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    Jim DeLaughter 

    High School Principal / Interim Athletic Director

Athletic News

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  • Jonathan Lucas Makes History as First Hartfield Basketball Player to Sign to Division I Program

    Standing at an unmistakable 6’7”, Jonathan Lucas has been dedicated to the game of basketball as long as he can remember. In two years of Varsity play since his arrival junior year, Jonathan has established himself as a stalwart leader and athlete. This month, he celebrated a Player of the Year selection and Division I signing ceremony, claiming a spot on the McNeese State Basketball roster this fall. 
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  • Steven Makamson, Coach of the Year

    After six incredible seasons as Head Coach of Hartfield Boys Basketball, Steven Makamson is stepping into a new chapter in his life. Coach Mako’s career at Hartfield has been marked by excellence, integrity, and heart, making his recent Coach of the Year recognition of no surprise to Hawk fans.
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  • Hartfield Athletics Shares a Hartfield Boys Basketball Announcement

    To the Parents of Hartfield Boys Basketball Players and Overall School Community,
    On a recent trip out of state, I found myself in a conversation sharing all that makes our home in Mississippi a great place to live and raise a family.  Among many other elements, high school sports ranks among the top ways our community comes together and feels united, bringing a great deal of joy and accomplishment to our families and students.  I am grateful for a fantastic group of leaders among our teams at Hartfield and I am excited to introduce you to a new coach that will add to our school and mission.
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  • Athletic Director Announcement from David Horner: Welcome to David Sykes!

    Hartfield Academy Community,

    I'm pleased to share an exciting announcement regarding our Athletics department.  As most of you know Jim Delaughter, our High School Principal, has willingly and selflessly agreed to lead our athletic staff and programs as the interim Athletic Director this year. He has done an outstanding job, for which we are all grateful. After the recent weekend in which three of our Varsity teams competed in State Championship games, Hartfield is in position to be the recipient of the 4A All-Sports Trophy which is given to the school with the highest level of success in each classification. This will be the first time Hartfield Academy receives this recognition.

    Although we are grateful for the successful year, it was never the plan to have Mr. DeLaughter continue in this role long-term.  His desire and focus continues to be fully on our Upper School. Given the ongoing needs of our coaches, athletes and programs of our growing school, it is time for us to fill this position. The process for considering our next Athletic Director has been God-led and we are confident this is a growth opportunity for our programs and school.   
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  • Hartfield Academy Boys Basketball Win State Championship!

    The Hartfield Boys Basketball team won the 4A State Championship game against Starkville Academy on February 27th, after defeating Hillcrest Christian School (Semifinals) and Bayou Academy (Quarterfinals). In the Championship game, players Josh Lee and Jonathan Lucas dominated the floor. Lee had 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 steals and his teammate Lucas had 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists.
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  • Hartfield Academy Boys Soccer Team Become Two-Time State Champions!

    Hartfield Academy’s Boys Soccer team was prepared to defend their State Title when they arrived to the championship game on Saturday, February 27th.  Lead by Coach Jake Benton who is in his 7th year of coaching at Hartfield, the team dominated against Pillow Academy. 
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  • Hawk Fans Celebrate the Cole Court Dedication

    Saturday, January 16th was a special day for the Hartfield Hawks. During the evening’s basketball games, Hawk fans gathered to enjoy the official dedication of Cole Court and celebrate the Cole family.
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  • Mia Wheeler Chosen as Player of the Week

    Senior and multi-sport athlete, Mia Wheeler, has always been one to watch. Her hard work and humble leadership shines through in everything she does, which is why it is of no surprise to Hawk fans that she was recently awarded the Mississippi Scoreboard Performance Therapy Player of the Week this month! As a testament to this well-deserved honor, Mia’s Lady Hawks Basketball coaches weigh in.
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  • Brandon Buckhaulter Signs With The University of Mississippi

    With great excitement, Hartfield Academy is proud to celebrate the signing day for Senior, Brandon Buckhaulter. Buckhaulter signed to play football with The University of Mississippi and will begin school this Spring, making Hartfield Football history as the first athlete to early-enroll to a Division I football program.
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  • Ella Rankin is the MAIS 4A Cross Country State Champion!

    Hartfield seventh grader Ella Rankin made history this year by securing the State Champion title in this year's MAIS AAAA Cross Country State Championship. Cinching an impressive finish to an impressive season, this athlete certainly represents the best and brightest of what Hartfield Athletics has to offer. 

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  • Hartfield and Community Bank Leaders Celebrate Community Bank Field

    Whether you're a Hawks football fan sitting in the stands, Hartfield fifth grader at P.E., or Lady Hawks soccer player securing yet another big win, Community Bank Field has been a most exciting addition to our community. To celebrate the unveiling of Community Bank Field, Hartfield Academy was given the esteemed pleasure to welcome Mr. Thomas Colbert, Community Bank Senior Chairman of the Board, along with other Community Bank executives for two special field dedication visits this month. We are confident that we are only seeing the beginning of unprecedented community impact thanks to this significant project, and we have Community Bank along with several other dedicated supporters to thank for what lies ahead for the Hartfield family. 
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  • Hartfield Hawks to Advance to 2nd Round of Playoffs

    With student safety as our highest priority, the decision has been made to cancel this Friday’s Varsity football game against Magnolia Heights School as they work through health concerns. As a result of this forfeit, the Hawks will advance to the 2nd round of playoffs on Friday, November 6th at Leake Academy.

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  • Hartfield Academy Girls Soccer Team Wins State (Again!)

    The Hartfield Girls Soccer team came ready to defend their State Title on Monday, October 12th and left the field as back to back winners of the MAIS Division II Championship. Led by coach, Jake Benton, the girls turned the game around at the half to win 4-1.
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  • Benton and Ingram: Coaches of the Year

    “A good coach can change a game, but a great coach can change a life.” - John Wooden

    Two major “wins” for the Hartfield Hawks in the 2019-2020 season was the esteemed honor to have two coaches from our athletics staff chosen as Coach of the Year in their respective sports.
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  • Get Involved with the Hawk Club Today!

    Hartfield Athletics is off to an incredible start to the 2020-2021 season. We are fortunate to have top-notch athletes led by outstanding coaches, all with the same goal: to honor God and grow as disciples as we perform at the highest level possible. Beyond the daily sacrifices made by our athletes and coaching staff, our success as an athletic program is largely due to the support of a very important organization: the Hawk Club at Hartfield Academy.
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  • Hartfield Football Highlights: The Vet and Community Bank Field

    The Hartfield Hawks have had a momentous season so far. 

    Football season signaled the beginning of a long-awaited return to “normal” for many Hawk fans. Though many events have been limited, large outdoor gatherings have continued with safety measures in place, and we have been able to begin our football season even in the midst of challenges.
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  • The Hartfield Aqua Hawks: Interest Letter

    Jim DeLaughter
    Hartfield Athletics is looking forward to another successful year for the Hartfield Aqua Hawks! Since year one, the Hartfield Aqua Hawks have excelled competitively, finishing in the top three multiple times in the history of the program. With a new head coach at the helm, the Aqua Hawks antipate another year of continual growth.
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  • Hartfield Boys Soccer Releases 2020 Season Roster

    Hartfield Athletics is pleased to announce the following players for the 2020 Hartfield Boys Soccer season.
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  • MAIS 4A State Basketball Champions

    Hartfield Academy Girls Basketball Wins State Championship

    Hartfield Academy’s Girls Basketball team competed in the MAIS 4A State Championship on Saturday, February 22nd against Simpson Academy. This was the first Championship win for the girls’ basketball team.
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  • Coach Toler speaks to students at the Junior High Football interest meeting

    Pack Toler Selected as Junior High Football Coach

    Hartfield Athletics is excited to have Pack Toler join the Junior High Football team as Head Coach for the 2020-2020 school year!

    Pack Toler graduated from Jackson Prep in 2010 and went on to graduate from Mississippi State in 2014. He has been a part of the Hartfield family for three years, serving as Offensive Coordinator for the Varsity football team, 7th grade basketball coach, and a middle school science teacher.

    Pack shared, "Football has provided me with a lot of lessons about life. I believe it helps teach work ethic, character, discipline, sacrifice, and many more lessons that are helpful for life. I am excited to pass on a lot of the lessons that I learned from my football career. I also believe that teaching and coaching is a great way to model the Gospel for kids. David Horner was my basketball coach in high school, and he was a great spiritual influence on my life at a time where I really needed it. I want to be that role model for kids now, spending my life pointing kids to Christ. My prayer for this upcoming season is to help kids grow closer to Jesus, learn life lessons that will help them throughout their lives, and win football games. If we can accomplish these goals, it will be time and energy well spent."
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