As the Lady Rebels prepare to host the 2011 Southeastern Conference Softball Championships May 12-14, the Ole Miss Athletics Department announced renovations to the Ole Miss Softball Complex and ticket packages for the three-day tournament.
This will mark the first time Ole Miss has hosted the eight-team, single-elimination tournament, which began in 1997. Arkansas served as host of last year’s tournament, while Alabama claimed the championship. Over the past decade, Ole Miss has hosted SEC Championships in cross country, men’s and women’s tennis, soccer, track and field and women’s golf. (December 13, 2010, Page 3B)
Led by James Miller’s 24 points, the 13-15 Lakers were able to defeat the Grizzlies 38-26 Thursday night in Oxford Park Commission youth basketball action. In the other 13-15 game, the Celtics pounded the Heat 44-26. In the lone 9-10 game, the Grizzlies edged out the Heat 18-15. In the 11-12 league, the Grizzlies beat the Celtics 26-21, the Bulls edged the Heat 28-25, while the Lakers edged out the Thunder 34-31. (December 10, 2010, Page 7A)
Included on the 2010 Mississippi Association of Coaches’ Class 3A All-State Team were first teamers, linebacker J.D. Fondon, safety/running back Eric Buckley and long snapper Fred McGee. Cornerback/receiver Chris Conard was named to the second team, while linebacker C.J. Jackson, lineman Tommy Lipscomb and punter John Michael Grimmett were named as honorable mentions. (December 9, 2010, Page 6)
The MACJC North Division champion Northwest Rangers capped a stellar season with a No. 6 ranking in the final NJCAA Top 20 Football Poll of the season. It was the Rangers’ first Top 10 finish since the 1999 season when they also finished No. 6 in the nation. (December 9, 2010, Page 6)
Lafayette’s Jeremy Liggins and Demarkus Dennis highlighted the postseason awards and postseason teams that were selected recently in Class 4A.
Liggins, a junior, was named Player of the Year for the Region 2-4A team and the quarterback on the first team of the Mississippi Association of Coaches Class 4A team.
Dennis, also a junior, was named Offensive Player of the Year on the Region 2-4A team and first team running back on the MAC team. (December 8, 2010, Page 9)
Oxford’s girls soccer team played two of the best teams in the state over the weekend and fared well in both games. The Lady Chargers lost 2-0 to Ridgeland and tied Gulfport 0-0. Ridgeland is the defending Class 5A champion, while Gulfport won its district last season in Class 6A. Emily Meadows had seven saves in the loss to Ridgeland and then had 11 saves in the tie against Gulfport. Oxford’s defense was led by Maia Cotelo. Allison Lyon, Eden Sandlin and Maggie Mitchell were credited with solid overall play, while Meredith Sanford led the offense. Both Oxford teams will return to action Friday against Lafayette.
The Lady Chargers will play LHS at Ole Miss at 5 p.m., while the Chargers play the Commodores at 7. (December 7, 2010, Page 9)
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