A drive to expand the existing John Leslie Tennis Courts into a one-of-a-kind tennis facility continued Tuesday night with a town hall meeting at the Oxford Conference Center.
Oxford’s vibrant tennis community turned out in force as approximately 200 people watched a video presentation narrated by Oxford Park Commission Executive Director Rob Boyd and supported by a handful of the tennis improvement committee members that have been working on the project for the past eight months. The informational meeting, which included a short question and answer period after the presentation, outlined the master plan of the tennis court expansion to the public for the first time. (June 23, 2010, Page 2B)
Six years of hard work and steady building of the athletic program through the hiring of good coaches who developed athletes in the proper manner have paid off for Lafayette High School.
Lafayette won its first Mississippi High School Activities Association All-Sports Award Sunday. The award is given annually in recognition for an outstanding and balanced sports program. LHS garnered 305 points to capture the Class 4A crown, 15 points more than second-place finisher Pontotoc. Points are awarded for teams that make the MHSAA playoffs, while teams that win championships earn 30 total points. Lafayette’s boys powerlifters totaled 30 points thanks to its state title earlier this year. Teams that finished in second place, such as the football and girls basketball teams, each totaled 24 points. Lafayette made the playoffs in every sport but boys basketball and boys soccer this past season with volleyball, football, girls basketball, girls soccer, both powerlifting teams, both cross country teams, bowling and both track teams competing for team or individual titles in Jackson at various MHSAA state championship events. (June 22, 2010, Page 6)
Three Oxford High athletes helped punctuate another successful season in track and field with a great showing in the New Balance National High School Championship meet held at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C., held over the weekend.
High jumper Justin Fondren earned All-American status by leaping 6 feet, 11 inches in the Elite classification. Joining Fondren in North Carolina was pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, who finished second in the Emerging Elite category by recording a vault of 15 feet, 4.25 inches and Lady Charger standout Erika Sisk, who long jumped 17 feet to finish fourth in the Emerging Elite category. (June 22, 2010, Page 6)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Sam Kendricks is one of two Oxford High athletes who is competing at the New Balance Outdoor National meet held at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C. this weekend, and his performance Thursday in the pole vault was definetly special. (more…) (June 18, 2010)
As soccer captivates the world’s attention this week and the next with the World Cup, another international sport took center stage in the mountains of Colorado this past weekend.
Glendale, Colo., was the site of the National All-Star Championships and one former Oxford High School football standout was able to help the South win the Tier I title.
Oxford’s Will Belk was a member of the South All-Stars who defeated Southern California and then Pacific Coast 14-13 to win the title. Belk was the lone player from Ole Miss to join the team that was made up mostly of players from Life College in Atlanta and Arkansas State. (June 17, 2010, Page 6)
AROUND THE SQUARE AND BEYOND: Thursday was a very, very busy day in the world of college football and the Pac-10 conference. Not only did the conference’s top football program, USC, get hit with NCAA sanctions not seen since the early 1990s, but the league expanding by one with the addition of Colorado.
It’s obvious that having USC lose 30 scholarships over the next three years and miss two years of bowl games is not a good thing for the Pac-10, but the blow of seeing the conference’s best football program hurt for the next three years was softened with the arrival of the Buffaloes, who became the first team to enter the league since 1978. (June 11, 2010, Page 6A)
An opportunity for Christopher Hedglin to get closer to his family in Madison has left Oxford High searching for a new girls soccer coach.
Hedglin resigned from his teaching and coaching positions this past Friday so he could take a job at Richland.
Hedglin, who helped lead the Lady Chargers to the North Half title match this past season, grew up in Madison and attended Millsaps College. His family still lives in the Metro Jackson area and the opportunity to teach World and U.S. History opened up rather quickly, which in turn forced him to make a quick decision. (June 10, 2010, Page 6)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Former Lafayette High School baseball standout Justin Woodall said this morning he was excited about his future with the Tampa Bay Rays organization. Woodall was picked by the Rays in the 26th round of Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday despite not pitching for four seasons while at Alabama.
(more…) (June 9, 2010)
The dream of playing professional baseball has become a reality again for former Lafayette High School standout Justin Woodall.
Four years after being selected by the New York Mets in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball Draft, Woodall was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday evening. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Woodall, who just finished playing football at the University of Alabama, was taken 791st overall in the 26th round by the Rays. (June 9, 2010, Page 7)
A strong finish to the regular season not only carried over to a Big East Tournament championship for the St. John’s Red Storm this past week, it may have also set them up for a good run in this weekend’s Charlottesville (Va.) Regional. (June 3, 2010, Page 6)