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Raiders coach: Zero turnovers key to game against Lamar

September 28, 2010

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
Two weeks ago, the Oak Hill Academy Raiders (2-4; 1-0) played a nearly perfect game on offense, not turning the ball over once against Hebron’s defense.
Last week, they were at home against Carroll, but they had a few mistakes, as turnovers proved costly in a close win.
This week, Oak Hill head coach Leroy Gregg says that the team will have to go back to the same type of play they saw at Hebron, in order to be successful against Lamar.
“We’re not going to be able to turn the ball over,” Gregg said. “We have got to hold on to that football on offense.”

Raiders head to state to play Silliman on Saturday morning

September 28, 2010

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
The Oak Hill Academy Lady Raiders have battled injuries in the last few weeks, but that did not stop them from toughing out a win against North Delta, which secured their placed in the state tournament for the second time in four years.
Mamie Allen, who has been battling the biggest injury for Oak Hill, pitched her team into the state tournament in that 7-3 win against North Delta.
“We played really well against North Delta,” said Oak Hill head coach Marion Bratton. “We looked like an entirely different ball club defensively.”

Hebron shocks Bayou with 1-0 win

September 27, 2010

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
Hebron shocked the world on Saturday.
At the very least, the Lady Eagles shocked the world of Class A softball. Not only did they earn their first-ever berth to the Class A State Tournament, they defeated the Bayou Academy Lady Colts, something no team has been able to do in North Half Tournament play in five years.
They defeated the Lady Colts 1-0, after tearing through Delta’s pitching for a 10-0 win to start the day.

Despite loss to Canton, Oak Hill girls move on to state championship

September 27, 2010

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
One win, a 7-3 beating of North Delta, secured the Oak Hill Academy Lady Raiders’ spot in the state tournament.
With six teams (Oak Hill, Leake Academy, Carroll Academy, North Delta Academy and Canton Academy) playing in the Louisville event, the North State Tournament was full of great contests.
Oak Hill played three games on Saturday, losing the first to Kirk 9-0. They followed that with the only win of the afternoon for the Lady Raiders, the 7-3 victory. That would be followed by an 8-1 defeat to Canton.

Behind defense, Wave dominates at Indianola

September 25, 2010

By Brandon Walker
Daily Times Leader
It took West Point’s football team nearly three hours to get to Indianola for Friday night’s district opener against Gentry.
It took the West Point defense less than three minutes to take control of the game.
West Point forced Gentry to lose 13 yards on its first offensive possession and then tackled GHS punter Rufus Warren at his own 15-yard line, giving the Wave offense great field position and setting in motion a dominant performance in a 34-8 win.

Despite rough start, the Raiders never gave up

September 25, 2010

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
Two weeks ago, the Oak Hill Academy Raiders were staring down a long tunnel, hoping to see some sort of light. The 0-4 record in the standings was not half as bad as walking off the field after a 61-6 loss to Leake.
They had turned the ball over four times, resulting in four scores. The roster, already small, was dwindling due to injuries. Then a little over a week ago, there came that light.

Oak Hill out-guns Rebels in 45-41 win

September 25, 2010

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
At times it was ugly.
The first half of Friday night’s conference battle between the Oak Hill Academy Raiders (2-4; 1-0) and the Carroll Academy Rebels (2-3; 0-1), at times, looked like a wild west shootout.
The two teams exchanged fire and they exchanged touchdowns. At the end of the third quarter, it looked like a sure win for the Raiders, but by the middle of the fourth, the Rebels shot their way back into the fray.
It went down to the wire, but Oak Hill finally won its second game of the season, a 45-41 victory over the Rebels.

Tapleys to take the field together for the last time during the upcoming playoffs

September 24, 2010

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
Sometime in the next two weeks, Magen Tapley is going to walk off the softball field for the final time as a Hebron Christian Lady Eagle.
She is one of seven seniors who will be leaving the team this year. For Magen Tapley, the trip off the diamond might be a little more emotional. There may be a few extra tears when she looks back on the opportunity she’s had.
A middle infielder, Magen has had the chance to not only play behind her sister, Chloe, who is Hebron’s starting pitcher, but she has learned a lot of what she knows about softball from her father.

Green Wave head to the Delta to face Indianola-Gentry tonight

September 24, 2010

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
The Green Wave of West Point High School will be getting their first taste of Delta football tonight, as they travel about two and a half hours down Highway 82 to Indianola.
There they will go head-to-head with the Indianola-Gentry Rams.
Like the Green Wave, Gentry has played four games in the first five weeks of the season, enjoying a bye week last Friday night.

Raiders looking to keep streak alive

September 24, 2010

By Bryan Davis
Sports Editor
Things are looking up for the Oak Hill Academy Raiders (1-4). For the first time this season, the team that started the year with 17 players on its roster, will be going into a game with a win under its belt.
This game, which features Carroll Academy (2-2) here in West Point will be the Raiders’ first look at conference play in 2010.
Carroll has had a good offense at times this season, but they have struggled defensively. This could prove to be a difference maker when it comes to tonight’s game.

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