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 itâ€™s all about repetition.
â€śYour practicing three times a day, an hour and a half to two hours,â€ť he explained. â€śThat includes a lot of drill work, conditioning and lifting weights. They got worked pretty hard.â€ť
With one swing, Mitch Bohon could do some damage.
At 6â€™2 210-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 wonâ€™t have to much of an effect on the team.
â€śWe havenâ€™t had as many practices as we would have liked,â€ť he said. â€śBut I feel pretty good about our team.â€ť
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.
â€śWe closed out the summer with a camp at Jackson Academy and two weeks ago we were at an MSU camp and weâ€™ve been playing a little city leagueâ€ť he said. â€śWeâ€™re going to practice with the junior high a little bit and get the high school in the weight room next week. Weâ€™ve had a busy summer.â€ť
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 wasnâ€™t 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 countryâ€™s 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.
Cohenâ€™s 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.
Dontavious Bennett was like any other kid growing up in West Point; he played football and baseball and hung out with his friends. But even that wasnâ€™t enough to keep him grounded.
â€śHe still had all this energy, always running around wanting to kick me,â€ť his mother Tamika Bennett recalls. â€śHe was full of energy, always busy, so we figured weâ€™re going to put this to use. We met his sensai, Master Nash at a baseball game and asked if he was still doing the school. He said yes, so we told him weâ€™re going to bring our boy down. And heâ€™s been doing it ever since.â€ť
The West Point Advanced 18-U tennis team have been serving nothing but aces all summer.
In five matches this season, West Point is 4-0, dropping only two sets in the first series against Columbus 3-2 in their first meeting of the season.
The other three matches have been shutouts.
â€śWe have a great team of young players,â€ť head coach Julia Ready said. Â â€śThe team works very hard to try to win every game and I think this strategy has helped them to be undefeated so far. They are all very busy with different activities but have managed to fit tennis in.â€ť