Thursday, July 27, 2006
Hawks, MA teams gain experience
By BARRY BURLESON
The Holly Springs Hawks and Marshall Academy Patriots and Lady Patriots wrapped up successful summers with recent team camps.
Coach Naylond Hayes’ Hawks traveled to Union University in Tennessee for some strong competition and went 7-2 for the week.
“We’ve got a lot of new people and this was a chance to see who we can depend on and see them in game-type situations,” Hayes said. “It’s very beneficial for me to see what we need to work on going into next season.”
The Hawks, coming off back-to-back Class 3A state crowns in 2004 and 2005 and a runner-up finish in 2006, beat Bolton, Hickman County, Lake County, Memphis University School, Collierville, Covington and Middleton. They lost to Northside and Liberty.
“We gained some confidence, but we’ve got a long way to go,” Hayes said. “I will earn my money this next season. We’re going to be a young team.”
Hayes is looking to replace four starters and the first substitute off last year’s 34-2 squad.
At earlier team camps, the Hawks went 2-2 at Columbus and 4-4 at Northwest Community College.
Coach Craig Dailey’s MA Patriots and Lady Patriots also faced their share of quality foes during team camps at Madison Ridgeland Academy.
Dailey said he had a “lot of players step up” on the boys’ side during the week-long stay at MRA.
“It was a good week,” he said. “It was real competitive.”
The Patriots got big wins over Brookhaven and Jackson Prep and tied Jackson Academy and Leake.
“We will be real young, but playing competition like we played at MRA can only make us better,” Dailey said.
The Lady Patriots made the road trip to MRA the following week and “played very well,” according to Dailey. They went 12-3 for the week.
They beat Pillow Academy, which went on to win the camp.
“I told the girls that was OK, because we didn’t have to beat them to win state,” Dailey said.
Marshall competes in Class AA, while Pillow is a AAA school.
The Lady Patriots beat Delta by 20 points.
“We had some really good wins,” he said.
“I’m excited about next season. The girls are definitely headed in the right direction”
Dailey said both his Lady Patriots and Patriots worked hard in the summer.
“We had a good summer, in general,” he said.
“The MRA camp gave us a chance to see where we stand in our league.”
Last season the Patriots and Lady Patriots finished 31-14 and 25-18, respectively. The Patriots advanced all the way to the Mississippi Private School Association Overall Tournament.
Dailey, entering his second year at MA, will lead both the boys and girls in 2006-07. Last year Keith Taylor coached the Lady Patriots.
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