Some of the questions Oxford coach Johnny Hill had about certain positions on his team were answered over the summer with extensive work in 7-on-7 drills.
The culmination of a long, hard summer of work was on display Friday and Saturday in the inaugural O-Zone Classic held at FNC Park. While the Chargers were unable to capture the title, Hill saw a group of players show better effort and improvement under less than ideal conditions and demonstrate that his receivers and defensive backs, two areas that lost a number of starters from 2009, have the potential to be good this year. (July 12, 2010, Page 6)
The start of the 2010 high school football season may still be a little more than a month away, but fans that have been in need of some passing, catching and running from players can get their fix this weekend at FNC Park.
Oxford will serve as the host school for a 12-team 7-on-7 tournament held Friday and Saturday at FNC. Members of the Chargers’ offense and defense have been working on their skills in preparation for the season as well as the tournament. (July 8, 2010, Page 1B)
Life in college took Keith Searcy some getting used to.
This past season, the former Oxford EAGLE Player of the Year learned what it was like to not be on a contender for the first time since he began playing organized basketball.
During his first season in Lorman, the Alcorn State Braves were just 2-29 (although, on a bright note, they were the only SWAC team to end their season with a win). (July 1, 2010, Page 6A)
Just got off the phone with former Oxford EAGLE Player of the Year and current Alcorn State Brave Keith Searcy.
The 12-and-under Oxford Legends’ season came to an end on Friday, as the traveling baseball team was defeated by the Mississippi Knights 8-2. The loss eliminated the Legends (13-13 overall) from the USSSA State Tournament in Tupelo.
Legends pitchers Christopher Sandroni of Oxford and Parker Caston of Cleveland surrendered just five hits, but six walks and three Oxford errors were too much to overcome.
Bryant King of Bruce had two hits and Dee Fair of Oxford tripled and scored a run for the Legends.
The Legends ended the tournament with a 1-2 record. (June 28, 2010, Page 6)
Oxford has been a town known for a lot of different things over the years. It’s a football town in the fall, a baseball town in the spring and a very slow town in the middle of the summer. But one thing that Oxford is throughout the year is a tennis town. (June 25, 2010, Page 7A)
The final chapter in Stormy Robison’s prep softball career has turned out to be another stepping stone for the ever improving Lafayette Lady Commodore softball program.
After spending two seasons at South Panola, Robison returned to LHS this past season to finish out her stellar career at the place she has always felt very comfortable at.
While Robison wasn’t ultimately able to push LHS to even greater heights in the Class 4A playoffs, her leadership qualities and strong work ethic definitely made an impression on a young LHS team that is expected to be strong over the next few years.
Robison said she really enjoyed her time with her teammates this year and added that she never felt any pressure from them to help them win a state title like she helped the Lady Tigers do in 2008. (June 24, 2010, Page 1B)
When the 2011 baseball season gets underway next spring, it won’t be surprising if Water Valley Blue Devils head coach Doug Robbins has to make two lineup cards at the season opener. While standout shortstop/pitcher Josh Johnson will be in Senatobia playing for the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers, having his name in the lineup won’t be easy thing for Robbins to erase.
Johnson has been a regular in the Blue Devils’ starting nine since he was in middle school and the impact he’s made in the program, starting with the 2006 season, has been huge. (June 23, 2010, Page 1B)
Three Oxford High athletes helped punctuate another successful season in track and field with a great showing in the New Balance National High School Championship meet held at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C., held over the weekend.
High jumper Justin Fondren earned All-American status by leaping 6 feet, 11 inches in the Elite classification. Joining Fondren in North Carolina was pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, who finished second in the Emerging Elite category by recording a vault of 15 feet, 4.25 inches and Lady Charger standout Erika Sisk, who long jumped 17 feet to finish fourth in the Emerging Elite category. (June 22, 2010, Page 6)
Lafyette’s Josh Mills and Jarrett Patton will join Oxford’s Luke Gibbs on this year’s District 2 All-Star team that will compete in the annual State Games of Mississippi next week.
The three area players were selected to join 15 other players from the Northwest Mississippi area after having a successful tryout on June 2 at NWCC.
The team will be coached by Olive Branch’s Chris Chambliss, while the annual tournament begins Thursday and runs through June 27 at Meridian Community College.
Joining Mills, Patton and Gibbs on this year’s team include: Mitchel Babb (South Panola), Lee Selfs (South Panola), Bobby Epps (South Panola), Garrett Blaylock (DeSoto Central), Mitchell Flowers (DeSoto Central), Cody Carson (Independence), Chase Clark (Bruce), Jay King (Bruce), Austin Gregory (Ingomar), Drew Milligan (DeSoto Central), Jared Thompson (DeSoto Central), Nick Reeves (Olive Branch), Nathan Vannortwick (Olive Branch), Cody Reed (Horn Lake). (June 18, 2010, Page 7A)
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