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TRIO SIGN: Burdine, Hillhouse, McQuary

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Friday was a good day for Hilltoppers, Houston High School and the community. Madeline Burdine signed a national letter of intent to play at Northeast, Clay Hillhouse inked with Mississippi Delta and Denver McQuary signed to play at Mississippi State. The trio smiled as they signed on […]

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Houlka plays in 25th Annual Hotbed Classic

Special to the Chickasaw Journal   NEW ALBANY — J.O. Johnson had a bad opening game in November’s Lighthouse Classic. The Jags made up for it the following day, providing what coach Jack Doss called “Johnson Entertainment.” J.O. is headed back to Mississippi for Saturday’s Hotbed. John Petty, the nation’s No. 5 junior, and company […]

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Houlka’s Hobson fills box score

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Houlka had a secret weapon last season, a young forward carrying the ball down the court, then posting up bigger defenders on the block. A year later, Madarius Hobson is out of the bag. “We don’t have any secrets any more,” Houlka coach Jimmy Guy McDonald said. “That’s who they’re […]

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Winter fishing forecast for Northeast Mississippi lakes

Special to the Chickasaw Journal   JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are excited about the fall fishing season in Northeast Mississippi. Fishing has started to improve with gradually decreasing water temperatures. “In the fall, fish start feeding more in preparation for the winter months,” said MDWFP Fisheries Biologist, […]

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Houlka Wildcats battle but get outmuscled in the end

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal ECRU – Houlka led West Lowndes twice in Saturday’s ninth annual North Pontotoc Shootout. Then two West Lowndes bigs made sure neither lead stuck. West Lowndes, a 1A contender in the South, beat No. 10 Houlka – a 1A contender in the North – 72-54. Six-foot-4 senior forward TyShun Spencer […]

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Scotland, Liverpool and Wimbledon

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – It started as a simple trip to hone their tennis skills. It turned into a trip to play tennis in England. Ezra Blissard and Walt Harrington have been picked to play for the John Newcombe Tennis Academy summer touring team and will travel to England this summer […]

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Wright named Spalding NJCAA Football Coach of the Year

Special to the Chickasaw Journal COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In just his second season as a head coach, Northwest Mississippi’s Jack Wright was recognized Tuesday by the NJCAA Football Coaches Association with the Spalding® NJCAA Football Coach of the Year Award. “This is a tremendous honor,” Wright said. “But it’s an honor for our team […]

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Hot hoops on a cold night

  By Ethan Turner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – It was a cold, dreary night in Houston on Saturday, but the basketball action at Hilltopper Gym provided plenty of excitement. In two games which saw each school win a game over the other, the Lady Hilltoppers defeated theLady Chieftains 49-18 , and in […]

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4H to offer Sports Fishing

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – You don’t really need to teach kids how to fish, but you do need to teach them how to fish safely and the best techniques that will catch fish. Chickasaw County 4H will offer a Sports Fishing program this spring and summer for youngsters and parents wanting […]

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SPORTS ROUNDUP: Diaz leaves MSU to join Miami staff

Special to the Chickasaw Journal STARKVILLE – Manny Diaz is on the move again. Just like in his first stint as Mississippi State’s defensive coordinator, Diaz only lasted one season in Starkville before moving on. This time, Diaz is returning to his roots in his hometown of Miami, where he will serve as the Hurricanes’ […]

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Bulldog baseball ranked 11th

  By Kyle Niblett Special to the Chickasaw Journal STARKVILLE – Mississippi State was ranked No. 11 in Collegiate Baseball’s 2016 preseason poll, the publication announced Monday. The Diamond Dawgs are coming off the most impressive summer in school history, where eight of its 16 returning players who competed in summer league action earned all-star […]

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MSU’s Prescott leaves behind winning legacy

  By Logan Lowery Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Dan Mullen’s eyes welled up with tears as he stood behind a podium following Wednesday’s Belk Bowl, searching for words to describe what Dak Prescott meant to him. The senior quarterback had just capped off his illustrious career at Mississippi State by leading to the Bulldogs to […]

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Hebron hoops it up at Christmas Classic

By Ethan Turner Special to the Chickasaw Journal CUMBERLAND – As the Hebron Christian Eagles and Lady Eagles took the floor for their final games in the East Webster Christmas Classic, both teams were looking for wins as their tournament run concluded. Despite showing vast improvement from their previous game, the Lady Eagles were defeated […]

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LATE COMEBACK: Wildcats rally from 13-point deficit in third

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal INGOMAR – Houlka was on the ropes Tuesday, down 13 points to Ingomar late in the third quarter. That’s when the Wildcats turned up the defense and sophomore forward Madarius Hobson turned on the offense. Hobson scored 18 points of his game-high 40 points down the stretch to lead Houlka […]

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