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Local talent attends ICC camp

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal The Itawamba Community College athletic programs held 14 camps on the Fulton Campus this summer. There were a wide variety of camps available this year and they were open to kids from seven years old to high school seniors. The summer was jam packed with ICC football, baseball, softball […]

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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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HEAD HOOPER: Howland, Stricklin feel this is perfect fit for MSU basketball

By Logan Lowery Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Ben Howland had been waiting on the right time and place to make his return to coaching. Two years removed from leading UCLA to a Pac-12 Conference title and his 10th trip to the NCAA Tournament, Howland decided that opportunity was at Mississippi State. Howland was introduced as […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Howland hired by MSU

By Logan Lowery Daily Journal Mississippi State made quick work in hiring its next men’s basketball coach. According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, the Bulldogs have reached a verbal agreement with Ben Howland to become the program’s 20th head coach and is expected to be in Starkville today. The university has yet to confirm the report. […]

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Chieftains’ magical run ends one win short

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal JACKSON – Okolona was never able to shake off a shaky start. The Cheiftains were stuck with one made field goal much of the first quarter Saturday at Mississippi Coliseum, while Bay Springs ran off with the Class 2A state championship with a 74-58 win. It took nearly 3 minutes […]

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Patterson, big rally lift East Webster to 2A title

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal JACKSON – Quantesha Patterson was East Webster’s go-to player all season. In Saturday’s MHSAA Class 2A State Tournament championship game, the lanky 5-foot-10 senior center was all that and more in the Lady Wolverines’ 68-64 comeback victory against West Tallahatchie in overtime. Patterson scored 39 points, 20 above her average, […]

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Freshman trio leads Okolona to State 2A final

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal JACKSON – Bailey, Smith, Spears. Three names basketball fans in Mississippi need to remember, three names West Tallahatchie would like to forget. Okolona freshmen Jaylon Bailey, Cameron Smith and Ladarius Spears rang up 53 points Thursday to lead the Chieftains to a 73-67 comeback win against West Tallahatchie in the […]

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To the Big House!

JACKSON – Not many outside Chickasaw County know much about the Okolona Chieftains. But out of nowhere, the ignored Chieftains are two wins away from a state championship. They will face the West Tallahatchie-Leake County winner on Thursday at Mississippi Coliseum. Okolona knocked off Bassfield 56-49 Monday at Jackson State in the Class 2A quarterfinals. […]

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Lady Wolverines overcome turnovers to reach 2A final

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal JACKSON – East Webster coach Bill Brand knew Newton’s pressure defense was relentless and smothering. “I told my players if we could keep our turnovers to 20, we could win,” he said. East Webster committed 41 turnovers – nearly all forced by Newton – but still managed to exit the […]

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Okolona state tournament game moved to Monday

Daily Journal The schedule for Friday and Saturday’s MHSAA State Tournament basketball tournament games involving a Northeast Mississippi teams has been changed because of weather-related travel concerns. Two boys games scheduled for Friday have been moved to Monday at Jackson State: 9 a.m., Class 4A – New Albany vs. McComb; 10:30 a.m., Class 2A – […]

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On to Jackson

OKOLONA – Basketball coach Arteria Clifton was busy teaching science at Okolona High School Monday morning, but his mind was somewhere between last week’s last second victory over Hollandale-Simmons and this week’s matchup with Bassfield at the state playoffs in Jackson. “It’s tournament time and it’s a whirlwind,” said Clifton. “This is my first time […]

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Houlka smashes Smithville, falls to Coffeeville

HAMILTON – Madarius Hobson outscored Smithville. The Houlka freshman’s 23 points: one more than the Seminoles in a less-than-dramatic 83-22 win in Thursday’s Division 4-1A semifinals. At that point it was anybody’s guess how far Houlka (23-4) would go, but Smithville and the rest of Class 1A knew the Wildcats were serious about the journey […]

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PREP BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS: Houlka and Okolona still dancing

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal The remaining first-round games of the MHSAA girls basketball playoffs postponed Monday and Wednesday because of Winter Storm Remus are expected to be played today. Most of the boys’ first-round games were played Tuesday. A few were rescheduled for today. Some girls teams, including Itawamba AHS and Ripley, were able […]

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Houston’s teams enjoying new life

Special to the Chickasaw Journal Houston’s boys and girls basketball teams lost in Tuesday’s Division 4-4A Tournament openers, effectively ending their seasons. Until … Until the school was alerted by the MHSAA that division opponent Noxubee County’s basketball teams had been ruled ineligible for playing too many regular season games. Teams are allowed 28 games. […]

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