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June 28th, 2011

West Point’s advanced 18-U tennis team serving up victories

June 28, 2011

The West Point Advanced 18-U tennis team have been serving nothing but aces all summer.

In five matches this season, West Point is 4-0, dropping only two sets in the first series against Columbus 3-2 in their first meeting of the season.

The other three matches have been shutouts.

“We have a great team of young players,” head coach Julia Ready said.  “The team works very hard to try to win every game and I think this strategy has helped them to be undefeated so far. They are all very busy with different activities but have managed to fit tennis in.”

June 27th

Green Wave basketball ready for Fall campaign

June 27, 2011

The West Point High School boys basketball team wrapped up another solid camp last week at Itawamba Community College.

With three teams in the field, the Green Wave had plenty of chances to showcase their talents on the floor against some of the top teams in the region including Okolona, Tupelo, Hamilton and Shannon.

June 24th

Local athletes take advantage of free physicals

June 24, 2011

West Point athletes took a break from summer workouts Friday afternoon to take advantage of a free physical at the West Point Wellness Center.

Medical students from William Carey University in Hattiesburg donated their time to make the trip to West Point and offer the service.

"This is the first time we've ever done anything like this," said Ned Miller, a West Point native and one of 18 students on hand. "It's a way for us to get the experience and serve the community."

Mississippi Heat scorching the competition

June 24, 2011

It’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.

June 23rd

Hebron soaring to new heights in 2011-12

June 23, 2011

The 2011-12 basketball season isn’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.

“I’m trying to establish a new work ethic,” he said. “And become a little bit of a more high energy and high intensity basketball team. I’m a pressure coach. I believe you teach kids to apply pressure they can take pressure.”

June 22nd

Oak Hill battling summer on the diamond

June 22, 2011

The unsuspecting rain this week throughout the region put Oak Hill’s summer softball games on hold, but as head coach Marion Bratton explained, it wasn’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.

June 21st

Southern Amateur Qualifier Wednesday at Old Waverly

June 21, 2011

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.

June 20th

West Point set to host Dizzy Dean softball tourney

June 20, 2011

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.

Girls rock out in annual summer cheerleading camp

June 20, 2011

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
applause.

June 16th

Green Wave football back to basics

June 16, 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 wasn’t all just about football.

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