#1 - Parker Adamson
Let's start with the fact that he is the starting Quarterback for the Football Team.
Or we can talk about his clutch performance against Ridgeland in Baseball. Three of his five Home Runs last year were hit in that series alone, including one in that miracle Game 2 comeback that smoked the scoreboard in left-center field.
Whatever you want to talk about, Adamson grew up quite a bit from the year previous. This guy used to fumble snaps it seemed once every other play to begin his high school football career and could not throw a pitch for a strike during a baseball game.
Adamson still cannot throw a pitch for a strike, but we will let new pitching Coach Thees handle that this year and we might have a different opinion come Baseball Season. Yet he can put the football right where it needs to be. Go figure.
All joking aside, Adamson is considered to be one of the top QB's in the state of Mississippi this upcoming year. He is being looked at by schools such as Vanderbilt, Duke, Mississippi State and yes even Alabama's Nick Saban has shown a little interest himself. Adamson does hold one scholarship offer from UT-Martin. Despite his skill set, 6'5" height and mobility at QB, the UT-Martin is his only D-I offer on the side of caution from other schools because no one really knew about Adamson until his impressive showing at the Elite 11 camp in Arlington, TX and would like to see a full football season from him to make their final decision. Therefore, watch for him to show out this year, lead the offense down the field to score Touchdown after Touchdown for the Oxford Chargers.
On the diamond, Adamson provided a spark-plug in the playoffs during the Ridgeland series that just shows he can hit for power when he wants. Adamson went 5-7, 3 HR's, 1 2B, & 7 RBI in the series. When he does hit for power, he gives his team a great chance at winning the game. Last year, OHS went 3-1 when Adamson homered. The one loss came after he had given Oxford a 4-run lead over New Hope, but their bats got hot at the end there. Behind Henry Webb, Adamson had the best fielding percentage on the team (.956), he also had 180 total chances (i.e. times he can make an out) which was highest on the team - of course when you play first base, the ball is going to come for traditional ground-out plays. Watch Adamson hit this year as he will be one of the Senior leaders heading into next year which looks to be very promising.
Come out tomorrow and watch this kid throw - it is time to watch those 11 Seniors and everyone else do what they do best at OHS - win - a lot.