Community service and softball came together beautifully Thursday morning at Lafayette High. In an attempt to give back to the area each month, first-year coach Katie Moore and her Lady Commodores held a morning-long clinic for 38 elementary students that are enrolled in the Lafayette Summer Camp program.
Moore said that she, her assistants and her players enjoyed interacting with the kids, who took swings off a tee and ran bases among other activities. Moore even joked that the community service could lead to her getting a few players in the future. (July 8, 2011, Page 7A)
Leadership is a quality that all coaches, at any level and in any sport, hope to get from a few key players each season. It’s an intangible that helps a team define the path to victory as well as deal with the agony of defeat.
Tuesday proved to be a busy evening at Lafayette High School.
Not only were each of the five baseball and softball teams filled with underclassmen looking to make their mark and get their shot at starting, but the Water Valley and Lafayette softball teams were also under the direction of new head coaches in Casey Clouse and Katie Moore respectively. (more…) (June 8, 2011, Page 7A)
An investigation on the part of the Office for Civil Rights has led to a public hearing regarding the demotion and re-assignment of former Lafayette High softball coach Cay Papagolos earlier this year.
The OCR is currently investigating whether the Lafayette County School District failed to provide equal athletic opportunities to participants in the girls’ athletics program at LHS and at the middle school. (more…) (May 31, 2011, Page 8)
Led by Corey Hollis as the District 2-4A MVP, six Lafayette Lady Commodores were selected the All-District team recently. Joining Hollis on the team were Kelsey Kesler, M.C. Pate, Cameron Mize, Rae Drewrey, Avery McCullough and Kendall Glass as an honorable mention. (May 23, 2011, Page 7)
The Lafayette Lady Commodores’ dream of making a deep run in the MHSAA Class 4A playoffs came to a premature end on Saturday.
Led by pitcher Brianna Gable, the defending Class 4A state champion Lady Vikings knocked off Lafayette on the road on Saturday 3-1. North Pontotoc won Game 1 of the best-of-three series at home, 4-3 in eight innings.
After taking a 3-0 lead in the first, Gable was able to consistently keep Lafayette’s batters off balance. (May 2, 2011, Page 2B)
While talking about her team’s upcoming Class 4A first round matchup against North Pontotoc on Thursday, head coach Melinda Scruggs agreed that the old adage “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” applies to her Lady Commodores. (April 29, 2011, Page 6A)
Lafayette’s girls softball team continued to play well and demonstrate a potent offense with a 21-2 win over Byhalia on Tuesday night. The victory allowed the Lady Commodores to capture the Region 2-4A regular season title and finish as the No. 1 seed heading into the Class 4A playoffs next week. (more…) (April 20, 2011, Page 2B)
Exciting doesn’t even begin to describe the girls fastpitch softball game played between Lewisburg and Lafayette at LHS on Thursday night. In a contest that felt more like a heavyweight title fight, it was the Lady Commodores that delivered the final hit that garnered a knockout blow in the bottom of the seventh inning. (more…) (April 15, 2011, Page 7A)