The Oxford tennis team got its 2011 season and district play off to a fast start Tuesday with a 7-0 win over West Point on the road. The Chargers had little trouble dispatching the Green Wave thanks to a solid overall performance led by boys singles player Zach Wilder, who defeated Carson Miller 6-0, 6-0. (more…) (March 2, 2011, Page 7)
Despite a seven-run fourth inning, the Oxford High baseball team was unable to overcome a fast start by Olive Branch in a 15-10 loss Tuesday night. The Chargers (1-2) got to within a run of the Conquistadors at 3-2 in the top of the third, but they fell behind by 10 runs after Olive Branch scored nine in the bottom half of the frame. OHS was within 12-10 heading into the bottom of the fifth, but was unable to score the rest of the way as Olive Branch tacked on three more runs. (more…) (March 2, 2011, Page 7)
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.