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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REWIND: Eagles score early, often to top Lions

FALKNER—Last week, the Falkner Eagles struggled out of the gate and needed a second-half rally for a win. On Friday, the Eagles (5-2, 4-0) didn’t struggle at all against the visiting Biggersville Lions, scoring on their first five possessions and rolling to a 48-14 win. It was their fourth win overall and in Div. 1-1A. […]

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REWIND: Ripley shows ‘edge’ to even division record

RIPLEY—Prior to their game with the Senatobia Warriors, Ripley coach Chad Cook was concerned. He saw a much-improved Warrior team with size and speed to match, calling them the most improved team he had ever seen from one year to the next in his 14 years of coaching. His Tigers took care of those worries […]

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REWIND: Wildcats roll to seventh straight victory

WALNUT—The Walnut Wildcats’ train continued to roll on Friday as they posted a 35-14 win over the East Union Urchins for their seventh win in a row. Walnut senior quarterback Will Quinn had his best night of the season, completing six passes for 147 yards with two going for touchdowns. He found sophomore receiver Antwan […]

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SOFTBALL: Falkner, Blue Mountain and Walnut start playoffs today

FALKNER–The Falkner Lady Eagles are a vastly improved slow-pitch softball team from 2013. They finished 10-16 last season and missed the playoffs. As the 2014 postseason begins, the Lady Eagles are 17-5 and rolled through the Division 1-1A schedule at 19-1, earning the No. 1 seed. In September, Falkner won the Tippah County Tournament title […]

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