October 27th, 2012
First thingâ€™s first.
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders (6-5; 2-3) had to defeat Immanuel Christian (3-7; 0-5) on Friday night to even have a shot at a playoff berth.
Mark that one off the checklist. The Raiders slid by Immanuel 20-19 on a cold, windy and slightly rainy Friday night.
Next order of business was to keep an eye on the scoreboard from around the state because a wild card berth would have to come at the hands of Winston Academy and Manchester Academy loses to Leake and Canton respectively.
It had to happen exactly how it happened.
Oak Hill Academy (6-5; 2-3) took care of business against Immanuel Christian 20-19.
Leake and Canton both won their games, and that not only secures a winning season for Oak Hill for the first time since 2006, but it puts them in the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
Congratulations to Coach Daniel Merchant, the players and the Oak Hill family. This is a truly great accomplishment.
More on this story in Sunday's paper.
The West Point Green Wave (8-2; 6-0) defeated the Oxford Chargers (9-1; 5-1) on Friday night to capture the District Championship.
Oxford and West Point exchanged blows early with touchdowns, but the Green Wave pulled away with 35 points in the first half. The final was 35-21.
More on this game tomorrow on the website and extended coverage will appear in Sunday's paper.
Tons of molten metal poured from the ladles inside the Severstal Columbus steel plant on Monday. The liquid that was seen pouring from the giant containers would just two hours later become about eight rolls of metal sheets that will be shipped to firms all around the country.
County and city leaders were treated to seeing the day-to-day process of making steel, but more importantly, they were treated to seeing what a large and operational industrial site looks like.
WEST POINT, â€“ The LINK is unveiling the regionâ€™s newest megasite, the Prairie Belt Powersite. The event will be held Tuesday, October 30, at 5:30 pm at The Civic, 130 6th Street, West Point. This event is open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend to support West Point-Clay Countyâ€™s economic development efforts.
Located in West Point, Mississippi, the Powersite is south of Hazelwood road, approximately three miles east of U.S. Highway 45 Alternate. This site is the first master planned, industrial megasite in Clay County.
Sometimes a team has to face the very best early on in order to be ready for greater challenges down the road.
This could be said for the 2012 West Point Green Wave (7-2; 5-0) who will face perhaps their toughest challenge on Friday night when the undefeated Oxford Chargers (9-0; 5-0) come into town.
Itâ€™s not certain if the Chargers will be the best team West Point has faced this year, but Oxford comes to town a district challenger, with the district on the line.
Neither team has lost a district game to date.
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders (5-5; 1-3) have had some kind of a turn-around season in 2012.
The Raiders did not win a single game during the 2011 campaign, but under new leadership the team has rebounded for five regular season wins with one to go.
That one game that is left is perhaps the biggest of the season. If the Raiders win against Immanuel on Friday night, Oak Hill will have done its job in terms of setting itself up for a playoff appearance.
The Golden Triangle Regional Development Authority has hit its first bump in the road, but Clay Countyâ€™s economic development team will not be affected by a delay created at this weekâ€™s Starkville City Council meeting.
â€śEverything in Clay County is on track,â€ť said Joe Max Higgins, CEO of the Columbus-Lowndes Development LINK. Clay County has been in contract with the LINK since the Spring, and Higginsâ€™ team has been working to bring industry into Clay County since then.
Every game is critical at this point in the season.
Friday nightâ€™s district match between the West Point Green Wave (7-2;5-0) and Center Hill was no exception. Playing their fifth straight out of seven consecutive division games to end the season, West Point was looking to improve on a stomping of Saltillo the week before.
The Green Wave did just that, taking care of the Center Hill Mustangs 55-7.
The Oak Hill Academy Raiders (5-5;1-3) have certainly accomplished some of their major goals during the 2012 season.
Having not won a game since 2010, the Raiders got things off to a great start with two consecutive victories to start the year. One of those wins was a district victory against Winston Academy.
On Friday night, the Raiders played their last non-district game against Kirk Academy out of Grenada. Though Oak Hill had its troubles in the middle of the season, they are proving their resilience once again with a second straight win, a 34-14 notch over Kirk.