February 28, 2008
Lady Lions return to state
By CLAUDE VIINSON
Jason Thompson, head coach of the H.W. Byers Lady Lions, said last week he’s trying to build that winning tradition.
MA’s Adams finalist for High School Heisman
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy senior Brent Adams was recently honored as one of 20 state finalists in the 2007 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award Program.
Behind The Scoreboard
It wouldn’t be too farfetched to wonder if John Calipari called up Bill Belichik and asked for some consoling words after Saturday’s game at the FedEx Forum. Of course, we are spoofing here, but let’s face it, both of these were super games with super hype.
H.W. Byers in Sports Illustrated
The H.W. Byers basketball program was mentioned in the February 18 edition of Sports Illustrated.
The magazine published an article entitled “Fast and Furious,” which focused on the dribble-drive motion offense. The attack has helped Memphis become one of the top college basketball teams in the country.
It listed NBA teams, Division I colleges, small colleges, high school and AAU teams which SI found are running the dribble-drive motion offense. The list included the H.W. Byers Lions and Lady Lions from Mount Pleasant.
Vance Walberg, a junior college coach, devised the attack, which was picked up by John Calipari at Memphis.
“I feel we’re teaching kids how to play basketball instead of how to run plays,” Walberg said in the SI article.
Dizzy Dean registration continues
The Holly Springs Parks and Recreation Department is registering for spring and summer T-ball, coach pitch, baseball and girls softball.
Teams will play in the Marshall County Dizzy Dean League, along with Byhalia and Potts Camp.
For the first time this year there will be a special age group for 3- and 4-year-old children. There will also be teams for girls ages 5-16 with new 5-6 girls softball teams if there are enough participants, and teams for boys ages 5-15.
Registration is being held at Holly Springs City Hall or the Eddie L. Smith Jr. Multi-Purpose Building. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
There is a $20 registration fee. Please bring a recent photo of your child and a copy of his or her birth certificate.
Deadline to register is March 7, the Friday before spring break.
For more information, call 662-252-4807.
Shooting sports meeting Mar. 3
There will be a 4-H Field and Stream Shooting Sports meeting on Monday, March 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Byhalia High School Library, located on Hwy. 309 North in Byhalia.
This meeting is for anyone interested in the 4-H Field and Stream project. We will discuss the upcoming schedule for the year, go over rules and go over general safety.
Please make plans to attend this meeting. If you plan to compete in the state competition you must have at least 24 hours of instruction and this meeting will count towards that 24 hours.
For additional information and to register for the meetting, contact Lemon Phelps at the Marshall County Extension Service, 662-252-3541.
MA teams fall at state
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy varsity basketball teams saw their successful seasons end last week in the first round of the State AA Basketball Tournament at Grenada.
Ruleville eliminates Byers boys
By BARRY BURLESON
The H.W. Byers Lions continued their Cinderella story in the first round of Class 2A North State play.
Byhalia schedules final sign-up
Byhalia Sports Association will hold its final open registration for spring and summer T-ball, baseball and softball on Saturday, March 1, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Byhalia Town hall.
Hawks, Indians eliminated
The Holly Springs High School Hawks and the Byhalia Indians, both forced to travel, were eliminated February 19 in the opening round of North State play.
The Hawks fell 62-45 at Cleveland East Side.
Holly High trailed 18-11 after one quarter, 35-21 at the half and 50-32 at the end of three periods.
Just one Hawk scored in double figures. Timothy Oliver had 15 points. Terek James added eight.
The Indians lost 98-57 at Humphreys County.
Byhalia was down 29-14 after one period, 50-29 at the half and 80-46 following three quarters.
Top scorers for the Indians were Mario Parker with 15, Jermone Marion with 12 and Thomas Lesueur with 10.
The playoff losses ended the season for both teams.
Marshall County coaches are urged to fax their spring sports schedules to The South Reporter at 662-252-3388.
This includes baseball, softball, track, tennis and golf.
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