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Oak Hill handed first loss of the season

August 5, 2011

RBI singles by Anna Lummus and Kim Kelly weren't enough to keep Winston from handing Oak Hill their first loss of the year Thursday, 3-2 to open district play.

The loss snaps a three game winning streak for the Lady Raiders to start the season.

Winston opened up the scoring early, scoring three runs, two unearned on starting Oak Hill pitcher Maime Allen. Allen gave up just two hits and struck out four batters in her first loss of the season. She also walked four.

The Lady Raiders responded with a a pair of RBI singles by Lummus and Kelly in the third and fourth inning.

Raiders showing progression in fall practices

August 4, 2011

Oak Hill has been in fall practice a little over a week and head coach Benjie Merchant has already seen some growth with his new team.

"We're progressing, it's slow but we're getting there," he said. "We're having to change the mentality a little bit and get them used to the heat and get them used to hitting and tackling. That would be our short fall right now, so we've been hitting that hard in practice."

Green Wave prepping for 2011, beating the heat

August 4, 2011

West Point knows coming into the 2011 season they are the best in 5A.
After all, they’ve won the last two state championships. So how do they stay motivated to win another?

Head coach Chris Chambless says his guys knows what is expected of them.

“It’s one thing I can never complain about them and that’s their work ethic,” he said. “They know there is no room for laziness and know that it’s a privilege to play. They work hard everyday and know there is a sacrifice to it. If they’re going to step on the field, they’re going to give it 100 percent.”

Oak Hill wins three in a row

August 3, 2011

BRUCE - There is no stopping the Lady Raiders. Oak Hill pounded out 12 hit's Tuesday night on their way to a season-best 19-5 win over Calhoun Academy. It was the third straight win to start the season

Sophomore Maegen Ellis kept opposing hitters off balance all night throwing a no-hitter while striking out seven and giving up just one walk.

"She threw great game overall," head coach Marion Bratton said. "She started off a little bit rough in the first inning, she just couldn't find the plate."

Hebron moving to 8-man in 2011

August 2, 2011

Last Spring, Hebron Christian School was preparing for an 11-man football season.

Now the Eagles will be forced to drop down and play eight-man. With just 11 players on the roster, Hebron made the call last Thursday and informed MAIS officials they were playing 8-man this fall, something they haven't done in years.

Head coach Tri Nason, said enrollment is not an issue.

"We just don't have the manpower, " he said. "We have the guys in school to play, they are just not playing."

Oak Hill tops Starkville Academy, 4-1

August 2, 2011

Mamie Allen didn't have the stuff she displayed in Oak Hill's season opening win over Heritage Academy last Friday, but then again, she really didn't need it.

Oak Hill rallied for three runs in the third inning Monday night to pick up their second consecutive win over an MAIS Class AAA school after defeating Starkville (1-3) Academy 4-1.

"It was an ugly win," head coach Marion Bratton said. "But we made some plays when we had to. Our selection on some of our choices for outs wasn't quite what we practiced."

Lady Raiders pound Heritage 6-1 in MAIS opener

August 1, 2011

Oak Hill Academy's Mamie Allen kept the bats quiet all day Friday as the Lady Raiders opened the 2011 season with a 6-1 victory over Heritage.

Allen gave up two hits in six strong innings while Meagan Ellis had a pair of three baggers and a RBI to power past the AAA Lady Patriots .

Hebron softball goes 3-1 to start the season

August 1, 2011

Hebron Christian School kicked off the 2011 season with a loss, but quickly got their first game jitters out of the way this past weekend after going 3-1 in the season-opening tournament in Senatobia.

After losing to host Magnolia Heights 5-4, the Lady Eagles rebounded with a 9-0 win over Kirk Academy Friday, followed by a pair of victories over North Delta and Lee Academy (Ark.).

"I think some first game nerves got to us a little and gave them a few runs but I thought we did OK for our first game as a young team," head coach Cass Tapley said.

World-wide clinic helps spread soccer in West Point

July 29, 2011

Dozens of West Point kids laced up their soccer cleats and strapped up their shin pads Friday morning to learn the world's most popular game.

Kids ranging from ages 4-18 participated in the roughly two-hour coaching clinic, hosted by world renown Coerver (Co-Ver) Coaching, at the old fair grounds by the central office for Parks and Recreation. Broken up into groups, the players were taught basic dribbling and controlling skills.

Organizer and president of the West Point Soccer Organization, Thomas Easterling said he was very happy with the turnout despite a little rain in the area.

Oak Hill, Hebron hit the diamond on Friday

July 28, 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.

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