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)
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 Water Valley Blue Devils continued their playoff success with a convincing road victory over the Ruleville Tigers 31-0 in the second round of the MHSAA Class 3A playoffs. (November 15, 2010, Page 6B)
Both the Oxford Chargers and the Water Valley Blue Devils will hit the road tonight in search of wins that will extend their respective seasons.
For Oxford, the Chargers will travel to face the Pearl Pirates on the road for the second consecutive postseason, while the Blue Devils will head to Ruleville Central for a second-round matchup against the Region 3-3A’s No. 4 seed. (November 12, 2010, Page 6A)
The Water Valley Blue Devils ended a four-game losing streak to Coffeeville Thursday with a 47-31 win over the Pirates in the Charleston Round Robin. The Lady Blue Devils weren’t as fortunate as they fell 57-51. (more…) (November 12, 2010, Page 6A)
This past weekend, the Ruleville Central Tigers proved Embry’s point. As a four-seed, the Tigers upset Region 3-3A No. 1 seed Leflore County 30-24. (November 11, 2010, Page 6)
Led by 27 points from Ashley Phillips and 18 from C.C. Phillips, the Water Valley Lady Blue Devils were able to earn their first win of the season Tuesday in the Charleston Round Robin Tournament. WVHS defeated Charleston 59-54, while the Blue Devils lost 52-50. Water Valley’s girls led 12-8 at the end of the first quarter, 27-26 at the half and 45-38 at the end of the third. (more…) (November 10, 2010, Page 9)
A senior-oriented team that is big on numbers is what Water Valley boys basketball coach John Sherman has to work with this season.
Sherman, who is entering his fifth year at the helm of the program, has eight seniors at his disposal and 17 overall players on the roster. (November 9, 2010, Page 9)
The Water Valley Blue Devils advanced to the second round of Class 3A playoffs after beating the Corinth Warriors 28-0 Friday night at Bobby Clark Field. (November 8, 2010, Page 4B)
WATER VALLEY — The Blue Devil defense out-shined the Corinth Warriors in Friday night’s Class 3A first round matchup win, earning a 28-0 win.
The Wrecking Crew bundled up opposing ball carriers throughout the evening and held the Warriors to under 150 yards of total offense on the night.
Whenever the Warrior (4-7) offense seemed to start to drive the football the Blue Devil (10-2) defense would make a big play causing them to have to punt.
Along with the stingy defense, the Blue Devil offense relied heavily on establishing a run game for continual positive yardage and to set up the play action pass.
The Blue Devil offense ran the ball with a slew of different players. Three Blue Devil players carried the ball over 10 times rushing for over 70 yards a piece.
The Blue Devils look to survive and advance throughout the playoffs. They will have to travel to Ruleville and will need to win to keep their State Championship dreams alive. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m on Friday.
LAFAYETTE 49, NORTH PONTOTOC 7
The top-ranked Lafayette Commodores got their playoffs started right on Friday, cruising to a 49-7 victory over the North Pontotoc Vikings at William L. Buford Stadium.
After posting a scoreless first quarter in which the Vikings were able to control the clock with short passes and draw plays, the Commodores bounced back in a big way by reeling off 49 unanswered scores. The Vikings lone score came with under a minute left in the contest when the Commodores had already pulled the bulk of their starters.
Lafayette will host the Louisville Wildcats on Friday. Louisville, led by coach M.C. Miller, defeated Amanda Elzy 32-8 in their round 1 matchup.
(November 6, 2010)
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