SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — One of the most special seasons in Ricky Woods‘ coaching career ended up earning him the MACJC North Coach of the Year, while 10of his Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers earned All-State and All-Region XXIII honors. (more…) (November 16, 2010)
Despite being a first-time starter at libero, Rafnson was an integral part of a Lady Commodores team that advanced to the North Half title game and finished with a 16-7 record, and because of Rafnson’s leadership and acrobatic playing style, she is the 2010 Oxford EAGLE Player of the Year. (November 16, 2010, Page 1B)
Ole Miss’ struggles on the gridiron this season have not been taken lightly by the players and coaching staff.
Why is that blatantly clear?
Well, in part because of head coach Houston Nutt’s opening statement that kicked off his weekly press conference on Monday.
During his nine-minute speech, Nutt focused on the state of the program over the last 50 years and where he thought it was headed. (November 16, 2010, Page 4B)
A little over a year after making a verbal pledge to play softball at Mississippi State, Water Valley standout Ashley Phillips made things official Monday when she signed her name on the dotted line to play for coach Jay Miller and the Lady Bulldogs.
Phillips, the 2009 EAGLE Player of the Year, was joined by several members of her family, her teammates, friends and coaches in a signing ceremony held in the WVHS cafeteria Monday afternoon. It was last fall that Phillips decided that MSU was the place for her to play and despite the opportunity to see other schools, Phillips stuck to her original decision. There hasn’t been any stress leading up to signing the National Letter of Intent, Phillips said, but the excitement level did build as Monday arrived and the ceremony got closer. (November 16, 2010, Page 2B)
Ole Miss’ formidable non-conference slate to open the year only gets tougher this week as the Rebels host two teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament and NIT respectively last season.
Murray State, a team that went 31-5 and was a made 3-point shot away from beating Butler in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year, visits on Wednesday, while the Dayton Flyers, the team that beat the Rebels in last year’s NIT Final Four, comes to town on Saturday. (November 16, 2010, Page 2B)
Water Valley swept Pope Middle School on the hardwood on Monday, with the seventh-grade boys winning 17-9, the seventh-grade girls winning 13-11 and the eighth-grade boys claiming an 11-9 victory.
Keauana Sarrow and Tierra Turner led the seventh-grade girls with seven and six points respectively. In the seventh-grade boys game, Cooper Clements and Makedrius Gooch had team-highs with seven and five points respectively, while Skyler Defer led the eighth-grade squad with four points. Water Valley returns to the hardwood on Nov. 29, traveling to Coffeeville. (November 16, 2010, Page 3B)
The 10-12 Bears, the 8-9 Ravens and the 6-7 Jaguars all won respective titles in the inagural Mayors Championship Series held Monday night at FNC Park. The series culminated action in the Oxford Park Commission youth flag football leagues.
The Jaguars defeated the Bears 21-14, the Ravens downed the Chiefs 20-6, while the Bears got by the Giants 18-14.
In games leading up to Monday’s championship, the Ravens topped the Saints 18-13, while the Chiefs defeated the Raiders 19-13 in the 8-9 league. In the two 10-12 league games, the Bears beat the Steelers 19-6, while the Giants edged the Cowboys 13-12. (November 16, 2010, Page 4B)
A week after starting the final and most important month of the season with a Homecoming win over Louisiana-Lafayette, the Rebels found themselves as the victim of a one-sided Homecoming loss at the hands of the Tennessee Volunteers.
Led by the passing of freshman quarterback Tyler Bray, and aided by five Ole Miss turnovers, the Volunteers earned their first Southeastern Conference win of the season by throttling the Rebels 52-14 in front of a crowd of 96,044 at Neyland Stadium. (November 15, 2010, Page 1B)
A preseason filled with a lot of promise has turned into a regular season that is dangerously close to being one of the least impressive for the Ole Miss Rebels in several years. (more…) (November 15, 2010, Page 1B)
Bolden carried the ball 12 times for 113 yards and scored both of the team’s touchdowns in a game that was essentially decided by the start of the third quarter.
The two scores for Bolden raised his season total to 11 on the year and 20 in his career, while his rushing effort gave him five games of over 100 yards. (November 15, 2010, Page 2B)
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