SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — The Ole Miss basketball teams are getting into the spirt of Christmas and the upcoming New Year as well as trying to increase attendance at games over next month with the introduction of some special offers. (more…) (December 10, 2010)
Senior quarterback Guy Cameron Billups was named Player of the Year after throwing for 2,915 yards and 33 touchdowns for the 9-4 Chargers. Billups ranked second in the entire state in both passing yards and touchdowns thrown.
Joining Billups on the first team offense for the MAC team were senior wide receiver DeShaun McNeal and senior tight end Larry Pettis. Senior offensive lineman Terry Johnson was also named to the second team on offense. Johnson will be playing in Saturday’s Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic in Mobile, Ala. (December 10, 2010, Page 6A)
There were subtle changes made to the region and districts that the three area high schools compete in each year by the MHSAA this past week. The new districts and regions will begin with the fall of 2011 and be in place for the next two years. (December 10, 2010, Page 6A)
A week off to deal with final exams comes to an end Saturday for the Ole Miss Rebels as they travel to take on Arkansas-Little Rock.
Ole Miss (4-2 overall) rallied to defeat Southern Miss 86-81 last Saturday before taking off a week to deal with finals. Saturday’s game with the Trojans (6-3) will be the second on the road for the Rebels and the first of three games in a seven-day span. (December 10, 2010, Page 7A)
Wake-up calls on Monday mornings are never fun or enjoyable, but for several Yalobusha County residents, the wake-up call they received this past Monday will be remembered for a while.
Authorities from the Water Valley Police Department, the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi Department of Corrections and the U.S. Marshall’s office starting executing warrants at 6:30 Monday morning in an operation that was nicknamed Operation Waterfall. (December 8, 2010, Page 2)
A strong desire to win helped propel the Oxford Lady Chargers basketball team to a 70-61 win over Charleston on Tuesday night in the OHS gym, while the Chargers recovered from a disappointing loss over the weekend to Tupelo by knocking off the Tigers in the nightcap 71-51. (December 8, 2010, Page 8)
Lafayette’s Anna Watkins and Amanda Hinton extended their soccer careers Tuesday by signing letters of intent to play for Northwest Mississippi Community College and coach Peter Jarjoura.
Both girls felt comfortable about playing for the Lady Rangers and coach Jarjoura, as well as the new teammates they met during their official visit this three weeks ago. (December 8, 2010, Page 8)
JACKSON — History.
That’s what the Lafayette Commodore football team made Saturday in Jackson at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium by defeating North Pike 31-6 in the Class 4A state championship game. The victory not only garnered the Lafayette High School Commodores their first football state title, but they also became the first team in the state to win 16 games in a season. (December 6, 2010, Page 1A)
A season that started in the scorching heat of July culminated with a win in the MHSAA’s Class 4A state championship for the Lafayette Commodores Saturday evening at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Lafayette became the first school in the state to win 16 games in a season by knocking off North Pike 31-6 to capture the school’s first football state title.
Focus, dedication and desire were just three of the many intangibles the Commodores displayed on the field on a consistent basis this year, while an overpowering defense and offense, led by quarterback Jeremy Liggins and running back Demarkus Dennis, seemed to dispatch opponents with little trouble each week.
Saturday’s victory over the Jaguars epitomized how the Commodores won games all season. Liggins bullied his way through the Jaguars’ defense for three scores and 150 yards, while Dennis moved the chains with dazzling runs through the middle and outside of Lafayette’s formations. (December 6, 2010, Page 1B)
JACKSON — It was just a few minutes after the Lafayette Commodores won their first football state title in school history that coach Anthony Hart was asked where he felt his team ranked in the state. (more…) (December 6, 2010, Page 2B)