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)
Oxford has turned to one of its own to continue leading the Lady Charger soccer program in the right direction. Former OHS standout Josh Townsend was officially hired by the school district earlier this week when the school board approved the recommendation made by athletics director Johnny Hill.
Townsend, 24, grew up in Oxford, and then after playing for the Chargers, continued to master the sport at Delta State under the guidance of Jim Allen. Townsned started coaching in the youth ranks with the Oxford Park Commission and last season he was former coach Christopher Hedglin’s assistant. (July 30, 2010, Page 7A)
Strength and conditioning are two keys to having a successful football team each fall and two of the big reasons why the Rebels have won back-to-back Cotton Bowl titles. (July 30, 2010, Page 6A)
The mysterious disappearance of former Lafayette High School basketball standout Lorenzen Wright has unfortunately been solved by Memphis area police officers. Wright, who has been missing for over a week, was found dead Wednesday afternoon in a wooded area located in Southeast Memphis, according to information provided by Wright’s family to various media outlets.
Wright, 34, played his first three years of high school basketball at Lafayette under the direction of coach Mike Foster, Lafayette’s current school superintendent, before moving to play his senior season at Booker T. Washington in Memphis. (July 29, 2010, Page 6)
The intensity of summer football drills picked up for the Water Valley Blue Devils Wednesday evening. Coach Brad Embry prepared his team for their first action in shoulder pads today by sending them through a practice that lasted a little over three and a half hours on Wednesday. (July 29, 2010, Page 7)