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Answering the call: Basketball standout surrenders to ministry

BLUE MOUNTAIN—For the first time in his high school career, Blue Mountain’s Jacob Girley won’t play in the MHSAA high school basketball playoffs. Last week, the Cougars lost to Hickory Flat in the quarterfinals of the 2-1A Tournament, ending their season at 16-12. Girley scored 24 points in his final game, finishing with a 20.6 points per […]

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Falkner Eagles advance in 1A State Playoffs, three other Tippah County teams eliminated

(B) Falkner 64, Hamilton 56: The Falkner Eagles led by 13 points at the end of third quarter and had to fight off the Lions over the final eight minutes, but they held on for the 1A State Playoff win. The Eagles (20-12) will play on Saturday with a trip to Jackson on the line. […]

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1A North State Boys: Eagles set to host Lions

FALKNER–The Falkner Eagles will host the Hamilton Lions tonight in the opening round of the Class 1A North State Tournament and Eagles’ coach Jake Walker hopes the home court will play to their advantage. “We’ll have it at home and hopefully the guys will be fired up,” said Walker, who has guided Falkner to a […]

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4A North State Boys: Gardner likes Tigers’ chances on the road

RIPLEY–The Ripley Tigers were a bucket away from upsetting Byhalia in the semifinals of the Div. 2-4A Tournament and securing a home game for the first round of this week’s 4A North State Tournament. They bounced back to clip rival New Albany to secure the No. 3 seed. They’ll travel to face No. 2 seed […]

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UPDATED: Inclement weather moves North State Playoffs games for Tippah/Benton schools

The latest batch of inclement winter weather has forced high school basketball playoff games to be delayed for the second week in a row. This time it’s more of a problem for teams traveling south to north for North State Tournament games. Listed below are updated times. Please note that will the new weather forecast, […]

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2A North State Tournament: Lady Wildcats look to survive and advance

CALHOUN CITY–The Walnut Lady Wildcats didn’t secure a home game in the 2A North State Girls Tournament, but they finished as the No. 3 seed in 1-2A and are still alive when many others aren’t. Now, it’s about surviving and advancing says Walnut coach Richard Byrd. “It’s just trying to survive and play again at […]

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4A North State Tournament: Lady Tigers set to host Yazoo County

RIPLEY–The Ripley Lady Tigers won as ugly as you could win a game on Saturday, but they did claim the victory and another division title. Ripley (27-3) scored just two points in the second quarter and eight in the third against the Lafayette County Lady Commodores in the 2-4A girls’ championship game. They trailed by […]

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HS Basketball: North State Tournament games and times

North State Tournament games and times Monday, Feb. 23 4A North State Girls No. 4 Yazoo County at No. 1 Ripley, 7 p.m. 2A North State Girls No. 3 Walnut at No. 2 Calhoun City, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 1A North State Boys No. 3 Hamilton at No. 2 Falkner, 7 p.m. 2A North […]

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Eagles fall in 1-1A title game, Lady Tigers win 2-4A championship

(B) Jumpertown 70, Falkner 64: The Falkner Eagles led by one-point with 2:32 left in the 1-1A boys’ title game, but a quick 6-0 spurt by the Cardinals gave them the lead for good. Falkner will be the No. 2 seed in next week’s 1A North State Tournament. They host Hamilton at home on Tuesday, […]

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Falkner’s Walker says title-game appearance a testament to hard work

FALKNER–The Falkner Eagles have steadily improved under fourth-year head coach Jake Walker. Tonight they will go after a division tournament title for the second year in row when they face the Jumpertown Cardinals in the boys’ final of the 1-1A Tournament at Booneville High School at 8:30 p.m. The Eagles lost to Biggerville in last […]

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