COLLEGE BASEBALL: Hellums to lead rebuilding efforts at Union

By Blake Long NEMCC BOONEVILLE- Standout pitcher Ben Hellums has made the choice to assist in the rebuilding process of a team that just successfully achieved a move into one of the premier leagues in the country. Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Hellums, a Ripley native, signed his National Letter of Intent (NLI) to join the […]

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Pine Grove hires LaBarreare to coach fast-pitch softball

PINE GROVE–A year after hiring a state championship basketball coach, Pine Grove High School has added another state title winner to their coaching ranks. Tuesday, Janna LaBarreare was approved by the South Tippah School Board to be Pine Grove’s new head fast-pitch softball coach. The Falkner native spent the last 11 years teaching and coaching […]

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Surprise, surprise: Walnut’s Linton named a C-L Dandy Dozen

JACKSON–Walnut coach John Meeks didn’t know if his star returnee, Armani Linton, would be selected as a 2014 Clarion-Ledger Football Dandy Dozen. He figured if the safety/wide receiver and Ole Miss commit was chosen, the Jackson paper would have done some research through him. Meeks was wrong. But that’s a good thing. The Wildcats’ coach […]

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2014 HS football schedules for Falkner, Ripley and Walnut

Fall high school football practice begins Aug. 4. Here are the 2014 football schedules for Falkner, Ripley and Walnut. All games kick off at 7 p.m. Falkner Eagles Aug. 22 Middleton, TN Aug. 29 @Walnut (Joe Bowl) Sept. 5 @Ripley Sept. 19 @Hamilton Sept. 26 Houlka Oct. 3 @Thrasher Oct. 10 Biggersville (HC) Oct. 17 […]

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Ripley 8U Softball All-Stars compete well in Dizzy Dean World Series

  SOUTHAVEN—The Ripley 8U All-Stars completed a summer of fun and softball wins last Saturday at the Dizzy Dean World Series. Playing at the Greenbrook Baseball Complex in Southaven, the squad finished 2-2 in the double elimination tournament held July 17-20.  “I thought we did real good and we all tried our best. I liked […]

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Walnut’s Quinn gains knowledge at Manning Passing Academy

THIBODAUX, LA.—Walnut quarterback Will Quinn hopes the three days worth of guidance from the nations top signal callers he received at the 18th Manning Passing Academy July 10-14 at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. will help him be better in the pocket during his senior season for the Wildcats. While soaking in knowledge from […]

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Tippah County coaches praise MHSAA’s proposed move of state football championships

CLINTON—The Mississippi High School activities Association (MHSAA) is working on a plan to relocate the state football championships to college venues in Oxford and Starkville for the next six years and Tippah County high school football coaches praise the proposed move. “I love it. It makes it a lot easier for us geographically,” said Walnut […]

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Ripley assistant Tyler Reed headed to Oxford

By John Davis Daily Journal OXFORD–A new energy is what Drew Tyler thinks his recently hired assistant coach, Tyler Reed, brings to the basketball program for the Oxford High Chargers. Reed comes to OHS from Ripley High School, but he isn’t a stranger to the school district. He performed his student teaching at the old […]

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Batting for Better Futures Softball Tournament set for Saturday

RIPLEY—The inaugural “Batting For Better Futures” Softball Tournament is set for Saturday, July 19 at Peoples Bank Sportsplex on Smith Park Drive in Ripley. All proceeds from the Jack and Jill-ruled, double-elimination tournament will go to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Mississippi, the parent organization for the Ripley Unit located inside Ripley […]

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Locals part of 10U USSSA World Series champions

  It was a big July 4th weekend for Falkner’s Carson Rowland. The 11- year old helped the Tombigbee Tribe traveling baseball team capture the 10u USSSA World Series championship during the season’s final tournament  (July 2-5) in Orange Beach,  Ala. The team, based in Saltillo and coached by Chris Deaton, went 5-2-1 in the tournament, winning 11-5 over EM […]

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