All Out, All Season

“It doesn’t sparkle, but I guard this diamond with my life.” The author of that quote is unknown, but it very well could have been one of the members of the Lady Cougar softball team.  These girls pour their heart and soul into the game, sometimes playing 3 times or more in a given week.  As a result, they have made it into the state playoffs and will be headed to Baton Rouge in the coming weeks.

If you haven’t seen these fierce females in action, you’re almost “out of luck,” as their season is drawing to a close.  Their next game is tomorrow, September 14th, at Shiloh Park in Brandon.  The Junior Varsity team will compete against Park Place beginning at 5:00 PM, and the Varsity girls will play immediately after.  Monday, September 18th, will be their final home game versus Porter’s Chapel, with 2 Varsity games, beginning at 5:00 PM.  Come out and support our Lady Cougars!

Hillcrest’s Track Stars

This summer three of our students, Senior Katie Martin and Juniors Lauren Denton and Kaylyn Turner, participated in summer track with Mississippi Track Stars, as well as independently, earning the opportunity to run in the USATF (USA Track & Field) Junior Olympics in Lawrence, Kansas.  According to the USATF website, “The USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field program is one of the most visible youth athletic development programs in the world. Many of today’s Olympic stars began their track and field careers competing in the USATF’s Junior Olympic meets.”

Katie qualified in the 400m and 100m hurdles, Lauren qualified in the 400m dash, and Kaylyn 400m hurdles.

Katie is ranked #2 in USATF Region 6 (consisting of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama) for the 400m hurdles age group 17-18, and she is #18 in USATF in the 400m hurdles. She also ranks #4 in Region 6 for 100m hurdles and #18 in USATF.  Kaylyn’s rank is #2 Region 6 for the 400m hurdles age group 15-16, and #22 in the 400m hurdles for USATF. She also is ranked #7 in Region 6 for 100m hurdles, and #6 in Region 6 in shot put.

Congratulations, ladies, and keep working hard; your Cougar family looks forward to seeing you in the Olympics in the future!

Football and Cheer Pictures Re-scheduled

Because of the rain this week, we have rescheduled Football and Cheer pictures for Thursday, August 17th, beginning at 2:45 PM with Varsity Football; then the Varsity Cheer, JV Cheer, and JV Football teams will have their pictures made immediately after.

Senior Banner pictures are still scheduled for this Friday, August 11th, at 2:00 PM in the gym. Seniors must bring their order form (which may be found on the sidebar under “Forms, Documents & Links”) and money at the time they have their pictures taken. Banners will not be ordered until they are paid for.

Spring Sports Awards

Congratulations to the following student-athletes who were recognized during yesterday’s Spring Sports Awards Assembly:

Archery: Joe McAfee – Best Male Shooter; Sarah Grace Brownlee – Best Female Shooter; Amber Speegle – Cougar Award; Katelyn Foster – Best Christian Example; Gage Mitchell – Cougar Award

Baseball: 1st Team All Conference 2AAAA: Harper Bell – Infielder; Joel Estabrook – Catcher; Tyler Estabrook – Infielder; Jake Lape – Utility; Bradford Patton – Pitcher; Mario Asagunla – Outfielder; Hillcrest Awards (back row): Mario Asagunla – Best Christian Example; Thomas Wilson – Cougar Award

Tennis: Amber Speegle – Marathon Award; Tyler Horton – Marathon Award; Jessica Bewley – Most Improved; Phillip Hutchins – Most Improved; Abigail Browning – Hustle Award; Tori McCray – Go To Award; Rasheed Griffin – Coaches Award; JoJo Moss – Cougar Award

Girls’ Track: Aaliyah Dixon – JH Cougar Award; Kaylyn Turner – HS Cougar Award; Katie Martin – Best Christian Example

Boys’ Track: Langston Carter-Price – Best Christian Example; Ethan Bridgers – JH Cougar Award; Eddie Martin – HS Cougar Award