The Owls fielded an "enhanced squad" last night on the emerald green of Hull-Dobbs Field as our team comprised mostly of seventh graders received support from select eighth graders. The boys accepted the challenge from the eighth grade Bellevue Wildcats, subduing their worthy Midtown opponents 14-0.
Above, the offense unfolds as the line provides ample protection for quarterback Hayes Wilkinson, pictured here rolling to his right while Clarkson Shoaf (far right) begins his corner route.
Wilkinson gets met with a sizable Wildcat in his face, but only after he successfully launched his corner route pass with precision. See the ball at top center, captured at the top corner of the far side bleacher railing.
Ball in flight, Shoaf works himself for position having beaten his man.
Football is arguably the ultimate team sport, each boy required to execute his particular duty in order for the team to advance the play to the desired end. In this case, from the coaches' play call to the players' doing their jobs, the result is as intended, a successful pass play designed to score six.
On the ensuing play, the Owls went for two extra points and made it, Christopher Goodwin punching it in over the left side. Goodwin and his Owls would add the final six points as he carried it in for a touchdown later in the game, sealing the 14 points on the side of the Red and Blue.
The Lower School golf team won the Shelby League Senior Division Championship at Glen Eagle Golf Course. Individual honors: Henry Nickey (1st place), Daniel Russell (2nd place), and Jack Rogers (3rd place).
"This year's team lost three close matches during the regular season. However, we were able to redeem ourselves by playing our best golf of the season in the championship. I am very proud of their progress and determination," offered a satisfied Coach Jason Peters.
Pictured (L to R): Coach Peters, James Barton, Daniel Russell, Jack Rogers, Henry Nickey, Nelson Saenz, and Will Pittman.
Math packet due the first day of classes, Tuesday, August 16: Summer Math Packet. As for Summer reading, those tests are scheduled a few days after we get going, but get busy completing those books now. Students receive a 3-point bump on their Quarter 1 English grade if they score well on these quizzes.
Let’s Get Ready for a brief reminder of what happens when the assault on the boys' summer freedom lands at your doorsteps next week.
Monday, August 8: MUS faculty and staff begin a week of In-Service on campus. Parent Camp for seventh grade parents is this night, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Lower School (10 on the campus map), Dunavant Lecture Hall. Sandwiches and bottled water provided. All medical forms are also due. Bring Camp Bear Track medications w/ instructions so we can hold and file for the trip.
Lower School football practices begin at 5:30 and run to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 9: Book sale, Ross M. Lynn Arena (19). Please park at Stokes Stadium, and enter the south door of the Hyde Sports Center, the glass doors facing the parking lot. 9-11 a.m. for the seventh graders, 1-3 p.m. for the eighth graders. Boys get their schedules, locker numbers, books, and MUS bling. TAKE YOUR BOOKS HOME. Reminder: Seventh graders get their photos taken for Owl Camp at Book Sale, not their formal yearbook photos. The official yearbook photo is scheduled for Convocation Day, August 17. Seventh graders will receive their Official Class of 2022 Owl Camp T-Shirt and water bottle as they exit the Book Sale.
New eighth graders and their parents have a lunch hosted by the MUS Lower School student council and Honor Council 11:30-12:30 p.m. in the Campus Center, Halperin-Gillespie Room for the boys, Dining Hall for the parents. They get a jump on the Book Sale line as we will line then up first.
Seventh graders only: Wear your new T-Shirt when you return for Owl Camp. Load buses at 1:00 p.m. We suggest that you arrive by 12:30 p.m. with all your bags, having eaten well and de-technologified, a.k.a., no Pokemon Go! or electronics on the trip.
After we corral the lads and make sure all are wearing the Official Class of 2022 Owl Camp T-Shirt, we'll line up boys in an alphabetized, organized fashion along the cloister at the Lower School south curb, put remaining stuff in their corresponding bus, get the meds contained and explained with Mrs. Poag, and moms and dads can go get an early date night.
Eighth grade football practice, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 10: Eighth graders chill. Seventh graders are out of town.
Eighth grade football practice, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 11: Eighth graders continue to chill. Sleep in. Seventh graders 4:00 p.m. return from Camp Bear Track, 5:30-6:30 p.m. eighth grade Parent Camp in the Dunavant Lecture Hall and football practices, both seventh and eighth-grade teams, 5:30-7:30.
Friday, August 12: Free, no football.
Monday, August 15: Convocation Day, arrive by 8:00 a.m. at the Lower School dressed in coat-and-tie. Returning eighth grade students free to leave campus following yearbook pictures. All seventh graders and new eighth graders: Pick-up at the Lower School at 2:30. The boys will be allowed to call parents and confirm pick-up time, no ASAP, football practices at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 16: First day of classes, arrive by 8:00 a.m., bring all books, regular school attire (we'll clarify attire at Parent Camps. Basically, no jeans, no canvas or leather sneakers, no shorts, no cargo pants. Collared shirt, tucked into long pants, secured with a belt, leather or suede shoes). Classes dismiss at 3:15 p.m.
Students are encouraged to go to the library, computer lab, talk to friends, mill about as they pack up from the day in prep for the next day.
Other than football, fall sports (cross-country and golf) will announce their practice schedules as classes begin.
The bell rings at 3:40 p.m. All Lower School students must be gone from campus by 3:40 p.m. daily unless engaged in a MUS sanctioned extra-curricular event, or they must report to the After School Academic Program (ASAP).
Football players dismissed at 4:55 p.m., and they go dress in the Lower School PE Locker Room in the Athletic Building. Players are not to enter the Lower School building once dressed for practice.
For parents wanting Junior to stay and study before pick-up, regardless of after-school sports, ASAP runs until 5:30 p.m. daily, no sign-up required. Drop in. Bring/eat a snack. The cost is $10/day, billed monthly. Attendance is taken daily, and there are plenty of seats in the Dunavant Lecture Hall. Math lab available for the first hour of some days, and that will be determined and announced. Pick-up can be at any time before 5:30 p.m. when the building is locked. Please be on time. We have families to get back to as well.
Hopefully this info helps. Enjoy these last few days of relative freedom. Help Junior find the time to complete the Summer math packets and the Summer reading requirements. The math evaluations are due the first day of class. The reading tests will occur around the second week of classes.
Dates: (3-day tryout) Monday, August 22 through Wednesday, August 24
Location: Plantation Golf Club (9425 Plantation Road, Olive Branch, MS 38654)
Times: 4:30 pm each day. Ending time will be approximately 7 pm each day.
Format: 9 holes each day. On all three tryout days, participants will play the front nine holes from the white tees. Participants with the top ten scores over 27 holes will make the team. A hole-by-hole playoff format will be used to break tie scores following the 27 holes if necessary.
Fees: $12 per day. Players should pay greens fees each day in the club house prior to warm up.
Sign Ups: Coach Peters will meet with all lower students during the first week of school (August 15-19) to conduct signups for the tryouts.
Additional Information: Range finders are permitted during tryout rounds. Driving range and putting green are available for warmup as time permits. Parents are responsible for transportation. Parents are allowed to attend but must remain on the cart paths at all times and are not permitted to communicate with participants. Please remember to pack a water bottle, snack, and sunscreen.
If you have additional questions, please contact Coach Jason Peters at (901) 574-4161 or Coach Jason Peters.
Varsity Bowling Tryouts are in late August. The season runs from Labor Day to the third weekend in January. Practices/matches are Tuesdays/Thursdays 3:30-5:30 p.m. The team is comprised of 10-12 upper school students, so rising ninth graders be advised.
To prepare for tryouts, we recommend: Option #1: Join the Junior Bowling League that takes place Saturday mornings at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes (1576 S. White Station; 901-683-BOWL) from 10:00 a.m. to noon. It is a 13 week league that started May 7; go this week to sign up – you are not too late. It’s about $16 a week and includes professional coaching. Option #2: Join Kids Bowl Free, and get two free games PER DAY all summer (now through August 31) during the day (Monday-Friday 10-4).