A pair of unbeaten teams after one week of play in Region 4-7A play face off at Earl Phillips Stadium in Lyman this week, as the Greyhounds come calling on the Red Rebels.
Ocean Springs is 5-1 and has won five straight games under new head coach Jake Bramlett after dropping its season opener, and HCHS also sits at 5-1 overall. The Greyhounds have won the past two games in this annual affair pretty handily, but the series has been fairly even over the past decade and the Red Rebels, in fact, actually have won six out of the past 10 games.
The Greyhounds dominated D’Iberville 43-13 at Greyhound Stadium last week to mark their third straight win in that rivalry. With the win, OSHS has now beaten D’Iberville three straight times and in the process scored 40 or more points in all three games for the first time in the 70-year history of the series.
The win was also the Greyhounds’ 15th consecutive region win
Harrison Central slipped past St. Martin 17-13 last week. The game Friday night will feature the sports medicine staff from Bienville Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Center on the sideline providing the best in athletic care to each team.
The total team, which includes physicians, certified athletic trainers and support staff, is over 30 people and includes Dr. Yekaterina Karpitskaya.
A native of Russia, Dr. Karpitskaya came to the United States at the age of 14, graduated as valedictorian in high school and Summa Cum Laude in college and then continued her education at Washington University in St. Louis, where she obtained her medical degree.
She went on to complete her orthopaedic surgery residency at UCLA and also served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Karpitskaya joined Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists in 2011 and is the official team doctor for the Mississippi Sea Wolves Hockey team.
Double board certified in sports medicine and general orthopaedics and 16 Ironman races under her belt, she has firsthand knowledge of injury and prevention.
Some of the more common conditions Dr. Karpitskaya sees and surgeries she performs include hip, knee and shoulder replacements; shoulder, knee and ankle arthroscopic surgeries; ACL and other ligament reconstruction, rotator cuff repairs; tennis and golfer’s elbow; bicep/tricep tendon repair; carpal and cubital tunnel surgery; thumb arthritis; trigger finger; and adult and pediatric fracture repair, among other procedures. She is accepting new patients and sees patients in both the Biloxi and Gautier offices.
“Entering the field of orthopaedic surgery, male or female, you have to be prepared to work hard, make sacrifices, and be resilient, Dr. Karpitskaya said. “My role as provider, surgeon, wife, and mother is complex, but if you set your sights on it and work hard, anything is possible.”