Oxford’s home District 1-5A games with West Point, originally scheduled for tonight, have been moved to Feb. 3. The games will be varsity only and it will be Senior Night in the OHS gym. (January 11, 2011, Page 6)
The Chargers and Lady Chargers opened District 1-5A play on a good note with a sweep of New Hope on the road Friday night. The Chargers beat New Hope 81-61 thanks to 32 points from Justin Fondren. DeShaun McNeal chipped in 15 points, while Luke Gibbs added 12 points. (more…) (January 10, 2011, Page 7)
Oxford High track standout Sam Kendricks set a new OHS indoor pole vault record of 14 feet, 6 inches at the the LSU High School Indoor Invitational Saturday. The previous record was shared both by Joseph Stevens and Kelly Drewery. Kendricks finished third overall in the competition against the most elite vaulters in the nation and he is currently ranked 19th in the nation for all vaulters. It was Kendricks’ first indoor competition. (more…) (January 10, 2011, Page 7)
The Oxford seventh- and eighth-grade boys basketball teams had no problem pulling off a sweep of South Pontotoc Thursday night in the teams first action since the Christmas break. The eighth-graders defeated South Pontotoc 48-25 thanks to 13 points from Josh Gibbs, eight points from K.T. McCollins and seven points each from David Dennis and Michael McGhee. McGhee and McCollins each had five blocks in the win for the Chargers, who are now 12-2 overall.
Searcy, a sophomore guard on Alcorn State’s men’s basketball team, has found college basketball to be a little tougher than he was expecting when he signed to play for coach Larry Smith after his stellar career at OHS.
For a player that never experienced fewer than 20 wins each of his varsity seasons, the Braves 0-11 start to the 2010-11 season and 2-29 record his freshman year have given Searcy a new perspective on dealing with adversity. (January 6, 2011, Page 7)
The Oxford Lady Chargers basketball squad avenged their lone loss of the season on Tuesday with a 53-52 double-overtime victory over Grenada. The Oxford boys lost 64-52 to Grenada in the nightcap. (more…) (January 5, 2011, Page 7)
A new year for the Oxford Lady Chargers basketball squad brought with it an even greater emphasis on playing team ball and yet another victory inspired by unselfish play. Oxford’s girls continued to show balance on offense and defense Monday night by posting a 62-36 win over Baldwyn in the OHS gym. The victory improved the Lady Chargers to 13-1 heading into tonight’s game at Grenada, the only team to have defeated the Lady Chargers this year.
Oxford’s boys didn’t fare as well as the girls, falling 73-53 to the Bearcats in the nightcap. (January 4, 2011, Page 6)
The opportunity to play on the same college football team for an up-and-coming head coach was something Oxford High standouts Larry Pettis and DeShaun McNeal wanted to explore further in the future. Both Pettis and McNeal were given that opportunity to continue their football careers by Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth recently and the duo decided that becoming Ragin’ Cajuns was something that suited them best.
McNeal, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound wide receiver, broke Oxford’s single-season receiving record with 81 catches for 1,231 yards and 15 touchdowns this season despite not playing football since he was a freshman. Pettis, a 6-4, 250-pound tight end, also had a great season for the Chargers in 2010 as he caught 29 passes for 409 yards and three touchdowns.
Both felt like playing together under Hudspeth, who got to know the duo when he coached wide receivers at Mississippi State, was the best overall option. (January 4, 2011, Page 7)
Ole Miss head basketball coach Andy Kennedy announced today that former Memphis guard Jelan Kendrick is transferring to play for the Rebels.
Due to NCAA transfer rules, the 6-foot-6, 200-pound Atlanta native can start practicing with the team in the upcoming semester and will be eligible to suit up for the Rebels next December. (December 30, 2010, Page 7A)
While the Lady Chargers were able to turn an early 13-point lead into a 59-45 victory over Hernando, the Oxford boys weren’t as lucky, falling behind by 12 points in the first quarter before eventually losing to Shannon 76-60. (December 30, 2010, Page 6A)
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