Tennis has been more than a sport for Oxford High’s Zach Wilder, it’s been a way of life since he can remember. As the son of a successful collegiate tennis player who has competed against some of the best players in the region and been cradled by some top instructors over the years, tennis has helped define Wilder’s past, present and future. (more…) (April 21, 2011, Page 6)
As of right now the Diamond Rebels are in a neck-and-neck race with a slew of other Southeastern Conference foes for the right to play in the conference’s eight-team tournament in Hoover, Ala. at the end of the year.
That tournament also means admission into the NCAA Tournament, which is why this weekend’s series at Auburn should take on added meaning.
That may not be the case, however, according to Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco. (more…) (April 21, 2011, Page 6)
The Water Valley track and field squad stood out at the recent Division 2-3A meet at Winona, with seven division champions and six runner-ups. The Blue Devils will have 16 athletes advance to the Class 3A regional meet at Winona on April 30. (more…) (April 21, 2011, Page 7)
Every member of the Oxford tennis team will be in Ridgeland May 9-10 to compete in the individual state tournament. Every player won two matches in the Division 2-5A tournament held at Itwabama Community College on Wednesday. (more…) (April 21, 2011, Page 7)
A 10-run second inning was too much for the Rayner Eye Clinic Braves to overcome on Tuesday, as the 10-year-old Oxford Park Commission Bravos lost to the First National Bank Tigers 12-7.
Oxford coach Drew Tyler knows a Most Valuable Player candidate when he sees one. After having 13 consecutive players who have won the EAGLE’s top boys basketball award over the years, Tyler has gained a great perspective as to what an individual has to do to obtain such recognition.
For 6-foot-2 OHS junior guard Justin Fondren, the recipe for success that ultimately allowed him to earn the 2011 EAGLE Player of Year award was his ability to do everything well. As Tyler explains it, Fondren is his best athlete, his best basketball player and best student all rolled into one. (April 20, 2011, Page 1B)
Bittersweet was the only way to describe the feeling Oxford coach Chris Baughman had following Tuesday night’s Region 2-5A finale against West Point at Edwin Moak Field. For the second time in less than a week, the Chargers lost a region game on their home field by making errors and not executing like they had most of the season.
The end result was a 10-7 setback to the Green Wave, a team they beat two other times this year, and a final mark of 5-4 in the region.
Despite the loss, there was one positive gained for the loss, OHS still secured the region regular season title and the coveted No. 1 seed in the upcoming Class 5A playoffs thanks to New Hope’s 16-2 loss to Saltillo. Oxford (13-9 overall) will be idle this weekend in the playoffs because of the bye, but is still searching for a way to fully break out of the mini funk that has set in the final few games. (April 20, 2011, Page 1B)
Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia will be the next stop in the playing career of Lafayette High standout Shaquilla Isom. The 5-foot-7 combo guard signed on to play with the Lady Rangers on Tuesday evening in the LHS library after two full years of recruitment.
NWCC assistant coach Shane Oakley has almost been to as many games as Isom has played in during that time period to get a better look and feel for a player that he feels will help the team immediately. (April 20, 2011, Page 2B)
Lafayette senior pitcher Cody Grey punctuated his standout season with a shutout over Byhalia on Tuesday night.
Grey improved to 7-0 on the year as the Commodores rolled past the Indians, 12-0 in five innings, at W.V. Brewer Field. Grey logged three innings of work and finished with four strikeouts and no hits. (more…) (April 20, 2011, Page 2B)
Lafayette’s girls softball team continued to play well and demonstrate a potent offense with a 21-2 win over Byhalia on Tuesday night. The victory allowed the Lady Commodores to capture the Region 2-4A regular season title and finish as the No. 1 seed heading into the Class 4A playoffs next week. (more…) (April 20, 2011, Page 2B)
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