On a night where the Oxford High gym was overflowing with fans and onlookers, it was the appearance of one former Lady Charger that made the biggest impact for a current member of the team. Former OHS standout Erika Sisk returned home to Oxford from Murray State Tuesday night to surprise her younger sister, Amber, a senior member of coach Shayne Linzy’s team.
The visit was a surprise, so much so that when Erika and another former teammate, Meisha Gillom, entered the OHS locker area four minutes before the start of the annual Crosstown Classic with Lafayette, Amber broke down with tears of joy. (December 12, 2012, Page 4B)
PEARL — Oxford senior Mollie Beth Ott had an idea that her first-place finish in the pole vault was very important to how the Lady Chargers closed out Friday’s MHSAA Class 5A state track meet at Pearl High School when some extra teammates came over to watch her last few attempts.
With Oxford ahead of Pearl by only three points (72-69) with two events left to be scored, Ott’s finish — as well as how teammate Sally Rychlak fared — in the pole vault was critical to deciding a third straight state championship for the Lady Chargers.
Ott knew that Kristen Dickerson had fallen in the 300 meter hurdles and did not record a point. She was vaulting when members of the 4×100 relay team collided and finished eighth, which meant only one point for a team that should have finished fourth. Ott also knew that 3,200 runner Audrey Dayan was held out of Friday’s meet due to an injury, meaning no additional points in an event she was seeded third in. (May 14, 2012, Page 1B)
Dominant is what the Oxford Lady Chargers were Saturday in the Region 1-5A meet held at Oxford’s Bobby Holcomb Field. Oxford finished first in the meet with 212 points, almost 100 more than second-place finisher Center Hill (117). The Lady Chargers also finished with seven first-place finishes and a bevy of seconds to earn the title. First-place finishes garner 10 points, while second-place finishes garner eight. (more…) (April 30, 2012, Page 8)
An existing relationship and a feel of home has landed Itawamba Community College one of the Oxford Lady Chargers’ team leaders.
OHS center Meisha Gillom will continue her playing career in Fulton playing for ICC women’s basketball head coach Nanci Gray, who has followed Gillom since she was little. (April 11, 2012, Page 9)
Oxford’s Erika Sisk must have felt like she was in a whirlwind the past 30 days. It was exactly a month ago that the standout point guard led the Lady Chargers to their first Class 5A title in school history and the school’s first undefeated season at 33-0.
Moments after celebrating and holding up the coveted MHSAA gold ball with her teammates, Sisk found out she had been named to the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game and a few days after that, she was tabbed to the All-State team. (more…) (April 4, 2012, Page 1B)
VIDEO BLOG: Oxford senior forward Meisha Gillom talks about the Lady Chargers’ North Half win over Center Hill.
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A season that was started with great promise and expectations continued to deliver on all accounts for the Oxford Lady Chargers and their fans Saturday night in the OHS gym. A night after defeating Canton 63-49 to advance to Jackson for the MHSAA state tournament for the first time since 2005, the Lady Chargers defeated Center Hill 51-48 to win the 5A North Half title.
The win also pushed their winning streak to 31 games. (February 20, 2012, Page 1B)
The Oxford gym provided a rocking atmosphere Friday for Senior Night.
Shayne Linzy, Oxford High’s girls basketball coach, doesn’t like to focus too much on any one of his players. To him, each Lady Charger is special in their own way and equally important to the team’s success.
He does have a few players that stand out above the rest, or at least garner a little more attention due to their scoring or leadership abilities, but Linzy is always quick to put out the importance of team. (more…) (January 19, 2012, Page 8)
Tuesday’s nightcap involving the Oxford Chargers and Lafayette Commodores literally came down to one play. In a game that was as emotionally charged as any recent contest between Lafayette and Oxford on the basketball court, it was the Chargers who got the better of the Commodores in a 55-53 win in the LHS gym. (more…) (January 18, 2012, Page 6)