Oxford’s preseason match with Pontotoc went according to plan as the Chargers won all 12 doubles matches.
In girls matches, Mary Bryan Barksdale and Sterling Davis defeated Haylee Waller and Lauren Clayton; Erin Dyer and Ann Marie Edlin topped Ivy Robbins and Shannon Montgomery; Kara Rose and Embrey Inman defeated Kristen Pennington and Ali Warren; Sarah Nash and McClellan Davis teammed up to beat Meridith Adams and Sarah Hill, and Ellie Devoe and Emily Morgan beat Molly Chamblee and Bailey Mooran.
On the boys side, Zach Wilder and Andrew Mullen topped Cameron Timmons and Jacob Ferguson; Robert Nance and Baxter Elliot topped Deaton McAuley and Ryan Henry; Will Swindoll and Quinn Elliot beat Jacob Hatcher and Brayden Timmons; John Arlis Williams and Judston Watson topped Piercen Burchfield and Austin Anderson; Callan Shinall and Collier Phillips easily dispatched Rhett Stegall and Blake Anderson; Sam Peeler and Liam Cooper had no trouble beating Jessi Tutop and Dyllon Maddox and the duo of Cole Atkins and Gus Morgan beat Blake Gregory and Caleb Ginn.
Oxford will be back in action Tuesday at West Point. (February 28, 2011, Page 8)
Oxford’s baseball team rebounded from a 13-1 loss to Northwest Rankin Saturday to post a come-from-behind win over Ridgeland. The Chargers’ 5-4 win was aided by several players, including Hunt Halford, who earned the win on the mound in relief of starter Zac Barber. Henry Webb had two hits and an RBI, while William Elliott also had two hits, including a double in the victory. (more…) (February 28, 2011, Page 8)
Former Oxford High track standout Horatio Williams helped lead the LSU Tigers to a third-place finish at the Southeastern Conference’s Indoor Track Championships held over the weekend at Arkansas. (more…) (February 28, 2011, Page 8)
Senior leadership is something all three area high school baseball teams have in abundance heading into the 2011 season.
Lafayette, Oxford and Water Valley all return multiple position players from teams that were more than competitive on the diamond in 2010.
The Blue Devils advanced the farthest of any team from the area last year and with seven returners back from a team that won the Class 3A North Half title, successful results are expected again this year. (February 25, 2011, Page 7A)
There is a lot of reason to be excited about the upcoming high school softball season if you’re one of the three area coaches from Lafayette, Oxford and Water Valley.
The Lady Commodores, led by Cay Papagolos, return a bevy of talented players from a team that advanced to the Class 4A playoffs last season. In Oxford coach Lauren Hill’s case, a new field and several newcomers have given her program a brand new start at turning things around, while in Kendra Bensch’s case, Water Valley has the best player in the area in Ashley Phillips as well as a talented nucleus that includes four seniors and three juniors overall. The 2011 season begins this weekend for the three teams, with Oxford hosting the second annual Charger Classic at its new softball field on campus and at FNC Park. (February 25, 2011, Page 7A)
It’s been a difficult 22 months for former Oxford EAGLE All-Area pitcher Phillip Malatesta.
Oxford’s drive to win a fourth-straight state title in tennis will begin Saturday with a preseason match against Pontotoc at the John Leslie Tennis Courts.
Oxford’s planned run in the MHSAA’s Class 5A North Half tournament came to stop before it really got started Friday night at Jackson’s Lanier High School gym. After playing so well against Clarksdale in the opener of the 5A playoffs, the Lady Chargers were unable to duplicate that effort in a 69-57 setback to Callaway. (more…) (February 21, 2011, Page 6)
Oxford’s two powerlifting teams continued to show how strong they both are this weekend by winning the regional powerlifting meets at the OMS gym. It was the first regional titles for the school in either the girls or boys divisions. (February 21, 2011, Page 6)
Oxford boy’s basketball coach Drew Tyler pointed out the positives of his Chargers and a season that saw them advance to the Class 5A North Half tournament at Indianola-Gentry. It was hard to be critical of much the Chargers have done the last two weeks of the season even after they lost 61-34 to Jackson’s Provine in the North Half semifinals Friday night. (more…) (February 21, 2011, Page 8)
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