January 26, 2012
Byers sweeps Myrtle
The Lady Lions were facing a perennial rival in the Lady Hawks from Myrtle Tuesday of last week.
Traditionally, Myrtle has provided one of the biggest hurdles for H.W. Byers to clear on their run to the playoffs. Tuesday of last week, the undefeated and third-ranked Lady Hawks (22-0) went out front 8-3 and then it was tied at nine before the top-ranked Lady Lions called a halt. They outpointed the visitors 20-11 to end the first quarter.
One vs. two: Lady Lions win
Coach Jason Thompson circled two big dates on his calendar prior to the basketball season – January 17 and January 20.
Donahoe leaving MA for Heritage
Barrett Donahoe said it was a job offer he could not turn down.
Marshall Academy’s head football coach is leaving after just one season in Holly Springs to take the same position at Heritage Academy in Columbus.
MA boys finish perfect in district
Coach Craig Dailey said one of his players, Kevin Fitzpatrick, told him last week, “Coach, it’s my favorite time of the year.”
That’s because the playoffs start soon.
Seaboard flavor in Super Bowl
We may not know who is going to Disneyland at this point, but after Sunday, we definitely know who is going to Super Bowl XLVI.
The major battles in the NFL were on the East Coast and the West Coast and, apologies to Rudyard Kipling, in this case the twain shall meet. It will be a finish in Indianapolis with a definite seaboard flavor – the Patriots versus the New York Giants – again.
Chelsey Gilliam has long been a star on the Marshall Academy softball team.
Next year she will be shining at Northwest Community College.
The MA senior, on the team since the sixth grade and a starter since the eighth, signed with the Lady Rangers last week.
Lady Indians split versus district foes
The Byhalia Lady Indians had a couple of close games last week in Region 3-3A – winning one and losing one.
Coach Renee Crenshaw’s crew beat North Panola 60-55 Tuesday of last week at home.
Three players scored in double figures – Shandricka Sessom with 19, Latara Jones 15 and Kimberly Reed 12.
‘Showtime’ to hit big screen
“Showtime,” a documentary by Ben Guest featuring the H.W. Byers Lady Lions in their state championship season last year, will be a part of the Oxford Film Festival.
It will be shown on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 1:30 p.m. at the Malco Oxford Studio Cinema. Admission is $8.
Cardinals snatch first win of season
It was an exciting night Friday for Potts Camp basketball teams when they visited Strayhorn.
The boys picked up their first win of the season, while the girls won an overtime thriller.
Coach Shaun Holtz called his young Cardinals’ 47-44 victory over Strayhorn “awesome.” Both teams entered the game winless.
Marshall honoring 1971 team
Marshall Academy will recognize the 1971 championship basketball team during special ceremonies this Friday.
The players, their families and coaches are invited to return to MA as special guests that evening when the Patriots host public school rival Hickory Flat.
Holly Springs teams fall in district games at Ripley
The opening quarter Friday night in Ripley belonged solely to the defending Class 3A champion Lady Tigers.
They established a rhythm of sorts early and found easy pickings at the basket and on defense. They were stripping the ball from the Holly Springs Lady Hawks and Becca Ruckes was turning them into points in the paint. Ripley led by 20 after one period (25-5).
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