Currently at the Gillom Sports Center for Ole Miss volleyball’s first full scrimmage of the fall I figured it would be a good time to get y’all up to date on some news and notes from around the area. (more…) (August 21, 2010)
WATER VALLEY — The Blue Devils’ game didn’t quite go like head coach Brad Embry drew it up, but in the end a win is a win. After scoring on the first possession of overtime, but failing to convert the ensuing extra point, the Blue Devils had to hold on for dear life to secure a 13-7 victory over Bruce at Bobby Clark Field. (more…) (August 20, 2010)
A fast start led by senior leader Squirt Hunt and well rounded play from a bevy of players proved to be two pivotal reasons why the Lafayette Lady Commodore volleyball team defeated Corinth 3-0 Thursday night in the LHS gym.
LHS, which beat Corinth 25-8, 25-18 and 25-19, earned its first win on the season thanks to some great serving by Hunt, powerful kills by Shaquilla Isom and some overall good defense led by libero Charlotte Rafnson. A key timeout in the third set by assistant coach Cathy Worley also made a difference in the win for the Lady ‘Dores. (August 20, 2010, Page 7A)
After spending much of the last two weeks on the gridiron preparing for the upcoming season, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt opted to reward his players by essentially giving them Thursday evening off — sort of.
While the players didn’t have to hit the practice field, they were still expected to take part in film sessions at the Indoor Practice Facility. (August 20, 2010, Page 6A)
The players on the Water Valley football team have spent the last three weeks not only battling each other, but the Mississippi heat in preparation for tomorrow night when they host the Bruce Trojans at Bobby Clark Field beginning at 7:30.
The Trojans, which used to be in Water Valley’s region prior to the most recent reclassification, will provide a variety of challenges to the Blue Devils. (August 19, 2010, Page 6)
A year ago Ivory Alexander was still finding her way on Oxford High’s volleyball court, still adapting to her teammates and coach Tara Ross’ style.
Against Senatobia at the OHS gym on Tuesday, Alexander’s maturity and athleticism made the difference as the Lady Chargers picked up a 3-1 (25-11, 23-25, 25-12, 25-19) victory.
The junior didn’t just rack up an abundance of kills or blocks, but she helped her team in a number of ways, finishing the match with four kills, two digs and four aces. (August 18, 2010, Page 9)
It went down to the final minutes, but Ole Miss pitcher Drew Pomeranz is now a professional baseball player.
Just before Monday’s midnight EDT deadline, the All-American pitcher signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians organization.
According to the Associated Press, the contract includes a $2.65 million signing bonus, which is just over the Major League Baseball suggested slot price for the No. 5 player ($2.52 million). (August 17, 2010, Page 6)
Tyler Campbell has a big-league leg.
He proved that last season when he bombed a punt 71 yards against Alabama, forcing one of the top returners in the country, Javier Arenas, to double back from his original spot. That was just one of the many impressive kicks that led the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder to be considered one of the top punters in the nation with a 43.95 yards per punt average that ranked 12th in the country.
His robust average, which was helped by nine punts of over 50 yards, earned him a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team.
With regards to the upcoming season, Campbell can still improve. (August 17, 2010, Page 6)
While all three signal callers did their best to prove why each deserves to start, it was running back Enrique Davis and receiver Melvin Harris who may have left the biggest impressions with onlookers.
Davis broke free for a 56-yard touchdown on the eighth play of the scrimmage to make a case why he should remain in the conversation as a front-line running back in the Ole Miss offense. (August 16, 2010, Page 6)
When talking to Lafayette’s coaches, the phrase sluggish was used several times to describe the squad’s performance despite limiting Pontotoc to just 15 yards of total offense.
Such is life as the defending Class 4A North Half Champion. (August 16, 2010, Page 6)