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What to look forward to in 2015

January 5, 2015

BY WILL NATIONS
sports@dailytimesleader.com

As 2015 gets under way, it is time to look forward to what the New Year has in store for the West Point sports' community.

Reclassification

The opening of the 2015 fall sports brings in a new era for the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) and the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) with reclassification.

Wave looks to defend title

January 2, 2015

BY WILL NATIONS
sports@dailytimesleader.com

Winning in Mississippi High School Activities Association's (MHSAA) District 2-5A is never an easy task. A team looking to defend its title from the previous season might just have a tall order with a gigantic target on its back.
The West Point Green Wave will attempt to defend its 2013-14 District 2-5A championship, starting on the road against the Saltillo Tigers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Saltillo.

Lady Wave outlasts upset-minded Houston

January 2, 2015

BY WILL NATIONS
sports@dailytimesleader.com

It might be the change in mindset that the West Point Lady Wave needed before beginning its District 2-5A slate against the Saltillo Lady Tigers on Tuesday.
The Lady Wave is starting to learn how to win.
Watching its lead dwindle to 55-50, West Point pieced together a 6-0 run and pulled away for good as it defeated the Houston Lady Toppers, 65-54, in the West Point Holiday Invitational Saturday at West Point High School.

West Point uses 3's to upend Hilltoppers

January 2, 2015

BY WILL NATIONS
sports@dailytimesleader.com

The team and individual performances were, in a word, contagious.
Dason Thomas contributed a game-high 20 points, Ecurb Forest notched 19 and the West Point Green Wave scored 10 3-pointers in a 73-59 win over the Houston Hilltoppers in the West Point Holiday Invitational Saturday at West Point High School.

OHA’s Easterling placekicks as 8th-grader

December 24, 2014

BY WILL NATIONS
sports@dailytimesleader.com

One Oak Hill Raider played six quarters of football on a weekly basis.
From playing in a junior high game on a Thursday to a varsity game on Friday, a 24-hour swing, Grayson Easterling was the Raiders’ placekicker during this past football season. The drastic change from the junior-high level to the high school level was comparable to a step up to the major league.

Wave hosts first holiday tourney

December 24, 2014

BY WILL NATIONS
sports@dailytimesleader.com

It is finally coming to fruition. After discussing the idea for the past three years, the West Point High School basketball teams will host a holiday tournament.
The West Point Holiday Invitational, a four-game event, starts with a match-up between the Shannon Lady Red Raiders and the Columbus Lady Falcons at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at West Point High School. The tournament features three girls’ basketball games through the afternoon and a finale that pits the Green Wave against the Houston Hilltoppers at 6 p.m.

Fosters, football intertwine

December 24, 2014

BY WILL NATIONS
sports@dailytimesleader.com

The football game is complete, the scoreboard is off and the cars, trucks and vans exit the gravel parking lots surrounding Hebron Christian School’s football field. Once all is settled, usually 30 to 45 minutes after the final play and the final whistle, one family is still continuing the football coaching process.
A Friday night is typically a long one for Head Coach David Foster and his family.

Thomas proves QB leader

December 23, 2014

BY WILL NATIONS
sports@dailytimesleader.com

In the past years, the West Point Green Wave had numerous, prolific quarterbacks.
One in the more recent seasons was 2012 West Point High School graduate Tez Lane, who guided the 2011 team to the North State Championship before losing to the Starkville Yellow Jackets in overtime. Another signal caller was Justin Cox, a 2011 graduate of WPHS. Cox led West Point to back-to-back state championships in 2009 and 2010.

Dill, Lady Raiders down Tri-County

December 22, 2014

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Sarah Dill was like a notary. Every moment of the game seemed to have the junior’s seal of approval on it.
Dill scored 27 points, pulled down six rebounds and made two blocks, and the Oak Hill Lady Raiders dispatched the Tri-County Lady Rebels, 46-32, in a District 2-AA game Thursday at Oak Hill Academy in West Point.
“We all knew it was a big game, and we needed to play good,” Dill said. “The first quarter really helped because it gave us confidence to keep pressing. It was a little tough at the end, but we still came out with the win.”

OHA Raiders net second straight

December 22, 2014

BY WILL NATIONS
sports@dailytimesleader.com

The ball might start rolling in the right direction for the Oak Hill Raiders.
After losing three consecutive games and falling below the 500-mark following 11 games, the light at the end of the tunnel might be getting brighter for Oak Hill if the wins continue accumulating.
“We were playing desperate during that three-game losing streak,” Oak Hill senior Drake Riley said. “We practiced harder, put more focus into it, but overall we just played better. I think we are now finding our stride with our best basketball.”

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