Oxford coach Drew Tyler knows a Most Valuable Player candidate when he sees one. After having 13 consecutive players who have won the EAGLE’s top boys basketball award over the years, Tyler has gained a great perspective as to what an individual has to do to obtain such recognition.
For 6-foot-2 OHS junior guard Justin Fondren, the recipe for success that ultimately allowed him to earn the 2011 EAGLE Player of Year award was his ability to do everything well. As Tyler explains it, Fondren is his best athlete, his best basketball player and best student all rolled into one. (April 20, 2011, Page 1B)
The 6-foot-1 Blue Devil committed to play for Hendrix College after a visit to the Conway, Ark., based school this past weekend. Dalton said he reached a financial agreement with the Division III private school that is regarded as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the nation and has already been accepted. (March 16, 2011, Page 7)
Grinning from ear-to-ear and laughing, Sherman, and his players, were on the receiving end of congratulatory handshakes and pats on the back. (February 14, 2011, Page 7A)
If the first game is the toughest test, then Water Valley passed with ease Tuesday night, as the No. 3 seeded Blue Devils rolled to a 58-44 win over No. 6 seed South Pontotoc at Winona’s J.J. Knox Gym in the opening round of the Region 2-3A Tournament. (more…) (February 9, 2011, Page 8)
It was only fitting that on Senior Night, it was the upperclassmen that propelled both the Water Valley boys and girls basketball squads to victories over Winona on Monday. (more…) (February 1, 2011, Page 8)
Water Valley’s girls got the night off to a good start with a 74-65 win, while the Blue Devils ended a two-game losing streak in division play with a 53-39 win in the nightcap. (more…) (January 26, 2011, Page 7)
Aberdeen’s Earnest Williams scored 22 points to help lead the Bulldogs to a 58-39 win over Water Valley Tuesday night in the WVHS gym. Fred McGee led the Blue Devils (12-6 overall, 1-1 in District 2-3A play) with 18 points. (more…) (January 19, 2011, Page 7)
Whether it was driving to the basket, leading the fast break, pulling up for a jumper or knocking down free throws, Water Valley senior point guard Ashley Phillips did it all on offense for the Lady Blue Devils during their 62-51 home victory over Amanda Elzy on Friday. (more…) (January 10, 2011, Page 6)
Water Valley jumped out to an early lead and was able to sustain it throughout the contest en route to a lopsided 49-27 win over the Jaguars. The victory was the fourth in a row for the Blue Devils, who improved to 10-4 on the year.
Water Valley’s girls were not as fortunate in their game as they lost 40-24 to J.Z. George. (January 5, 2011, Page 6)