SEASON FINALE: Ashland girls set to play for first state title since 1967

The Ashland Lady Blue Devils finished third in Division 2-1A. They lost three games–once to Ingomar and twice to West Union–to squads that also made it to Jackson. Yet, they are the last team standing from that trio, after both of those teams were eliminated this week. West Union eliminated Ashland on Monday 54-46. The […]

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Falkner’s Hood plans run to benefit Autism Center of North Mississippi

RIPLEY–Falkner coach Quess Hood has been an advocate for children and parents who deal with Autism since his son Jasper was diagnosed with the disorder. Hood has had talks with Mississippi senators and representatives about changes to health insurance to help cover costs of dealing with the condition and now he’s planning a 5K Glow […]

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Chills credits hard work for steady improvement

FULTON—Ripley’s Jayla Chills has excelled at every level of basketball on which she has played. As an 8th grader, she helped Ripley Middle School win the girls’ Tippah County and Five-County Tournament Titles. As a sophomore, she was a big part of the Ripley Lady Tigers’ 2011 Class 3A state title team. Following her senior […]

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Lady Blue Devils upend West Union, advance to state title game

JACKSON–For the second time this season Div. 2-1A foes Ashland and West Union met in a semifinal game. And for the second time, Ashland pulled out the win, but this time on a much bigger stage. Tuesday at the Mississippi Coliseum, Ashland got 14 points each from Dametris Anderson and J’Niya Tallie and 13 points, […]

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Ashland boys, girls advance in MHSAA State Basketball Tournament

JACKSON–The Ashland Blue Devils trailed the Durant Tigers by two points in the first minute of Wednesday’s MHSAA Class 1A quarterfinal game at Jackson State University. Ashland then settled in and never trailed again. The Blue Devils controlled both ends of the floor, rolling to a convincing 76-41 win to advance to next Tuesday’s semifinals, […]

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Falkner, Ashland boys set to battle for ticket to Jackson

FALKNER–The Falkner boys basketball team hasn’t played a state tournament game in Jackson since March 1998 when they won the Class 1A state title. If this year’s Eagles want to get back there, they’ll have to beat the Ashland Blue Devils. “That’s all I’ve been thinking about,” said Falkner senior Treyvon Jeanes on qualifying to […]

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Lady Tigers fall to Itawamba, end season at 28-4

RIPLEY–The Ripley Lady Tigers came out of the gates like they were headed back to Jackson, but from the second quarter on, the Itawamba Lady Indians had other plans in their Class 4A MHSAA Girls Basketball Tournament game. Ripley led by as many as 10 points in the opening frame, but the Lady Indians closed […]

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Qualification closes in Benton County

ASHLAND — Qualifying to run for office in Benton County has officially ended. Following is the final list of candidates: • Chancery Clerk Marlene McKenzie, D, (i) • Circuit Clerk Kathy Graves, D, (i) Debra “Debbie” Poff, D • Constable District 1 Derrick Holbert, D Earlie H. Smith, D James Williams, D, (i) • Constable […]

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Qualifying closes in Tippah County

RIPLEY — Qualification to run for office in Tippah County has officially ended. Following is the final list of candidates: • Chancery Court Clerk Mike Long, D Jennifer Shackelford, D John E. Stubbs, Jr., R • Circuit Court Clerk Randy Graves, D, (i) • Constable North Half Matt Graves, D Terry Mathis, D, (i) • […]

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4A Girls: Ticket to Jackson on the line as Ripley hosts Itawamba

RIPLEY–Tonight the Ripley Lady Tigers will host the defending Class 4A champions IAHS Lady Indians with a ticket to Jackson on the line. Ripley coach Cliff Ormon said he shouldn’t have to pep-talk his Lady Tigers too much. “They’re the defending champs, and if you can’t get motivated for that, you’re in the wrong business,” […]

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