OXFORD CHARGERS HOOPS — The Oxford boys basketball team will have its hands full tonight when it hits the road to open the Class 5A state playoffs. The Chargers’ first-round opponent, Ridgeland, is 22-8 overall and knocked them out of last year’s 4A North Half tournament. (February 16, 2010, Page 8)
WATER VALLEY GIRLS HOOPS — Three days after earning a character-building win over South Pontotoc, the Water Valley Lady Blue Devils were unable to recapture that spark in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs, falling to M.S.-Palmer 65-55. Lady Dragons’ Bridgette Griffin had a game-high 27 points. (February 16, 2010, Page 8)
LAFAYETTE POWERLIFTING — The Lafayette boys powerlifting team may be young, but they continued to show their strength and talent Saturday at the Division 2-4A powerlifting meet held at Lexington-McClain. The ‘Dores totaled 5v3 points to claim their second-straight first-place finish. (February 15, 2010, Page 9)
WATER VALLEY GIRLS HOOPS — The Lady Blue Devils came up big when it mattered most, knocking off South Pontotoc 55-52 in the consolation game of the Region 2-3A Tournament in Mooreville. (February 15, 2010, Page 9)
OXFORD BOYS BASKETBALL — The New Hope Trojans were able to overcome a sluggish start to knock off Oxford in the Division 2-5A championship game. (February 15, 2010, Page 8)
LAFAYETTE GIRLS HOOPS — In the Region 2-4A Tournament, an impressive rally led to the Lafayette Lady Commodores claiming a 61-53 victory over North Panola to claim the title. LHS trailed the Lady Cougars 12-1 to open the game. (February 15, 2010, Page 8)
OLE MISS BASEBALL — As has been the case with several other players, junior Matt Smith has put his versatility on display during the 2010 preseason. After spending most of the fall in the outfield, Smith has been practicing at third base because sophomore Mike Snyder was hospitalized last week. When Snyder recovers from having his appendix removed, expect Smith to return to the outfield. (February 15, 2010, Page 10)
OM BASEBALL — With Matt Smith making a move from first base to the outfield, sophomore Matt Snyder will get a chance to step onto the diamond. As a freshmen, Snyder showed he had a power bat, but his move to the field will take some getting used to. (February 9, 2010, Page 10)
AROUND THE SQUARE — After a four-year hiatus from college football, Dave Rader was announced last week as Ole Miss’ next offensive coordinator. This past weekend he met with the media to discuss his decision to return to coaching rather than switch to politics.
In other around-the-square news, credit goes to Saints coach Sean Payton for his team’s win over the Colts in the Super Bowl, and the Ole Miss men fall out of the Top 25. (February 9, 2010, Page 9)
OPC HOOPS — A big scoring night heled push the 13-15 Celtics past the Lakers on Monday in Oxford Park Commission youth basketball action.
Also playing on Monday included, from the 7-8 league: Jazz, Cavs, Lakers, Bulls, Suns, Mavericks; and from the 9-10 league: Lakers, Suns, T’Tolves, Celtics. (February 9, 2010, Page 8)