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Top Toppers honored

  By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The 2015 Hilltopper football season was a stellar year for the team and individual players and the Houston Touchdown Club, fans and parents honored those achievements at their annual banquet. “Every year and every team is different but this was a special bunch,” said Houston football coach […]

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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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Denver McQuary earns Daily Journal Defensive Player of Year

    By Gene Phelps Daily Journal HOUSTON – Denver McQuary learned a valuable lesson in his first game as a freshman defensive back. “If you make an interception late in the game (and your team is leading), get down,” he said. Houston’s senior safety, who was named the Daily Journal’s 2015 Defensive Player of […]

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PICKOFF KING: Interception record weight off McQuary’s shoulders

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal When the season is over – whenever that may be – Denver McQuary will probably sit back and relish where his name is. Last Friday, Houston’s senior safety intercepted Rosa Fort three times. That gave him 32 career interceptions, breaking the Mississippi record held by four players, including the late […]

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Opposing teams avoiding McQuary

By Brandon Speck Daily Journal Houston senior DB Denver McQuary is two interceptions away from tying the state record of 30. Teams are going to have to throw it toward him if he has a chance. McQuary has two regular season games left and is still chasing the mark four players own, including NFL great […]

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Houston’s offense breaks out, trounces Okolona

BY BRANDON SPECK DAILY JOURNAL OKOLONA – Either Houston coach William Cook was underselling it, or his offense hit a quick growth spurt. The Hilltoppers had been living on defense in a perfect start. With Thursday’s 52-6 Battle of the Creek win at No. 5 small school Okolona, the offense (26 points in two games) […]

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Houston trounces South Pontotoc at Oxford Jamboree

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal OXFORD – Houston looked good Saturday afternoon. The Hilltoppers scored four times and shut out South Pontotoc, 28-0, in a two-quarter scrimmage as part of the Oxford Jamboree Aug. 17. And Houston got better as the game developed. The Hilltopper scored on two long, grinding drives, a long pass play […]

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Hilltoppers nipped by St. Stanislaus

  By Floyd Ingram and Brandon Speck Chickasaw Journal PEARL – Houston fans will always believe Reid Carter was safe at third in Game Two of the 2015 4A Championship. The aggressive base-running that is a Hilltopper trademark and a winning strategy much of the season, showed its darkside as Houston was nipped in both […]

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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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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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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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