Trips to the MHSAA North Half basketball tournament are a thing of the past. Thanks to a vote by the MHSAA Executive Council Thursday, area basketball teams will not compete in the various North Half tournaments past this season. (February 7, 2014, Page 7A)
It’s good to know that our area high schools and District 2 have such capable leaders and experienced administrators helping decide issues that determine things for our athletes and those that they compete against. (October 25, 2013, Page 6A)
TUPELO — Don Hinton, the man who has led the MHSAA as executive director the past year, has been touring the state with members of his staff, meeting and greeting new coaches and visiting schools that may not have seen someone from the organization in a while.
Hinton took some time off from his road trip Thursday to meet with members of the media where he discussed several topics ranging from re-classification, future scheduling for teams and the possibility of moving championship games, in all sports, to new venues outside of the Metro Jackson area. (August 3, 2012, Page 6A)
SPORTS BLOG: WATER VALLEY — Three home runs and a nearly complete-game effort on the mound from Taylor King earned Water Valley a 10-8 win against Winona, the No. 2 seed from Region 3, Friday night at Blue Devil Field in the opening game of the best-of-three series in the first round of the MHSAA Class 3A baseball playoffs. (more…) (April 21, 2012)
Oxford’s successful swimming season came to a conclusion on a high note over the weekend as the girls placed second and boys placed second at the MHSAA Swimming State Championships held at the Delta State University Aquatics Club in Cleveland on Saturday.
The Chargers earned 62 points, while first-place Tupelo earned 138 and second-place Madison Central collected 100.
The Lady Chargers racked up 73 points, while first-place Tupelo earned 144.
Thirty-eight Class 6A and 5A schools participated in the championships.
Oxford took 10 boys and 10 girls to compete in the meet under the current format.
The Lady Chargers were led by Dora Chen, who placed second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of two minutes, 3.38 seconds and third in the 100-yard freestyle (56.66).
Chen also helped the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Cynthia Torma, Hayley Murphy and Sarah Wilson place second (1:48.88) and the 400 free relay team of Torma, Marta Burwell and Grace Orman place second (3:50.52).
Other Lady Chargers who placed were:
-Ashleigh Moore took first in the 200 IM (2:14.81).
-Burwell placed third in the 50 free (25.75) and sixth in the 200 IM (2:26.58).
-Orman placed seventh in the 200 IM (2:27.90) and eighth in the 100 butterfly (1:08.93).
-Torma placed fifth in the 50 free (26.86).
-Lizzy Leary placed fifth in the 500 free (5:46.18) and seventh in the 100 back (1:09.04).
-The 200 medley relay team of Burwell, Murphy, Orman and Wilson placed fourth (2:03.09).
The Oxford boys were led by Andrew Mullen, who placed first in the 200 free (1:45.84). He also placed second in the 100 butterfly (52.97) and helped the 400 free relay team of Dion Kevin, Jack Cutler and Chase Gladden place third (3:30.39) and the 200 medly relay team of Taide Ding, Gladden and Brian Clancy place fourth (1:47.90).
Other Chargers who placed were:
-Clancy placed eighth in the 200 IM (2:12.59) and third in the 500-yard free (5:12.88).
-Ding placed seventh in the 100 butterfly (59.84).
-Cutler placed fifth in the 500-yard free (5:15.10).
-Thomas Murphy placed eighth in the 100 back (1:04.11).
-The 200 free relay team of Kevin, Gladden, Ding and Clancy placed fourth (1:36.31). (October 31, 2011, Page 1B)
BLOG: Oxford senior pitcher Hunt Halford saved his best pitching performance of the season for the most critical game of the year for the Chargers on Friday night at Edwin Moak Field. (more…) (May 6, 2011)
COLUMN: Water Valley’s matchup against Leflore County in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs had no feel of desperation or competition to it.
Instead of two teams matching skills that were ultimately decided by one great play like Lafayette’s series with Kosciusko, the Blue Devils easily defeated the completely over matched Tigers in a doubleheader that was as lacking of a championship caliber atmosphere as you could ever imagine. (more…) (April 27, 2011, Page 8)
The Mississippi High School Activities Association divides up member schools for interscholastic competition according to enrollment and the MHSAA has released the news classes for 2011-13 on its website. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at some of the numbers and how they relate to athletics and competition among the schools. (December 1, 2010, Page 4)
Fans of area high school sports should expect to see some new teams to route against after the Mississippi High School Activities Association officially released the reclassification of schools for the 2011-2013 seasons Wednesday. Classifications are based on the student enrollment of each school that was reported with the State Department of Education Finance and Statistic Division in October.
Lafayette, Oxford and Water Valley all stayed in the same classifications (5A, 4A, 3A), but there were teams that the three schools have been playing that either moved up or down. Lafayette’s enrollment was listed at 690, making it the fifth-biggest school in 4A. Oxford listed an enrollment of 887, a figure that places them in the middle of 5A, while Water Valley has an enrollment of 354, a figure that also places them more in the middle of the 3A field. (November 18, 2010, Page 6)