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HOULKA – On Wednesday Dec. 4, legendary Houlka basketball coach Jimmy Guy McDonald died at age 71. He was a fixture on the sidelines of Houlka high school basketball ever since he took the head coaching position in 1971.

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When it gets to be this time of year everyone begins to get into the holiday spirit, much like representing their favorite sports team(s). I myself am currently writing this while looking at my Christmas tree and other decorations that I have set up in my home. I love this time of year as it…

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This semester is almost to a close and with that comes the end of the football season. It is a sad time for people like me who some might say enjoy this time of year a little too much. I would spend all my Fridays preparing and attending local football games and watching these young men play…

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OXFORD – The Lady Hilltoppers were defeated by the Oxford Chargers on Tuesday, Nov. 26, by a score of 56-33. The Lady Toppers have been doing well this season with a record of 5-2 with a very good defense and an explosive offense.

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This week sadly the football season officially ended for the Houston Hilltoppers, my first football team that I traveled to cover. This team will always hold a special place in my heart simply for being the first, but also for being an outstanding team. This team has so many quality players,…

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HOUSTON – The Houston Lady Hilltoppers basketball team took on the Houlka Lady Wildcats on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The Lady Toppers won 53-17.

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HOUSTON – The Houston Hilltoppers basketball team took on the Houlka Wildcats at home in Houston on Tuesday, Nov 12. The Toppers would go on to take the victory by a score of 83-48.

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OKOLONA – Okolona was blown out by Nanih Waiya this Friday. With a score of 54-6 the Nanih Waiya Warriors rode passed the Okolona Chieftains. The Chieftains are done after this game and will need to get into the weight room and get ready for next year. The coaching staff will need to find an…

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The Houston Hilltoppers won a stunner in Winona. With a score of 30-20 it was a close defensive game for most of the first half. Houston was hurting going into half time after the Tigers of Winona made it 14 points across the board. The Toppers came out in the first drive after halftime and …

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The high school football playoffs are upon us. While not everyone gets to go to the dance, those that do get to continue to play football for another few weeks. Playing against harder and harder teams each week as you face off against the best of the best in the state. This is an electric ti…

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PHEBA – The Hebron Christian Eagle took to the field against the Kemper Academy Rams for the first round of the playoffs. While the Eagles seemed to start strong, they were defeated in the the end by a score of 54-18.

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HOULKA – Houlka Attendance Center senior, Deshun Berry signed to play basketball with the Itawamba Community College Indians on Friday, Nov. 1.

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I went to the Donald Trump rally in Tupelo this past week. While there as a member of the press I was called fake news by the President of the United States. You could not have wiped the smile off my face when he said that. All I am is a lowly sports writer who went up to cover an event for …

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OKOLONA – The Okolona Chieftains lost on Friday to the Tupelo Christian Prep Eagles. The final score was 49-25 in favor of the Eagles. Okolona falls to 3-7 on the year with this loss. With no playoff hopes the team is currently finishing out play and seeing where some underclassmen can go.

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OKOLONA – The Okolona Chieftains lost to the West Lowndes Panthers on Friday by a score of 28-13. While this may be a loss, it is a loss to a very good team. Okolona showed that they are a good team on defense by keeping the Panthers to just 28 points. Okolona’s record ends up being 3-6 with…

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What makes a good football team? Is it just pads and players? I suppose you could also add in the coaches and the equipment managers. I actually think that the biggest thing that makes a good team are the people that show up and cheer for these young athletes. And no one does it better than …

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AMORY – The Houston Hilltoppers took to the field against the Hatley Tigers in the Toppers’ final regular season game. They were prepared for this game as they defeated the Tigers by a score of 56-7.

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LOUISVILLE – The Vardaman Rams continue to have a disappointing season with a loss to Nanih Waiya by a score of of 54-21. The Rams have a record of 0-9 currently with two more games to play this season. Hopefully coach Brennan Pugh can get these young men ready and able to play against Frenc…

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HOUSTON – The Houston Hilltoppers dominated the Aberdeen Bulldogs on Friday night. With a final score of 52-6, the Hilltoppers are back in the win column at their final home game.

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In college football there has been a new era of sideline antics. Teams have begun to adopt things that are given out when there is a turnover, touchdown or some other great play made. This has not been lost on the high school teams either. I remember back when I was in high school our coach …

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PHEBA – The Hebron Christian School Eagles took the field against the Columbus Christian Academy Rams on Friday night. Ultimately, the Rams defeated the Eagles 40-24.

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HOUSTON – The Houston Hilltoppers lost a rare Thursday game this week at home against the Choctaw County Chargers by a score of 24-12. They played the game on Thursday in an attempt to avoid the storms predicted for Friday. The Chargers were a dominating force on the offensive side on the ba…

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OKOLONA – The Okolona Chieftains played a fantastic game in awful conditions on Friday. While everyone is happy that the summer weather is gone, the Chieftains would have at least liked the rain to have stayed away. Okolona won against Vardaman 32-19. It was a slow start for the Chieftains a…

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Rain is great. It helps us grow food on the farms that allow everyone to eat. It also keeps creeks and rivers flowing so that anyone wanting to can fish, swim, or take a boat out. Rain is loved by some and hated by others. I personally like the rain. It almost forces me to stay inside and gi…

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This week I took notice of something while I was covering both the Houston Softball and football teams. This school has some of the most tenacious players that I have ever seen. They are never down and out until the final minute of the game. They are never ones to hang their head in shame af…

Three things make up a good event; food, people, and music. That last one holds a very special place in my heart, especially on Friday nights.

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When watching football on Saturdays one can’t help but be a bit upset when you have to get up fairly early to watch these games. Take this Saturday for example, Alabama, LSU, and Vanderbilt all have games that start well before noon. Now I’m not saying that I’m not watching these games but a…

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HOUSTON – The Houston Hilltoppers went into their homecoming game hoping to continue their undefeated season, and they were not disappointed. The Toppers defeated the Eupora Eagles 25-0.

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HOUSTON – The Lady Toppers slow-pitch softball team is the Class 1 Region 3 division champions. They secured the division with an 11-0 victory over Calhoun City Tuesday, Sept. 17.

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The Houston Hilltoppers had another come–from–behind win against the Shannon Red Raiders this past Friday. The Toppers rallied in the fourth quarter and won the game 18-14. Coach Ty Hardin and his team are proving to be a complete football team that plays every quarter.

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Whenever anyone hears the word fall they tend to think about the oranges and red of the leaves. Maybe they think of sweaters and warm cups of coffee. As we get into September and move on into October, we in the south are expecting some beautiful fall weather. What we will most likely get is …

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After going to a few different games in the Chickasaw County area I have come away with an appreciation for what these “small towns” have to offer.

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VARDAMAN – The Vardaman Lady Rams Fast-Pitch Softball team have officially been presented their State Championship rings. They were presented with the rings in a ceremony during halftime of the Vardaman vs. Bruce football game on Friday, Aug. 30.