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GAME ONE: Toppers fall hard in late innings

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal PEARL – If the throw had been bobbled even for a split second, Garrison Howell would have been safe and would have likely later tied the game. It wasn’t bobbled. He wasn’t safe. And Houston lost its Class 4A series opener 3-2 to St. Stanislaus on Wednesday at Trustmark Park. […]

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Houston heads to state championship

By Brandon Speck Special to the Chickasaw Journal OXFORD – Houston is playing in its first state championship baseball series in school history. The Hilltoppers (28-9) completed a Class 4A North finals sweep of Lafayette Thursday night with a 5-1 win on the road, a road that now leads to Trustmark Park. The Hilltoppers take […]

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Weather may crimp Houston playoff times

Special to the Chickasaw Journal PEARL – If stealing second base has to involve a flotation device, the state baseball championships may be moving from a start today to a Wednesday start. With water standing at second base at Trustmark Park, MHSAA officials were scheduled to make a decision sometime this morning on whether the […]

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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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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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Houston is hot, hot, hot

By David Wheeler Special to the Chickasaw Journal TUPELO – Tupelo’s pitching ran out of gas, and the Houston Hilltoppers were more than happy to zoom past for a road win. With key hits by Zach Poteete and Reid Carter, Houston accounted for four runs in the top of the seventh against five Tupelo pitchers […]

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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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Midnight Madness is Friday

HOUSTON – The community will get their first look at the 2014 edition of the Houston Hilltopper football team Friday night as this year’s squad hits the gridiron at the stroke of midnight. The Mississippi High School Athletic Association has strict rules for when teams can begin practice and Houston will play the game as […]

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Howell’s blast rallies Hilltoppers to series win

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal HOUSTON – Houston coach Scott Gann says second baseman Garrison Howell is a junior who leads and plays like a senior. Howell stepped up in a monumental way Tuesday when he belted a two-out, two-run, opposite-field double in the bottom of the sixth inning to help the Hilltoppers rally to […]

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By Kedrick Storey Southern Sentinel RIPLEY – Houston Hilltoppers coach Scott Gann has preached taking advantage of others team’s misfortunes all season. That message came in handy Friday in Game 2 of their Class 4A best-of-three play-in series against the Ripley Tigers. Houston scored three of their four runs on three Ripley errors and Hilltoppers […]

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Jump on the roller coaster

That we call spring here in Northeast Mississippi. No, it’s not the weather, that seems to be working itself out pretty well. It’s all the activities and trying to pick one, two or a couple without missing any of the rest. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting older and just don’t have the […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Just say “Thanks”

Halloween is over and that means next stop is Thanksgiving. I noticed several churches in the area are doing some kind of “Days of Thanksgiving” countdown to Nov. 28. Life is hard, but a quick look around shows we truly do have a lot to be thankful for in Chickasaw County. I get so fed […]

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Midnight madness: Houston Toppers hit hard for late-night crowd

BY BRANDON SPECK DAILY JOURNAL HOUSTON – Football is far from an afterthought in Houston. Approximately 300 fans gave up sleep at midnight Friday to watch the Hilltoppers’ first full-pad practice of 2013 into the wee hours of Saturday morning. “You get to actually see who’s going to bring it and who’s not,” said junior […]

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