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Lady Bears Slow-Pitch Capture 2nd In Class

Article posted on Oct. 23, 2008 by Patrick Brown ~ Print Article

West Lincoln Lady Bears Slow-Pitch Softball team finish runner-up for the state of Mississippi in MHSAA class 1A

JACKSON, MS – West Lincoln Lady Bears traveled to VA Fields in Jackson on Saturday, Oct 18, 2008, as South-State champions to faceoff the North-State Champion; Smithville for the 2008 MHSAA 1A Championship.

At approximately 11:00AM CST, the Lady Bears would meet their match on VA Fields as the Smithville Seminoles took the first hit. At the top of the first inning, Smithville would complete the diamond with 5 runs, while gaining the last hit during the 2nd inning. “Usually the first inning seems to be the worst for the home team when you’re playing at state”, said one spectator. While incidently playing on a baseball-sized field, it was somewhat difficult for the Lady Bears to regain field position until after the 1st inning.  West Lincoln would come back at the bottom of the 7th, regaining needed strength, but one run short of Smithville with a final score of 6-5.

In game #2, the Lady Bears would come back to split the best-of-three game series at 3-2. A powerful hit directly over 2nd base into the clear outfield would account for the gain of 2 runs by Smithville.

During the final game #3, the Lady Bears were defeated 6-1 and captured runner-up to state. The Lady Bears and coaches staff were presented medals by the MHSAA for second in state of Mississippi for class 1A Slow-Pitch Softball. The Lady Bears district record was 8-0, playoff record 7-3 and an overall record of 26-10. “We had a very successful season and i’m proud of them”, said Andrew Redd – Head Softball Coach.


The results of State Championship on October 18th are as follows:
2008 1A Championship Game in Jackson, MS vs Smithville
Game 1: West Lincoln 5, Smithville 6 (Loss)
Game 2: West Lincoln 3, Smithville 2 (Win)
Game 3: West Lincoln 1, Smithville 6 (Loss Runner-Up)

The results of third round (south final) on October 14th are as follows:
Round 3 at Home vs Stringer
Game 1: West Lincoln 0, Stringer 2 (Loss)
Game 2: West Lincoln 2, Stringer 1 (Win)
Game 3: West Lincoln 8, Stringer 3  (Win Advance)

The results of second round on Oct 11th are as follows:
Round 2 Away vs Puckett
Game 1: West Lincoln 3, Puckett 1 (Win)
Game 2: West Lincoln 2, Puckett 1 (Win Advance) 

The results of first round on Oct 9th are as follows:
Round 1 at Home vs Nanih Waiyah
Game 1: West Lincoln 12, Nanih Waiyah 0 (Win)
Game 2: West Lincoln 11, Nanih Waiyah 0 (Win Advance)

¦lt;br /> Photo: Coach Andrew Redd receives the second place runner-up state trophy from an MHSAA representative.

Lady Bears JV & Varsity Season Roster
Andrew Redd (Head Coach), Lane Young (Assistant Coach)
Statistician: Karlee Rushing; Managers: Zach Williams, Kelsey Smith

#24 Julie Case (RCF)
#7 Laina Laird (RF)
#5 Hannah Knouse (2nd)
#20 Taylor Crews
#17 Ashley McCaffrey (LCF)
#29 Karli Herrington
#16 Alexis Cook (SS)
#30 Katie Mullins
#13 Marisa Pruski
#31 Sabrina Wallace
#15 Shelby Lofton (3rd)
#4 Keri Easley (LF)
#26 Stephanie Smith (1st)
#25 Kayla Beth Rushing
#8 Rebecca Reeves
#9 Haley Ainsworth (C)
#19 Jessica Franklin (P)
#14 Taylor Lofton
#27 MaKayla Smith
#22 Peyton Mullins

Article & Photos by Patrick Brown

Class 6A Coming To High School Sports Soon

Article posted on Jun. 04, 2008 by Patrick Brown ~ Print Article

The Mississippi High School Activities Association will bring to Mississippi, a sixth classification that will present a higher level of sports in the state starting the 2009-2010 school year. This will change the way enrollment is currently used to classify high schools in sports from 1A to 5A for Mississippi. A popular 6A school with national recognition is Hoover High School in Hoover, AL, under the Alabama High School Athletic Association flagship.

The following notice was posted to the web site of Mississippi High School Activities Association on May 16, 2008.

The MHSAA Executive Committee voted 14 to 0 to move to the 6A classification (beginning in the 2009 – 2010 school year)  system with 32 schools in the top two classes and the rest of the schools evenly divided among the other classes.  Enrollments and numbers of schools will change by fall 2008 when a final reclassification assignment will be made.

The Committee also approved moving to a final four format for the state basketball championships as a way to reduce travel costs and to accommodate the addition of a class to the competition.

Bobcat Cheerleaders Going to State Competition

Article posted on Dec. 13, 2007 by Patrick Brown ~ Print Article

BOGUE CHITTO – Whoever said cheerleaders are not athletes had never prepared for a cheerleader competition.  If he had, he would know very well the dedication, endurance, and hard work it takes to compete in any cheerleader competition.

Saturday, November 10, after many hours of blood, sweat and tears, the Bogue Chitto Varsity Cheerleaders headed to Brandon High School to compete at the Central Mississippi Regional Cheer Competition.  There, the squad competed against five others in the 1A small division. 

After each squad had competed, each girl gathered with her own squad in the center of the mat in anticipation of finding out what the squad had scored.  The girls were handed their envelope and told when to open it.  In order to qualify for the state competition, the Bogue Chitto squad had to score a superior rating of  75%.  When the varsity cheerleaders opened their envelope, they saw that their hard work had paid off.  Inside the envelope were thirteen golden ribbons.  The Bogue Chitto varsity cheerleaders won a bid to the Mississippi State Cheerleader competition which will be held Saturday, December 15, at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. Competition will begin at 10:00am.

Bogue Chitto Varsity Cheerleaders competing in the Mississippi State Cheerleader Competition in Jackson are: (front) Heather Roberts and Morgan Roberts, (middle) Chassity Moak, Hayley Beth Owens, Holly Cochrane, Jalene Dunaway, and Ta’keshia Lewis, (back) Laken Crosby, Shelby Tobias, Caitlin Owen, Mikki Mitchell, Amanda Owen, and Blaine Myers.

Submitted by Tasha Scott

West Lincoln Teams Capture Tourney Trophy

Article posted on Dec. 11, 2007 by Patrick Brown ~ Print Article

LINCOLN COUNTY – It was a big event for Lincoln County’s four schools–The Lincoln County Varsity Basketball Tournament. Bogue Chitto, Enterprise, West Lincoln and Loyd Star gathered to compete for the county title. Twelve great games were played, but only one team would pull for the trophy.

Congratulations to West Lincoln’s Lady Bears & Bears for capturing first in the traditional tournament and receiving the tournament trophy. Both Loyd Star teams came in as runner-up.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Lincoln County Varsity Basketball Tournament, including those who brought food and drinks for the Coaches & Officials Lounge. Information from the tournament can be found below:

This Year’s Varsity Tournament Schedule
 2007 Tournament Schedule – Last updated: December 8th FINAL

The tournament style is “Round Robin”, which means all teams played each other. The tournament winner  was determined by the top team with the highest number of wins at the end of the tournament for both girls and boys teams.

The following are recorded, available streaming audio. Simply click the “Play” button to listen. Windows Media Player, Quicktime or compatible player required. These streams are also available in the Media Streaming Sports Radio Archives.

** PLAY ** This Archived EventBASKETBALL: Lincoln County Varsity Basketball Tournament – West Lincoln vs Bogue Chitto(Friday, December 7, 2007) – Ricky & Mickey Myers on WRQO 102.1FM. Includes girls & boys game. Audio streaming for 3:08hrs at 24kbps.

** PLAY ** This Archived EventBASKETBALL: Lincoln County Varsity Basketball Tournament – Bogue Chitto vs. Loyd Star; West Lincoln vs. Enterprise (Saturday, December 8, 2007) – Ricky & Mickey Myers on WRQO 102.1FM. Includes boys game of Bogue Chitto vs Loyd Star & boys and girls game of West Lincoln vs Enterprise. Audio streaming for 4:21hrs at 24kbps.

Past Tournament Trend (Reference Information Only)
 2005 Tournament Schedule | 2006 Tournament Schedule

Bogue Chitto Lady Cats, 2007 State Champs!

Article posted on Oct. 24, 2007 by Patrick Brown ~ Print Article

JACKSON, MS – The Lady Cats endured a tough event at VA Fields in Jackson, MS. Spectators were everywhere as they came to watch their teams compete in the 2007 MHSAA State Softball Championship on Saturday October 20th, 2007. Class 1 through 5A schools were present as they competed for the state trophy in their class.

At 11:00am, Bogue Chitto’s Lady Cats took the field. Batting pop-ups for most of the game, the Cats fell in the first game to West Union 8-4.

Reversing the situation for game #2, the Cats came back to split the tournament against West Union with a score of 10-0, recognizing the 10-run rule. “We’re back in the game!”, spectators and players shout aloud.

The final game, game #3, would prove to the Lady Cats “Can we do it?” With team effort and support by each player, yes they did it. With West Union in the last bat and scoring run after run, the game ended at a score of 7-6 when the last out was achieved and the official called game.

The official calls game and the Lady Cats scream with excitement. “We Won! We Won!” as one spectator shouts out over the crowd. “Blue and Gold!” as another proclaims. The air was filled with excitement as the 2007 Bogue Chitto Lady Cats were set to make history for the 585-student, Kindergarten through 12th grade school in rural Lincoln County, Mississippi.

Larry Thomas, a representative from the Mississippi High School Activities Association, presents the state championship trophy to Scott Leggett and the Lady Cats softball team. Each team player was issued a medallion for participation in the state tournament.

The Lady  Cats completed the season with an overall record 22-15, with a district record 5-1 and a score of 248-195.


Photo: Coach Scott Leggett is presented a state medallion by his wife Denise Leggett, also the Assistant Softball Coach.

Lady Cats JV & Varsity Season Roster
Scott Leggett (Head Coach), Denise Leggett (Assistant Coach)
Statistician: Darlene Miller; Manager: Briel Jackson

#15 Darcy Miller – Pitcher, Outfield
#14 Kelli  Howard – Short Stop
#16 Caitlin Owen – Outfield
#20 Shaquille Burton – Outfield
#1 Josie Porter – Outfield
#4 Jessie Miller – 3rd Base
#12 Morgan Roberts – Catcher
#19 Amanda Owen – Outfield
#18 Mikki Mitchell – 1st Base
#13 Bradi Davis – 2nd Base
#5 Blaine Myers – Pitcher
#24 Adrienne Wallace
#44 Holly Miller
#8 Toy Smith
#2 Hailey Estess
#21 Kerri McGehee
#17 Heather Miller
#11 Christianna May
#9 Kaylie Crosby
#7 Shelby Crosby
#6 Laken Crosby
#3 Rheagan Welch

Article & Photos by Patrick Brown

Loyd Star Receives Sportsmanship Award

Article posted on Sep. 10, 2007 by Patrick Brown ~ Print Article

LOYD STAR – At the Fall Mississippi High School Activities Association District meeting held at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Loyd Star High School was awarded the Sportsmanship Award for the 2006-2007 school year.

Dr. Ennis Proctor, Executive Director of the MHSAA, presented the award to Principal Wayne Rogers and Athletic Director Billy Vaughn at the meeting. The award is sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance and given to schools through out the state. Principal Wayne Rogers presented the award to the school and students at a recent pep rally.

Pictured receiving the award banner are several of the coaches at Loyd Star. (L-R) Jonathan Breakfield (Baseball), Ricky Myers (Golf), Ansel Mote (Football), Gene Britt (Boy’s basketball), Travis Smith (Football, Baseball), Jay Rayborn (Football, Baseball), Ryan Ross (Football, Power-lifting), Josh Thibodeaux (Football), Jeff Sorey (Director of Bands), Billy Vaughn (Athletic Director, Girls basketball), Ricky Ferguson (Regional Manager of Farm Bureau Insurance), Dana Smith (Cheer Sponsor), and Clara Freeman (Cheer Sponsor). Not pictured is Jan Delaughter (Fastpitch), Janet Taylor (Fastpitch), Stuart Sellers (Soccer), Jana Russell (Asst. Band Director), Heather Watts (Tennis, Girls basketball).

Article & Photo by Sherry Davis

Bogue Chitto Gets A New Stadium Pressbox

Article posted on Sep. 06, 2007 by Patrick Brown ~ Print Article

Mickey Myers, the "Voice of the Bobcats" announces the home football game in the new pressbox Friday night (8/31/2007)BOGUE CHITTO – Football spectators noticed a slight change to the press box during the first home game at Bogue Chitto.  “It’s going to be state-of-the-art”, says Mickey Myers, Bogue Chitto Football “Voice of the Bobcats” for 15 years.

The Bobcats have been due for a new pressbox for two seasons. “Our old pressbox got damaged by Hurricane Katrina”, Myers said. The current construction of the pressbox is operational and near completion. “It has two 8′ X 12′ rooms. “One room will house the pre-game officials, radio crew and coaches. The other room will house the announcer and clock operator”, said Myers. The pressbox also includes a film crew deck for protection against inclement weather conditions. “Oh yeah, we’re even going to have A/C & Heat, so we’ll be quite comfortable”. Myers noted that there will be plenty of room on the inside to move around. “Also, it is elevated, so we don’t have to worry about people coming to the window and distracting us”, he said.

Officials utilized the new pressbox during Friday’s game against St. Aloysius, where Bogue Chitto captured a victorious win. Myers appreciated the help of many volunteers that are making the project worthwhile.

Lady Yellowjackets See First Place Trophy

Article posted on Jan. 23, 2007 by Patrick Brown ~ Print Article

ENTERPRISE – With a final record of 15 wins and 5 losses, the Enterprise Lady Jackets Junior High Basketball Team would win first place in the Mid-South Tournament hosted, at Wesson Attendance Center, during the championship game on January 17th, 2008.

Mid-South Tournament 2008In the 2006-07 season, the Lady Jackets placed second, but for the 2007-08 season, their hard work and endurance would topple the crown against Topeka-Tilton for the championship seat. Receiving the championship trophy was team member Caroleah Brister, who was injured early during the season.

The team also captured first place in the Lincoln County Tournament in late October 2007.

See also
Lincoln County Tournament  | Mid-South Conference

Record 15-5

“I would like to thank Mr. Eubanks and the parents for their support of our team througout this season and a special thanks to the team members for coming together and working hard to reach their goals.” says Rusti (Smith) Magee, the junior high girls team head coach. Coach Magee, a product of West Lincoln and the well-known Coach Jack Case, says “You play as a team; you win as a team. Simply put, you play to win.”

2007-08 Season Roster

Managers: Terrah Nelson, Haley Renfro and Karla Beth Hux.
Players: Anna Beth Caves, Brittany Moak, Haley Brazell, Tiffany Busby, Carley Price, Skye Pruden, Dusti Rawls, Kelsey Hooks, Callie Cole, Kelsey Hux, Caroleah Brister, Crystal Byrd, Taylor Nelson, Veonka Sanders and Jannah Wilson.

Congratulations to the Enterprise Junior High Lady Jackets for an outstanding season.

Article & photos by Patrick Brown

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