point native Tommy Nester has always found time for Christ in his life.
Tuesday night, the Indianola Academy head coach received the Bill Buckner Influence Award from the Mississippi Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the MAIS Coaching Clinic in Jackson.

July 17th

Merchant reflects on opportunity

July 17, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

Daniel Merchant could be considered a football program architect.
His first football assistant coaching job helped revitalize Immanuel Christian School’s football team from 2010-12. Starting in the spring of 2012, Merchant was the epicenter of a gridiron renaissance with his first career head coaching position at Oak Hill Academy.

July 15th

Poplar Springs downs Tibbee

July 15, 2014

DTL staff

TIBBEE — The name of the game was scoring runs.
The Poplar Springs Blues used four runs in the ninth inning, holding off a late Tibbee rally, to claim a 13-8 win in the Tombigbee Waterway Baseball League Sunday at Roundhead Stadium in Tibbee. Despite the loss, the Ramblers still have a chance for a first-place finish in the South Division with a win against the Snowtown Stars Sunday, July 27 at Snowtown.
Zach Scott, the Blues’ starting pitcher, threw eight innings, scattering nine hits and fanning 10 Ramblers. Scott picked up the win.

July 11th

Finch expected to head West Point softball

July 11, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

On Thursday, Chris Chambless announced to the West Point Rotary Club that Casey Finch, a West Point native, has been selected as the next West Point Lady Wave softball head coach. Pending state teaching certification and West Point School Board approval, Finch would be the fifth head coach in three years for the program.

July 10th

OHA, Hebron open softball practice

July 10, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

New faces, different games and a brand-new feeling of hope come at the beginning of a season. Both MAIS softball teams in Clay County would like to carry that hope throughout August and September.
Oak Hill and Hebron Christian opened full team practices in preparation for the late July start Monday. Both teams experienced difficult 2013 seasons, but both were confident for improved performance on the diamond this year.

July 7th

A stroll through the parks: West Point to host Dizzy Dean state tourney

July 7, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

Reporter’s note: Daily Times Leader’s sports section will take a look at various parks which service the West Point community. West Point’s Jesse W. Harmon Sportsplex is set to host the 2014 Dizzy Dean U-8 South State Tournament, starting Thursday, July 10. The multiple-part series in the DTL Sunday sports section will look at ideas of improvement and also showcase new additions.

July 1st

Willers, Tibbee defeat Sessums

July 1, 2014

DTL staff

TIBBEE — Nathan Willers’ complete game on the mound lifted the Tibbee Ramblers over the Sessums Trojans, 7-3, in a seven-inning, non-league game Sunday at Roundhead Stadium in Tibbee.
Willers scattered four hits in the outing on 82 pitches. Willers struck out three Trojans.
After Sessums’ two-run third inning, the Ramblers’ starter retired 10 in a row before giving up a one-out walk in the seventh. The dominant stretch allowed Tibbee to build a five-run lead before the final frame, 7-2.

June 26th

Stanford brings veteran prowess, championship mentality to OHA

June 26, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

Tony Stanford is not unfamiliar with constructing a championship-caliber team.
Coming to West Point, a town that owns eight state football titles between its two high school football programs, Stanford said he feels right at home and is excited to continue Oak Hill Academy’s recent gridiron success this season.

Good time, good causes

June 26, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

West Point Police Department Sgt. Detective Albert Lee is hosting the third annual City League Charity Softball Tournament 7 p.m. Friday at West Point’s Sportsplex.
Lee said he would like for the community to come out and support the event with a turnout similar to last year’s large crowds. While admission is free, Lee said donations are accepted.
“I want to invite the city and people of West Point to come out and participate in this event,” Lee said. “I anticipate making this an annual event that stays around for a long time.”

June 11th

Coaches, teammates remember Dragoo

June 11, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

There is one characteristic that sticks in the minds of the people in West Point and surrounding Oak Hill Academy. For the past few days, many remember Taylor Dragoo’s smile, which will forever carry his spirit.
Dragoo, 15, was involved in an ATV accident Friday in West Point. He died from injuries suffered in the crash Saturday at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. The news shocked many friends, teammates and coaches.

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