Hot temperatures are nothing new for high school football coaches to have to deal with. Every year practices begin at the hottest point of the summer. But this year’s heat, and more specifically this week’s heat that has pushed the mercury over 100 degrees, has even made the toughest of coaches make sure their players are properly hydrated.
Lafayette head coach Anthony Hart and his staff have always tried to do the best job they can to keep players cool and hydrated. Hart even changed the practice time Tuesday so that action would start at 5:30 p.m. rather than at 3:30 p.m. so his team could miss the hottest point of the day on the hottest day of the year. (August 4, 2010, Page 9)
The ever-changing Water Valley softball field took another step forward on Monday when the school board approved the site of a permanent concession stand behind the Lady Blue Devils’ dugout.
The field, which is funded solely from fundraisers and by the booster club, is an on-going work in progress and according to athletics director Trey Allman, the immediate goal is to have the foundation and pipes for the concession stand in place by this spring.
Allman added that he hopes the restrooms will also be completed by the spring. (August 4, 2010, Page 9)
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Oxford may not be the first city you would expect to find Mississippi State Athletics Director Scott Stricklin, but a stop at Proud Larry’s restaurant on the Square to meet with area Bulldog fans and welcome students who will be attending MSU in the fall was right up his alley.
Stricklin made a rare appearance in Lafayette County Monday evening and while he attempted to garner additional support for the athletics department, his main goal was to show his support for existing MSU fans who live in an area dominated by Ole Miss Rebel supporters. Being on the road has become a regular occurrence for Stricklin ever since he was named MSU’s athletics director on May 7 and his stop in Oxford was just another city to add to the list that now includes Houston, Texas, Memphis, Birmingham, Ala., and several points in between. (August 3, 2010, Page 6)
A fresh start in a state made famous for its football is what awaits former Oxford High standout Derrick Williams. The 2008 EAGLE Player of the Year committed to play football at the University of Nebraska-Omaha over the weekend. Williams will leave Oxford Wednesday to begin his career as a Maverick under the direction of coach Pat Behrns.
Williams got a call from Behrns late last week and decided that his future would be best suited in Omaha despite not taking a visit to the campus. (August 3, 2010, Page 6)
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Punters and kickers go largely unnoticed on the football field, but for every kicker there is usually a long snapper that is taken for granted by bystanders.
In Water Valley that is not the case, as Blue Devils head coach Brad Embry has long preached the importance of senior long snapper Fred McGee. (August 3, 2010, Page 7)
The uncertainty surrounding Ole Miss’ quarterbacks appears to have been laid to rest — at least for now.
On Sunday, former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli confirmed that he plans to join the Ole Miss football team this fall as a walk on.
“I’m excited to get another chance,” Masoli told Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples on Sunday. “I’m so grateful and thankful.
“I can’t wait to play some SEC ball, to be honest with you.” (August 2, 2010, Page 6)
NEW ALBANY — With back-to-back strikeouts looking delivered by starter Jordan Moore, the Tallahatchie Rascals held on to claim the Cotton States Baseball League championship with a 2-0 win over the North Delta Dealers Saturday.
Players from the Rascals dugout didn’t pour onto the field, dogpile or pop a celebratory champagne bottle (in part because alcoholic beverages are prohibited from the New Albany Sportsplex’s grounds).
Likewise, Dealers players didn’t pout, smash bats or fall to the diamond in anguish. Both teams simply shook hands and then immediately set their sights on what’s next — their respective fall and spring seasons.
Nobody likes to lose, but the CSBL isn’t just about immediate success.
While all the players in the wooden bat summer league would have loved to hoist the CSBL’s trophy on Saturday, what they’re really hoping for is that the hard work they put in over the hot summer months will pay off in the future. (August 2, 2010, Page 6)
Bolstered by a strong summer in the weight room, the Oxford Chargers were able to give head football coach Johnny Hill a memorable first week of practice.
Outside of the weather not cooperating late in the week, there wasn’t a lot Hill could find wrong with the team’s first week of work getting prepared for the 2010 season. (August 2, 2010, Page 7)
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