OHS boys hoops coach Drew Tyler, who started the tournament with the hopes of bringing the best teams to the area every year, said this year’s field has some good matchups for fans to come watch. (December 28, 2010, Page 6)
Chris Vaughn, Ole Miss’ recruiting coordinator for football, said four months ago at Ole Miss’ Media Day that he prefers to be in hunt mode when it comes to landing a recruit rather than protecting the verbal commitments he and the rest of the staff have already secured.
At the time, the Rebels had 14 verbal commitments and were about to garner another five before the 2010 season even started.
Vaughn and the rest of the staff have continued to gain commitments since that point, including the signatures of four junior college players earlier this month, but Vaughn will have to fight hard to regain a couple of players from Florida, the state that Vaughn has done a great job of recruiting since he arrived in Oxford. (December 23, 2010, Page 7A)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Ole Miss’ need to find linebackers for the 2011 season got a boost as a prep standout from Florida said he wanted to play for the Rebels and coach Houston Nutt in the future. (more…) (December 22, 2010)
A chance to earn three wins on a neutral court as well as improve the chemistry of the team are the two most important things Ole Miss is hoping to gain by playing in the Governor’s Cup in Cancun, Mexico. The Rebels (7-2 overall) won their first game in the tournament Saturday at home over East Tennessee State while the remainder of the tournament will be held in gyms in Mexico. (December 22, 2010, Page 6)
Lafayette’s success on the football field over the last two seasons, including winning this year’s Class 4A stat title, has resulted in another huge opportunity for the program. (December 20, 2010, Page 6)
There were more signs the Lafayette Commodores were starting to come together as a boys basketball team Friday night in a matchup with Lewisburg in the LHS gym. The Commodores may have lost 48-43 to the visiting Patriots, but instead of falling behind early and eventually losing by double digits, the Commodores showed some grit by rallying from an eight-point deficit in the in the third quarter to pull into the lead late in the fourth quarter. (December 20, 2010, Page 6)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Going 16-0 and winning the Class 4A state title in 2010 opened some new doors for the Lafayette Commodores’ football program from a scheduling standpoint. (more…) (December 18, 2010)
This season’s EAGLE All-Area football team was released in Thursday’s sports section. Unfortunately for me, space prevented me from writing a column that would appear next to the story on the back page.
So instead of it appearing on Thursday, I thought sharing my opinion on this year’s team was important.
For those who may have missed the players who made the team, Lafayette junior running back Demarkus Dennis was named Player of the Year, while another 11 Commodores who helped the school win the Class 4A state title made the first-team squad. Three other LHS players were named honorable mention.
Oxford had seven players on this year’s team, while Water Valley had five. Both the Chargers and Blue Devils each had three players receive honorable mention status. (December 17, 2010, Page 6A)
Tipoff with the Buccaneers, who won the Atlantic Sun Conference last year, is set for 3 p.m. The game can be heard locally on 93.7 FM with David Kellum calling the action and Keith Carter adding the play-by-play. (December 17, 2010, Page 6A)
Teams that win championships always have great players leading the way. In the case of the Lafayette Commodores, there were a handful of players that stood out above the rest on a team that was filled from top to bottom with solid high school athletes. (more…) (December 16, 2010, Page 1B)