With an emphasis on the future, Water Valley has hired Hollandale-Simmons coach Casey Clouse to lead its softball program.
The hiring of Clouse was officially approved at the Water Valley Schoolboard meeting on April 4. She will replace Kendra Bensch, who announced earlier this season that she will be relocating with her family during the summer. (April 18, 2011, Page 3B)
BLOG: Casey Clouse has been hired to coach Water Valley’s softball program. (more…) (April 16, 2011)
Led by the hitting of Haley Vance and the pitching of Tyler Epps, the Water Valley Lady Blue Devils were able to secure wins over South Pontotoc and Byhalia on Friday night. (more…) (April 11, 2011, Page 4B)
Oxford’s girls softball team jumped out to a 2-0 lead but was unable to sustain the early momentum and ended up falling to Water Valley 4-2 at OHS on Tuesday night. The Lady Chargers collected five hits and left four players on base on offense, while they made five errors on defense. (more…) (April 6, 2011, Page 7)
A heartbreaking one-run loss to Senatobia last Friday night is something the Lafayette Lady Commodores didn’t allow to linger on Tuesday against the Water Valley Blue Devils. Instead of playing flat and unfocused, LHS was able to overcome the setback with a 6-3 home win over the Lady Blue Devils to sweep the season series.
An improved effort wasn’t enough to lift the Water Valley Lady Blue Devils past the defending Class 3A state champion Nettleton Lady Tigers on Tuesday night. Water Valley dropped its season opener 10-2 to the Lady Tigers, the team that eliminated them from the playoffs last season en route to the title. (more…) (March 2, 2011, Page 7)
There is a lot of reason to be excited about the upcoming high school softball season if you’re one of the three area coaches from Lafayette, Oxford and Water Valley.
The Lady Commodores, led by Cay Papagolos, return a bevy of talented players from a team that advanced to the Class 4A playoffs last season. In Oxford coach Lauren Hill’s case, a new field and several newcomers have given her program a brand new start at turning things around, while in Kendra Bensch’s case, Water Valley has the best player in the area in Ashley Phillips as well as a talented nucleus that includes four seniors and three juniors overall. The 2011 season begins this weekend for the three teams, with Oxford hosting the second annual Charger Classic at its new softball field on campus and at FNC Park. (February 25, 2011, Page 7A)
A little over a year after making a verbal pledge to play softball at Mississippi State, Water Valley standout Ashley Phillips made things official Monday when she signed her name on the dotted line to play for coach Jay Miller and the Lady Bulldogs.
Phillips, the 2009 EAGLE Player of the Year, was joined by several members of her family, her teammates, friends and coaches in a signing ceremony held in the WVHS cafeteria Monday afternoon. It was last fall that Phillips decided that MSU was the place for her to play and despite the opportunity to see other schools, Phillips stuck to her original decision. There hasn’t been any stress leading up to signing the National Letter of Intent, Phillips said, but the excitement level did build as Monday arrived and the ceremony got closer. (November 16, 2010, Page 2B)