Steady hands and a good eye are key when shooting a bow or rifle.
Saturday, four Clay County natives, Curtis Smith, Heather Wilson, Elizabeth Nolan and Kelsey Blackford, will put their nerves to the test when they take on the best in the state at the 2011 Mississippi 4-H Shooting Sports State Invitational. Smith and Nolan are shooting the compound bow while Blackford shoots recurve and Wilson will fire a
West Point had just two hits in the sixth inning, but four runs was enough cushion to a first round victory in front of their home crowd Thursday night, topping Saltillo 15-12 in the 12U girls Dizzy Dean State Tournament at the Jesse W. Harmon Sports Complex.
"They're a scrappy bunch," head coach Keith Holton said. "If we're going to win, we're going to battle to the end. We don't have that shutdown pitcher that can hold them to one or two runs. Saltillo gave us everything we could handle."
Several players from the West Point High School football team traveled to Scooba last week for a three-day lineman camp hosted by East Mississippi Community College.
The Green Wave have been keeping busy all summer lifting weights and doing drills in preparation for another title defense. Head coach Chris Chambless said itâs all about repetition.
âYour practicing three times a day, an hour and a half to two hours,â he explained. âThat includes a lot of drill work, conditioning and lifting weights. They got worked pretty hard.â
With one swing, Mitch Bohon could do some damage.
At 6â2 210-pounds, the sophomore first baseman followed up his stellar freshman campaign with an even better second year at East Mississippi Community College.
It was enough to have four-year colleges calling, but in the end Bohon this month decided to join William Carey University in Hattiesburg.
A product of Oak Hill Academy, Bohon quickly made a good first impression, batting .311 while leading the EMCC Lions with seven home runs, 12 doubles and 33 RBI.
The 2011 Dixie Youth All-Star tournaments kick-off Thursday for all West Point area teams. The boys and girls look to get a few wins over the next four days, all eying a trip to Southaven for the World Series.
8U girls - Eupora
Although weather has put a damper on a handful of practices for the girls, head coach Ken Wright feels that wonât have to much of an effect on the team.
âWe havenât had as many practices as we would have liked,â he said. âBut I feel pretty good about our team.â
The Oak Hill Academy Lady Raiders have had a productive summer in 2011. Coming off a 27-11 campaign which included a trip to the overall state championships last spring, head coach Stan Hughey and the girls have been going non-stop.
âWe closed out the summer with a camp at Jackson Academy and two weeks ago we were at an MSU camp and weâve been playing a little city leagueâ he said. âWeâre going to practice with the junior high a little bit and get the high school in the weight room next week. Weâve had a busy summer.â
It might seem pretty intimidating for an athlete to compete against hundreds of others in any sport, all trying to win the same championship. For local barrel racer Sara Kate MaIlwain, it wasnât too nerve racking.
McIlwain beat out over 100 riders in her class from across the country at the 10th annual All-American Barrel Race at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center in Jackson last month in one of the countryâs best competitions. Over 600 riders were on hand for the three-day event.
After spearheading the Bulldogs to within a game of the 2011 College World Series, Mississippi State head baseball coach John Cohen received a contract extension Thursday through the 2015 season it was announced by the university.
Cohenâs new four-year contract will included a base salary of $262,500, up from the $250,000 in his previous contract. Officials said will continue to receive a salary supplement from the Bulldog Foundation.