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Olive Branch High School football coach Tyler Turner has a thing about Final Fours, and we're not speaking of the March Madness kind.

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Right-hander Dylan Marsh (third from left), a former Lake Cormorant High School pitcher, was among seven players from the East Central Community College program to sign National Letters of Intent. Marsh has committed to play next season at Louisiana-Monroe. Others and their commitments are a…

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The Memphis Hustle fought off a slow start and improved to 3-2 with an 88-80 win over the Iowa Wolves Friday in a defensive-minded contest at Landers Center. The Hustle allowed just 31 points in the second half on 9-of-35 shooting for Iowa (.257), both season lows in a half for a Hustle opponent.

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DeSoto County high schools have started to gear up the winter sports season with basketball and soccer action as the football year is winding down.

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* In DeSoto County pro sports action, the Memphis Hustle NBA G League team played host to the Iowa Wolves, which was a Grizzlies D League affiliate as the Iowa Energy last season, Friday night at the Landers Center in Southaven. The Hustle play next Tuesday night at Rio Grande Valley and are…

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DeSoto County football teams still in playoff action take to the field again Friday night. Horn Lake makes a long trip to Starkville in an attempt to keep the Eagles’ MHSAA 6A hopes for a North Half finals berth alive, while a cross-county battle Friday has Olive Branch traveling to Lake Cor…

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What is likely the first baseball player from Northpoint Christian School/SBEC to receive a scholarship offer to play Division One baseball became a reality Tuesday afternoon.

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The Memphis Hustle defeated the Canton Charge, 124-117, in the franchise’s first road game Wednesday at Canton Memorial Civic Center.

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Northwest Mississippi Community College has accepted an invitation to play in The 2017 Graphic Edge Bowl, marking the school's 12th all-time bowl appearance and fourth in the last six years. The Rangers will face the NJCAA’s third-ranked Iowa Western Reivers on Sunday, Dec. 3.

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Four-time MHSAA 5A state track and field champion Camaryn McClelland of Center Hill has signed to compete at Austin Peay State University, Tenn. McClelland is the reigning state champ in the triple jump, an event she also won in 2015 and 2016. Camaryn also is the 100 meter hurdle state champ…

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There are three DeSoto County prep football teams remaining in the Mississippi high school postseason, as Horn Lake, Olive Branch and Lake Cormorant all survived first round challenges last Friday night.

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Two well-traveled defensemen in minor pro hockey are returning to previous locations after being involved in a trade Monday. 

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* One player from DeSoto County will play in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Football Game, set for Saturday, Dec. 9 at Memphis University School. Linebacker Nathan Tatko of the Northpoint Christian School Trojans is part of the Blue team roster for the all-star contest, set t…

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MHSAA 6A first round

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Northpoint Christian School was represented on the TSSAA Division II-AA all-West Region football team that has been announced. 

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The fourth annual fundraising breakfast for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will feature former NFL head coach Dan Reeves as the featured speaker.

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Hernando softball player Alyssa Branyan Friday committed to play at Meridian Community College, receiving both an athletic and academic scholarship. Branyan (seated, center) is joined by parents Stacey and Kevin Branyan, along with (standing, from left) principal Duane Case, Tommy Branyan, h…

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Lewisburg High School baseball players joined Bryce Brock and Austin Gentry Friday morning to witness them sign national letters of intent. Brock signed with Mississippi State and Gentry inked with Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis.

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Four seniors from the Lewisburg High School softball team signed scholarship offers Friday to further their playing and schooling career. Madison Haley will play at Itawamba Community College, Elizabeth Busby will enroll at Christian Brothers University, Taylor Lott heads to Northwest Missis…

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She already has two Tennessee state girls’ basketball championship rings and wouldn’t mind adding a third on her finger this coming March, but Wednesday Lauren Gross’ fingers were busy signing a national letter of intent to play Division I basketball at the University of North Florida.

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Olive Branch High School softball catcher Samantha Keel Thursday morning signed a national letter of intent to play next season at Hinds Community College. Parents Amber and Jeremy Keel look on as Samantha makes her commitment official.

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Taylor Williams, a sophomore at Center Hill High School, brought home his second and third state titles and set his second state record at the MHSAA State Swim Championships on Oct. 28 in Tupelo.

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The Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) All-Star Volleyball team representing North Mississippi will have a decided DeSoto County impact when the all-star contest is played July 18 at Millsaps College in Jackson. 

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The Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) All-Star Volleyball team representing North Mississippi will have a decided DeSoto County impact when the all-star contest is played July 18 at Millsaps College in Jackson. 

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NORTHWEST RANKIN AT HORN LAKE: Northwest Rankin finished third in Region 2-6A with a 5-2 region record, 8-3 overall. The Cougars averaged 28.27 points a game on offense and 16.18 points per game on defense this season. NW Rankin is the number-three seed in Region 1-6A with a 5-2 record, 8-2 …

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Donovan Gordon of Lewisburg paced the DeSoto County contingent in the MHSAA 5A state cross country meet held Monday at Choctaw Trails in Clinton. 

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The playoffs have already begun for DeSoto County football teams, although for Northpoint Christian School it ended much too early with Friday's 35-0 loss to Lausanne Collegiate in the first round of the Tennessee Division II-AA postseason.

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Hernando's Katelyn Cartwright won the Mississippi High School Activities Association's 6A state cross country individual championship Saturday at Choctaw Trails Mississippi College.

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The Memphis Hustle overcame a slow start to earn the first win in franchise history, 102-99, Sunday against the Salt Lake City Stars in another nail biter at Landers Center in Southaven.

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Four Memphis Hustle players, led by Kobi Simmons' 25 points, scored in double figures Saturday night, but Eric McCree's 29 points and strong bench play led the Sioux Falls Skyforce to a 120-116 victory in the Hustle's first-ever contest, played at the Landers Center in Southaven. 

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Thursday, Nov. 2

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There was a time in 2015 when the Horn Lake football Eagles struggled through a 2-10 season and went winless through MHSAA 6A-1 region play.

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When DeSoto Central took the football field at home against Hernando on Oct. 13, the Jaguars were playing for more than just a victory in the win column.

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The ever-evolving Mississippi RiverKings roster is evolving again, as the SPHL team has added a forward to its roster and loaned a defenseman up a level to the ECHL to make room for the new addition.

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DeSoto Central basketball point guard A’Mya Washington Wednesday signed to play next year at Itawamba Community College. A senior, Washington (seated, center) is joined by parents (from left) Shirrecca and Markeith Washington and coach Paul Hayden (standing). Itawamba’s head coach is Nanci Gray.

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After Friday night, we will know who made the grade and who is packing the pads away for another year. We’ve reached the final week of the high school football season and playoff spots will be determined after Friday’s action. Here’s your final regular season Five Football Things to Remember. 

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After claiming the program's 13th North Division championship, Northwest Mississippi Community College has clinched home field advantage in the 2017 MACJC football playoffs and will open postseason play on Saturday, Nov. 4 against Hinds.

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Two DeSoto County high school volleyball teams seeking continue their dominance in the sport at the championship level both were unable to claim championships Saturday in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) final matches at Mississippi State University in Starkville.

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Horn Lake and Tupelo faced the cold, wet and rainy elements Friday night, along with each other, in a football game at Horn Lake that would determine if the unbeaten Golden Wave would clinch the MHSAA 6A-1 region championship or if the Eagles could rally and still have a chance at the number…

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Thursday, Oct. 26

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Final matches of the volleyball season are set for Saturday in the Mississippi state high school tournament at Mississippi State University in Starkville. 

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(All matches played at Mississippi State University)

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Members of the DeSoto Central swimming team met Friday morning in preparation for Saturday’s MHSAA state meet in Tupelo. Ten swimmers from DeSoto Central qualified for the state meet. Front row, from left, are Hunter Jones, Carson Jones, Abigail Wade, Aaron Nguyen, and Austin Willis. Second …

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For many basketball players, the opportunity to play in the NBA G League is their best opportunity, and even for some their second chance, at continuing their career and maybe getting to wear an NBA team’s uniform someday.

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The Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A girls state basketball tournament championship trophy for 2017 has been packed up and is heading to Starkville.

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DeSoto County schools, which have been the traditional power in Mississippi high school volleyball over the past several years, again are sending a strong contingent of teams to today’s Mississippi High School Activities Association’s state semifinals.

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1. OUTSIDE LOOKING UP ROUND 1. Hernando and DeSoto Central are the two DeSoto County teams looking up at the top four spots among MHSAA 6A-1 teams entering Friday’s action. At 1-4 in region games, the Tigers and Jaguars are two games behind the five teams still in contention for a playoff sp…

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