A desire to be the best has always been the driving force behind sprinter Horatio Williams when he got on the track. Williams blazed a trail to state champion and All-American status while at Oxford High School before he became a major contributor to a Hinds Community College track program that finished 11th in the nation this past spring. Now, with a two-year degree recently accomplished, Williams is ready to embark upon the next stage of his career at Southeastern Conference power LSU.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Williams signed with the Tigers in February, but because just he completed his last summer class at Hinds, Williams’ arrival in Baton Rouge, La., had to wait until this month. With his junior college schooling now complete, Williams is looking forward to burning up the track in the SEC as a 100- and 200-meter sprinter and a member of the 4×100 and possibly 4×400 relay teams. (August 6, 2010, Page 7A)
Hot temperatures are nothing new for high school football coaches to have to deal with. Every year practices begin at the hottest point of the summer. But this year’s heat, and more specifically this week’s heat that has pushed the mercury over 100 degrees, has even made the toughest of coaches make sure their players are properly hydrated.
Lafayette head coach Anthony Hart and his staff have always tried to do the best job they can to keep players cool and hydrated. Hart even changed the practice time Tuesday so that action would start at 5:30 p.m. rather than at 3:30 p.m. so his team could miss the hottest point of the day on the hottest day of the year. (August 4, 2010, Page 9)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Sports Illustrated columnist Stewart Mandel isn’t a loved figure in the state of Mississippi currently, and he knows it. (more…) (August 3, 2010)
Oxford may not be the first city you would expect to find Mississippi State Athletics Director Scott Stricklin, but a stop at Proud Larry’s restaurant on the Square to meet with area Bulldog fans and welcome students who will be attending MSU in the fall was right up his alley.
Stricklin made a rare appearance in Lafayette County Monday evening and while he attempted to garner additional support for the athletics department, his main goal was to show his support for existing MSU fans who live in an area dominated by Ole Miss Rebel supporters. Being on the road has become a regular occurrence for Stricklin ever since he was named MSU’s athletics director on May 7 and his stop in Oxford was just another city to add to the list that now includes Houston, Texas, Memphis, Birmingham, Ala., and several points in between. (August 3, 2010, Page 6)
A fresh start in a state made famous for its football is what awaits former Oxford High standout Derrick Williams. The 2008 EAGLE Player of the Year committed to play football at the University of Nebraska-Omaha over the weekend. Williams will leave Oxford Wednesday to begin his career as a Maverick under the direction of coach Pat Behrns.
Williams got a call from Behrns late last week and decided that his future would be best suited in Omaha despite not taking a visit to the campus. (August 3, 2010, Page 6)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Former Ole Miss baseball standout Taylor Hashman is now listed in critical condition, according to information provided by the Regional Medical Center in Memphis today. (more…) (August 3, 2010)
Bolstered by a strong summer in the weight room, the Oxford Chargers were able to give head football coach Johnny Hill a memorable first week of practice.
Outside of the weather not cooperating late in the week, there wasn’t a lot Hill could find wrong with the team’s first week of work getting prepared for the 2010 season. (August 2, 2010, Page 7)
An altercation at the Exchange Apartment complex early Saturday morning has left former Ole Miss baseball player Taylor Hashman in serious physical condition Sunday.
Hashman is currently in the intensive care unit at The Med in Memphis. He underwent surgery to his head Saturday, according to a source, and was showing signs of improvement today. Hashman is in the hospital today after that early morning incident at his apartment complex. (more…) (August 1, 2010, Page 7)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Derek Horne, a former Ole Miss basketball player and current Ole Miss Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs, has agreed to become the new athletics director at Florida A&M. (more…) (July 31, 2010)
As the tragic death of former NBA standout Lorenzen Wright is still investigated in Memphis, family and friends who were close to the Lafayette County native are still dealing with his sudden and untimely demise.
One of Wright’s childhood friends, Stacey Joiner, attended Bramlett Elementary with Wright and was with him earlier this month at a Fourth of July gathering held at a family members of Wright.
Losing a friend is never easy, but in Joiner’s case, the loss hit him hard when he heard the unfortunate news about Wright on Wednesday. (July 30, 2010, Page 6A)