VOLLEYBALL: Ripley advances to second round

  CLEVELAND–The Ripley Lady Tigers quickly eliminated the Cleveland Lady Wildcats with a 3-0 sweep in their volleyball playoff opener on Tuesday.  The 25-18, 25-18 and 25-19 victory sends Ripley to Senatobia on Saturday for a Class I second-round match.   “We expected to be here,” said Ripley coach Ashley Connolly. “It’s about surviving and advancing. […]

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VOLLEYBALL: Lady Tigers advance in state playoffs

RIPLEY–Saturday, the Ripley Volleyball team swept East Side 3-0 to win their MHSAA State Volleyball playoffs play-in game and advance to the opening round. The Lady Tigers won 25-5, 25-4 and 25-12 and improved to 18-14 on the year. The 18 wins are their most in program history. No. 2 Ripley will get back into […]

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FRIDAY NIGHT SCORES: Walnut makes it eight in row, Ripley rallies, Falkner falls short

Walnut 38, New Site 14: The Walnut Wildcats (8-1, 3-0) won their eighth game in row. Ripley 27, Rosa Fort 26: Ripley (5-3, 2-1) rallied from a 26-14 deficit in the third quarter with 13 unanswered points. Coldwater 22, Falkner 21: The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Eagles (5-3, 4-1). See more […]

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VOLLEYBALL: Ripley set for playoff run

RIPLEY–After completing a 17-14 regular season and finishing second in Division 1-1 with a 10-2 mark, the Ripley Tigers are set to begin play in the MHSAA state tournament. It’s the second consecutive trip to the postseason for a Ripley program that began six years ago. They’ve become a contender with the help of head […]

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SOFTBALL: Sweep was worth the weight for Falkner

FALKNER – Over the summer, first-year Falkner coach Jake Walker started a weight program. When new assistant coach Anna Lisa Powell showed up in July, she made it a bit more hardcore. It all added more pop to the Lady Eagles bats’ and that’s carried over into the postseason. Thursday, the Lady Eagles belted 13 […]

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FRIDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: Wildcats hope to stay in race for a home playoff game

NEW SITE ROYALS (6-2, 2-0) at WALNUT WILDCATS (7-1, 2-0): The Skinny –The winner gets the upper hand in hosting a Class 2A playoff game. –Last year, Walnut won 29-8, but lost starting QB Will Quinn to a broken leg. –New Site won 34-6 over Mantachie last week for their third win in a row. […]

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FRIDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: Falkner hits the road to Coldwater

FALKNER EAGLES (5-2, 4-0) at COLDWATER COUGARS (2-5, 2-2): The Skinny –Falkner won 59-38 last season at home behind 163 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns by Jeramie Lawrence. –Coldwater won 64-7 over Vardaman, last week. –Falkner is on a four-game winning streak. –Last week, Falkner got touchdowns from six different players. The Falkner Eagles […]

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FRIDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: Tigers looking for payback, division win against Rosa Fort

RIPLEY–All the weeks in the Ripley Tigers’ 2014 season are important, but some carry a little more incentive. It’s Rosa Fort week at Ripley and no one has forgotten how the game ended last year when the Div. 2-4A foes met in Tunica. “It felt like somebody just took something extra special away from us,” […]

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Blackwell setting example for Eagles’ defense in senior season

FALKNER—Falkner linebacker and wide receiver Demarcus Blackwell has come a long since an ATV accident forced him to miss his entire sophomore year. Now in his senior season, he’s played a big role his helping the Eagles to a 5-2 overall record, 4-0 in 1-1A. “Demarcus is one of those leader-by-example types of person,” said […]

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Bulldogs’ gridiron success makes for different tailgating atmosphere

STARKVILLE—College football tailgating for fans of Mississippi State Bulldogs has a different feel in 2014. “All year it’s been different,” said Ripley native Kathy Norton. “When you’re No. 3 in the nation, it’s going to be different.” Norton was one of several Tippah County natives in the “Junction” on Saturday as the No. 3 Bulldogs […]

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