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Round One, Game One, game won

By Ethan Turner Special to the Chickasaw Journal VARDAMAN – The playoffs first round, first games came to the Sweet Potato capital of the world and the Rams did not disappoint. With Vardaman baseball team hosting a playoff game across the park, the Vardaman Lady Rams were also in action facing the Biggersville Lady Lions […]

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Toppers top Lafayette in first round

By Blake Morgan Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Houston pitcher Tanner Smith entered Friday night’s first round 4A playoff game against Lafayette leading the state in strikeouts in Division 4A. His strong play from the mound continued as he helped propel the Hilltoppers to a 5-2 victory. “Smith is just a competitor,” Houston […]

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Houston loses to Kosciusko

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – Scott Gann wants to be Number 1 and taught his Hilltoppers how much you have to be willing to give to get there. Houston had a slim one run lead over Koscuisko going into the seventh inning Thursday night with strikeout-king Tanner Smith on the mound. The Toppers […]

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Hilltoppers win key district game with Caledonia.

By Ethan Turner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – It was Senior Night on Friday night in Houston as the Toppers looked to complete the series sweep over Caledonia. And seniors Tanner Smith and Layton Burdine didn’t disappoing. Thanks to a key hit by Burdine and a dominant performance on the mound by Smith, […]

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Bulldogs tied for SEC lead

By Logan Lowery Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Things didn’t look too promising for Mississippi State when the Bulldogs were swept at Arkansas on the opening Southeastern Conference weekend a month ago. But the Bulldogs have been able to turn things around in a hurry and won their third straight conference weekend by taking the rubber […]

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Houlka’s Tyreque Reed smashes homer for Itawamba win

By Gene Phelps Daily Journal BOONEVILLE – The situation Wednesday – runners at first and second with no outs – called for a bunt. Itawamba coach Rick Collier, knowing 6-foot-1, 260-pound sophomore Tyreque Reed was coming to the plate, never considered the option. Good thing. The hulking first baseman from Houlka walloped an outside fastball […]

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Houlka falls to hard hitting Hamilton

By Ethan Turner Special to the Chickasaw Journal It was back to the diamond for the Houlka Wildcats as they traveled to Hamilton to face the Lions Friday night. Although the game didn’t start well, the Wildcats showed fight but eventually were defeated 15-0. The Wildcats fell in the hole early as they trailed 6-0 […]

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Hilltoppers win peachy road trip

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal NEWNAN, Ga. – The Hilltoppers carried their bats and pitching to Newnan, Georgia Saturday for a little road trip and used them to notch 14 hits and hold the host Cougars scoreless. This was not Houston’s first trip to Newnan, which is about 40 miles southwest of Georgia. The county-wide […]

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Pitch count!

By David Wheeler Special to the Chickasaw Journal In July of 2016, the National Federation of State High School Associations passed a rule requiring all state high school athletic associations to implement a pitch count for baseball for the 2016-17 season. Soon after, the Mississippi High School Activities Association implemented such for this state. Many […]

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Wildcats blanked by Smithville

By Ethan Turner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOULKA – It was a tough afternoon for the Houlka Wildcats. The Wildcats hosted the top ranked Smithville Seminoles, Tuesday, March 21 and were unable to stay with the Seminoles because of errors and walks and they were defeated 15-0 in three innings. In the first inning […]

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McQuary throws in SEC tilt

Special to the Chickasaw Journal FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Diamond Dawgs battled back but could not get over the hump, as Mississippi State fell 5-4 to Arkansas in Southeastern Conference baseball action Saturday night at Baum Stadium. MSU relief pitcher and Houston native Denver McQuary took the mound and pitched the bulk of the game […]

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Houston seeks to climb the mountain

By David Wheeler Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – The Hilltoppers baseball team played in a state championship series in 2015. And Houston won the Class 4A state title in 2016. Is the championship mountain too high in 2017? From its previous championship runs, Houston graduated six players from last season, but bring back […]

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Houston falls to Saltillo

Ethan Turner Special to the Chickasaw Journal HOUSTON – After a close victory over Louisville on Tuesday night, the Houston Hilltoppers were back on the diamond on Thursday night March 9 to take on Saltillo. And after the Toppers fell behind early, they were unable to take the lead against the Tigers and were defeated […]

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