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Clawing their way to victory

November 6, 2010

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
The Hernando Tigers (7-5; 4-3) had to beat the West Point Green Wave (10-1; 7-0) on Friday night, in order to get into the playoffs. The Tigers felt good going into the half, trailing 7-0 to the red hot Wave, but hopes of a comeback were crushed by a stellar effort from LaKenderic Thomas in the second half.
West Point finished the night on top 21-14, sending Hernando home with its third district loss.
“They’re a good football team,” said West Point head coach Chris Chambless. “We knew they were going to give us their A-game and their best shot tonight.”

Tigers could not stop Thomas on the ground

November 6, 2010

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
LaKenderic Thomas sure knows how to put the cap on a good season. The senior running back for the West Point Green Wave had a terrific night on the ground, accounting for 262 rushing yards on 26 carries.
Three of those 26 carries made it into the end zone for touchdowns, as he helped lead the Green Wave to a perfect district record in 2010.
“He’s a machine,” Chambless said. “He runs the ball extremely hard, and he has a great attitude. He keeps everybody pumped up and ready to go.”

Oak Hill coach leaving position after three years

November 2, 2010

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
Four years ago, Leroy Gregg was asked to take over the reigns as head coach of the Oak Hill Academy Raiders. For the last three seasons, the 35-year veteran coach has been at the helm of the Raider program, but after Friday night’s season-ending loss to Winston, Gregg announced that he will not return for a fourth season.
“The first week in October, I went to the doctor so I could get some medicine refilled,” Gregg said. “I found out that I’ve sort of let my health slip a little bit. I had some disturbing blood pressure and cholesterol numbers.”

Green Wave look to repeat 2009 season record on Friday

November 2, 2010

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
The West Point Green Wave (9-1; 6-0) football team can smell repeat. If they win on the road, at Hernando, this Friday night, they will have repeated one more aspect from the 2009 season.
Last Friday night’s victory over the Clarksdale Wildcats gave the Green Wave the Region I crown. A win at Hernando will give the Green Wave the exact same regular season record as last year.
West Point will be facing a very good Tigers team, which comes into the game with an overall 7-4 record and a 4-2 district mark.

Lady Raiders rebound to win first game

November 2, 2010

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
The Oak Hill Academy Lady Raiders (1-0) got to shake off the rust on Monday night, playing the first in a series of three games at the Indianola Tournament.
Surviving some first game jitters in the opening half, the Lady Raiders rallied past Marvel Academy 35-25.
“We were too hyped up early,” said Oak Hill head coach Stan Hughey. “We got to missing shots and lost a little confidence.”
The Lady Raiders were shutout completely in the first quarter, leaving the opening period down 4-0 to Marvel.

Oak Hill girls to play at Indianola to start season

November 1, 2010

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
At this moment, the Oak Hill Academy Lady Raiders basketball season is already underway. The start of what should be an exciting season got started on Monday afternoon, as the girls traveled to Indianola Academy for a pre-season tournament.
Today, the Lady Raiders will take on Strider Academy, and they will finish up the tourney on Saturday, against North Delta.
This week’s action is the prelude to what should be an exciting season for the Lady Raiders, who will be traveling to Lamar next Tuesday.

Oak Hill coach says team is excited about season’s start

November 1, 2010

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
Oak Hill boys basketball coach Brian Middleton said on Monday that he has been practicing with four of the 10 players that are on his 2010-2011 roster. When the football season officially ended last Friday night, the other six that will play for him this season wasted no time in getting to the hardwood.
The Raiders were shooting in the gym on Sunday, preparing themselves for their November 9 match at Lamar.
“They are excited,” Middleton said. “We’re going to have 10 good players. It’s going to be fun.”

Going For The Goal

November 1, 2010

On Thursday, the West Point youth soccer league continued its fall season, getting started under cool, clear skies after dark at the West Point Sportsplex. Players look to enjoy a great second half, as the season will continue deep into November.

Wave withstands early push from Clarksdale in 26-17 win

October 30, 2010

By Brandon Walker
Daily Times Leader
For the second straight year, the West Point Green Wave had a chance to clinch the Division 1-5A championship with a win over Clarksdale.
And for the second straight year, that’s exactly what West Point did – but it wasn’t easy.
West Point weathered an early offensive storm and fought back from a halftime deficit to remain perfect in district play with a 26-17 Friday night, clinching a No. 1 seed in the Class 5A playoffs, which start in two weeks.

Oak Hill’s season ends in 41-7 loss to Winston

October 30, 2010

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
The 2010 season came down to Friday night for the Oak Hill Academy Raiders (3-8; 1-2). Coming into the game against Winston (6-4; 3-0), the Raiders were evened up in district play, needing to win by seven points to get into the playoffs.
A great effort against a very physical Patriot club did not transpire into a victory for the Raiders, however, as Winston took the game and the district in a 41-7 victory.
“They just sort of blew us up defensively,” said Oak Hill head coach Leroy Gregg. “They were quicker than us, and stronger than us.”

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