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)
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)
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)
One of the most successful coaches at Oxford High School throughout the past 13 years is stepping away from one of his roles.
Scott Kendricks, who has led the Chargers to five state championships in track, and most recently helped guide the Chargers to a cross-country title in 2011, has resigned from his post as head boy’s track coach, effective immediately. (June 1, 2012, Page 7A)
The annual “Crosstown Classic” football matchup between the Lafayette Commodores and Oxford Chargers just got a little bit bigger this year. For the first time since the rivalry began in 1972, the game will be televised live on Fox Sports South as part of the Bright Lights: Football package sponsored by C Spire Wireless. (May 30, 2012, Page 6)
Oxford head football coach Johnny Hill has been around long enough to know when a team performs at a high level in the spring and when it doesn’t. So when Hill says his Chargers accomplished a lot during the offseason drills set up annually for high school teams, it means something. (May 25, 2012, Page 7A)
Oxford’s talented trio of seniors will be able to call one another teammates for at least another two seasons.
During Monday’s announcement show at Irie on the Square, receiver Robert Liggins, defensive lineman K.C. Lamar and running back Mont Dean announced they plan to sign with Northwest Community College on Wednesday. (more…) (January 31, 2012, Page 9)
Senior running back Mont Dean finished his career as Oxford’s single-season rushing leader as he rushed for 115 yards against Clarksdale on Friday at Bobby Holcomb Field and finished the season with a total of 1,683 yards. (more…) (November 7, 2011, Page 6B)
The Oxford Chargers’ season was put to rest earlier than head coach Johnny Hill would have liked Friday night with a 20-17 heartbreaking loss to 1-5A foe Clarksdale. In a game of ups and downs for the Chargers, it was the first half that Hill felt really hurt his teams’ chances of winning. (November 7, 2011, Page 6B)
All three area football teams officially enter the must-win portion of their respective seasons tonight.
While the Lafayette Commodores and Water Valley Blue Devils open their playoff schedules hosting Leake Central and Laflore County, the Oxford Chargers close out their regular season with a win-or-go-home matchup against Clarksdale.
All games are set for 7 p.m. (November 4, 2011, Page 10A)