Thursday, July 26, 2012
Growing up, basketball was Davion Johnson’s passion.
“In high school, most of my friends were playing football,” he said.
Coach John Danley said Johnson wanted to play basketball in the ninth grade.
“He was out there running (with the basketball players),” Danley said, “and the next thing I knew he was coming back through those double doors and saying, ‘Coach, I want to stay in the weight room.’”
Lady Pats back
in title hunt
Some younger players getting a year older and a few newcomers could spell success for the Marshall Academy softball team this year.
“Our goal this year is to win the district, finish in the top two of the north half and then compete for the state championship again,” coach Carlton Gibson said.
The Lady Patriots won back-to-back state titles in 2007 and 2008, plus an overall crown the latter of those two years. After a young team struggled in 2009 and 2010, the rebuilding process took a big step forward last season when Marshall finished 24-12, placed second in the district and fourth in the north, and advanced to state.
Behind The Scoreboard
Ready for Olympics
While yours truly was basking in sun and surf on Dauphin Island last week, things were heating up on all fronts from Colorado to England. Countries, following the legendary and iconic torch, were making their way to the newly-designed Olympic Village in London, England, in anticipation of the grand opening this weekend.
Memphis, Ole Miss to renew series
University of Memphis Athletic Director Tom Bowen announces, in a joint press release with Ole Miss Athletic Director Ross Bjork, that the two institutions have signed a four-year contract to renew their football series that ended in 2009.
The new contract calls for the series to resume in 2014.
Softball Marathon set for
Saturday in Holly Springs
The Be The Match Foundation is hosting a “Softball Marathon” Saturday, July 28, from 10 a.m. until at Sam Coopwood Park in Holly Springs.
The best softball teams in the Mid-South will be knocking cancer and sickle cell out of the park.
Entry fee is $25.
All proceeds will benefit the Be The Match Foundation.
For more information on this fund-raiser, please contact Mary LaSueur at 662-403-0091.
Coleman part of rebuilding process at Troy University
By BARRY BURLESON
Kourtney Coleman’s freshman year on the basketball court at Troy University was indeed a new experience.
The 2011 graduate of H.W. Byers was a member of three state championship teams with the Lady Lions.
Last season her new team, the Lady Trojans, finished 2-26.
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