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.
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."
West Point knows coming into the 2011 season they are the best in 5A.
After all, theyâ€™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.
â€śItâ€™s one thing I can never complain about them and thatâ€™s their work ethic,â€ť he said. â€śThey know there is no room for laziness and know that itâ€™s a privilege to play. They work hard everyday and know there is a sacrifice to it. If theyâ€™re going to step on the field, theyâ€™re going to give it 100 percent.â€ť
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."
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."
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.