Oxford High’s five state championships this past year and overall balance earned it a second-place finish in the annual All-Sports Award competition that is sponsored by the MHSAA.
Jeff Nelson’s nine-year legacy as Lafayette High’s Athletic Director may be coming to an end at the end of school year, but his peers felt like his contributions, both in the past and recently, were significant enough to honor him with an award that will remind him of his accomplishments during retirement.
The Mississippi Association of Coaches informed Nelson over the weekend that he been selected to receive the MAC AD of the Year award for 2011-12. Monday, Nelson deflected praise for winning the award and said he was proud for the school more than anything else. He also said the willingness of the school board to add sports and support from his former principal, Adam Pugh, who is now the district superintendent, made the success achieved over the last nine years possible as much as anything. (April 24, 2012, Page 8)
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)
Six years of hard work and steady building of the athletic program through the hiring of good coaches who developed athletes in the proper manner have paid off for Lafayette High School.
Lafayette won its first Mississippi High School Activities Association All-Sports Award Sunday. The award is given annually in recognition for an outstanding and balanced sports program. LHS garnered 305 points to capture the Class 4A crown, 15 points more than second-place finisher Pontotoc. Points are awarded for teams that make the MHSAA playoffs, while teams that win championships earn 30 total points. Lafayette’s boys powerlifters totaled 30 points thanks to its state title earlier this year. Teams that finished in second place, such as the football and girls basketball teams, each totaled 24 points. Lafayette made the playoffs in every sport but boys basketball and boys soccer this past season with volleyball, football, girls basketball, girls soccer, both powerlifting teams, both cross country teams, bowling and both track teams competing for team or individual titles in Jackson at various MHSAA state championship events. (June 22, 2010, Page 6)