September 15th, 2011
James Allen Gallant Jr.
James Allen Gallant Jr., age 74, passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at 2 p.m. from the Marion County Funeral Home. Burial followed in Bethel Church of Christ Cemetery of Vernon Ala., with Military Honors and Masonic Rites.
Marion County Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Two of the regionâ€™s top junior high programs squared of Tuesday night in the battle of the unbeatens, but after four quarters of play, Oak Hill (3-1) were handed their first loss on the year 24-14 to Indianola Academy (4-0).
The Raiders had dominated their opponents all season by a combined score of 104-6 heading into Tuesdayâ€™s game, but after falling behind early, they struggled to catch up despite cutting the deficit to four points in the fourth quarter.
CALHOUN - Hebron pitcher Chloe Tapley reached 1,000 strikeouts for her career on Monday while helping the Lady Eagles secure their fifth consecutive post-season birth in a 12-1 win over Calhoun Academy.
Tapley struck out 13 batters and needed just seven to break the milestone and extend her total to 1,006 in 646 career innings. She has a total of 199 Kâ€™s in 100 innings this season.
A complete feature will be published later this week in the Daily Times Leader.
Anyone who has had a chance to watch Wilma Davis and Nakeisha Walker on the court know they have talent. And this past summer, several of the countryâ€™s top high school players had that same opportunity.
Walker and Davis, now seniors at West Point High School were selected to participate in the USA Junior National basketball tournament in Columbus, Ohio; a showcase of some of the best high school talent on the court where the players get a chance to work one on one with college coaches and get on the radar of some of the nationâ€™s best programs.
Oak Hill continued their winning streak Monday afternoon to three games with a 12-2 victory over Central Academy, a game that saw plenty of hits for the Lady Raiders including a two-run blast over center field by Lauren Hitt for the exclamation point. It was her first home-run of the season.
â€śLauren is capable of hitting those like that, and she did today,â€ť head coach Marion Bratton said. â€śWhen she gets her timing down and sheâ€™s in that certain zone, she can pop it.â€ť
Stanley Mack Smith, 48, passed away, Monday, September 12, 2011, at his home in Aberdeen.
Stanley Mack Smith was born April 6, 1963 in Jackson, Mississippi Arnell Doster Smith and to the late Billy Mack Smith.
He was formerly a Salesman for Budget Rental in West Point and of the Baptist faith.
Funeral services will be Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. from Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with E. Scott
Allen officiating, assisted by Bro. Tyler Higginbotham. Burial will follow in Howell Cemetery in the Athens Community
DECATUR - Hebron Christian School reached the double-digit victory mark last weekend after splitting a two game set at the Kemper Academy/East Miss Community College Tournament.
The Lady Eagles improved to 11-6 on the season with just a handful of games left to play on the schedule.
Chloe Tapley threw her third consecutive no-hitter in Hebronâ€™s 15-0 victory over Russell Christian. Tapley struck out nine batters in just four innings of work.
The Lady Eagles dominated from the opening pitch scoring one, three, two, five and four runs respectively in each of the five innings played.
Truth be told, West Point High Schoolâ€™s football coaching staff and players felt like they left a win on the field in 2010 against arch-rival Starkville, when a litany of miscues, mistakes and turnovers led to a 21-20 Starkville win in West Point.
There would be no mistakes this time.
Avenging its lone defeat of 2010, West Point used a dominating second half effort from its defense and a balanced attack on offense to earn a convincing 33-12 win over visiting Starkville Friday night.
Oak Hill used a three run second inning effort Friday to get their second win in as many games, downing Manchester Academy 5-1 on the softball diamond.
The Lady Raiders moved to 11-9 on the season and despite being out of the playoff hunt, look to close out the year on a high note.
â€śPay backs are nice,â€ť Oak Hill head coach Marion Bratton said. â€śTheyâ€™re a good ball club, but theyâ€™re also young. If we donâ€™t get them now, theyâ€™re going to be hard to get in the future. We have to take advantage of it when it comes.â€ť
Manchester Academy sticking with a run-heavy offense, handed Oak Hill their fourth consecutive loss Friday night, 37-0 in district action.
The visiting Mavericks totaled 268 yards on the night and quickly took control of the game from the opening kickoff and by the end of the first half had a commanding 30-0 lead.
Starting out their own 46 yard line, the visitors needed just two plays to strike first when Jammie Jamison scored the first of his two scores with a 42-yard sprint to give the Mavericks an 8-0 lead after a two-point conversion.