SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Ole Miss will be hosting one of the top prep basketball players in the country this weekend. Lepanto, Ark., native Ky Madden will be on campus starting today and if his official visit goes well, then he could end up becoming a Rebel as early as November when high school players can start signing with college teams. (more…) (September 24, 2010)
A complete effort from the offense, defense and special teams couldn’t have come at a better time for the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers Thursday night.
The Rangers won their second MACJC North Division game in as many tries with a one-sided 37-7 win over Coahoma at Bobby Franklin Field. Thursday’s win saw the Rangers (4-0 overall, 2-0 in division play) grab an early lead that only continued to grow in the first half. The Rangers jumped out to a 27-0 lead on the Tigers (2-2, 1-1) thanks to the passing of quarterback Brent Osborn, the receiving of wideout Myles White and the hard running of Jay Jones and Calvin Malone. (September 24, 2010, Page 6A)
The voice recording on Ky Madden’s cell phone emphasized why he is one of the most highly recruited prep basketball players in the nation this year. With a bevy of college coaches and reporters always calling, the 6-foot-5 Madden’s phone message system has hit an overload with requests for his time.
Such is the life for the Lepanto, Ark., point guard standout who will make his official visit to Ole Miss this weekend. Madden is rated as the 16th-best point guard in the nation by ESPN and ranked in the top 20 by recruiting services Rivals.com and Scout.com. As far as overall prospects in the nation, Madden is a consensus Top 100 player due to his outstanding athletic ability, ball skills and intense desire to win. (September 24, 2010, Page 7A)
The improvements made on offense by the Water Valley Blue Devils so far this year can be credited to several different players. From quarterback E.J. Bounds to running backs Torrey Horton, Zenty Allen and Eric Buckley to the offensive line as a whole, there are a lot of reasons why the Blue Devils have made tremendous strides as an offense. (September 23, 2010, Page 6)
Lafayette will return to action at home for the first time against a Region 2-4A opponent Friday night. Byhalia (3-2 overall, 0-1 in region play) will be Lafayette’s opponent for Homecoming and according to LHS coach Anthony Hart, the Indians appear to be the biggest team the Commodores (5-0, 1-0) have played so far. (September 23, 2010, Page 6)
Friday night will be the final non-region game of the season for the Water Valley Blue Devils. For coach Brad Embry, it’s another chance for his offense, defense and special teams units to work out kinks as they prepare for the games that really count.
WVHS will begin the first of three-straight games on the road at Independence, a team the Blue Devils lost to 7-6 last year. (September 23, 2010, Page 7)
Preparations for Saturday’s home game against Fresno State resumed Tuesday for the Ole Miss Rebels, who ending up losing two impact players during the session.
Sophomore linebacker D.T. Shackelford suffered a sprained ankle during Tuesday’s practice, while freshman running back/wide receiver Korvic Neat suffered a strained hamstring. (September 22, 2010, Page 6)
Focus and leaning on a few seniors are two of the many ways Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt was planning on turning around the Rebels’ fortunes Saturday night when they host Fresno State at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
A 1-2 start to the season, against teams that are not the best on the Rebels’ schedule, is not what Nutt and his staff anticipated in preseason.
But instead of dwelling on the slow start and feeling sorry about where the team is, Nutt said the only medicine is to get back to work and ultimately earn a win. (September 21, 2010, Page 6)
Friday’s outstanding all-around performance for Lafayette’s Anfernee Gooch at Center Hill almost didn’t happen. Instead of racking up 177 yards receiving and an additional 93 yards through the return game, Gooch almost didn’t play because of a car wreck he was involved in the night before.
LHS coach Anthony Hart remembers Gooch telling him that he didn’t think he would play Friday night. Hart was preparing to move to Plan B when the senior was convinced that playing would not only be his best option, but the best option for the Commodores as well. (September 21, 2010, Page 6)
Missed assignments, general miscues and turnovers continued to plague the Ole Miss Rebels at the most important times of their 28-14 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
The Rebels (1-2 overall, 0-1 in the Southeastern Conference) lost their second home game of the season by playing unsound football at the most critical times of the game. Instead of jumping out to an early lead in the first quarter on a wide-open pass play, the Rebels, and more specifically tight end Ferbia Allen, found a way to let the opportunity drop through their fingers.