July 28th, 2011
Football may be just a around the corner, but prep softball starts Friday for area teams.
Both Oak Hill Academy and Hebron Christian School softball teams hit the diamond to kick off the 2011-12 season.
Oak Hill had a few speed bumps early in the summer after a summer league they were slated to play in fell through, yet they still managed to play as a unit against several area teams for a home-and-home series. Because of summer camps and other activities head coach Marion Bratton had a hard time getting all the girls together, several of whom have never played under him.
Dozens of future Green Wave turned out this week for a three-day youth football camp hosted by West Point High School.
Athletes, ranging from ages 7 and up, had individual and group sessions with players and coaches from the football program. But it wasnâ€™t all about football.
â€śIt was a great turnout, especially with the youth aged campers,â€ť varsity running backs coach Josh Pulphus said. â€śThey received a lot of instruction about academics, being good role models for other students and trying to stay humble.â€ť
While local high schools strap on the pads and helmets in preparation for another exciting football season, Friday, area kids and parents will lace up the cleats to learn the basics of futbol; you know soccer.
The West Point Soccer Organization and the West Point Parks and Recreation Department have teamed together to provide a free Coerver Coaching skills clinic starting at 10am near the main office for the parks and recreation department.
Oak Hill Academy head football coach Benjie Merchant is getting excited about his first season with the Raiders. Despite the heat during the first week of practice, the players he said, have adjusted well.
â€śCanâ€™t be more pleased with them,â€ť Merchant said. â€śTheyâ€™ve done everything weâ€™ve asked all through the summer up until now.â€ť
The Raiders have been working out twice a day, with a morning workout before putting on the helmets for an hour and half session in the afternoon. Temperatures this week have been in the mid to upper 90â€™s,
The Hebron Christian Eagles got fall camp underway Monday evening under first year head coach Tri Nason.
Nason, who was promoted to head coach after being an assistant in 2010, said because of the size of the roster right now it may look like the Eagles will have to drop down to eight man football.
"The first day went pretty good," he said. "But we're counting on going to eight-man this season. Practice did look good the first day."
Kathleen Stephenson Hartin
Kathleen Stephenson Hartin, age 87, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Dugan Memorial Home.
Kathleen Stephenson Hartin was born June 4, 1924, in Charleston, W.V., to the late Gladys Rice and Joseph Stephenson. She served in the U.S. Navy in the Waves corp. during WWII. She loved Bowling and golf.
Graveside services are today, Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 10 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, with Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating.
She is survived by her sister in-law and brother-in-law, Ann and Buck Harmon.
Shelby Jean Burges
Shelby Jean Burges, age 73, passed away, Saturday, July 23, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center, in Tupelo.
Shelby Jean Burges was born March 15, 1938, in Pine Bluff, Miss., to the late Maudie Marie Vaughn and Raymond Forrester She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. Shelby Jean Burges was married to Hubert Eugene Burges, who preceded her on January 31, 1986.
Prentice O. McKibben Sr.
Prentice O. McKibben Sr., age 91, passed away, Sunday, July 24, 2011, at his home, in West Point.
Prentice Owen McKibben Sr. was born Sept. 21, 1919, in Vardaman, Miss., to the late Edna Griffin and Ernest McKibben. He was a new automobile salesman from 1955 until 1990 for Bishop Chevrolet and Larry White Chevrolet and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Army having served during WWII. Prentice Owen McKibben, Sr. married Mabel E. Higgins McKibben March 1, 1947, in Hernando, Miss., she preceded him in death March 27, 2002.
James D. "Jay" Brantley
James D. "Jay" Brantley, age 65, passed away, Saturday, July 23, 2011, at the University of Alabama Medical Center, in Birmingham.
James David Brantley was born June 10, 1946, in Kosciusko, Miss., to the late Cora Faye Cupit and J. B. Brantley. He was a truck driver for Bryan Foods for 37 years. James D. "Jay" Brantley
was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. James D. "Jay" Brantley married Beth Elaine Millsaps Brantley July 23, 1967, at Calvary Baptist Church in West Point. He had attended Mississippi State University and Holmes Junior College.
When the Hebron Lady Eagles take the softball field this fall, there might be a few unfamiliar faces.
Just four varsity players return from 2010 to a team filled with seventh and eighth graders who last year shined on the junior varsity squad.
Although the girls had a quiet summer as a unit, head coach Cass Tapley said they have been busy with playing summer ball on travel teams.