March 6, 2014
teams going to state
With a spot in the state tournament on the line, coach James Sales put the basketball in the hands of a ninth grader.
“He has ice water in his veins,” said the Byhalia head coach. “I want him to have the ball in that situation.”
Point guard Avion Graham calmly nailed eight of 10 free-throw shots in the last two minutes of overtime Friday night, as the Indians stunned Greenwood 63-60 to earn their first trip to “The Big House” in 10 years.
The H.W. Byers bus might not even need a driver. It knows the way to “The Big House.”
For a record eighth straight year, the Lady Lions are packing their bags for the state tournament in Jackson.
Lady Hawks bow out in North final four
By CLAUDE VINSON
A history-making run for the Holly Springs Lady Hawks came to an end Friday night, just one win short of the Class 3A State Tournament.
“It was an exciting season,” said coach Sylvester Kilgore, whose team finished 17-12 and won the district championship. “These young ladies sacrificed a lot to put themselves in that position.
Behind The Scoreboard
In pursuit of gold ball
For the last two weeks you have been reading about individuals and teams seeking some golden reward for athletic endeavors. This, of course, was in the XXII Winter Olympics. The quest for the golden prize has moved closer to home and, specifically, one could say in our own backyard.
Lady Cards lose in North final four
By BARRY BURLESON
One year after reaching the state tournament, the Potts Camp girls bowed out in the final four of north half.
“We had our ups and downs this season,” said coach Tana Miller, whose team finishes 16-12, “but I’m proud of the girls. I feel like we played a tough schedule, and in the post-season, it paid off.”
The turnover-bug bit the Lady Cardinals versus Marshall County rival H.W. Byers Friday night and they fell 55-40 at Coahoma County High School.
Holly Springs registration set for next two Saturdays
The Holly Springs Parks and Recreation Department announces youth registration continues for Dizzy Dean baseball and softball.
Sign-up, for ages 3-17 (boys and girls), is available Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at city hall. There will also be registration on two upcoming Saturdays – March 8 and March 15 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon at the Eddie L. Smith Multi-Purpose Building.
Fees, which include cap and jersey, are $40 for ages 3-6 and $60 for ages 7-17, plus a family discount of $35 is available for each additional child in a household. For more information, call 252-4807.
Final Byhalia registration scheduled for Saturday
Byhalia Sports will host a final baseball registration this Saturday, March 8, at the Byhalia baseball field from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sign-up is for youth T-ball, ages 3-4; girls fast pitch softball, ages 5-18; and youth baseball, ages 5-18.
The fee, due at registration, is $65 per child. This includes full uniform.
The child must be present at registration for uniform sizing and photo. Bring a notarized copy of the child’s birth certificate on the day of registration.
For questions on the Byhalia Sports registration, call Jerry Kelley (901-355-7858), Amy McIntire (662-216-3117), or Michelle Feathers (901-299-2457).
Lions fall to ’Cats
By BARRY BURLESON
The H.W. Byers Lions, playing their best basketball at tournament time, came up just a bit short in the North State 2A quarter-finals.
Coach Trey Lawrence’s squad lost 77-68 Thursday night to Calhoun City, which went on to finish second and advance to the state tournament.
Bearcats win twinbill
The Rust College Bearcats baseball team traveled to Jackson, Tenn., Wednesday, Feb. 19 to take on the Dragons of Lane College.
In a fierce doubleheader, the Bearcats defeated the Dragons 15-8 in game one and 19-8 in game two.
Scoring home runs for the Bearcats were junior Richard Boone and senior Aurby Burdine. Newcomer Adonis Golden went five for five in the second game versus the Dragons; and the winning pitchers were junior Paszueal Talley and freshman Ehrique McKinney.
Hawks ousted by Kemper
By BARRY BURLESON
The season ended earlier than the Holly Springs Hawks had hoped, but it was a success based on more than just on-the-court performance.
The Holly High boys fell Thursday in the Class 3A North State quarter-finals, 85-73 to Kemper County. They ended the campaign with an 18-10 record.
Hawks beat Kossuth
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly High Hawks, fresh off a district championship, opened north half play Tuesday of last week with a home win over Kossuth.
The Hawks had been to these North wars a few times before under longtime coach Naylond Hayes. Now Sylvester Kilgore is in charge – in his first season.
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