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Sports

October 2010

GCHS

Lady Rebels repeat south state title Austin Allen Howell Entertainment Editor

The Lady Rebels have done it again! After 3 intense games against Northwest Rankin, they won the slow-pitch south state title for the second year in a row. Northwest Rankin put up quite a fight. The first game was an offensive struggle for both teams, with the Lady Rebels winning with the low score of 1-0. The second game resulted in a 14-9 loss, but the Lady Rebels battled it out for the 10-8 victory in the final game. “It feels pretty great to win it again,” junior Cayla Bradley said about winning the south state championship again. “We played very well and hopefully we can keep on going.” The Lady Rebels will be traveling to Jackson Saturday to play Brandon in their second state championship appearance in two years. Overall, the team has had a remarkable season. With a 205 record, they have established themselves as a powerhouse. They entered the playoffs after winning the district title in a tough game against Petal.

In the first two rounds of the playoffs, the team smashed through the competition. They beat Ocean Springs 4-0 and 187 in the first round of playoff games and beat Meridian 5-3 and 11-0 in the second round. According to both coaches Bruce Thornton and Steven Jordan, the team’s defense is very strong and solid leadership from the upperclassmen has kept the team strong and focused. Some of the key players for the Lady Rebels this season are junior Fallon Mizell, with a 0.526 batting average and 28 RBIs, senior Megan Hyatt, with a 0.525 batting average and 23 RBIs, and senior Morgan Fairley, with a 0.469 batting average and 11 RBIs. Bradley has been the team’s main pitcher this year. She has an ERA (earned run average) of only 3.294 and has struck out 23 players this season. Many of the players credit the senior players for the team’s success. There are only three senior slow-pitch softball players this year: Megan Hyatt, Morgan Fairley and Lea Kittrell. “The seniors are one of our strengths,” freshman Chaisley Sargent said. “How they play

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‘What time is it? Game time!’- Freshman Chaisley Sargent hits a line drive during the second round of playoffs Saturday against Meridian. The Lady Rebels will be making their second consecutive appearance in the 6A state finals. sometimes determines how we play since they start the [batting] lineup.” “They (seniors) don’t cause drama, which makes us focus and

play better,” Bradley said. The coaching staff also has a hand in the Lady Rebel’s success this year. In fact, the second playoff game against Merid-

ian marked Thornton’s 250th slowpitch softball win. A win against Brandon would mark the Lady Rebels first state title since 1995.

The first game of a best of three series will start at 11 a.m. at the VA fields on Capitol Street in Jackson.

Football aims for division win Lea Kittrell

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Pascagoula who?- Junior quarterback Blake Gandy hands the ball off to senior Ricco Carter as the Rebels defeat the Pascagoula Panthers 37-14. The team now face stheir division riva, the Gulfport Admirals, to keep their undefeated division record alive.

As the Rebels pad-up tonight to face the Gulfport Admirals, they defend their 3-0 record in division and 5-2 record on the season. The Rebels are tied with the Admirals for first place in the division which explains why Friday night’s game is important. “We’ve been studying film, and studying film; Friday night is going to be a slug fest,” Coach Darwin Nelson said. Senior Adrian Bradley comes in first in the scoring leaders with 12 touchdowns and one point after touchdown (PAT). Trailing Bradley is senior Forrest Proctor with 26 PATs and two field goals. Falling in third are seniors Dra Ellis and Ricco Carter with four touch-

downs each. Bradley also leads the team in rushing yards with a total of 949 on the season while Carter follows in second with 548 yards and Ellis has 229. “[To improve] we need to practice new things and perform them,” Ellis said. Ellis is ranked first for the Rebels in the receiving leaders with a total of 11 catches, 180 yards, and two touchdowns. Junior Rorye Scott has five catches, 135 yards, and two touchdowns and senior Tyler Holifield comes in third with four catches and 55 yards. “We are practicing harder than ever and preparing mentally for the task,” senior quarterback Lewis Maples said. “We are prepared both mentally and physically for them [Gulfport] and I believe that if we do our part,

Cross Country hosts Saturday track meet Shelby Adkins Staff Reporter

The first home cross country meet will be held on Oct. 16. Training for cross country is in cycles of eight 900 meters, four one-mile repeats and twelve 400 meters. When the team rests, they run long distances of six to 10 miles. “I prepare by running 50 miles a week and mentally setting myself up for suc-

cess,” sophomore Cody Smith said. Many of the team members have placed since the start of the season. With about 900 kids, competing at each meet the team has to run fast, be competitive and have a passion for running. The teams competing in Saturday’s meet are St. Paul Catholic School , UMS Wright, McGill-Toolen, Baker, Cottage Hill Christian Acadamy, Oak

Grove, Long Beach, Ocean Springs and East Central. “After I place at a meet, it feels like I’m on top of the world and I can do anything,” freshman Hope Grogan, said. To prepare for the Oct. 16 meet the students do different techniques to be physically and mentally ready to run for that many miles. They have to run, then run and run some more. The top boys are senior By-

ron Bufkin, sophomore Cody Smith, juniors George Moore and Seth Byrd. The top girls for the season are junior Jazmine Grant, freshmen Kiana Grant and Hope Grogan “ We have had the best team we have had since I have been here,” cross country coach Mike Powell said. The state cross country meet will be held Nov. 6 at Mississippi College.

Cheer squad prepares for GMAC Bowl, Disney World Kristina Williams Staff Reporter

On Oct. 2, the GCHS varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders competed in the fifth annual GMAC Bowl Cheerleading Competition. The varsity took home first

Sports Briefs Jazmine Davis Staff Reporter

Soccer

The boy’s soccer team will be starting off the season with a Classic Tour in Gulfport on Nov. 6. Head coach Stacey Clark said

place in their classification, and the award for the best tumbling and best dance. Junior varsity took home first place and received an award for the best sportsmanship. This was the first time the junior varsity cheerleaders have ever competed in the the team will start practicing after school on Oct. 18. This year is the first year the boys and girls are able to practice during fourth period. The returning starters are seniors Drew Kirkwood, Corey Reed, Allen Poole and Alan Davidson. Juniors starters are Hunter Kaplan, Jeremy Foster and Jackson Harlan. The girl’s soccer team will be kicking off the season with a tournament in Gulfport on Nov. 6.

GMAC Bowl Cheerleading Competition. “I felt excited about performing because I knew the team was confident,” freshman Peyton Davidson said. As a result of winning the competition, the varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders will get to cheer at the Coors The returning starters are seniors Kristen Pittman, Jessica Kirkwood, Hillary O’Donegan and juniors Marissa Landon, Hayden Scott, Kristy Condreay and sophomores Shelby Carter and Anna Marie Smith.

Basketball

Boy’s basketball will be hosting the George County High School Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 8 and 9. In this tournament is Greene County, D’Iberville and East Central

Classic in December and the GMAC Bowl in January. The next scheduled competition for the cheerleaders will be the State Competition in Jackson on Dec. 18. Both squads are raising fund for a competition at Disney World in February. along with George County. Returning starters from last year are seniors Rolin Jones, Cole Gibson, Adrian Bradley and Joseph Bradley. The girl’s basketball team will also be participating in the Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 8 and 9. Coach Terry Bradley said the returners from last year’s season are seniors Ebony Jordan and Jane’t Wells and junior Mona Pritchett.

then the scoreboard will take care of itself.” Maples has 44 attempted passes with 28 completed. He has 429 passing yards and four touchdowns. The Rebels will be playing with a shifted defense for a second time. Senior cornerback Jordan Fallon is out for the rest of the season with a broken collar bone. A. Bradley and junior Marvin Dortch have stepped up to fill Fallon’s place. Fallon still leads the team with three interceptions, while seniors A. Bradley and P.J. Bradley and juniors Edward Galloway and Jonathan Taylor all have one each. “As a team we [have] got to be smart, don’t get any penalties or turnovers. We need to play hard, don’t slack up, and go out have fun and be competitive,” Gal-

loway said. “We got the heart, the will, the want and the pride that they [Gulfport] don’t have. Besides, we are more aggressive than they are.” Galloway leads the Rebels with three fumble recoveries, and not far behind is junior Joseph Dortch with two. Senior Dylan Davis leads the Rebel defense with four sacks and 72 tackles on the season. Following Davis, is P.J. Bradley with two sacks and 68 tackles. Juniors Quinton Nix and Josiah Smith have two sacks a piece. While Taylor has 67 tackles and Galloway has 62. Friday night’s game will be at home against the Gulfport Admirals. Kickoff will be at seven o’clock p.m. Tickets for Friday’s game will be sold in the front office for $5 or buy at the game for $6.

NFL makes rule changes to protect players, refs As the 2010-2011 football season begins and many players get ready for their first game, they will have to contend with four new rule changes for the upcoming season. One of the major rule changes this year is where the referee stands on the field, the rule states that the refs give signals for all fouls and is final authority for rule interpretations. He has to take a position in backfield 10 to 12 yards behind line of scrimmage. Personally, I don’t like this rule because quarterbacks now have to wait for the ref ’s signal. Many teams rely on the hurry up offense and now with this new rule, many teams cannot use that. Another important rule change is the overtime rules in the playoff games. This rule states under the new format, if the team that wins the coin toss scores a touchdown, the game is over. If the team kicks a field goal, the opponent gets a chance to tie the score, which means that the first team that scores a TD wins. I think this is a good rule because it gives both

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teams a chance on the offense side of the ball and in important games like this, teams really need this advantage. The final rule change this year is that the NFL is making an effort to protect all players, not just the quarterbacks. The rule book states starting this year a play will stop as soon as the runners’ helmet come off and the ball will be spotted where the helmet comes off. It will be as if the player is down by contact. This rule can prevent some injuries in football and can keep somebody from continuing on without a helmet and keep them safe. The NFL is really trying to make a giant leap toward the future of football and is thriving to make the rules better for the player’s safety.

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Soccer Classic in December and the GMAC Bowl in January. The next scheduled competi- tion for the cheerleaders will be the State Competition...