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By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
As the temperature drops and football season draws to a close, that can only mean one thing…basketball season has arrived. Madison County High School has been preparing for this basketball season for over a month now. The boys have been running drills, surviving difficult practices and overcoming many obstacles. This year’s team will have many more obstacles to face as they continue through the season.
Currently, the MCHS varsity boys’ basketball roster has 10 juniors, one senior and one sophomore. However, the roster won’t be final until football season ends. The 10 juniors currently on the roster are: Trey Johnson, Davontay Stephens, *Octavious Fayson, *Chris O’Hara, *Tre Arnold, *Brandon Vought, *Neal Brown, *DJ McKnight, *Laterrius Davis and Israel Snowden. Deontay Jones is the only senior on the team, and Coddrick Griffin is the only sophomore.
Eddie Richie, Cowboys’ head coach, said of this year’s team “As you can see from the roster, we are pretty young. Only one senior is on the team so far, and he hasn’t played before but he is coming along just fine. Last year’s varsity team got better as the year went along. Those guys were all young last year and built some quality experience in games and in practice. Also, almost everyone you see worked very hard over the summer, some of them splitting time with football and baseball workouts. Another bonus is last year’s JV squad went an amazing 19-1. Coach Allen Demps does a stand-up job preparing these young men for varsity competition and life in general.
“Another challenge we have this year is more than half of our roster is still out on the football field. We support them 100%, but we still are eager to complete our roster…as any coach would be. Some JV players are filling in for the ones plaing football while they are on their way to State and may be able to earn a spot. Ivan Johnson, Chris Fead, Jaylon Hazzard, Ladarious Robinson, and Seth Molnar have all had some time playing with varsity this year until our roster is complete. This helps them build some much-needed experience for when they are ready to move up. Other JV players include Shayon Davis, Javon Redding, Javen Butler, Mike Hodge, Trey Jonas and Jarkevious Blachshear. Of course, other JV players are still playing football as well. Some of those include Dee Oliver, Dee Wells, DeAndre Miller, Brice Hamilton and Akevious Williams. We will have another tryout once football is over in a couple weeks to give everyone a fair shot to those who we haven’t seen play yet.”
However, don’t let the age of this team make you doubt them. Richie had this to say about the strength of his team, “As a person and a coach, I am an odd combination of an optimist and a realist. That being said, I feel very confident that we can be successful with the team we have. We have size (Octavious Fayson is 6’7” and Tre Arnold, Davontay Stephens, Israel Snowden and Brandon Vought are all around 6’3” to 6’4”). We have speed and athletes everywhere. We have some great shooters and a solid defense. We may not a have a ton of varsity experience, but this group works well together. They pick each other up and they correct each other when needed. We have some players who are learning how to lead as well. They worked this summer playing a few dozen games together in the Madison Summer League, Perry Summer League and two team camps. I think we may go through some growing pains until we fill our roster and at first when we get everyone, but come January we’ll surprise some people. This group truly enjoys playing together and just being around each other in general.”
The boys basketball season kicked off against Lincoln on November 22. The second game of the season was against Maclay on November 29. They played Brooks County in a Pack The Gym game on December 2 and Hamilton County on December 3. They will play Taylor County on December 9 at 8 p.m. in Taylor County. They then play Godby at home on December 13 at 7:30. Then the next two games on their schedule are away at 7:30 p.m. They play East Gadsden on December 15, and Suwannee on December 17.
To kick off the new year the boys will play Brooks County away on January 7 at 7:30 p.m. They will travel again on January 10 to Florida State University, that game begins at 7:30 p.m. They will play East Gadsden at home on January 12 at 7:30 p.m. Then they will play Taylor County at home on January 13 at 8 p.m. On January 19 they will travel to Godby to plat at 7 p.m. They will then play Jefferson County at home on January 20, at 7 p.m. On January 21, at 7:30 p.m., they have an away game at Hamilton County. They will play at 7:30 p.m. January 24 at home against Florida State University. On January 27 they play Suwannee at home at 8 p.m., they then travel to Jefferson on January 28 to play at 7:30 p.m. On January 31, they travel to Maclay to play at 7 p.m. and then On February 3, they travel to Baker County in the last regular season game, which begins at 7:30 p.m.
Richie had this to say about the Cowboys’ schedule, “Our district includes Godby, East Gadsden, Taylor County, and Florida High all of which have talented rosters. Especially Godby. They boast a top 10 pre-season ranking in class 4A. Some say they have a good chance to win state. I say, so do we. But our ultimate basketball goal is to win every day. Take things one day at a time and not look to far ahead. Win every practice, win every drill; win every possession by giving full effort in all that we do. We feel that if we do that, then hopefully our hard work will be rewarded with success at the end of the year.”
He also added, “As always, we appreciate all the support. I am looking forward to successful year.”
MADISON, FL – Enjoy cheering on some local basketball teams while helping raise money for a good cause – student scholarships at North Florida Community College. Teams from Corinth Christian Academy, New Testament Christian Center, Madison County Central School, Madison Academy and Lighthouse Christian Academy will compete on Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17 at the NFCC Colin P. Kelly Fitness Center in the “Kelly Center Christmas Basketball Classic.” Admission per day is $3 for adults and $1 for students and children ages five and up; includes entrance to all four games on the given day.
FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2011
4:00 p.m. Corinth -vs- Lighthouse (Girls Team)
5:15 p.m. Madison Academy -vs- New Testament (Boys Team)
6:30 p.m. New Testament -vs- Madison Central (Girls Team)
7:45 p.m. Corinth -vs- Madison Central (Boys Team)
SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2011
12:00 p.m. New Testament -vs- Corinth (Girls Team)
1:15 p.m. New Testament -vs- Corinth (Boys Team)
2:30 p.m. Madison Academy -vs- Madison Central (Boys Team)
3:45 p.m. Lighthouse -vs- Madison Central (Girls Team)
For more information, contact Clyde Alexander at (850) 973-1609 or 973-0741.
State Championship game tickets will be availible at the Main Office at Madison County High School on Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. – noon. Prices are set by the FHSAA at $12.00 per ticket and only cash will be accepted. There are only 400 tickets, so come get yours before they are gone.
Joyce Simmons, former Madison County School Board employee, is chartering a bus to go to the State Championship game in Orlando on Saturday, December 10. Seats will be filled on a first come or call basis. The cost is $60.00 for the charter bus and will include a ride down to the game and return after the game. For more information about the trip, call Joyce Simmons at (850) 948-3165.
Submitted by Eddie Richie, Head Coach, Varsity Boys Basketball, Madison County High School
After a disappointing display in our first home game against Maclay on the 29th that ended in a 60 – 31 loss, the Cowboy basketball team bounced back in their first 2 pack-the-gyms of the young season. They defeated Brooks County Friday and the rival Hamilton County on Saturday. The team got a huge boost from the fans on Saturday. The crowd was much larger than even I expected for an early season game. Being that we have 3 freshman and one senior who have never played in a pack-the-gym against anyone, let alone against a rival like Hamilton, you never know what to expect. The leadership of juniors Trey Johnson and Davontay Stephens set the pace. I can’t say enough about those two young men. They have grown up a lot and have put in lot of hard work this off-season. Sophomore Coddrick Griffin stepped up and had a monster game Saturday (21 points, 12 rebounds). Freshman Ivan Johnson stepped up as well hitting big shots and handling the ball during crucial times in both wins. First year player, senior Deontay Jones, found his shot again Saturday and was all over the court on both ends. Freshman CJ Feadand Ladarious (Bump) Robinson are starting to find their groove handling the ball. They have had more responsibilityput on them than they are ready for, but they have embraced the challenge and have gotten better every game. The team played together, played hard, and played with passion. Most of all, they had fun. I couldn’t be more proud of where we are right now.
The JV team is 3-1 and remain undefeated at home this year and last. Most of the team is either new, or new to the court. Coach Allen Demps has done an outstanding job getting these young men ready. Freshmen Javon Redding, Jaylon Hazzard and Trey Livingston are learnig theii roles and stepping up nicely. Kelvontray Jonas, Joc Blackshear and Seth Molnar are all sophomores who are getting used to the increased playing time and the importance of their roles on the team. New player Shayon Davis is coming into his own and stepped in big this weekend. The early season most improved player has to Javen Butler. He is really learning his role and had become a good rebounder and defender.
This week, boys basketball only has 1 game, but its a big one. Friday all four teams travel to Taylor County for our first district game of the year. Taylor will have their whole roster, as did all the other teams we are playing against, but both our JV and Varsity teams are still playing short-handed. So the coaching staff will be asking our young team to step up, just like they did this past weekend, and get our first district win of the year. So, for those of you heading to Orlando Friday night to cheer on the Cowboy football team, take the scenic route and stop by Taylor County Gym on your way to cheer on a hard working group of young men and women. Thanks for all your support!! Good luck to the Cowboys going state!!
Submitted by Cowboys Assistant Coach James Ertzberger
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By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
When the quarterback throws the football, somebody with speed and agility (a wide receiver or possibly a tight end) has to be there and be open to catch that pass, hang onto it no matter what – and run with it, if possible, for as far as possible – all the while, outmaneuvering and outrunning the safeties, cornerbacks and other defensive players of the opposing team.
The four young men who play the wide receiver position for the Madison County High School Cowboys are Charles Brown, Jr. (#3), Neal Brown (#19), Tre Arnold (#7) and Jason Hayling (#16).
Neal Brown, a third-year wide receiver and the son of Eric and Kenya Brown, recalls the game played against Live Oak as one of his favorite moments. Only a week after their first game of the season against Colquitt, where they lost by only one point, the Cowboys came back and walloped Live Oak 40-8; however, that isn’t the only reason Neal remembers that game so well.
“I had four catches for 112 yards and one touchdown,” he said of the home game with all their friends, fans and family present. “It was a moment I enjoyed.”
Jason Hayling, on the other hand, recalls the Colquitt Game as “one of several” of his favorite Cowboy moments, “when I saw how well we played together.” The son of Marva Hayling, he has played wide receiver for two years.
Tre Arnold, the son of Sharon Haynes and Chuck Arnold, remembers the game against Taylor County, another Cowboy victory, where he played his first game as a starting wide receiver and made his first catch. Like Hayling, Arnold has been a wide receiver for two years.
Charles Brown, Jr., son of Charles Brown, Sr., is another three-year wide receiver, one who hopes to play college football and loves ESPN, recalling the time spent at the FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) camp as one of his favorite moments.
Hayling also talked about FCA Camp, where he learned all about his teammates, as did Arnold. After hearing some of the stories about their lives, “we felt closer to each other,” Arnold said.
That friendship and closeness, a theme that often comes up when speaking with Cowboy players, the knowledge that they can depend on each other, may be part of why they work together so well as a team and are a force to be reckoned with on the playing field. “When you come out here, you know you’re going to be with friends,” said Neal Brown. “They’re all like family. If you have nobody else to go home to, you know you can go home to them.”
When it comes to other favorite things, Neal likes the movie “ATL” and the TV show “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.” His favorite food is BBQ, which is also Hayling’s favorite. When it comes to movies, though, Hayling lists “All About the Benjamins” as his favorite. Arnold likes the movie “Blindside,” with his favorite foods being fried chicken and pork-and-beans.
All four young men plan to attend college after graduation. Neal Brown doesn’t speak of a major just yet, but knows he wants to get an education. Charles Brown, Jr. plans to play football and get an education. Arnold hopes to play sports while he works toward a degree in engineering, and Hayling plans to study criminal justice.
Then it’s time to hurry out to the practice field for another daily fast and furious practice session, so they can play another game of great football for all those Cowboy fans come Friday night.