September 24th, 2011
Entering Friday night's road game at Lake Cormorant, West Point head football coach Chris Chambless stressed one fact to his team over and over this week in practice: It's a new season.
After struggling through a brutal non-district schedule with a 1-3 mark, the two-time defending state champions started their new season with a bang Friday night, opening Division 1-5A play with a convincing 42-14 road win over Lake Cormorant.
Troy D. Criddle
Troy D. Criddle Sr., age 92, passed away, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center of West Point. Troy Dempsey Criddle Sr. was born Jan. 27, 1919, in Chickasaw County, to the late Dollie Staggs and Ell Criddle. Mr. Criddle was a retired burner at B & W for 30 years and a member of West End Baptist Church. He was a member of the V.F.W. and a Veteran of the U. S. Army, having served during WWII. Troy Dempsey. Criddle, Sr. married Dola Francis Thompson on May 13, 1943, in Houston.
James â€śCurryâ€ť Crowson
James â€śCurryâ€ť Crowson, age 89, passed away Sunday Sept. 18, 2011, at Oktibbeha County Hospital.
James Crowson was born July 6, 1922, in Eupora, to the late Arnold Crowson and Monnie Kyle. He attended Hebron Baptist Church and was retired from the State Highway Department. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served in WWII.
Ruby L. Spight-Davidson
Ruby L. Spight-Davidson, age 77, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point.
Funeral services are Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at 11 a.m. from Faith Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ben Yerber officiating. Burial will follow in West Point Memorial Gardens.
Visitation is today, from 4 â€“ 6 p.m. at Carter's Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carter's Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
Randy Walls, age 61, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, in Gainesville, Fla.
Randy Walls was born Dec. 8, 1949, in Monroe County to Mildred Cooper and Elmon A. Walls. He graduated from Mississippi State University with two degrees in Psychology and a degree in Industrial Engineering. He retired from Infinite Energy in Gainesville, Fla.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday Sept. 24, 2011, at First Baptist Church in West Point with Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating.
Coming off another tough loss to regional rivals Noxubee County last week, West Point will get a chance to prove they still have some fight left when they open district play tonight at Lake Cormorant.
West Point were undefeated against district foes in 2010.
In Macon, the Green Wave, who twice before on the night converted on a fourth-down situations, failed to pick up a first down when DeQuinten Spraggins pass was incomplete to Tez Lane.
Down by a pair of runs to potentially tie the ball game, Oak Hill Academy failed to capitalize with the bases loaded and two outs Wednesday afternoon as Hebron Christian was able to hold on to a 5-3 victory.
It was the final regular season game before the postseason for the Lady Eagles who had played their second game in two days and were coming off a tough district loss the night before to Winona. The Lady Raiders, who had won four in a row coming in, had their win streak snapped before senior day on Thursday.
After another two-week layoff on the gridiron, the Hebron Eagles will take the field tonight looking to continue their two game winning streak when they travel to Pearl to take on Class A-4 Park Place.
In their last contest, the Eagles came from behind to pull out a 36-16 victory over Clinton Christian thanks to a three touchdown performance by Taylor Coggins. Head coach Tri Nason said the layoff gave a chance for the Eagles to catch a breather.
Oak Hill Academy is still searching for their first win on the year.
But as the weeks continue, the opponents wonâ€™t get any easier, including Canton Academy.
The 2-3 Panthers have had an inconsistent season. After starting 0-2, they got their first victory over Hillcrest and went toe-to-toe with Winston Academy, arguably the toughest team in the district.
â€śThey gave Winston a run for their money,â€ť Raiders head coach Benjie Merchant said. â€śAthlete wise theyâ€™re like Manchester and they play hard.â€ť
Hebron Christianâ€™s hopes of a district softball title evaporated Tuesday night as Winona Christian scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to earn a 5-3 victory on the road and take first place into the playoffs which start this weekend.
The Lady Eagles (12-7), who already secured their fifth consecutive playoff appearance a week ago, came back from a 2-0 deficit after giving up a pair of runs in the first inning to tie the game and eventually take the lead.
â€śWe just got out played,â€ť Hebron head coach Cass Tapley said.