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BASEBALL: Ripley defeats Oxford at NEMCABB tourney, advances to final round

NEW ALBANY – Ripley posted a 7-1 win over defending Class 5A state champ Oxford on Tuesday to advance to the final round of the NEMCABB summer tournament for the first time in coach Joel Gafford’s six seasons. “It feels good,” said Gafford. “Nobody is bad from this point on.” With the bases loaded and […]

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Falkner, Ripley play today in 2015 NEMCABB Baseball Championships

RIPLEY–The 2015 Northeast Mississippi Coaches Association for Better Baseball (NEMCABB) Tournament us underway at the New Albany Sportsplex. The Ripley Tigers will play TCPS at 4 p.m. as a No. 1 seed after wins over Falkner and Booneville in last week’s NEMCABB Regional Tournament. The Eagles will play Tishomingo County today at noon in the […]

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Honoring Cecil Stroup: Legendary Walnut coach described as father-figure, friend, inspiration

Editor’s Note: Walnut’s most successful coach will be honored tonight at Country Inn, Too tonight at 6:30 p.m.  WALNUT—Legendary Walnut football coach Cecil Stroup helped guide the Wildcats to their best run in school history in the mid 70s. Over a span of six seasons (1974-1979)—before state championships began—the young coach directed Walnut to a […]

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Story overcomes losses, keeps sights set on NFL goals

Friday, former Ripley Football left tackle Michael Story will returned to Ripley for his high school graduation. The 17-year old beast-of-an-offensive lineman has already started college, enrolling early at Mississippi State University after inking a football scholarship in January. He’s come a long way to reach this point in his life. Story, along with twin […]

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Walnut’s Lewis headed back to Alcorn Central

WALNUT—Mike Lewis, who won a 1988 Class 3A boys basketball state title at Alcorn Central, has agreed to return to the school for a second stint. The move became official Monday, May 10. He replaces Mitch Howell. Lewis spent the last six seasons coaching Walnut boys. He said the move back to Alcorn Central, just […]

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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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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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