Lafayette Athletics Director Jeff Nelson knew his new tennis coach, Debbie Swindoll, was a special athlete and intense competitor when he first came in contact with her at a middle school basketball tournament in Pope.
As Nelson prepared to help lead Lafayette’s middle school team to a victory, he saw Swindoll show her skills as a member of Winona’s team and he marveled at how hard Swindoll played the game. It was that drive to be the best coupled with an extensive knowledge in tennis that separated Swindoll from the rest of potential candidates in his search to replace former coach Marty Pearson. It’s also why he was so pleased that his recommendation to hire Swindoll was approved by the Lafayette School Board Tuesday night. (July 7, 2010, Page 6)
Ole Miss’ depth at the wide receiver position took a hit Tuesday night when sophomore wideout Patrick Patterson was released from scholarship by coach Houston Nutt for “violation of team rules.” (July 7, 2010, Page 6)
Chris Vaughn’s importance to the Ole Miss football program and coach Houston Nutt was highlighted again over the weekend with three verbal commitments from the state of Florida for the 2011 signing class.
Vaughn, the Rebels’ recruiting coordinator and a native of Tallahassee, Fla., has been able to secure the commitments from a bevy of Florida standouts since he arrived from Arkansas in Nov. 2007. Many of those players are defensive backs, the position Vaughn coaches alongside Kim Dameron, and that trend continued Sunday with two commitments from defensive backs.
Ole Miss’ verbal commitment list increased to seven on Sunday when Gerrod Holliman, Andrew Johnson and Serderius Bryant all picked the Rebels. Holliman and Johnson are teammates at Miami’s Southridge High School, while Bryant attends Sanford’s Seminole High. (more…) (July 6, 2010, Page 6A)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Oxford has been a town known for a lot of different things over the years. It’s a football town in the fall, a baseball town in the spring and a very slow town in the middle of the summer. But one thing that Oxford is throughout the year is a tennis town. (more…)
(June 26, 2010)
Oxford has been a town known for a lot of different things over the years. It’s a football town in the fall, a baseball town in the spring and a very slow town in the middle of the summer. But one thing that Oxford is throughout the year is a tennis town. (June 25, 2010, Page 7A)
Terrico White’s gamble to leave Ole Miss early and become an first-round selection in the 2010 NBA Draft didn’t go as planned Thursday night. Instead of being taken in the first round, the Memphis native was taken by the Detroit Pistons in the second round as the 36th overall pick. (June 25, 2010, Page 6A)
The final chapter in Stormy Robison’s prep softball career has turned out to be another stepping stone for the ever improving Lafayette Lady Commodore softball program.
After spending two seasons at South Panola, Robison returned to LHS this past season to finish out her stellar career at the place she has always felt very comfortable at.
While Robison wasn’t ultimately able to push LHS to even greater heights in the Class 4A playoffs, her leadership qualities and strong work ethic definitely made an impression on a young LHS team that is expected to be strong over the next few years.
Robison said she really enjoyed her time with her teammates this year and added that she never felt any pressure from them to help them win a state title like she helped the Lady Tigers do in 2008. (June 24, 2010, Page 1B)
When the 2011 baseball season gets underway next spring, it won’t be surprising if Water Valley Blue Devils head coach Doug Robbins has to make two lineup cards at the season opener. While standout shortstop/pitcher Josh Johnson will be in Senatobia playing for the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers, having his name in the lineup won’t be easy thing for Robbins to erase.
Johnson has been a regular in the Blue Devils’ starting nine since he was in middle school and the impact he’s made in the program, starting with the 2006 season, has been huge. (June 23, 2010, Page 1B)
A drive to expand the existing John Leslie Tennis Courts into a one-of-a-kind tennis facility continued Tuesday night with a town hall meeting at the Oxford Conference Center.
Oxford’s vibrant tennis community turned out in force as approximately 200 people watched a video presentation narrated by Oxford Park Commission Executive Director Rob Boyd and supported by a handful of the tennis improvement committee members that have been working on the project for the past eight months. The informational meeting, which included a short question and answer period after the presentation, outlined the master plan of the tennis court expansion to the public for the first time. (June 23, 2010, Page 2B)
Six years of hard work and steady building of the athletic program through the hiring of good coaches who developed athletes in the proper manner have paid off for Lafayette High School.
Lafayette won its first Mississippi High School Activities Association All-Sports Award Sunday. The award is given annually in recognition for an outstanding and balanced sports program. LHS garnered 305 points to capture the Class 4A crown, 15 points more than second-place finisher Pontotoc. Points are awarded for teams that make the MHSAA playoffs, while teams that win championships earn 30 total points. Lafayette’s boys powerlifters totaled 30 points thanks to its state title earlier this year. Teams that finished in second place, such as the football and girls basketball teams, each totaled 24 points. Lafayette made the playoffs in every sport but boys basketball and boys soccer this past season with volleyball, football, girls basketball, girls soccer, both powerlifting teams, both cross country teams, bowling and both track teams competing for team or individual titles in Jackson at various MHSAA state championship events. (June 22, 2010, Page 6)