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Oak Hill battling summer on the diamond

June 22, 2011

The unsuspecting rain this week throughout the region put Oak Hill’s summer softball games on hold, but as head coach Marion Bratton explained, it wasn’t the first obstacle they needed to overcome.
The Lady Raiders were all set to play in a league with surrounding teams at the sports complex in Starkville, but after teams pulled out and decided to play close to home, Oak Hill did the same. Working with a few area teams, the group decided to do a home and home series.

Southern Amateur Qualifier Wednesday at Old Waverly

June 21, 2011

Several of the state's top amateur players will once again tackle Old Waverly Golf Course Wednesday eying a spot in the Southern Golf Association Southern Amateur championship next month in Palm Harbor, Florida.

The 24-man field has players from all-across the region including Texas, Alabama and Georgia. The top three leaders after the one day event will qualify for the championship.

West Point set to host Dizzy Dean softball tourney

June 20, 2011

Preparations are underway here in West Point as the town gets ready to host a 2011 Dizzy Dean state softball tournament in July.

The eight-team field, representing Fulton, Bruce, Mathison, Louisville, Aberdeen, Eupora and Saltillo, starts July at the Jesse W. Harmon Sports Complex. The winner will advance to the 2011 World Series held at Green Book Park in Southaven.

Preparations are underway for all the necessities needed to host a tournament of this size including field preparation, event staffing for concessions and tickets and umpires.

Girls rock out in annual summer cheerleading camp

June 20, 2011

Friends and family packed the West Point High School gymnasium Friday afternoon as over 300 cheerleaders performed various dance routines and cheers at the West Point Junior Cheerleaders summer day camp.

In all roughly 320 girls from grades K-3 to 6 worked one-on-one with several of the junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders throughout the week all in preparation to perform in front of a large crowd.

It was obvious how hard they worked judging by the enormous round of
applause.

Green Wave football back to basics

June 16, 2011

Over a dozen West Point High School football players got in a few extra reps this week when they attended the second annual NFL High School Player Developmental Camp held at Itawamba Community College in Fulton.

The Green Wave, mostly freshmen and sophomores, got a chance to showcase their skills in front of area coaches and players over the four-day camp hosted by the ICC football staff. But it wasn’t all just about football.

Hebron gearing up for new seasons

June 15, 2011

Despite some changes in coaching personnel, Hebron Christian School’s athletic department is keeping busy this summer.

New Athletic Director, and assistant girl’s basketball coach Gary Vaughan says he’s excited about the new season and the promise the team has shown under new head coach and headmaster William Cotton.

“We just came back from a camp at Washington School, (Greenville), and we were able to win the tournament on the last day of the camp,” he said. “We’re very proud of that. The girls have come a long way.”

Vaughan is excited about 6’2 senior Tori Nichols.

Green Wave split weekend bill on the diamond

June 13, 2011

West Point High School was in summer baseball action last Saturday as the number one team split a two game set, falling 9-0 to Hernando before topping Heritage Academy 8-4.

“We didn’t play that well in the first game, just real flat” coach Blake Hutchison said. He said offensively, although the boys were shut out, they did hit the ball hard.

Twice the Green Wave had the bases loaded but failed to make the most of situation.

“We hit a a lot of balls hard,”Hutchison said. “If we could have gotten a few to drop it might have changed the outcome of the game."

Ace in the hole

June 13, 2011

Wilkes Bryan admits he was pretty nervous about playing in last week’s Mississippi State Amateur golf championship at Old Waverly.

“The last time I played was 17 years ago when my friend Clay Homan won it,” Bryan said. That was Homan’s first championship.

Bryan shot a +32 in the championships and finished 59 in the 62 man field but it was his performance on Friday that turned heads.

After shooting an 84 on the first day, Bryan was sitting at +13 after the first nine holes with just one birdie and a pair of bogeys.

Coming back home, Weems hits the links at State Am

June 12, 2011

Randall Weems closed out the final day of the 96th Mississippi State Amateur Championship Sunday the same way he started.

The West Point native shot a +5, 77 at Old Waverly Golf Club to finish +20 in the four-day event and 30th overall.

Thursday, Weems shot a 77 and his +9, 76 on Friday was enough to make the cut.

Another native, Wilkes Bryan shot an 84 to close out the tournament. He shot a hole-in-one on number 12 on day two. Ryan Ratcliff also aced the 190 yard, number 17.

Green Wave baseball split summer series

June 10, 2011

West Point High School’s baseball program continued their summer league Thursday night at the high school with both teams in action.
Team one swung the bats well in what assistant coach Blake Hutchison called the best they’ve played all summer after sweeping Columbus 6-4 and 10-2.
“We didn’t hit the ball particular well in game one,” Hutchison said. “But we had solid pitching and good defense.”

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