Friday night will be the final non-region game of the season for the Water Valley Blue Devils. For coach Brad Embry, it’s another chance for his offense, defense and special teams units to work out kinks as they prepare for the games that really count.
WVHS will begin the first of three-straight games on the road at Independence, a team the Blue Devils lost to 7-6 last year. (September 23, 2010, Page 7)
Preparations for Saturday’s home game against Fresno State resumed Tuesday for the Ole Miss Rebels, who ending up losing two impact players during the session.
Sophomore linebacker D.T. Shackelford suffered a sprained ankle during Tuesday’s practice, while freshman running back/wide receiver Korvic Neat suffered a strained hamstring. (September 22, 2010, Page 6)
The Lafayette Lady Commodores will not be making a second-straight run at a state title.
With a return trip to Jackson on the line, the Lady ‘Dores were unable to knock off Region 2 leading Lewisburg, falling at home 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-19) on Tuesday. (September 22, 2010, Page 6)
As if getting used to new players with new abilities wasn’t enough during the 2010 fall ball season, the Ole Miss baseball team — and every other college program in the country, for that matter — will have to adapt to using new “BBCOR” bats this fall in order to play with them during the spring season.
Two years ago, the NCAA passed a rule in which all bats used by teams must be “BBCOR” certified by Jan. 1, 2011.
The new certification (which stands for batted ball coefficient of restitution) refers to the way bats are tested.
Instead of measuring the speed of the ball after it is batted, BBCOR measures the “bounciness” of the ball and bat, or the “trampoline effect”. (September 22, 2010, Page 6)
Lafayette’s eighth-grade football team remained undefeated on the season thanks to a 26-8 win over Grenada at William L. Buford Stadium Tuesday night. (September 22, 2010, Page 7)
There was plenty of excitement Tuesday night for Oxford’s seventh- and eighth-grade football teams as the two teams tied South Panola in action at Bobby Holcomb Field.
The seventh-grade Chargers tied 20-20, while the eighth-graders tied 14-14 in the nightcap. (September 22, 2010, Page 7)
Luke Freeman’s five-goal scoring spree lift the Oxford Park Commission Under-10 boys Galaxy soccer team to a 7-5 victory over the Earthquakes. In the other U10 boys game, the Sounders topped the Wizards 4-1. In the U10 girls league, the Crew and Fire tied 1-1 and United up-ended the Sounders 3-1. (September 22, 2010, Page 7)
Focus and leaning on a few seniors are two of the many ways Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt was planning on turning around the Rebels’ fortunes Saturday night when they host Fresno State at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
A 1-2 start to the season, against teams that are not the best on the Rebels’ schedule, is not what Nutt and his staff anticipated in preseason.
But instead of dwelling on the slow start and feeling sorry about where the team is, Nutt said the only medicine is to get back to work and ultimately earn a win. (September 21, 2010, Page 6)
Friday’s outstanding all-around performance for Lafayette’s Anfernee Gooch at Center Hill almost didn’t happen. Instead of racking up 177 yards receiving and an additional 93 yards through the return game, Gooch almost didn’t play because of a car wreck he was involved in the night before.
LHS coach Anthony Hart remembers Gooch telling him that he didn’t think he would play Friday night. Hart was preparing to move to Plan B when the senior was convinced that playing would not only be his best option, but the best option for the Commodores as well. (September 21, 2010, Page 6)
Yesterday the St. Petersburg (Fla.) College website still stated, “our coaching staff is currently in transition. For more information, use the ‘Contact Us’ link.”
The Titans can go ahead and update their website. At noon on Monday, Ole Miss volunteer assistant coach Rob Francis officially accepted the position of head baseball at St. Petersburg College.
“It’s been a crazy two weeks,” Francis said of the interview process on Monday.
After initially inquiring about the vacant position two weeks ago, Francis interviewed for the job last Monday and went back and forth during the negotiation process before officially accepting the offer on Monday. (September 21, 2010, Page 7)
John Davis Tweets @oxfordeaglejd