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Oxford on the mark vs. Raiders

Jamborees are typically meant for teams to see what they have and to then work out the kinks without the pressure of mistakes showing up in the win-loss column.

Friday, the Oxford Chargers opened the Oxford-Ole Miss jamboree at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in impressive fashion with a 17-0 victory over Shannon. (August 13, 2012, Page 7)

Chargers ready to host annual jamboree

High school football action returns to the area Friday night and Saturday with a bevy of games at Ole Miss’ Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

While the “official” start to the season is still a little more than a week away, teams from around North Mississippi will get a chance to work out some kinks in the annual Oxford-Ole Miss Jamboree. (August 9, 2012, Page 4B)

OHS making the grade in practice

Productive offseason workouts made a difference for the Oxford Chargers during their first day of summer drills Monday. OHS coach Johnny Hill was very upbeat about how the first three practices went for his team. (August 1, 2012, Page 6)

It’s go time: Practices begin Monday for teams

A summer of hard work is about to turn into true practices for area high school football teams. With the season opener three weeks away, Lafayette, Oxford and Water Valley will begin practices for the 2012 season Monday. In Lafayette’s case, the first practice under first-year coach Eric Robertson comes Monday morning at 8. (July 27, 2012, Page 6A)

Former Chargers to lead boys track, cross-country teams

Two of Oxford High’s most decorated track athletes will be leading two of the most successful programs at OHS in the coming year. Chris Patton and Chris Bush were both approved by the school board Monday to lead the cross country and boys track programs respectively. Patton, who has been an assistant to former OHS coach Scott Kendricks since 2008, will assist Bush on the track and continue to work with sprinters and jumpers as he has in the past. Bush will assist Patton with the cross country teams.

Oxford Athletics Director Johnny Hill recommended the duo after Kendricks decided first, to become just the cross country coach, and then leave high school coaching altogether when he decided to coach at Ole Miss earlier this month. (July 26, 2012, Page 6)

Letters to the Editor

Rhea Tannehill writes to thank all of the businesses and individuals who have helped with the development of local recreational facilities, Will Hunt writes about the Downtown Council’s Happy Birthday Oxford Summer Fest dunk tank raising funds for the Barksdale Boys and Girls Club of Oxford, and Basil Richmond writes about the Historic Preservation Commission and how we have to do what is best for our town. (July 5, 2012, Page 4)

Oxford swim coach wins national award

Oxford High’s run on athletic awards continued recently when swimming coach Rebecca van Oostendorp was recognized as the Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High Schools Coaches Association for 2012. (July 3, 2012, Page 6)

LHS, OHS getting into passing condition

Leave it to Oxford and Lafayette to add a splash of drama to a summer tournament.

The two football squads capped this weekend’s third annual O-Zone Classic 7-on-7 tournament with a championship game that went down to the last play. (June 18, 2012, Page 6)

Linzy’s move to Oxford pays dividends

Oxford girls basketball coach Shayne Linzy remembers the phone call he got from athletics director Johnny Hill in June 2009 informing him he had been selected to take over the Lady Chargers after former coach Shane Stone left for Potts Camp. It was a moment that Linzy would never forget because of what it meant to him personally and what it meant for his coaching career. (June 14, 2012, Page 6)

OHS starting to shake rust off

The first high school football game may still be 64 days away, but area teams are already gearing up for the 2012 season through various passing leagues. The annual 7-on-7 workouts at Oxford High School were supposed to have started the first Monday in June, but rain the past two weeks postponed the first set of games at Bobby Holcomb Field until this past Wednesday.

Two Oxford teams competed against Water Valley, Marshall Academy, Charleston and Potts Camp in the late afternoon trying to get the rust off and in some sort of shape heading into the annual O-Zone Classic 7-on-7 tournament this weekend at FNC Park. (June 14, 2012, Page 7)

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