November 22, 2007
It happened so quickly – like the Kirk Academy Raiders never really knew what hit them.
The Marshall Academy Patriots stunned the visitors with a 20-0 first quarter lead and went on to win 26-13, putting them in this week’s north half championship game versus Winston.
Indians fall to Bulldogs, finish 8-4
The gridiron Indians had advanced to the second round of the Class 3A playoffs by defeating the Humphreys County Cowboys at Byhalia on November 9. This past Friday they had to travel to Aberdeen to meet the Bulldogs who had polished off the Blue Devils of Booneville in round one.
This week things have really begun to heat up in the entire football world.
This week was supposed to be all about the collegiate bunch, but yours truly made a last minute switch when I realized that the Kansas City Chiefs (team of choice for the third consecutive year), were virtually locking horns with the Indianapolis Colts. More on that in a minute.
Lady Lions improve to 6-0
The H.W. Byers Lady Lions did something they haven’t done in four years – beat Tunica Rosa Fort.
Coach Jason Thompson’s team survived what he called “a slugfest” Tuesday night, Nov. 13, at home. They won 53-48 to end an eight-game losing streak at the hands of another group of Lady Lions. H.W. Byers improved to 6-0.
“There was a lot of poor execution on the offensive end by us,” Thompson said. “In the fourth quarter, we took charge and were able to make some free throws to win it.”
Byers outscored Tunica 18-10 in the fourth.
“We knew they’d come in and play us hard because they had not lost to us in so long,” he said. “It was a tough game. We finally got that monkey off our back.”
Leading Byers in the win were Simone Ryan with 14 points, Marian Parker with 11 and Rachel Jones with 10.
In the boys game, H.W. Byers saw its early season record drop to 1-4 with a 69-60 loss to Tunica.
Byers trailed 28-25 at the half.
Marvin Rayford led the home team in scoring with 19. Fred Jones added 18.
The Lions and Lady Lions were scheduled to visit Strayhorn on Tuesday of this week to close out the pre-Thanksgiving portion of their schedule. Monday, Nov. 26, they host Holly Springs.
Bi-County Tournament Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Holly High
Holly Springs High School will host this year’s Bi-County Basketball Tournament Nov. 29-Dec. 1.
This is the fourth year for the tournament, involving high school teams from Marshall and Benton counties. Participating schools are Holly Springs, Byhalia, H.W. Byers, Potts Camp, Ashland and Hickory Flat.
The inaugural tournament was held at Rust College in 2004. Champions were the Holly Springs Hawks and the Ashland Lady Blue Devils.
The tournament was held at Northwest Community College in 2005. Champions were the Holly Springs Hawks and the Byhalia Lady Indians.
The tournament was held at Hickory Flat in 2006. Champions were the H.W. Byers Lions and the H.W. Byers Lady Lions.
The schedule this year follows.
Thursday, Nov. 29
Friday, Nov. 30
Saturday, Dec. 1
Pep rally, tailgating starts at 5 p.m. Friday
Marshall Academy fans are urged to come out early Friday night for a pep rally, bonfire and tailgating (bring food and grill).
The activities will get underway on the Marshall campus at 5 p.m., prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff for the north half championship game between MA and Winston.
Lady Cardinals put up fight in two-point loss to 4A Oxford
By BARRY BURLESON
The turnover bug bit the Potts Camp boys in their game with Class 4A power Oxford Thursday night.
Patriots down AAA Pillow
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy Patriots, with a shortened roster due to the football team’s success, are off to a 4-1 start on the basketball court.
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Marshall Academy All Conference Softball District 1-AA 2007
Pictured front row, from left, are Brittney Tomlinson, All-Conference honorable mention; Mandy Bolden, All-Conference and District 1-AA MVP; Casey Gibson, All-Conference; Courtney Gibson, All-Conference; Lauren Alexander, All- Conference; Alli Kriss, All-Conference honorable mention; Coach Susan Rodgers, District 1-AA Coach of the Year; back row – Anna Roberts, All-Conference honorable mention; Traci Rodgers, All-Conference; Chelsey Gilliam, All-Conference, honorable mention; Heather Tomlinson, All-Conference.Back | Top of Page