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State championship dreams for the Olive Branch High School girls basketball team in 2017 have apparently been taken away with a ruling by the Mississippi High School Activities Association that the school will have to forfeit its MHSAA 6A state title won in March.

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It had been more than a year and three coaches in coming, but fans of the Olive Branch football Conquistadors savored a victory for the first time since Oct. 30, 2015 Friday night.

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Olive Branch baseball standout Myles Christian this week made a stop at his high school alma mater one more time to pick up a little present on his way to his new ballpark at Middle Tennessee State University. 

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DeSoto Central’s volleyball team defeated Lake Cormorant 3-0 in Thursday night action, a sweep that still included a scare from the strong Class II net squad in the second game of the best-of-five contest.

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The Mississippi RiverKings Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) franchise have made some player moves in advance of the start of training camp, including one that involves the team’s primary goaltender the past couple of seasons. 

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Well, it’s time to put the chin straps and the pads back on again, as prep football season 2017 in DeSoto County starts for real Friday night. 

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The Lewisburg Lady Patriots held off a late challenge from the homestanding Tupelo Lady Wave and returned home with a 3-1 victory in Tuesday night volleyball play from around DeSoto County.

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Volleyball scores

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DeSoto Central, which reached the semifinals of the Class III state volleyball tournament last season, started the 2017 year with six victories and the championship of the annual Set It Off tournament played in the Jackson area last weekend. 

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Triathlon events not only test an athlete’s mettle in running, but in cycling and swimming as well.

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A rainy Mother Nature was the winner in many of last Friday’s scheduled football jamboree scrimmages, canceled due to rain. Hernando and Center Hill did play Friday night in Hernando and Northpoint Christian played host to Strayhorn. Southaven moved its jamboree with Grenada to Saturday nigh…

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Four DeSoto County high school volleyball teams met in Thursday action, with Hernando and Lewisburg coming away with victories.

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Another veteran and another rookie have been added to the Mississippi RiverKings training camp roster. 

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High school volleyball

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Three matches highlighted the Tuesday schedule for DeSoto County schools starting off the high school volleyball season.

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Editors of the College Football America 2017 Yearbook have elected to rank Northwest No. 8 in its 2017 preseason junior college Top 30 poll.

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New Olive Branch High School football coach Tyler Turner was the guest of the Rotary Club of Olive Branch Tuesday noon, Aug. 8. Turner talked about his team and the upcoming season, which starts on Aug. 18 at home against Collierville, Tenn.

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High school volleyball

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Fall sports action has begun in the area, with Magnolia Heights girls’ softball team starting things off with a tournament victory in the Lady Chiefs’ own tournament late last month. 

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Two more additions to the Mississippi RiverKings training camp roster have been announced by the team. 

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Two baseball players from DeSoto County schools have been named to the USA Baseball 2017 15U National Team Trials roster, which means the county has two players who could possibly play in international competition for the Stars and Stripes later in August.

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Former DeSoto Central baseball standout Austin Riley makes a play from his infield position as a member of the AA Mississippi Braves. Since a call up to the next level of the Atlanta Braves’ organization this season, the third baseman has a .250 batting average with two homers and five runs-…

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Four members of an Olive Branch MMA training center look to improve their standing in the world of mixed martial arts this weekend.

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If you have not been out to watch the Memphis Redbirds in action this season, you are missing out on some of the best baseball around, short of a road trip to St. Louis.

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The Mississippi RiverKings have added two more players to their training camp roster with the return of Ryan Marcuz and the addition of first-year professional player Pijus Rulevicius. 

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It’s amazing sometimes the level of inspiration that disappointment on the competitive track or field can provide.

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It’s amazing sometimes the level of inspiration that disappointment on the competitive track or field can provide.

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The annual Dizzy Dean World Series baseball and softball tournaments are well underway at Snowden Grove Park in Southaven for baseball and Greenbrook Softball Complex for softball. 

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A veteran forward and a rookie forward are the first players to ink with the Mississippi RiverKings SPHL hockey team for the 2017-18 season.

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The “cream of the crop” at Friday’s 10th annual Southaven Junior Golf Open tournament was a 14-year-old youngster from Germantown, Tenn.

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There’s a weekly radio show called “American Top 40,” that features the top musical hits of the week. While Ryan Seacrest now hosts the show, it gained its highest popularity when Casey Kasem was behind the microphone from 1970-1988. 

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Center Hill boys basketball coach Newton Mealer (right) was the featured speaker for an event Monday with guard Ian Clark of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors at a Memphis Boys’ and Girls’ Club. Mealer was Clark’s coach at Germantown, Tenn. High School, before Clark went on to a college…

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Young baseball and softball players will soon invade Southaven and DeSoto County in their annual trek for the Dizzy Dean baseball and softball World Series.

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Gray adds boys basketball to NCS duties, Corbett to lead Delaware school program.

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DeSoto County was again represented well at this year’s Special Olympics Mississippi Summer Games held at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi. Dwayne Wims, DeSoto Region Area 16 Director for Special Olympics, said the group this year earned 55 gold medals, 32 silver medals, 17 bronze and 10 fourt…

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Scouts may have missed an early opportunity to get a jump on a future football, or other sports talent Saturday morning by not attending an event hosted by the Olive Branch Youth Football and Cheerleading League, or OBYFCL. 

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* Olive Branch native Ricky Stenhouse Jr. raced to his second restrictor-plate race victory Saturday night by winning the Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway, Fla. Stenhouse drove the same #17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford he drove to victory at Talladega two months ago.

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Coming on the heels of the recent College World Series (CWS) in Omaha, Neb., one of my favorite places around and a great baseball town, it almost seemed appropriate for the announcement to come this week from new Center Hill baseball coach French Hobbs that he had lined up former Mississipp…

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DeSoto County golfer Braden Thornberry keeps needing to make his trophy case a little bit bigger with each new accolade he has received following the recent finish of his sophomore season at Ole Miss.

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Former Southaven coach and athletic director Todd Arnold, shown leading the Chargers during the team's MHSAA 6A state tournament appearance two seasons ago, is getting back into coaching boys basketball. Arnold, who has been the head girls’ coach at Petal the past year, will move over to bec…

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Here’s a few bits of this and that in the DeSoto County sports world as we head closer to the weekend.

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John Thompson, long-time assistant football coach in the SEC, was the featured speaker at the June 27 meeting of the DeSoto County Touchdown Club in Southaven. Thompson, now a volunteer assistant football coach at a high school in Georgia, worked with current and former SEC coaches, such as …

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Former Hernando Tiger to join Memphis Tiger baseball program.  

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County teams train for upcoming seasons.  

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Blaylock to transfer, Zombirt to national bowling tournament.  

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Beginning with the first tryouts on Monday, Olive Branch native and former pro baseball catcher Ed Easley will start putting the pieces together of what will be the newest baseball development club for youngsters to compete and improve their diamond skills.

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From Quistor to Wildcat and now Cardinal, Jay Banks Jr. of Olive Branch will continue his football career at the University of Louisville. 

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Northpoint Christian players help give out food at Landers Center event.

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The nationally-ranked Itawamba Community College softball program held its annual summer camp on June 13-15 at the ICC Softball Complex on the Fulton campus. ICC coaches and players taught campers the fundamentals of the game in a fun, friendly and competitive environment. DeSoto County part…

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DeSoto County soccer players taking part in the recent Itawamba Community College men’s soccer camp are as follows: Front row, from left, Hart Smith, Trevor Allen, Brayden Bawden, Tucker Henley, Ashton Taylor, Ivan Gonzalez, Keagan Massey and Dalton Esfeld. Back row, from left are Zach Halfo…

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Hernando native Aaliyaha Thornton is among a trio of Itawamba Community College women’s basketball sophomores who will continue playing at a four-year level of play. 

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