No one can ever accuse OHS coach Johnny Hill and the Chargers of taking it easy in pre-region games. This season, Oxford opens with defending MAIS champ Jackson Prep and follows with MHSAA Class 5A champion Starkville, a very athletic Cleveland East Side team and Class 4A power and crosstown rival Lafayette. This week, all of the attention turns to getting better against a deep and talented Prep team in a public school-private school matchup at Bobby Holcomb Field. (August 22, 2013, Page 6)
Water Valley football coach Brad Embry is pleased with the progress his program has made and said that the Blue Devils are ready to take on larger classification schools in early games in an effort to get better as the season goes along. The Blue Devils travel to Class 4A New Albany this Friday night. (August 22, 2013, Page 7)
The Lafayette Commodores open their 2013 season on the road Friday against a Class 6A foe when they travel to Tupelo. It’s a good test for the Commodores, LHS coach Eric Robertson said, and the Golden Wave will look familiar even with a new coach since he’s former Water Valley coach Trent Hammond. (August 22, 2013, Page 6)
With the Southeastern Conference finalizing its schedule for the upcoming season, SEC schools, including Ole Miss, were able to release their 2013-14 men’s basketball schedules. Dates and TV appearances are set for the Rebels, who are the defending SEC Tournament champions. (August 21, 2013, Page 8)
The Ole Miss Rebels were introduced to more about their season-opening opponent, Vanderbilt, in Tuesday’s practice. (August 21, 2013, Page 8)
With high school football kicking off officially across the state this weekend, syndicated columnist Rick Cleveland takes a look at history and culture the sport brings to Mississippi. (August 21, 2013, Page 8)
Tuesday’s local sports briefs include:
– Ben Hubbard made a hole-in-one at the recent Oxford Lady Charger Softball Benefit golf tourney played at the Country Club of Oxford
– ESPN announced Monday it plans to televise Ole Miss basketball games against Kentucky and Oregon this season.
– Ole Miss has promoted Lady Rebel assistant tennis coach Jason Ontog to associate head coach.
– Registration is open for the fifth annual Lafayette Commodore Baseball Golf Tournament set for Sept. 14. (August 20, 2013, Page 7)
Coach Hugh Freeze, after seeing lots of positives from film of Saturday’s scrimmage, sent the Ole Miss football team through a practice session under the lights at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Monday. (August 20, 2013, Page 6)
The Oxford High Lady Chargers played their first slow-pitch softball game since the program was dropped when fast-pitch softball began, and dropped a 19-0 decision to Tishomingo County. (August 20, 2013, Page 6)
Local columnist Jimmy Reed pays tribute to his high school football coach, the late Ben Ruscoe, who taught him how to be a man. (March 27, 2012, Page 4)
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