The best writer in Hollywood couldn’t have penned a better script or a more appropriate ending to how the Oxford Lady Chargers finished out the 2010 MHSAA Class 5A state meet at Pearl High Friday evening.
After years of doing well and consistently finishing in the top five of the team championships, the Lady Chargers finally broke through to win the school’s first team title. Oxford won Friday’s 5A title by totaling 89 points, the most ever in a state meet, and the Lady Chargers did it with a strong showing in field events as well as an inspirational finish in the 4×400 meter relay. (May 17, 2010, Page 1B)
On a day where Pearl proved to be too much for any team in the field to defeat as state champions, three individual state titles and a balanced effort that garnered 70 total points and a second-place finish was what the Chargers had to hang their hat on. (May 17, 2010, Page 2B)
If there was ever a time for senior pitcher Shanquayle Jenkins to record his best outing of the season, it was in Saturday’s must-win Class 3A North Half playoff game against Booneville.
Jenkins logged a complete-game effort in Water Valley’s 8-1 win over the visiting Blue Devils, who will now host the deciding third game of the series tonight at 6 at Harold T. White Field. (May 17, 2010, Page 3B)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — An inspirational finish in the 4×400 meter relay cemented the Oxford Lady Chargers’ first state track championship Friday at the Class 5A meet at Pearl High School. (more…) (May 15, 2010)
Water Valley’s Montez Clark and Justin McCammon could be the top two finishers in the shot put at today’s Class 3A state meet in Pearl. Clark finished first in the Region 2-3A meet and recently won the 3A North Half title. Clark, meanwhile, has finished second to McCammon in both events, while the scores of both should allow them to finish up the near the top in today’s meet. (more…) (May 14, 2010)
A successful spring for the Lafayette Commodores, one that allowed coach Anthony Hart and his staff to answer some questions about next year’s team, came to an end last night with live action at William L. Buford Stadium. (May 14, 2010, Page 7A)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Don Hinton will be the new Executive Director for the Mississippi High School Activities Association or MHSAA after being named to his new position on Wednesday. Why that’s important for people to know here in Oxford is because he will be the man that makes decisions on how high school sports are played over the next five to 10 years. (more…) (May 13, 2010)
Early exposure to track meets and parents with strong track backgrounds, coupled with natural talent, have really proved to be a winning formula for Oxford High track athletes Erika Sisk and Kristen Dickerson this season.
Sisk and Dickerson have played big parts in the success the Lady Chargers have achieved throughout the year and they are two of the main reasons why the team has a chance of capturing the school’s first girls track title on Friday at the MHSAA Class 5A meet in Pearl. (May 13, 2010, Page 1B)
If everything pans out as many think, then this week’s Class 3A North Half baseball championship series between the Water Valley Blue Devils and Booneville should be a good one.
The two evenly matched teams will square off against one another starting Thursday at 6 p.m. in Booneville. The winner of the best-of-three series will then represent the North in the MHSAA’s 3A title series against either perennial power Sumrall or Forest, who will battle for the South Half title on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. (May 12, 2010, Page 8)
The search for Bradley Roberson’s replacement as Oxford High baseball coach accelerated over the last few days. The job was officially posted on the school’s website, Oxford.k12.ms.us, on Thursday while a survey is available for the public to fill out on what characteristics and qualities they think the new OHS baseball coach should possess. (May 12, 2010, Page 9)