January 20th, 2012
MATHISTON â The East Webster Wolverines expect to have a strong pitching staff for the 2012 season.
One of the indications of that is two of those pitchers have attracted attention from the next level.
On Friday morning, Ty Hendrix and Conner Burton signed letters of intent to continue their careers at junior colleges. Hendrix will take his talents to East Central Community College in Decatur, while Burton will join the program at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba.
Burton is excited about what coaches Chris Rose, Michael Wallace and Jim Wells have brought to the Lions.
"Coach Rose is a very nice coach and the big thing was coach Wells coming from Alabama," Burton said. "That inspired me a lot.
"They've got nice facilities and nice dorms. Everybody down there are real nice people. I think I can go down there and make an impact. That's what I will try to do. I hope the coaches can teach me enough to get me to the next level."
It's Burton's hope to improve enough to have a chance to join Mississippi State.
Burton is the second high school player in as many days with pitching skills to sign with EMCC. The Lions were able to get Starkville High School's Nick Brooks on Thursday.
"We're excited to get guys from the 100-mile radius of East Mississippi," Wallace said. "We're going to look at (Brooks) in the outfield, middle infield and possibly pitching because with the aluminum bats, you can never have enough. We're always looking for pitching."
Weather in the middle of January for Starkville can be somewhat hard to predict.
It has been a rainy winter season so far and the temperatures has been up and down.
One thing is for sure, there's always a Frostbite.
The 27th Frostbite Half Marathon will take place today and race officials expect the event to be run no matter the conditions.
"Rain, shine, sleet or snow and that's why we call it the Frostbite," said Eddie Myles of the Wellness Connection. "The weather for me being that it is the Frostbite, I want it to be a little bit colder and think we have a forecast of 63 degrees."
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