November 21st, 2012
It was a hard fought affair the last time Starkville and West Point met in the playoffs.
A fourth quarter drive led by Starkville Quarterback Gabe Myles put out the then two-time defending 5A champions in West Point 20-14.
Last year was not the Waveâ€™s year in the West Point-Starkville rivalry as the Yellow Jackets doubled up on the Green Wave. But in 2012, West Point won the regular season game in Starkville 47-22, and hopes to find redemption this year in the North Half Championship.
The Lady Wave could not get much done Monday night against Kemper County as the Lady Wildcats ran rampant in the West Point gym. West Point was on the wrong side of a twenty point deficit and fell to the Lady Wildcats 53-33.
Juan Davis nailed a clutch corner three at the 3:15 minute mark of the fourth quarter with the game tied 49-49. Davisâ€™s shot sparked a 10-2 scoring stretch allowing the Green Wave to beat Kemper County 63-56 on Monday night.
Oak Hill Academy was unable to keep their undefeated season alive against Starkville Academy in a 39-52 loss against the Volunteers. The Raiders were plagued by bad shooting and many careless turnovers that resulted in easy layups for Starkville. While Oak Hill was resilient in their comeback efforts, the deficit they had fallen into earlier in the game proved to be insurmountable.
The Lady Raiders came close, but were not able to knock their rival Starkville Academy from the top spot in the rankings. In an incredible rally, Oak Hill nearly upset the Lady Volunteers in an electric Monday night game that resulted in a 58-52 loss for the Lady Raiders.
The first half of the competition was frustrating for fans to watch. The Lady Raiders were sturggling from the field and the Lady Vols could not miss. After a lethargic opening half, Oak Hill headed to the locker room trailing 37-17.
It was the second round of the 5-A playoffs, and West Point looked spectacular against the Ridgeland Titans.
Everything was hitting on all cylinders as the Wave controlled all three aspects of the game. Offensively and defensively, West Point looked high-caliber and explosive throughout. Along with the special teams play with contribution in the kicking game from Eric Lemus and a kick-off return touchdown by Aeris Williams.
â€śWe hit on all cylinders, we came out and we were ready,â€ť said Quarterback Tez Lane about the Waveâ€™s offense performance.
Many people have seen Ed Brown playing on Friday night in the green and white, others have spotted him at church, and many know Ed from his involvement in the classroom. Yet where ever you see Ed Brown, everyone that has encountered him sees he has special abilities.
On the field, Ed is playing his final season for West Point and starting at defensive end. He is impressive to watch; he finds himself in the opponentsâ€™ backfield constantly and stirs up trouble for offenses. Brown collected 4 sacks this past Friday night against Ridgeland in the second round playoff game.
County Extension Director Donna Cliett spends many of her waking hours putting food packages together at the West Point Food Pantry inside the old Mary Holmes College gymnasium.
The food assortments are put together by volunteers and are provided monthly to 439 Clay County families who are in need. Thatâ€™s almost 800 people total.
This holiday season the Food Pantry is not just in need of food and donations to keep local families fed, but the institution that has been around for over 15 years needs volunteer labor.
Labaris â€śLBâ€ť Conner is a testament that patience does pay off.
Sitting in his office at West Pointâ€™s Kroger grocery store on Monday, Conner recalled how in 1996 he was given a shot at bagging groceries at his local Kroger in Columbus. Today heâ€™s the head man in charge in West Pointâ€™s store, and besides trying to get the local store into the black budget-wise, Conner has an opportunity to give local teenagers the same shot at a career he got 16 years ago.
â€śI could have 20 people here,â€ť Conner said. â€śI may get three out of those 20, but if I can reach those three, my job is done.â€ť
Mary Rose Lyon
Mary Rose Lyon, age 88, passed away, Saturday, November 17, 2012. at North Mississippi Medical Center, West Point.
Mary Rose Lyon was born July 21, 1924. in Cedar Bluff, to the late Cora Lee Davis Lyon and George Wilbur Lyon. Mary Rose Lyon was a Corporate Secretary for Mitchell Automotive from September 10, 1946, until July, 2010. She was a member of First Baptist Church.