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MAIS takes precautions on concussions

July 24, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

Concussions are a hot topic in the world of sports these days.
The Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) took steps before the start of the 2014-15 sports year with a new concussion information form, which has been handed out to student athletes. The form must be signed by the student athlete and parent or guardian before the student would be able to compete in their respective sports.

Hebron softball program looks for consistent pitching

July 24, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

PHEBA — Hebron Christian School softball coach Cass Tapley knows a thing or two about the commitment needed to become a competitive fast-pitch softball pitcher. His daughter Chloe Tapley was the queen of the pitching circle during her softball career for the Lady Eagles, striking out 1,507 batters.
Tapley in the past two seasons has had the tricky task of replacing such a dominant pitcher. For Tapley, there is not a lack of athletic talent at HCS, but a need for commitment inside the circle and the ability to get the ball across the plate.

Brescher defends title with 5-under round

July 22, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

Eddie Brescher finished strong in the final two rounds of the 40th Mississippi PGA Trustmark Invitational.
After shooting a 2-over 74 in the rain-plagued opening round Friday, the amateur from Hattiesburg played bogey-free golf on the last 36 holes to defend his 2013 title Sunday at Old Waverly Golf Course in West Point. Brescher completed the final round with a 5-under 67 with three birdies on the back nine, defeating two-round leader T.J. Morgan by one stroke —– an 8-under, 208 victory.

West Point trio enjoys summer travel ball

July 18, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com


FCA honors Nester

July 18, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

From his time as a player at Oak Hill Academy and Mississippi College to his stints on the sidelines with various high schools, West Point native Tommy Nester has always found time for Christ in his life.
Tuesday night, the Indianola Academy head coach received the Bill Buckner Influence Award from the Mississippi Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the MAIS Coaching Clinic in Jackson.

Merchant reflects on opportunity

July 17, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

Daniel Merchant could be considered a football program architect.
His first football assistant coaching job helped revitalize Immanuel Christian School’s football team from 2010-12. Starting in the spring of 2012, Merchant was the epicenter of a gridiron renaissance with his first career head coaching position at Oak Hill Academy.

Poplar Springs downs Tibbee

July 15, 2014

DTL staff

TIBBEE — The name of the game was scoring runs.
The Poplar Springs Blues used four runs in the ninth inning, holding off a late Tibbee rally, to claim a 13-8 win in the Tombigbee Waterway Baseball League Sunday at Roundhead Stadium in Tibbee. Despite the loss, the Ramblers still have a chance for a first-place finish in the South Division with a win against the Snowtown Stars Sunday, July 27 at Snowtown.
Zach Scott, the Blues’ starting pitcher, threw eight innings, scattering nine hits and fanning 10 Ramblers. Scott picked up the win.

Finch expected to head West Point softball

July 11, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

On Thursday, Chris Chambless announced to the West Point Rotary Club that Casey Finch, a West Point native, has been selected as the next West Point Lady Wave softball head coach. Pending state teaching certification and West Point School Board approval, Finch would be the fifth head coach in three years for the program.

OHA, Hebron open softball practice

July 10, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

New faces, different games and a brand-new feeling of hope come at the beginning of a season. Both MAIS softball teams in Clay County would like to carry that hope throughout August and September.
Oak Hill and Hebron Christian opened full team practices in preparation for the late July start Monday. Both teams experienced difficult 2013 seasons, but both were confident for improved performance on the diamond this year.

A stroll through the parks: West Point to host Dizzy Dean state tourney

July 7, 2014

By Will Nations
sports@dailytimesleader.com

Reporter’s note: Daily Times Leader’s sports section will take a look at various parks which service the West Point community. West Point’s Jesse W. Harmon Sportsplex is set to host the 2014 Dizzy Dean U-8 South State Tournament, starting Thursday, July 10. The multiple-part series in the DTL Sunday sports section will look at ideas of improvement and also showcase new additions.

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