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July 11th, 2011
The City of West Point smashed a grand slam over the weekend after a successful Dizzy Dean softball tournament.
â€śAnytime we can bring people in our town and spend a little money in our restaurants and hotels and give the community a little enjoyment, itâ€™s always a success,â€ť Parks and Recreation director James Crowley said.
There were a few weather delays over the weekend and the tournament started with just seven teams after one dropped out before Thursday. West Pointâ€™s 12U all-stars were eliminated on Saturday while Bruce took home the championship.
Steady hands and a good eye are key when shooting a bow or rifle.
Saturday, four Clay County natives, Curtis Smith, Heather Wilson, Elizabeth Nolan and Kelsey Blackford, will put their nerves to the test when they take on the best in the state at the 2011 Mississippi 4-H Shooting Sports State Invitational. Smith and Nolan are shooting the compound bow while Blackford shoots recurve and Wilson will fire a
The 10U boys all-stars World Series dreams came to an end Saturday after they fell to Saltillo, 10-3 meanwhile here at home the 12U girls fell to Louisville 19-13.
"We made to many mistakes running the basepads and too many throwing errors," head coach Keith Holton said. The girls found themselves trailing 10-1 in the third inning before mounting a comeback.
The 12U boys were also eliminated after falling to Clinton.
Just four all-star teams representing West Point remain in their respective tournaments heading into day three of the Dizzy Dean finals.
8U boys Nationals
WP 17 - Ackerman 8
West Point had just two hits in the sixth inning, but four runs was enough cushion to a first round victory in front of their home crowd Thursday night, topping Saltillo 15-12 in the 12U girls Dizzy Dean State Tournament at the Jesse W. Harmon Sports Complex.
"They're a scrappy bunch," head coach Keith Holton said. "If we're going to win, we're going to battle to the end. We don't have that shutdown pitcher that can hold them to one or two runs. Saltillo gave us everything we could handle."
Several players from the West Point High School football team traveled to Scooba last week for a three-day lineman camp hosted by East Mississippi Community College.
The Green Wave have been keeping busy all summer lifting weights and doing drills in preparation for another title defense. Head coach Chris Chambless said itâ€™s all about repetition.
â€śYour practicing three times a day, an hour and a half to two hours,â€ť he explained. â€śThat includes a lot of drill work, conditioning and lifting weights. They got worked pretty hard.â€ť
With one swing, Mitch Bohon could do some damage.
At 6â€™2 210-pounds, the sophomore first baseman followed up his stellar freshman campaign with an even better second year at East Mississippi Community College.
It was enough to have four-year colleges calling, but in the end Bohon this month decided to join William Carey University in Hattiesburg.
A product of Oak Hill Academy, Bohon quickly made a good first impression, batting .311 while leading the EMCC Lions with seven home runs, 12 doubles and 33 RBI.
The 2011 Dixie Youth All-Star tournaments kick-off Thursday for all West Point area teams. The boys and girls look to get a few wins over the next four days, all eying a trip to Southaven for the World Series.
8U girls - Eupora
Although weather has put a damper on a handful of practices for the girls, head coach Ken Wright feels that wonâ€™t have to much of an effect on the team.
â€śWe havenâ€™t had as many practices as we would have liked,â€ť he said. â€śBut I feel pretty good about our team.â€ť
The Oak Hill Academy Lady Raiders have had a productive summer in 2011. Coming off a 27-11 campaign which included a trip to the overall state championships last spring, head coach Stan Hughey and the girls have been going non-stop.
â€śWe closed out the summer with a camp at Jackson Academy and two weeks ago we were at an MSU camp and weâ€™ve been playing a little city leagueâ€ť he said. â€śWeâ€™re going to practice with the junior high a little bit and get the high school in the weight room next week. Weâ€™ve had a busy summer.â€ť
It might seem pretty intimidating for an athlete to compete against hundreds of others in any sport, all trying to win the same championship. For local barrel racer Sara Kate MaIlwain, it wasnâ€™t too nerve racking.
McIlwain beat out over 100 riders in her class from across the country at the 10th annual All-American Barrel Race at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center in Jackson last month in one of the countryâ€™s best competitions. Over 600 riders were on hand for the three-day event.