The Class of 2012 has certainly left its mark at Oxford High School when it came to sporting events. In fact, they left their mark in the classroom too. Two of the Tupelo Daily Journal's 12 "Class of 2012 All-Stars" came from Oxford. A third got an honorable mention.
Let's start with Andrew Mullen, a guy who did not get a lot of local press while doing his thing at Oxford, except probably at his own school since he was the Editor-in-chief of the high school monthly newspaper "The Charger". He did two of the less covered sports in Oxford in Swimming and Tennis. Tennis is more covered because of what that program has done and he was certainly a major part of it. He won the 5A State Championship in Mixed Doubles and Boys Doubles while on the Tennis team, and of course he helped earn the Chargers five straight Tennis titles as well (1 in 4A before the move to 6 Classifications and the last 4 in 5A after the move). He was the team captain of the Boys Swim team and been part of a team that saw itself perform its best in school history and helped set a platform for the boys to get that elusive first state title for the boys swim program.
Let's not forget his 4.27 GPA (AP classes help inflate the GPA above a 4), his 34 ACT and 2380 SAT score either. He's got numerous honors but if you really want to read ALL of them, buy a copy of the Daily Journal because I might keep you on this page all day. He will be going to Princeton this fall majoring in public policy. Well deserving of that. (There are just some things Ole Miss can't beat, and that's the quality school like Princeton gives)
Next is Lucian DuChaine, ran Cross Country and Track and was part of the Boys Soccer team. Won the 5A Individual State Title in Boys Cross Country this year in helping to lead the team to the Team State Title. Although in soccer against Starkville in the first meeting, he tore his ACL which made him unable to run Track this year, effectively ending his high school career right there. Without him, the team fell to Starkville the second meeting and that team wound up being State Champions. Boys Track finished 4th, probably with Lucian running some distance events might have made around a 20 point difference in Track had he'd been healthy. He will go to the US Naval Academy next year. Lucian is a class favorite among many of his classmates and will always be remembered.
Now Justin Fondren, the Nation's leading High Jumper in Boys Track. Was a member of the Drum-line in the band, Oxford's best player in Boys Basketball and one of the many stud athletes to come through Boys Track. He was always a team player and one of the hardest workers in his class. Won the 5A Title in Boys High Jump while in Track this year. Helped Oxford Basketball continue the success it has always had. He also helped garner the 2009 Boys Track Title as a Freshmen. One of the most fun people to be around and favored by his classmates. He will attend Alabama on scholarship to continue his success in Track.
And we cannot, CAN-NOT forget about Erika Sisk. The biggest superstar to come through Oxford - Boys or Girls - in a long time. Anything less than first for her is a disappointment. A hard worker all the time, always striving to be better and be a better teammate. Won the 5A Girls Basketball Title this year in a undefeated season with the team. Helped Girls Track win back-to-back-to-back State Championships, the first three in the history of the program. Wore No. 3 on the Basketball Team that won a Championship on March 3rd, 3 months to the day after they had beaten South Jones the first time in Coach Shane Linzy's 3rd season as head coach that saw his team go 33-0. Let's not forget the State Titles in the Long Jump and Triple Jump. Surpassed 40 feet in the Triple Jump in the 5A State Meet this year which has only been done one other time in a State Meet, by Brittney Reese, an NCAA Champion and World Champion and threatens to win Gold at the 2012 London Olympics this year.
Let's not forget her other accomplishments: 2012 Gatorade Athlete of the Year in Girls Track for Mississippi. Was the Clarion-Ledger's Miss Track and Field. 5A MVP of the 5A Championship Team, made the CL's Dandy Dozen in Basketball, Made CL's 1st Team All-State. Numerous All-Star teams and Player of the Year awards, including a 3-time winner in the Oxford Eagle. Dozen's of other accomplishments are also with her including stuff she did in the classroom. I can't name them off the top of my head there have been so much she has done during her time at Oxford. She is easily the most decorated athlete Oxford has had in a long time, if not ever. She is heading to Murray State to continue on with Basketball and Track.
There are so many athletes that have helped make this class as good as it ever has been. This class won a record 13 State Championships in 7 different sports during their time here. They also set a record of 5 State Championships during a single academic year this year. I'm leaving many people out like James Lear, Mollie Beth Ott, Luke Gibbs, Kristen Dickerson - who had to make the decision of either staying at Oxford or going with her dad who is the head football coach at Gardner-Webb before this year, Meisha Gillom, John Greaber, Romeo Johnson, Mont Dean, and every single athlete that participated in a sport this year. Sorry if I left you out. I thank you and Oxford High School thanks you for all that you have done! The future is bright for all of you.
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