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)
The ever-changing Water Valley softball field took another step forward on Monday when the school board approved the site of a permanent concession stand behind the Lady Blue Devils’ dugout.
The field, which is funded solely from fundraisers and by the booster club, is an on-going work in progress and according to athletics director Trey Allman, the immediate goal is to have the foundation and pipes for the concession stand in place by this spring.
Allman added that he hopes the restrooms will also be completed by the spring. (August 4, 2010, Page 9)
The final chapter in Stormy Robison’s prep softball career has turned out to be another stepping stone for the ever improving Lafayette Lady Commodore softball program.
After spending two seasons at South Panola, Robison returned to LHS this past season to finish out her stellar career at the place she has always felt very comfortable at.
While Robison wasn’t ultimately able to push LHS to even greater heights in the Class 4A playoffs, her leadership qualities and strong work ethic definitely made an impression on a young LHS team that is expected to be strong over the next few years.
Robison said she really enjoyed her time with her teammates this year and added that she never felt any pressure from them to help them win a state title like she helped the Lady Tigers do in 2008. (June 24, 2010, Page 1B)
Water Valley’s softball season came to an end Friday with a 10-0 loss in six innings to Nettleton in the Class 3A playoffs. The Lady Blue Devils finished the year 11-8 overall. (May 3, 2010, Page 2B)
On Thursday, Nettleton displayed just how good they really were, defeating the Water Valley Lady Blue Devils 13-1 in five innings to take Game 1 of their Class 3A playoff series. (April 30, 2010, Page 8A)
The Blue Devils travel to play a gritty Independence bunch while the Lady Blue Devils host Nettleton, one of the state’s best softball teams and defending Class 3A state champion. (April 29, 2010, Page 6)
LHS lost 10-9 to Lewisburg after leading 9-1 going into the fifth inning, a result that was not even a factor for the Lady Commodores less than 24 hours later. (April 12, 2010, Page 2B)
Two days after Robison recorded a no-hitter against divisional-foe Senatobia at home, she recorded a one-hit effort against a very good Lady Blue Devil team that started the season with eight-straight wins. (April 5, 2010, Page 6A)
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