Size, speed, power and elusiveness are just some of the many attributes East Marion (Columbia) running back Xavier Grindle has used over the past three seasons to catch the attention of college recruiters.
A calendar year of sports teams producing subpar results is something Ole Miss Athletics Director Pete Boone wants to avoid during the 2011-12 campaign.
This past year was definitely one Boone wants to forget and his thoughts about how to improve results in sports like football, basketball and baseball were points of discussion during an informal meeting with the media Thursday morning. (June 17, 2011, Page 6A)
Construction and the improvement to existing athletic facilities were two things Ole Miss Athletics Director Pete Boone took time out to discuss during a nearly hour long meeting with the media on Thursday. A finalized plan on building a new basketball arena to replace C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum is expected to be released later in the summer, Boone said, and the goal is to have the Rebels and Lady Rebels playing in the new building by 2015. (June 17, 2011, Page 7A)
Leadership is a quality that all coaches, at any level and in any sport, hope to get from a few key players each season. It’s an intangible that helps a team define the path to victory as well as deal with the agony of defeat.
The determination to return to the football field as an assistant coach has led to a perfect opportunity and a new challenge for Shane Brown. The former Water Valley assistant and Lafayette High alumnus was hired Monday night to coordinate the defense for the defending Class 2A state champion Lumberton Panthers. (more…) (June 16, 2011, Page 1B)
It’s not often that you find football players who are marking off days on the calendar for the start of two-a-day practices, but Kentrell Lockett isn’t your normal, run-of-the-mill player either. (more…) (June 15, 2011, Page 8)
Two of the most successful players in the history of Water Valley baseball will continue their careers together for another couple of seasons at Northwest Mississippi Community College. (more…) (June 15, 2011, Page 9)
Led by high jumper Ricky Robertson, the Ole Miss men’s track team was able to finish 19th out of 71 programs at the NCAA Outdoor Championships held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Ole Miss totaled 13 points in the meet that was won by Texas A&M with 55 points. (June 13, 2011, Page 6)
MEMPHIS — An autograph request from a young fan on his way to the driving range had to slightly improve the way Vance Veazey was feeling after his first round of play at the FedEx St. Jude Classic on Thursday evening.
The former Ole Miss golfer from Memphis had a disappointing opening round at TPC Southwind course, shooting a 3-over 73, a score that actually made him feel somewhat relieved considering how few birdie chances he had during the day. (June 10, 2011, Page 8A)
MEMPHIS — A virtual unknown on the PGA Tour was the first-round leader Thursday at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. David Mathis, who only has one career win on the tour, entered the tournament held at the TPC at Southwind ranked No. 273 in the world.
On Thursday, Mathis shot by all the big names on tour as he owned the Par-70 course by shooting a personal-best score of 65. Mathis recorded six birdies during his round and had 11 pars on the remaining 12 holes. (June 10, 2011, Page 8A)