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Houlka’s surprise season fades

      By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – The Houlka Wildcats came on strong this spring and went three-rounds deep into the MHSAA Baseball Playoffs before falling to Smithville last week. The Wildcats fell in two games to a strong Smithville team with a 6-14 loss on Tuesday and the season ending 3-7 […]

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Toppers headed to 4A finals

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Houston is headed to the first state championship baseball series in school history. The Hilltoppers (28-9) completed a Class 4A North finals sweep of Lafayette on Thursday night with a 5-1 win on the road, a road that now leads to Trustmark Park to take on today’s Game 3 winner […]

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Hilltoppers head to North Half

By Josh Hill Special to Chickasaw Journal   The Houston Hilltoppers seemed to have hit their stride with a back-and-forth style that has allowed them to advance to the Mississippi High School Activities Assocation North Half semifinals this week. The Hilltoppers proved they could get the job done over Itawamba AHS in a two-out-three contest […]

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Hilltoppers get late inning victory

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal HOUSTON – Zack Poteete became a hero without a hit, but his bat has Houston one win away from a trip to the Class 4A state baseball championships after a 2-1 win over Lafayette. Tied at a run apiece in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s North championship series opener, the […]

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Racing for a cure at Pink Ribbon Run

HOUSTON – It was cool and damp and perfect weather for runners wanting to raise money to find a cure for cancer. Team Hope hosted its bi-annual Pink Ribbon 5K at the Houston Spring Flywheel Festival recently with good times recorded by a large field of runners. Saturday, April 23, dawned cloudy and cool with […]

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Bowens inducted into Sports Hall of Fame

Former Itawamba Community College football standout Tim Bowens was inducted into the Mississippi Association of Community and Juniors Colleges (MACJC) Sports Hall of Fame in a special ceremony held in Jackson on Tuesday. Bowens’ athletic prowess was first recognized when he earned All-District honors in football as a junior at Okolona High School before grabbing […]

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Houlka’s Tyreque Reed inks with ICC

HOULKA – He was a star football and basketball player, but when it came to picking the sport that will pay for college, Tyreque Reed chose baseball. Reed is a key part of the success the team has had this spring and Houlka plays Smithville this week for the North State championship and a chance […]

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Houlka falls in Game One with Smithville

By Melissa Meador Monroe Journal SMITHVILLE – Smithville is hitting its offensive stride deep in the playoffs. The defending champ Noles pounded out double-digit runs for the second game in a row, grabbing a 14-6 win over Houlka to start out 1-0 in their Class 1A baseball semifinal series. “Today our hitting came around just […]

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GAME ONE: Errors open doors for Toppers

By Scotty Nichols Itawamba Times HOUSTON – The third round of the playoffs isn’t the ideal time to fight through multiple defensive lapses. Itawamba AHS made four errors in Tuesday night’s first inning alone, and Houston made them pay with four quick runs. That early 4-0 deficit would prove to be more than IAHS would […]

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Hebron Christian wins MAIS first round

After earning their second straight District 3A Championship last week the Hebron Christian Eagles advanced to the first round of the MAIS playoffs against Central Holmes Academy of Lexington. The Eagles took game one on Tuesday behind the 5-1/3 innings of pitching from Payton Griffin. Drew Myatt came on in relief to close out the […]

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It takes two!!

HOUSTON – The Hilltoppers jumped into the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association playoff this past week and carried the best two-out-three series to the hilt. Homefield seemed to help both squads as Houston took the first game Thursday against Amory, 9-5, traveled to the Panther Den Friday where they fell, 8-7, […]

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Hilltoppers eye playoffs

HOUSTON – The emotional roller-coaster ride has begun with the Houston Hilltoppers winning the District4, 4A title on Thursday and turning around and faltering on Saturday. “I told them to get some rest this week and realize we have to win two games a week for the next four weeks,” said Houston baseball coach Scott […]

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Seger takes over East Webster basketball

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Somehow, Michael Seger is getting more basketball and more family time, at the same time. Seger, after five years as Hickory Flat’s head boys coach, has been named the new boys and girls basketball coach at East Webster. “Doing both teams allows me to narrow my focus on the coaching […]

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Fearless Toppers building on their success

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal HOUSTON – Houston does a lot of things well on the baseball field. The Hilltoppers hit well, field well, pitch well, but they also get along well. Shortstop Denver McQuary insisted that is what drives them, not their chances to compete for a Class 4A championship. “We’re just trying to […]

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