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Ole Miss Women’s Golf Completes Play at LSU Tiger Golf Classic

Katie Voll Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics.
Katie Voll
Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics.

The Ole Miss women’s golf team wrapped up play at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic at University Golf Club in Baton Rouge on Tuesday. The Rebels finished in 16th place with a three-day total of 320-323-318—961.

“It was another day of tough conditions and we had our best round of the tournament today,” head coach Kory Henkes said. “We saw a lot of great things out there but too many big numbers down the stretch.”

Sophomore Laura Hoskin (Arrowtown, New Zealand) led the way for the Rebels in the final round, firing a 6-over par 78 highlighted by four birdies, including back-to-back birdies on Nos. 17 and 18.

“This is a learning process with our young team and we will continue to keep growing each and every week,” Henkes added. “We look forward to getting home and working hard for our home event next weekend.”

The Duke Blue Devils claimed the tournament title for the third time in the 34-years history of the LSU Tiger Golf Classic while Blue Devil Celine Boutier took medalist honors.

Ole Miss will head back to Oxford and regroup before hosting the 2016 Rebel Intercollegiate April 1-3 at the Ole Miss Golf Course.

Along with Ole Miss, the Rebel Intercollegiate field includes East Tennessee State, Fresno State, Harvard, James Madison, Memphis, Murray State and Redlands CC. The Rebels will also welcome Samford, Southern Miss, Troy, Tulsa, Western Carolina, Western Kentucky and Yale.

For all Ole Miss women’s golf news and information, go to OleMissSports.com, and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissWGolf and Facebook at Ole Miss Women’s Golf. Fans can also follow head coach Kory Henkes on Twitter at @KoryThompson1.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports


Ole Miss’ facilities plan unfolding perfectly under Ross Bjork

University of Mississippi athletic director Ross Bjork. Photo courtesy Nathan Latil/Ole Miss Communications
University of Mississippi athletic director Ross Bjork.
Photo courtesy Nathan Latil/Ole Miss Communications

Jeff Roberson of the Ole Miss Spirit said it best. In years past, you could visit the campus of the University of Mississippi and return three years later to the same place that hasn’t changed a bit. Now? Stay away six months and you could return to things looking totally different.

As for the Ole Miss campus currently, the latter would apply. The entire campus epicenter of athletics surrounding Vaught Hemingway Stadium is under construction and that is a good thing. Prior to current Director of Athletics Ross Bjork‘s arrival, Ole Miss unveiled a planned under then AD Pete Boone, in what many felt would never come to fruition.

They were wrong.

Bjork and his staff hit the ground running and now Ole Miss, upon completion of the construction going on, will have arguably the nicest facilities in the country.

Bjork recently sat with Chuck Rounsaville and Jeff Roberson of the Ole Miss Spirit on Rebel Sports Radio(Listen here) and noted the current renovations to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium are going well.

Courtesy of Brad Logan and OleHottyToddy.com

Ole Miss Announces Change in Rifle Leadership

2015-2016 RiflePhoto by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics.
2015-2016 RiflePhoto by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics.

Ole Miss will begin a search for a new rifle coach, as Valerie Boothe will not return as the Rebels’ head coach, Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork announced Tuesday.

“Valerie built this program from the ground up and provided caring leadership for our student-athletes over the past two decades,” Bjork said. “We want to thank her for her dedication to our program, and we wish her and her family the very best.”

“It’s been a pleasure and an honor to be part of the Ole Miss family,” Boothe said. “This has been an amazing opportunity to work with outstanding people and athletes. I am grateful for all this department has done for me. I wish the team and the program many years of continued success. My family and I will always be cheering.”

The only coach in program history, Boothe recently completed her 20th season at the helm. She guided the team its most successful season in 2005-06, when the Rebels earned their first appearance in the NCAA Championships and attained the program’s first NCAA sectional victory. It was Ole Miss’ only postseason appearance under Boothe.

“In a thorough evaluation of the program, we felt a change was necessary to reach a position of national competitiveness in this unique sport,” said Bjork. “We have one of the premier college rifle facilities in the nation with the Patricia C. Lamar National Guard Readiness Center. Couple this with the incredible momentum we are experiencing at Ole Miss, and we believe this is an extremely attractive position. We will begin a national search immediately.”

The 2006 National Coach of the Year, Boothe helped several individuals to a variety of accolades throughout her career. Most recently, junior Alison Weisz earned a bronze medal in air rifle at the NCAA Championships earlier this month. She became the fifth All-American in program history.

In the classroom, Boothe’s teams produced 18 Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar All-America honors.

For more information on Ole Miss Rifle, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissRifle, on Facebook at OleMissRifle and on Instagram @OleMissRifle.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports


Rebels Top Memphis 7-3

Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics
Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics

Ole Miss softball extended its school record non-conference win streak to 15 games Tuesday in a 7-3 win over Memphis at the Tiger Softball Complex.

The Rebel (25-7) offense found its pace again after crushing out 10 hits, the 11th time this season totaling double-digit hits. After starting the game off sluggish at the plate despite two runs in the opening frame, the Rebels went the final four innings without a strikeout after four in the first three innings combined.

Sophomore Elisha Jahnke continued her strong debut season moving to 6-3 on the year tossing all but one inning, striking out three and allowing just two earned runs off five hits. Freshman Krista Jacobs worked the final frame in the circle and allowed one run off three hits.

Elantra Cox led the way for the Rebels tying her career high in hits with three after a 3-for-4 day at the plate with two runs scored. Courtney Syrett also saw the ball well and went 2-for-3 at the dish with two RBI and one run scored. Natalie Martinez added a pinch-hit RBI single, while Grayce Majam had one RBI and Alex Schneider had two off a double.

Cox began the contest with a leadoff single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Hailey Lunderman. After going to third on a wild pitch, she scored on a popup lost on the infield due to strong winds in what was an RBI single for Syrett. A throwing error later scored Miranda Strother, who earlier reached on a hit by pitch.

The Tigers responded though with a two-RBI single down the right field line two innings later, tying the contest at 2-2.

But, the next half inning, the Rebels fought back with a three-run frame. Syrett started it all off with a single through the left side and moved to second on an illegal pitch. After going to third on a throwing error down to second, she crossed home on a Majam single through the right side to give the Rebels a 3-2 advantage. Schneider then followed with her one hit of the night, a double over the head of the left fielder, scoring Ashton Lampton and Majam.

The Rebels added two final runs in the fifth when Syrett got an easy RBI off a bases loaded hit by pitch, and Martinez’s single down the left field line capping the scoring for the contest.

On Deck
The Rebels hit the road again Wednesday for a trek north to the state of Oklahoma for a Friday doubleheader at Oklahoma State. First pitch from Stillwater is set for 4 p.m.

For all Ole Miss Softball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissSoftball, on Facebook at Ole Miss Softball and on Instagram at Instagram.com/olemisssoftball. Fans can also follow head coach Mike Smith on Twitter at @msmithsb16. Additionally fans can get a behind the scenes look at Ole Miss Athletics on Snapchat under the handle, @WeAreOleMiss.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports


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