KEDRICK STOREY: My high school football Fridays will never be the same

It’s a given that no one get’s out of this world alive. It’s the untimely departures that make that fact so hard to take. Last Thursday, I was shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of longtime Walnut Football stat man Tim Jones. To this sports writer, he was Walnut Football. Seeing him walk the […]

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Remembering Walnut’s Tim Jones: 1958-2015

Only one word is needed to describe the legacy Walnut’s Tim Jones left behind when he passed away last week—selflessness. “He was always there—helping,” said Walnut coach John Meeks. Walnut Football’s legendary stat man, a native of Selmer, Tennessee, began working with the program under then-head coach Rickey Bates in the late 1980’s. He worked faithfully […]

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Willey approved to coach Ripley girls basketball

RIPLEY—On Monday, Ripley principal Buck Buchanan announced the hiring of Steve Willey, former head coach of Central Magnet High School in Murfreesboro, TN, to lead girls basketball. The South Tippah School Board approved the move on Wednesday. Willey replaces Cliff Ormon who left after two seasons to coach at Oxford. Orman went 51-10 in two […]

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Spring football game dates set for Falkner, Ripley, Walnut

Spring football is in full swing at Falkner, Ripley and Walnut high schools. All three began the later part of April and will conculde with spring games on May 14 and 15. Falkner will host 2A power Calhoun City in a non-kicking varsity game on Thursday, May 14 beginning at 6 p.m. at Eagles Stadium. […]

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NOMADS help with special project in Ripley

RIPLEY — A group of NOMADS has stopped for a few weeks in Ripley and the community is reaping benefits from it. The mission volunteers, called NOMADS, are a mission outreach ministry of the United Methodist Church who travel the country in RVs to work at Methodist-related agencies such as churches, camps and children’s homes, […]

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Six Tippah County athletes qualify for MHSAA state track meet

Six  Tippah County track and field athletes qualified for the MHSAA Track and Field State Championships set for Friday May 8 and Saturday, May 9 at Pearl High School in Pearl. The athletes qualified by finishing in the Top 4 of their respective events at last Saturday’s regional meets. Falkner High School will send Deshaun […]

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Ripley begins search for next girls basketball coach

RIPLEY—With the departure of Cliff Ormon, Ripley High School has started the search for their next girls’ basketball coach for the second time since 2013. After two seasons, Ormon was approved to take over Oxford girls basketball, last week. Ripley principal Buck Buchanan said the position was advertised over several days last week and resumes […]

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PLAYOFFS: Ripley Baseball eliminated, Pine Grove Fast-Pitch falls in Game 1

FULTON–The 2015 season for the Ripley High School baseball team came to a close Friday with a 13-3 loss to Itawamba in the second round of the MHSAA high school baseball playoffs. Ripley scratched out a run in their first two at-bats for a short-lived 2-0 lead. Itawamba took advantage of two walks and a […]

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Tipler pushing all the right buttons at Ashland

ASHLAND–Ripley native Rolley Tipler pushed the Ashland High School basketball teams to the brink of high school state championships this season. His players said that “push” is exactly what they needed. “He’s a great coach,” said senior forward Tavargus Peterson. “Sometimes he gives you a headache, but in the end, he’s just trying to make […]

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FASTPITCH: Lady Panthers face defending North Half champs in round two

PINE GROVE–The Pine Grove Lady Panthers face a tall task in second-round opponent, the Hamilton Lady Lions, in the MHSAA fast-pitch playoffs. The series begins today at 6 pm. in Hamilton. Pine Grove coach Janna LaBarreare knows it won’t be easy to dethrone the defending North Half champs.She said they must continue to do the […]

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