Another run at winning a Class 4A state title begins in earnest Friday night for the Lafayette High Commodores. A year after advancing to the championship game and posting a 14-2 overall record, the Commodores will try to return to Jackson to take care of some unfinished business.
The first game on the road to the Mississippi Veterans Coliseum begins at Cleveland, a place the Commodores suffered a loss the last time they visited in 2008.
LHS coach Anthony Hart said the Wildcats would likely spread the ball out and try to use their abundance of speed to make plays. (August 19, 2010, Page 6)
Ricky Woods doesn’t like to lose. The veteran coach, who once won 60 games in a row at South Panola, isn’t used to not making the playoffs and competing for championships.
So when the Rangers missed the MACJC playoffs last season despite a 6-3 overall record, the goal for Woods was to get the program better and headed back in the right direction. (August 17, 2010, Page 7)
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)
Lafayette’s final full football practice before Friday’s jamboree against Pontotoc provided some mixed results for the Commodores Wednesday. The nearly two-hour practice wasn’t the sharpest the team has looked the first three weeks, but it wasn’t necessarily a warning sign that the team is regressing. (August 12, 2010, Page 2B)
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)
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)
Everybody knows how Anthony Hart’s Lafayette Commodore football team is going to try and win games. After rushing for over 4,000 yards en route to a Class 4A championship game appearance last season, the Commodores make it no secret they will rely heavily on the run game again this season.
To have success in November, Hart knows he has to work his team hard in early August. While across town the Oxford Chargers waited until Wednesday to practice in pads, LHS has been in shells since Saturday when they went through a scrimmage. The Commodores had another one schedule for today. (August 5, 2010, Page 6)
Hot temperatures are nothing new for high school football coaches to have to deal with. Every year practices begin at the hottest point of the summer. But this year’s heat, and more specifically this week’s heat that has pushed the mercury over 100 degrees, has even made the toughest of coaches make sure their players are properly hydrated.
Lafayette head coach Anthony Hart and his staff have always tried to do the best job they can to keep players cool and hydrated. Hart even changed the practice time Tuesday so that action would start at 5:30 p.m. rather than at 3:30 p.m. so his team could miss the hottest point of the day on the hottest day of the year. (August 4, 2010, Page 9)
NEW ALBANY — With back-to-back strikeouts looking delivered by starter Jordan Moore, the Tallahatchie Rascals held on to claim the Cotton States Baseball League championship with a 2-0 win over the North Delta Dealers Saturday.
Players from the Rascals dugout didn’t pour onto the field, dogpile or pop a celebratory champagne bottle (in part because alcoholic beverages are prohibited from the New Albany Sportsplex’s grounds).
Likewise, Dealers players didn’t pout, smash bats or fall to the diamond in anguish. Both teams simply shook hands and then immediately set their sights on what’s next — their respective fall and spring seasons.
Nobody likes to lose, but the CSBL isn’t just about immediate success.
While all the players in the wooden bat summer league would have loved to hoist the CSBL’s trophy on Saturday, what they’re really hoping for is that the hard work they put in over the hot summer months will pay off in the future. (August 2, 2010, Page 6)
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