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Coaching the game he loves

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal JACKSON – Hebron basketball coach Bruce Franks watched his team take the floor at Jackson Prep last week for the Girls MAIS All-Star game. He then quietly turned and sat down next to his wife and coach and slipped his hand in hers. It was their sixth All-Star game to […]

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Wildcats stopped by Ashland

By Blake Morgan Special to the Chickasaw Journal JACKSON – The Ashland Blue Devils were determined to get back into the state championship game after winning it all last year, and the Houlka Wildcats were the last team left in the way of Ashland’s goal. It did not go well for Houlka as Ashland stopped […]

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Chieftains see big lead evaporate

By Gene Phelps Special to the Chickasaw Journal JACKSON – Arteria Clifton, his eyes bright red, tried to put a positive spin on Tuesday’s 66-64 loss to Coahoma County in the semifinals of the MHSAA Class 2A State Tournament semifinals. “We’re going to get right back in the gym and get after it,” Clifton said, […]

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ETHAN TURNER: Chickasaw County sports on the rise

  When started with the Chickasaw Journal two years ago, I was venturing into the unknown. Although I am from Aberdeen, Chickasaw County was new to me on the sports side. My initial hope was I would be able to see some good sports teams and help relay their success to you. I did not […]

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Young Lady Wolverines bow out

By Gene Phelps Special to the Chickasaw Journal JACKSON – Only two players remained from East Webster’s 2015 state championship team – Adryana Bell and Jennah Pate. This season, as seniors, they led a team of 17 freshmen and sophomores to the Big House, but the road to the title game ended in Friday’s 43-37 […]

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Okolona dominates in quarterfinals

By Ethan Turner Special to the Chickasaw Journal JACKSON – The Chieftains have been consistent all season and all they want is a little respect. After an early season loss to Tupelo, Okolona rolled off 28 wins in a row mostly in blowout fashion. They continued their streak in Jackson on Thursday, March 2, against […]

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Tipler, Crumb lead Ashland over Houlka

    By Blake Morgan Special to the Chickasaw Journal JACKSON – The Ashland Blue Devils were determined to get back into the state championship game after winning it all last year, and the Houlka Wildcats were the last team left in the way of Ashland’s goal. It did not go well for Houlka as […]

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Wildcats stand tall

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal JACKSON – The Houlka Wildcats came up short in the man-to-man height matchup with Piney Woods, but it wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard. Houlka got a resounding 82-73 win last Wednesday in the MHSAA 1A State Tournament quarterfinals and moved on to play Ashland in the semifinals Monday. And they […]

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  By Blake Morgan and Gene Phelps Daily Journal JACKSON – One of the best area matchups of the MHSAA State Tournament semifinals feature the Ashland Blue Devils and the Houlka Wildcats, as two of the best players in Class 2A basketball will face off. Today’s tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Mississippi […]

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Young Lady Wolverines bow out

  By Gene Phelps Special to the Chickasaw Journal JACKSON – Only two players remained from East Webster’s 2015 state championship team – Adryana Bell and Jennah Pate. This season, as seniors, they led a team of 17 freshmen and sophomores to the Big House, but the road to the title game ended in Friday’s […]

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Chieftains score 101 in rout of Bay Springs

By Blake Morgan Special to the Chickasaw Journal JACKSON – The Okolona Chieftains had not scored more than 100 points once in the regular season; the Chieftains have now hit the century mark twice in the playoffs. Okolona showed little mercy in the 101-54 win over Bay Springs on Thursday in the MHSAA 2A State Tournament […]

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By Blake Morgan Special to the Chickasaw Journal JACKSON – Piney Woods had all the size, but Houlka had Madarius Hobson, and that was the difference. Houlka outran Piney Woods 82-73 behind Hobson’s 42 points and 19 rebounds Wednesday in the MHSAA 1A State Tournament quarterfinals. “Madarius is just a coach’s dream, no doubt,” Houlka […]

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28 straight!

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal OKOLONA – They have won 28 straight basketball games and must win three more to be State Champions. The Okolona Chieftains have won 28 games since they lost the season opener to Tupelo on Nov. 5, 2016 and were not about to let the Ingomar Rebels tarnish that streak as […]

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Lady Toppers fall to No. 2 Commodores

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal OXFORD – The Lady Toppers showed the state’s No. 2 girls basketball team a little Topper Pride Monday, in the first round of the 4A girls playoffs. The Lafayette Lady Commodores were ahead by four at the end of the first quarter and quickly realized they had to do something […]

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