The final high school basketball games at the “old” Oxford High School gym will be Friday night, ending almost five decades of games in the facility. Editor Don Whitten, who’s seen quite a few games there, looks back at some of the top coaches, players and teams who competed there. (January 23, 2014, Page 4)
An opportunity to take on a bigger role with Lafayette High School athletics was something Anthony Hart couldn’t pass up. Hart, who helped lead the Commodores to two straight MHSAA Class 4A state football titles, has left his post as the team’s head coach to take on his new role as athletics director for the school district. (December 9, 2011, Page 6A)
It may have seemed strange for him to have left a job where he led a team to a 12-2 record and a spot in the semifinals of the Class 3A playoffs, not to mention the comfort of the area where he grew up, but Hart felt like leaving Franklin County for Lafayette was the move he needed to make. (more…) (November 23, 2011, Page 6A)
The last few seasons has been a great time to be a fan of the Lafayette Commodores.
The football team won its first state championship under Anthony Hart, the cross country teams finished high at the state meet under Mississippi Association Coach of the Year Ben Mikell, the girls basketball program has reached the state tournament under coach Amy Sutton, the girls track team finished second this year at the MHSAA state meet under the guidance of Sutton and Mikell, the tennis team earned its first individual state title winners, while other sports have performed at a high level. (more…) (June 3, 2011, Page 7A)
A public hearing regarding the reassignment of former Lafayette High School girls softball coach Cay Papagolos produced several hours of testimony from administrators and coaches employed by the Lafayette County School District. A decision will be made by the school board on her future with the district. (June 2, 2011, Page 1A)
Joe Murray, attorney for former Lafayette High School softball coach Cay Papagolos, said his main concern after Wednesday’s public hearing on Papagolos’ reassignment earlier this year were the inconsistencies in the testimony given by school officials and administrators. (June 2, 2011, Page 5A)
Testimony was given by Lafayette Athletics Director Jeff Nelson and Superintendent Mike Foster in a public hearing regarding the re-assignment and re-hiring of girls fastpitch softball coach Cay Papagolos on Wednesday morning. (more…) (June 1, 2011)
An investigation on the part of the Office for Civil Rights has led to a public hearing regarding the demotion and re-assignment of former Lafayette High softball coach Cay Papagolos earlier this year.
The OCR is currently investigating whether the Lafayette County School District failed to provide equal athletic opportunities to participants in the girls’ athletics program at LHS and at the middle school. (more…) (May 31, 2011, Page 8)
A goal of becoming one of the better cross country programs in Class 4A, and North Mississippi, eight years ago has led to an honor for Lafayette High School and head coach Ben Mikell. (more…) (May 18, 2011, Page 6)