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HAMILTON • The Lady Rams of Vardaman gave a valiant effort, but ultimately fell short of a divisional title on Friday night. They played two rounds in the tournament, but were not able to win the final game.

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COLUMBUS • The Hebron girls fared slightly better in their tournament against Tunica than the boys. Beating the Lady Devils 39-29 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs where they fell to Lee Academy. They then played Columbus Christian Academy in a bout for third place, but fell t…

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COLUMBUS • The Hebron boys played in their tournament against the Tunica Blue Devils. With a good first half showing, they sadly fell further and further behind. With a final score of 72-47, the boys sadly finished their season winless.

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HOUSTON • The Houston Lady Toppers entered into the divisional tournament on Feb. 11 as a number four seed. After fighting tooth and nail for every game, they emerged Region 4 Division 3A Champions.

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HOULKA • The Houlka Lady Wildcats took on the Myrtle Lady Hawks on Monday, Feb. 3 at their gym in Houlka. While the Lady Cats played a hard game, it would ultimately go to the Lady Hawks by a final of 60-22.

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CALHOUN CITY • The Houston Lady Toppers took to the road against the Calhoun City Lady Wildcats. The Lady Toppers put up a good fight, however, the Lady Wildcats took the battle by a score of 55-42.

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CALHOUN CITY • The Houston Hilltoppers traveled to Calhoun City to take on the Wildcats on Friday, Feb. 7. The Toppers played a hard-fought game, but ultimately the Wildcats won the game by a score of 73-60.

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HOULKA • The Houlka Wildcats took to the court against the Myrtle Hawks on Monday, Feb. 4. The close fought battle would ultimately belong to the Wildcats by a final score of 71-63.

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PHEBA • The Hebron girls fought hard but sadly lost a close game against the Lady rams of Columbus Christian. The final score was 55-40.

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HOUSTON • Houston won handedly against the Hatley Tigers on Friday Jan. 31. With a score of 92-65, Houston was obviously the better team playing. They were able to keep the ball away from the Tigers and score on each of their possessions.

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Kobe Bryant and eight other people died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26. He died while on his way to watch and coach his daughter who was also killed in the crash.

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I need a good dose of competition in my life. Thankfully I get to watch teams compete week in and week out, but that doesn’t take care of my need to play and compete. What I have found though is that playing board games or card games can give me that same thrill. Only issue is that the peopl…

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HOULKA • The Houlka Wildcats played a great, close game against the Coffeeville Pirates on Friday night. With a final score of 67-61 in favor of the Wildcats, the Pirates had a great first half. After halftime though Houlka was dominant putting a combined total of 36 points in periods three …

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There are a two more games of football to be played total. One leading up to the Super Bowl, and then the actual professional championship. As a football guy you might think this makes me sad, and it does. But, what the end of football season means is the start of baseball season.

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VARDAMAN – The Vardaman Rams took on Okolona Chieftans at home on Friday, Jan. 17. Okolona and Vardaman looked well paired in the first period, but then Okolona began to take a very large lead, and would ultimately go on to win 85-41.

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VARDAMAN – The Vardaman Lady Rams took on the Okolona Lady Chieftains last Friday, Jan. 17. It was a competitive game in the early periods, but the lady Rams took this game home with a final score of 78-46.

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HOUSTON – The Houston Hilltoppers basketball teams suffered a loss to the Noxubee Tigers on Friday night. The Lady Toppers lost by a score of 50-34, and the boys by a score of 62-52.

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STARKVILLE • Mike Leach will take over the head coaching job at Mississippi State from Joe Moorhead. Leach comes into this great state having a career record of 139-90 and a record of 55-47 at his most recent school, Washington State University.

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OKOLONA • The Okolona Chieftains took on the Houlka Wildcats in a hard fought basketball game on Thursday night. The Chieftains ended up taking the game with a final score of 89-80.

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This upcoming Egg Bowl will be one of the most interesting ones to watch. Mike Leach and Lane Kiffin are two amazing football coaches that have done great things in their careers. However, the more interesting thing to watch with these two coaches is their pre and post-game interviews.

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STARKVILLE • Mississippi State has fired coach Joe Moorhead after only two seasons. This comes after the loss to Louisville in the Music City bowl on New Year’s Eve.

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It’s bowling time. More specifically its bowl season for college football. This is easily the best time of the year to watch college football if you’re a fan of funky match ups. Who knew you wanted to watch Louisiana Tech beat Miami, or watch BYU travel to Hawaii? No one, but you get to have…

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Coffee is my best friend. I have to drink it to keep up with both my jobs. They take me to many different places, both mentally and physically. Coffee keeps me on the rails barreling towards the deadlines and the off times. It also allows me to be the normal 23 year old fool that I am. If I …

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VARDAMAN – The Vardaman Rams lost to the Hamilton lions this past Thursday. With a final score of 76-44 the Rams have some work to do if they want to revive this season.

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With everyone getting ready for the holidays, sports begins to take a back seat, at least in small towns who don’t have college or professional teams. As a sports reporter in one of those small towns it does seem to slow down. Way down.

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CALHOUN CITY – This week, the boy’s varsity team from Houston won a close game against the Grenada Chargers in the Curtis Loggins Classic in Calhoun City. With a final score of 71-66 the Hilltoppers did not hold the lead until the last quarter.

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HOUSTON – Rish Alford has done a lot for the Hilltoppers throughout the course of his senior season. He was an integral part of the voracious defense that helped lead the Hilltoppers to a 10-4 record this year. For his efforts Alford was honored by being named 1st Defensive Tackle on the 3A …

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OKOLONA – The Okolona Chieftains basketball team took to the court for what would turn out to be an extremely close game against the Shannon Red Raiders. The Chieftains would go on to win the game 72-69, but it was not without its battles.

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BRUCE – Okolona lost their tournament game against Grenada by a score of 85-45 this past Saturday, Dec. 7. The Chieftains are currently on a four game losing streak, with their last win coming in a game last month against West Point.

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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.