For the Water Valley Blue Devils and Lafayette Commodores, the time to be clicking on all cylinders is now, as both teams begin their respective runs at Class 3A and Class 4A state titles.
The Oxford Chargers will also hit the gridiron tonight, concluding their regular season with a road game at Saltillo. (November 5, 2010, Page 6A)
The Oxford Middle School girls and boys basketball teams earned two wins on Thursday in the OHS gym. The seventh-grade Chargers beat Water Valley 22-5 and the eighth-grade Chargers topped the Blue Devils 30-11.
The seventh-grade Lady Chargers defeated Water Valley 19-9 while the eighth-grade girls won 32-13. (November 5, 2010, Page 7A)
Experience is something Oxford High boys basketball coach Drew Tyler has always had working for him during his previous 13 years. No matter how many players graduated from the super successful program, Tyler was always able to reload and move forward.
But for the first time in recent memory, Tyler will rely on several inexperienced players to win games on the court. Oxford, which opens its season Monday at home against Potts Camp, has four seniors and six juniors listed on its roster, but only three have played substantial varsity minutes, a fact that makes Tyler call the 2010-11 season more of a rebuilding season than one where he reloads. (November 5, 2010, Page 7A)
Despite Saltillo’s 3-7 overall record, OHS head coach Johnny Hill doesn’t anticipate tomorrow’s matchup on the road being as easy to conclude the regular season. (November 4, 2010, Page 6)
Head coach Shayne Linzy doesn’t look at his Oxford Lady Chargers’ roster and see just five starters with a handful of role players.
Linzy, in his second year at Oxford since coming over from Water Valley, said he’s excited about how his roster has shaped up since the summer.
With Linzy’s high-tempo offense, in combination with a deep roster, don’t be surprised to see Oxford essentially using hockey-like line changes this season.
That’s a luxury Linzy loves about his squad. (November 3, 2010, Page 6)
The Oxford seventh- and eighth-grade girls and boys basketball teams earned its first wins of the season Monday in the Oxford High School gym. The Lady Chargers defeated South Pontotoc 21-15 in the seventh-grade game while the Lady Chargers beat South Pontotoc 30-21 in the eighth-grade game. Oxford’s boys beat South Pontotoc 28-2 while the eighth-grade boys won 61-15 in the nightcap. (November 2, 2010, Page 9)
The Chargers found the end zone four times in the first quarter en route to a 42-8 victory at Bobby Holcomb Field. (November 1, 2010, Page 3B)
Oxford’s final cross country meet before the MHSAA State Championships produced two second-place finishes for the Chargers and Lady Chargers in the Division 1-5A meet held in Saltillo Saturday.
Saltillo won both titles Saturday, while New Hope also competed in the meet. (November 1, 2010, Page 3B)
An opportunity to build on last week’s road success is what the Oxford Chargers hope to do Friday night against Indianola-Gentry.
The Rams will be the Chargers’ Homecoming opponent this season and coach Johnny Hill they pose a challenge up front because of their size. (October 28, 2010, Page 6)
A win, rather than setting a state record, is what Oxford High senior swimmer Matthew Nichols was hoping to achieve before he dove into the water to compete in the 100-yard breaststroke at Saturday’s MHSAA state swim meet.
Nichols not only won the event, he also set the state record in the event with a time of 58.12 seconds. The previous record was set nine years ago by J.T. Jones, who finished with a time of 1 minute, 0.75 seconds. Nichols also won the 100 freestyle at Saturday’s meet and just missed setting the record held by former Lafayette High standout Jeffery Phillips by 0.15 of a second. (October 27, 2010, Page 10)
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