KOSCIUSKO — A dive, a drive and an outstanding individual effort on the mound proved to be the winning formula for the Lafayette Commodores to earn a 2-1 win over Kosciusko in the decisive game of a best-of-three Class 4A playoff series on Saturday.
LHS (22-5 overall) was able to advance to a second round matchup with North Pontotoc by holding off the Whippets when it mattered most. After LHS opened the series with an 11-3 win at home on Friday night, Kosciusko defeated the Commodores 9-4 in the second game to force the winner-take-all third game.
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Led by outstanding individual efforts from Sam Kendricks, Justin Fondren and Kristen Dickerson, the Oxford boys and girls track teams easily won the Division 2-5A meet at Oxford’s Bobby Holcomb Field on Saturday.
The Chargers totaled 150 points, 112 more than second-place finisher West Point. New Hope was third in the boys meet with 31 points, while Saltillo finished fourth with 23. The Lady Chargers finished with 133 points, more than double second-place finisher New Hope with 66. Saltillo was third with 24, while West Point was fourth with 16. (April 25, 2011, Page 1B)
COLUMN: A smile had to have broken across Richy Harrelson’s face when he heard the news that the Lafayette Commodores defeated the Kosciusko Whippets 2-1 in the decisive game of a best-of-three Class 4A playoff series on Saturday. (more…) (April 25, 2011, Page 2B)
BLOG: Paced by a potent offensive attack, the Lafayette Commodores took game one of their best-of-three series with Kosciukso on Friday night. (more…) (April 23, 2011)
Lafayette’s goal to reach Jackson and play in the MHSAA’s Class 4A state tournament begins tonight with a first-round, best-of-three series against Kosciusko at W.V. Brewer Field. First pitch is set for 7 tonight for the Commodores (20-4) and the Whippets (13-12), who finished as the No. 3 seed out of Division 4. (April 22, 2011, Page 6A)
Ole Miss picked up its first building block for the 2012 football signing class on Thursday with a verbal commitment from Memphis University School offensive lineman Ben Still. (April 22, 2011, Page 6A)
Six members of the Lafayette tennis team won two matches at the Division 2-4A Tournament to advance to MHSAA individual state tournament this week. The No. 1 boys doubles team of Hunter Knight and Jacob Roberts made the list as did the No. 1 girls doubles team of Lauren Cullen and Ashley Smith. Also advancing were the mixed doubles team of Mallory Davis and Barron Pruitt. The state tournament will be held May 9-10 in Jackson. (April 22, 2011, Page 7A)
Tennis has been more than a sport for Oxford High’s Zach Wilder, it’s been a way of life since he can remember. As the son of a successful collegiate tennis player who has competed against some of the best players in the region and been cradled by some top instructors over the years, tennis has helped define Wilder’s past, present and future. (more…) (April 21, 2011, Page 6)
Oxford coach Drew Tyler knows a Most Valuable Player candidate when he sees one. After having 13 consecutive players who have won the EAGLE’s top boys basketball award over the years, Tyler has gained a great perspective as to what an individual has to do to obtain such recognition.
For 6-foot-2 OHS junior guard Justin Fondren, the recipe for success that ultimately allowed him to earn the 2011 EAGLE Player of Year award was his ability to do everything well. As Tyler explains it, Fondren is his best athlete, his best basketball player and best student all rolled into one. (April 20, 2011, Page 1B)
Bittersweet was the only way to describe the feeling Oxford coach Chris Baughman had following Tuesday night’s Region 2-5A finale against West Point at Edwin Moak Field. For the second time in less than a week, the Chargers lost a region game on their home field by making errors and not executing like they had most of the season.
The end result was a 10-7 setback to the Green Wave, a team they beat two other times this year, and a final mark of 5-4 in the region.
Despite the loss, there was one positive gained for the loss, OHS still secured the region regular season title and the coveted No. 1 seed in the upcoming Class 5A playoffs thanks to New Hope’s 16-2 loss to Saltillo. Oxford (13-9 overall) will be idle this weekend in the playoffs because of the bye, but is still searching for a way to fully break out of the mini funk that has set in the final few games. (April 20, 2011, Page 1B)