New Albany wraps up summer soccer at Pontotoc

Joseph Rainey of New Albany passes the ball inside the box during Monday's 7v7 match against Saltillo. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Joseph Rainey of New Albany passes the ball inside the box during Monday’s 7v7 match against Saltillo. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
New Albany wrapped up their summer 7v7 season at Pontotoc as they played in a round robin scrimmage with host Pontotoc, Saltillo and Tupelo. Play included varsity boys and girls as well as JV boys and girls.
“We ended the day 2-1 with the varsity girls, picking up wins against 4A rival Pontotoc and Tupelo, who is the top school in North Mississippi,” New Albany coach Caryl Vogel said. “We have a lot to improve on leading into the season, but these summer tournaments really help us find our weaknesses and strengths.”
The Lady Bulldogs defeated Pontotoc 4-0 and Tupelo 1-0, while falling to Saltillo 3-1.
“We ended the day with a victory against Pontotoc in varsity boys, which is always nice,” Vogel said. “I was pleased with our effort in all the matches, but we have to continue to develop our play. We have an old group, but there is still a lot of soccer to be learned before the season kicks off.”
New Albany defeated Pontotoc 4-2, but lost to Saltillo 2-1 and Tupelo 4-0.
“I’m glad our younger players got the chance to play against the teams’ JV’s,” Vogel said. “We have a lot of seventh graders who have only played in the park system and this gave them great insight into what to expect. It also gave us a great measuring stick of what we need to work on.”
Zach McDonald of New Albany controls the ball in front of the Tupelo goal during Monday's match at Pontotoc. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Zach McDonald of New Albany controls the ball in front of the Tupelo goal during Monday’s match at Pontotoc. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Hall to play on regional all-star team in Orlando

Kelton Hall was named to the USSSA Southeast 14U All-American Regional Team and will compete in Orlanda, FL.

Kelton Hall was named to the USSSA Southeast 14U All-American Regional Team and will compete in Orlanda, FL.


By Dennis Clayton
Kelton Hall of Ingomar was recently been named to the 2014 Southeast 14U USSSA All-American Baseball Team. Hall will play in the USSSA All-American Games during August 1-4 at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney World in Orlando, FL.
Hall is one of two Mississippians named to the 15 member team. The Southeast Regional team is made up of players from Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas and South Texas. There will be eight regions competing in round robin pool play with the the pools divided by east and west regions. The winners of each pool will play for the championship.
Hall qualified to make the team by attending a tryout at Southaven, MS. Players were evaluated on hitting, running, throwing, fielding and pitching. Player were evaluated in the same manner that is used for major league prospects.
“I went to a showcase in Southaven and tried out. I’m going to Orlando to play in Disney World,” Hall said. “I played USSSA last year with the Mississippi Rebels, but I didn’t play this year.”
Hall is looking forward to the games and will be accompanied by several members of his family.

Taylor chosen to play in Mississippi Showcase

John Austin Taylor

John Austin Taylor


John Austin Taylor of West Union was recently chosen to play baseball in the Mississippi Showcase sponsored by BSN Sports at Tupelo Christian Preparatory School’s baseball field on July 24. There were 30 players chosen from across the state to participate.
Taylor had a .415 batting average on the 2014 season for Coach Will Hawkins and the Nettleton Tigers. Taylor recorded 44 hits, including 10 doubles and a home run. Taylor’s on-base percentage was over .500. Taylor played the majority of his games at third base.
“I know there will be some college scouts and Major League Baseball scouts coming and this is a great opportunity to get noticed,” Taylor said.
Taylor will play next spring for West Union as his father was recently named the principal at West Union Attendance Center.
“I’m very excited, it’s a new opportunity to meet some new people and have a new family over here. I think that we have a shot at doing some good things here and hopefully we can make it deep into the playoffs and achieve our main goal of winning state,” Taylor said of the move to West Union.
‘I want to say that I’m very honored to be selected and invited to play in the showcase. I just want to give a special thanks to God for giving me this opportunity and blessing me with this talent. My parents have always supported me through it and my coaches from the past have helped me make it to where I am now,” Taylor said.
Taylor is the son of Russell and Karen Taylor.

Sanderson receives MAC Athletic Director of the Year Award

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Coach Shane Sanderson was presented with a plaque recognizing him as the Mississippi Association of Coaches Athletic Director of the Year during the MAC Hall of Fame banquet held June 27 in Jackson, MS. Pictured with Coach Sanderson are: Lenzi (daughter), Cathy (wife), Summer (daughter) and Sanderson. Photo submitted.

Lady Falcons split games with South Pontotoc

Ingomar's Kasey Carson makes a great running catch in right-center to record the out during Tuesday's summer league game against South Pontotoc. Kelly Mayo runs out to take the relay throw. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Ingomar’s Kasey Carson makes a great running catch in right-center to record the out during Tuesday’s summer league game against South Pontotoc. Kelly Mayo runs out to take the relay throw. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
INGOMAR – Ingomar’s Lady Falcons had a split decision in fast pitch softball on Tuesday as South Pontotoc won game one 5-4 and the Lady Falcons took the nightcap 3-1.
Ingomar fell behind 1-0 after South Pontotoc scored the first run of game two in the top of the fourth. Ingomar had gone in order through the first three innings.
Ashley Forester lead off the Ingomar fourth with a single and then stole second. Kelly Mayo’s sacrifice moved Forester to third and Maggie Smithey’s RBI single drove her home. Smithey stole second and later scored to put the Lady Falcons in the lead 2-1.
Ingomar scored in the fifth inning as Erin Wall reached on an error and scored on a Kelly Fooshee RBI single.
Wall was the winning pitcher.
Game one saw South Pontotoc take an early 2-1 after one inning. Ingomar scored when Maggie Smithey walked, stole second and went from second to home after the catcher’s throw to second bounced into the outfield.
The Lady Falcons took a brief lead in the third, Abby Deaton walked and scored on Sara McDonald’s RBI groundout to second. Kelly Mayo walked and later scored to put Ingomar up 3-2.
South Pontotoc scored three in their half of the fourth to retake the lead 5-3.
Ingomar scored their final run of the game in the bottom of the fourth as Erin Wall singled and moved to second on Kelly Fooshee’s walk. Lauren Thompson singled to drive in Wall and post the final score of 5-4 in favor of South Pontotoc.
Sara McDonald of Ingomar had six strikeouts against South Pontotoc on Tuesday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Sara McDonald of Ingomar had six strikeouts against South Pontotoc on Tuesday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Maggie Smithey steals second and scores as the catcher's throw goes into the outfield. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Maggie Smithey steals second and scores as the catcher’s throw goes into the outfield. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

New Albany football hosts annual camp

New Albany Football camp was held June 16-19 with approximately 50 campers attending from grades K-seventh. Coach Ron Price and his staff worked with the campers on stretching, agility, passing and catching the football. A punt, pass and kick contest was held for all participants.  On the final day a super bowl was held and campers were split into teams for games of touch football. This marks the seventh year Coach Price has conducted the camp.

New Albany Football camp was held June 16-19 with approximately 50 campers attending from grades K-seventh. Coach Ron Price and his staff worked with the campers on stretching, agility, passing and catching the football. A punt, pass and kick contest was held for all participants. On the final day a super bowl was held and campers were split into teams for games of touch football. This marks the seventh year Coach Price has conducted the camp.

East Union now has pressbox at new football facilty

East Union's pressbox arrived on Wednesday and was installed on the home bleachers. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

East Union’s press box arrived on Wednesday and was installed on the home bleachers. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
ELLISTOWN – East Union’s football field now has a press box sitting on top of the home bleachers as construction continues this summer.
The press box arrived in one piece early Wednesday and was lifted into place by a crane and secured shortly after noon.
Bleacher and press box construction has been done by Stadium Pros of Red Bay, AL. Stadium Pros built the football bleachers at Potts Camp High School and recently completed work at Corinth’s softball field.
The East Union press box is 240 sq. feet and has three separate rooms. Each room has its own heating and air conditioning which can be controlled by remote control.
East Union officials say they hope to have grass on the football playing surface by next week. The first home football game is scheduled for August 29.
The press box arrived on a set of wheels as it was pulled by a pickup. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

The press box arrived on a set of wheels as it was pulled by a pickup. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Press box was hoisted and set atop the bleachers by a crane. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Press box was hoisted and set atop the bleachers by a crane. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Vikings defeat Falcons in summer league basketball

Kelton Hall of Ingomar drains a three from the corner during the last day of summer basketball at Ingomar. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Kelton Hall of Ingomar drains a three from the corner during the last day of summer basketball at Ingomar. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
INGOMAR – North Pontotoc took a narrow 46-41 win over Ingomar in the final day of summer league basketball at Ingomar.
Ingomar rode the first half scoring blitz of Kelton Hall to close the game to 27-26 at the half. Hall scorched the nets for 19 points including five 3-pointers to lead the Falcons.
Both team relied on full court pressure defensively during the game to create turnovers and turned those into easy points. Ingomar jumped out to an early lead, but North Pontotoc came back to take the lead just before half.
North Pontotoc was able to get a 19-15 advantage in points for the second half to secure the win. Hall led all scorers with 27 points and Jay Pickens added 8.

Lady Urchins win ICC summer league tournament

East Union's Lady Urchins celebrate winning the ICC summer league tournament on Monday night. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

East Union’s Lady Urchins celebrate winning the ICC summer league tournament on Monday night. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
FULTON – East Union capped their summer league season at ICC by winning the league tournament on Monday. The Lady Urchins defeated Mooreville 3-1 in their first game and edged Amory 5-2 in the championship to take home the trophy.
“Softball’s a funny game,” East Union coach Josh Blythe said. “You get some good breaks and it’s your day, it can happen.” For East Union that day was Monday and everything fell into place for their wins.
“The reason I got into this league is that we’ve got a bunch of girls coming up that are young that haven’t played with us before,” Blythe said. “It’s been a lot of competition, anytime you take North Pontotoc, Itawamba, Amory and Mooreville and Smithville, it don’t ever get easy. This team can be as good as they want to be.”
The third inning provided the bulk of the scoring for the game. With two down, Katie Boatner reached on a hit by pitch and promptly stole second to get into scoring position. Callie Frazier followed with her RBI single to put East Union on the scoreboard with the 1-0 lead.
Jaley White was brought in to pinch run for the pitcher Frazier and scored on a RBI double by Tianna Castillo. East Union took a 2-0 lead into the bottom half of the inning.
Amory came back and scored two runs to tie as they sent seven batters to the plate, taking advantage of three straight singles and an East Union error to score two runs. Frazier got out of the jam by recording back to back strikeouts to end the Amory threat.
No further scoring took place through the fifth inning. The game went into extra innings as the time limit had elapsed.
East Union would bat first and the inning began with Rebecca Sheffield as the base runner at second due to the extra inning scenario. Sallie Pannell led off and reached on an error. Colby Stafford was intentionally walked to load the bases to set up a force at any base. With one out, Claudia Hill smashed a double, driving in Sheffield and Pannell. East Union scored another run as pinch runner Jessie Roberts scored on Raelee Bell’s grounder that got past the second baseman. East Union held a 5-2 lead going into the bottom of the inning.
Frazier retired the first two Amory batters on groundouts and clinched the win with her sixth strikeout of the game. Frazier was the winning pitcher in both games of the tournament.
“It’s all about getting the right breaks and we got them today,” Blythe said.
East Union's Katie Boatner steals second during the Lady Urchins' 3-1 win over Mooreville at ICC on Monday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

East Union’s Katie Boatner steals second during the Lady Urchins’ 3-1 win over Mooreville at ICC on Monday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Callie Frazier dives back into first after her single drives in Katie Boatner to give East Union the early lead over Mooreville on Monday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Callie Frazier dives back into first after her single drives in Katie Boatner to give East Union the early lead over Mooreville on Monday. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


Tianna Castillo lays down a perfect bunt up the third base line during tournament play at ICC. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Tianna Castillo lays down a perfect bunt up the third base line during tournament play at ICC. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

New Albany girls place second at Saltillo tournament

Caroline Mueller of New Albany dribbles past Kenley Stephens of Amory during their early match on Saturday morning at the Saltillo 7v7 tournament. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Caroline Mueller of new Albany dribbles past Kenley Stephens of Amory during their early match on Saturday morning at the Saltillo 7v7 tournament. Photo by Dennis Clayton.


BY DENNIS CLAYTON
SALTILLO – New Albany girls scored a late goal and kept up the attack in attempts to tie, but Saltillo was able to withstand the pressure and take a 2-1 win in the 7v7 championship game at Saltillo. New Albany finished 2-1 on the day.
“It was a great opportunity for the younger group to get some playing time and experience,” New Albany coach Caryl Vogel said. “I saw some good things and a lot of things we can work on to improve our team.
Saltillo scored the first goal of the championship midway through the contest on a Madison Hogue goal. Hannah Covington scored the second goal for Saltillo.
New Albany struck with about five minutes left as Kristen Olson ripped a shot past the Saltillo keeper to narrow the lead at 2-1. The Lady Bulldogs had a few more shots in the match, but none found the net and Saltillo took the win.
New Albany went 2-0 in the preliminary games for seeding. In the first match of the day, New Albany’s younger players came off the bench to score three goals to down Saltillo 3-1. Josie Hill scored two goals and Sanders Goode added a goal between Hill’s two for the Lady Bulldogs. Madison Hogue scored Saltillo’s goal.
The Lady Bulldogs defeated Amory 1-0 in their second match on the day as defender Caroline Mueller scored on Kristen Olson’s assist to take the win.
In boys action, New Albany played three matches and went 0-3 on the day.
“It was a tough day for our boys, with the smaller field each bad touch is magnified,” Vogel said. “I thought we played a lot better in our last match, but were unfortunate to not pull out the result.”
New Albany battled Amory to a 1-1 draw in the playoff round, but the Panthers won the match in a shootout with penalty kicks as they hit on four goals while New Albany made two. Wesley Dodds and Eathen Rainey had the shootout goals. Rainey had the goal during the match.
In the two earlier matches New Albany fell to Saltillo and Amory by identical 3-1 scores. Joe Rainey scored in the Saltillo loss and Seth Male found net in the Amory loss.