Loose Ends

It’s hard to believe that we’re already thirteen weeks into the school year, and the time is showing no sign of slowing down as we count down the remaining days until the end of 2016.  As always, our students are staying plenty busy with studies, sports, clubs and activities, and friends.  As a result, there are a few “loose ends”  — a variety of news tidbits — to share with the HCS family.  Here goes…

Last week, the 4th grade classes held and participated in their annual Hoedown, a long-standing Hillcrest tradition and a fun time to show parents and friends how all their hard work has paid off.

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In other (good!) news, Christmas break has been extended by one day.  Originally, students, faculty and staff were scheduled to return from Christmas break on Monday, January 2nd; however, since that day is the federally recognized holiday for New Year’s, we will start back to school on Tuesday, January 3rd. No further changes to the academic schedule will be required to make up for this extra holiday, so mark your calendars and make your plans.

Next, the Cougar baseball team needs your help!  We’re looking for Cougar Supporters to buy field banners which will help provide our young athletes with essential, quality equipment such as baseballs, new bases, deck mats, screens, mound clay, and other items and expenditures necessary to prepare for a successful 2017 season.  Not only is this a great way to support our baseball team, it is also excellent advertisement for businesses.  If interested, please click on the link provided under the ATHLETICS tab and the Baseball heading, or call Athletic Director Todd Montgomery.

Finally, don’t forget that the uniform resale store will be open this Thursday, and now would be a great time to stock up on your students’ uniform needs for the cooler weather… should it decide to show up, that is!  Also, if you need to turn any outgrown items in for resale, please click on the link found under the UNIFORMS tab, and fill out the required form ahead of time.

Team Work Makes the Dream Work

The weather may not reflect it, but it’s almost time for winter sports to begin!  Last night Hillcrest hosted Meet the Cougars in the high school gym and previewed our basketball and soccer athletes.

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Basketball season begins Tuesday, November 1 for both the JV and Varsity girls’ teams, who will play in a pre-season tournament at MRA beginning at 5:15 PM and 6:30 PM, respectively.  The boys’ teams will play their first games at home versus West Memphis on Saturday, November 5; games will begin at 1:00 PM that day with the JV girls’ team.

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Soccer season begins the following week on Monday, November 7, at Porter’s Chapel beginning at 5:30 PM.  The soccer team’s first home game will take place on Thursday, November 17, versus Copiah; kickoff is at 4:30 PM that day.

Schedules for all teams (5th & 6th, 7th & 8th, Junior Varsity, and Varsity) can be found by clicking on the “ATHLETICS” tab above.  Please make plans to support all of our hard-working Cougar athletes!

Football Season Finale

The Cougar football team will play their final game of the 2016 season tonight at Parklane Academy in McComb.  It will be a bittersweet night for our senior team members and their families, and as always, these young men have pushed themselves to perform better each and every week for the past several months.

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Similarly, tonight marks the last time our senior band members will perform during halftime, and their show “Light” — a moving interpretation of God’s creation of the world — received numerous awards at three different competitions this season.

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Hillcrest family, please come out to Parklane beginning at 7:00 tonight to show your support one more time for all of these hard-working athletes!

Girls’ Volleyball Serves Up Fun

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Girls’ volleyball is the most recent addition to the HCS athletics program; our first team was formed in 2012. In just a few short years at Hillcrest, this sport has become extremely popular among our students, with nearly 40 girls in grades 6 through 12 now participating.

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Next week — Monday and Tuesday — all Cougar Volleyball teams will play their last 2 matches for the season.  Both games are away, at MRA and at Prep, respectively.  This would be a great time to go support our athletes, especially if you haven’t seen them in action yet, and cheer them on to a Win!

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“It Ain’t Over ‘Till It’s Over”

Rumor had it that these girls weren’t going to win a single game this season, but the negative people who made this prediction must have forgotten to tell the 2016 Lady Cougars softball team.  They may be a young group, still figuring out all the “ins and outs” of working together, but these young ladies appear to be fast learners, and they play to win.  This was most evident in their tournament this past weekend; the Lady Cougars went 2 – 0 with wins over Newton and Central Hinds.

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Their next home game is Monday versus Copiah; both the junior varsity and varsity teams will play.

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         Senior players: Skylar Patterson, Tori McCray, and Alana Price