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)
Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt saw his roster increase today as junior college football players started signing their National Letters of Intent.
For mid-year entrance, junior college players could start signing with a four-year college today and be eligible to participate in spring drills. As of press time, ASA College (Brooklyn, N.Y.) defensive back Ivan Nicholas (5-foot-11, 180 pounds) and teammate, defensive tackle Gilbert Pena (6-4, 315), had signed on with the Rebels.
Two other players, Copiah-Lincoln defensive back Wesley Pendleton (5-11, 180) and Iowa Western quarterback Zack Stoudt (6-5, 230), were expected to also sign with the Rebels later today. Stoudt, who started his college career at Louisville, recently visited Oxford and verbally committed to the Rebels on Tuesday over an offer from Kansas. (December 15, 2010, Page 8A)
A balanced scoring ledger, led by senior Chris Warren’s 18 points, stood out on the box score in Ole Miss’ 101-69 win over Mississippi Valley State Monday night at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum. But as gaudy as the Rebels’ shooting percentage or point total were against the out-manned Delta Devils, the two most important things accomplished from Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy’s perspective was getting 11 players quality minutes and earning yet another win. (December 14, 2010, Page 8)
Landing a seasoned junior college quarterback for the 2010 signing class was one of the many goals Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt wanted to achieve following the Rebels’ loss to Mississippi State last month. Thanks to a successful trip made by Iowa Western Community College’s Zack Stoudt over the weekend to Oxford, that goal got a lot closer to becoming a reality.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Stoudt chose the Rebels on Monday over serious interest from Kansas thanks in large part to his official visit to Ole Miss’ campus and the relationship he started to build with Nutt and quarterbacks coach Dave Rader. (December 14, 2010, Page 8)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Signing a junior college quarterback was one of the things Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt wanted to accomplish this recruiting season and based on the way the weekend visit of Zack Stoudt went, that goal may be accomplished on Wednesday. (more…) (December 13, 2010)
The Lady Commodores remained perfect with a 59-28 win over Tupelo, while the Commodores fell 65-40 to the Golden Wave in the final game of the one-day tournament.
For LHS girls coach Amy Sutton and boys coach Eric Robertson, the tournament, and three games this past week, served as a good measuring stick of where both of their teams are heading into district play this week. (December 13, 2010, Page 2B)
ABBEVILLE — Finding the perfect gift for a gun enthusiast less than two weeks away from Christmas has become a little easier to accomplish thanks to TGC Outdoors and owner Josh Gregory.
The gun shop, located at the old sawmill in Abbeville, has been open since July with Gregory operating the business venture in his spare time from his role as the mill’s manager. Gregory’s pledge to his customers is to provide them with the best deal on a firearm while also adding a lifetime of knowledge about guns and the accessories that come with owning a pistol, rifle or shotgun. (December 13, 2010, Page 6A)