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Brookhaven lines up coaching staff

Class 4A Brookhaven has the largest enrollment and coachingstaff in the area. Ole Brook athletic director and head footballcoach Tucker Peavey has been busy arranging the coaching staffs atBHS and Alexander Junior High in preparation for the 2006-07 schoolyear.

Peavey’s football staff under went few changes and he welcomedback a veteran assistant in Jaymie Palmer who spent one year atLafayette County in Oxford. Palmer is serving as offensivecoordinator.

Rod Henderson will continue as Ole Brook’s defensivecoordinator. Patrick Hardy will coach the secondary; Eric Stokes,receivers; Mike Powell, offensive line; Trevor Brister, defensiveline; and Dustin Lott, outside linebackers.

Palmer will be in charge of powerlifting. Hardy will continue toserve as head track coach. Brister will replace Henderson in thetrack position. Henderson is taking on more responsibility as anadministrator.

Peavey’s Panthers currently are involved in their demandingoffseason workouts. Players have a choice of working out at 7 or 8a.m. Most of them arrive for the early session because of coolertemperatures.

Looking ahead, July 31 is the opening day of preseason practice.School begins Aug. 7, and the Panthers host Franklin County Aug.25, on King Field in their season opener.

Returning to the coaching assignments, Ronald Hines continues asvarsity boys basketball coach and cross country coach. His newbasketball assistant is Cliff Furr.

In girls basketball, Alfreda Craft officially came aboard lastmonth. She replaces Billy Holmes who retired after four years atthe helm, leading the Lady Panthers to their first state tournamentappearance in nine years. Craft’s assistant is yet to be named.

Lisa Covington is giving up her fastpitch coaching job.Covington will continue coaching slowpitch. She and her husband,Gary, are expecting their third child in November.

Tiffany Strain will serve as assistant slowpitch softball coachto Covington.

Chad Walker will take over the fastpitch job. His new assistantis Ronnye Gill, a Bogue Chitto native.

Randy Spring returns for his 8th year as head baseball coach atBHS. Palmer will join him on staff, along with Stokes, Lott andDwayne Oberschmidt.

Steve Huey will continue coaching the golf team.

In tennis, David Misner is stepping down so he can devote moretime to management of Brookhill on Natchez, the local tenniscenter. Terri Hall, former varsity girls basketball assistantcoach, will replace Misner.

At Alexander Junior High, Loyd Star productRuss Britt will serve as assistant junior high football coach onJesse Terrell’s staff. Britt will be an assistant to Kevin Bower inboys soccer.

Former Alexander assistant coach Brad Bland has moved to Winonato work as an assistant football coach.

Gary Hentz is the new head junior high boys basketball coach atAlexander, and assistant with the football team. He replaces JeffKing who will continue in a teaching position.

A new coach for junior high girls basketball will be named inthe near future.

Tennis news: Will Hickman of Bogue Chitto andBrookhaven Academy made a strong showing in the Southern JuniorClosed Sectional in Columbia, S.C. Entered in boys 12 singles,Hickman won 3 of 5 matches.

Golf update: Warren Hood of Wesson won theprestigious Big I Junior Tournament at Starkville. The victoryqualified him for a major 16-18-year-old tournament at Odessa,Texas.

Hood’s talented game recently won him second place in the BFIExxon Tournament held at Greenwood.

The Justin Jenkins Football Camp will be held Saturday atCo-Lin. Registration begins at 8 a.m., in Stone Stadium. SeveralNFL players will be present for the camp. Co-Lin coach Glenn Davisand his staff will assistant with the drills. Lunch will beprovided.

Contact Stanley Jenkins at 601-201-8746 to register. Cost is $60per camper.

Youth Golf Clinic at Co-Lin.

Brookhaven Country Club PGA professional Ronny Ross recently wasnamed golf coach at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. He will hosta junior golf clinic July 5-7, at the Wolf Hollow Golf Club.

Youth, ages 6-12, will participate in the morning clinic form8-11. Older youth, age 13-18, will be instructed during theafternoon portion, noon-3 p.m.

Cost is $75 per student. Contact the BCC pro shop to register byFriday, June 30. Call 601-833-6841.