If experience breeds confidence, the Lafayette Lady Commodores volleyball squad has nothing to worry about in 2010.
When Lafayette hits the court today at Tupelo for its season opener, its roster will be overflowing with both, confidence and experience.
Less than a year removed from the playing Center Hill in the Class 4A state championship match, the Lady Commodores will accept nothing less than another shot at bringing home a title.
And with a squad that boasts six seniors, second-year head coach Rachel Wenzel likes her team’s chances. (August 10, 2010, Page 7)
With the season opener against Jacksonville State a little less than a month away, the Ole Miss football team has wasted no time hitting the practice field and slowly but surely the Rebels are getting their newcomers onto the field. The latest addition was freshman receiver Vincent Sanders.
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Water Valley’s 41st annual Watermelon Carnival didn’t let a little rain dampen the fun as folks showed up for arts and crafts and for all of the different competitions held each year. Jarrett Patton topped the field in the Largest Watermelon contest with one that weighed in just over 107 pounds. (August 9, 2010, Page 1)
The on-again, off-again soap opera that has surrounded former South Panola standout and Mr. Football Darius “Tig” Barksdale is off — again.
On Saturday, one day after both head coach Houston Nutt and athletics director Pete Boone sounded optimistic that Barksdale would be a member of the Rebels in 2010, Ole Miss released a statement saying Barksdale and the team had parted ways due to personal issues.
Following Sunday’s practice, Nutt elaborated a bit on the situation.
So today wasn’t exactly the first official day of Ole Miss football, but it’s close. Today was the first day newcomers were required to be on campus and Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt addressed the media at the Indoor Practice Facility to discuss the youngins, Jeremiah Masoli and more. (more…) (August 6, 2010)
Demarkus Dennis, like quarterback Jeremy Liggins, is no longer a well-kept secret on the Lafayette Commodores football squad. In fact, the talented duo will be drawing the lion’s share of attention from defenses this season.
Last year Dennis began the season as senior Sam Booker’s backup. But after several weeks, it was clear that the Commodores weren’t going to be able to keep Dennis off the field.
Not only was he juking his way through opposing defenses, but he was also rushing his way up Lafayette’s depth chart, finishing with 1,151 yards and 11 touchdowns. (August 6, 2010, Page 6A)
The Oxford Gridiron Chargers took another step forward during Wednesday’s practice, doing hitting drills in pads for the first time.
For the veterans, making solid contact is like riding a bike, it just takes a few reps to get back in the swing of things. (August 5, 2010, Page 7)
The month leading up to the start of the college football season is supposed to be a placid time — the quiet before the storm, if you will.
WATER VALLEY — The 2010 Watermelon Carnival doesn’t have an official slogan or theme — other than, of course, watermelons — but one look at the itinerary and it’s easy to see what the event promises the same fun from the 40 previous carnivals, but with even more to do. The annual carnival starts Thursday and continues through Saturday. (August 4, 2010, Page 1)
The ever-changing Water Valley softball field took another step forward on Monday when the school board approved the site of a permanent concession stand behind the Lady Blue Devils’ dugout.
The field, which is funded solely from fundraisers and by the booster club, is an on-going work in progress and according to athletics director Trey Allman, the immediate goal is to have the foundation and pipes for the concession stand in place by this spring.
Allman added that he hopes the restrooms will also be completed by the spring. (August 4, 2010, Page 9)