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DeSoto Central softball coach Phyllis Hicks is recognized at the DeSoto County Schools board meeting Thursday as the MHSAA, Sectional and National Federation of State High School Associations Coach of the Year for her sport. Hicks is joined (from left) by Supt. Cory Uselton and DCS Director of Athletics Anthony Jenkins.

Thursday scheduled games and activities around DeSoto County likely did not happen because of afternoon rainfall that pelted the area. A number of games were also called off Friday due to rain. 

ROAD DAWGS, REBEL ROAD TRIPS SET: Fans of Mississippi State and Ole Miss athletics should be aware that some of their favorite coaches will stop in the area in the months ahead.

Mississippi State Athletics Thursday announced its annual “Road Dawgs” Tour will make a stop in Olive Branch next month.

The collaboration of the MSU Bulldog Club, MSU Alumni Association and DeSoto County alumni chapters will visit Cherokee Valley Country Club on Tuesday, May 14, starting with a social hour and buffet lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a program that will start at 12 noon.

For more information, visit the website alumni.msstate.edu/RoadDawgsDeSoto.

Olive Branch is one of four Mississippi stops for the Road Dawgs Tour and this year will feature head football coach Joe Moorhead. The tour starts in Nashville, Tenn. on April 24, just before the NFL Draft takes place in the same city.

Starting May 13, stops will be in Starkville, Stoneville and Biloxi, in addition to Olive Branch in Mississippi, Birmingham, Ala., New Orleans and Dallas, Texas.

Ole Miss faithful will not see a stop in DeSoto County this year, but the Rebel Road Trip will stop in Memphis at a site yet to be determined in July. That tour began Atlanta, Ga. on Sunday, April 14 and has made stops in Clarksdale and Oxford, as well as other locations. The Road Tour is also be in Washington, D.C. on June 20 and also in Jackson this summer.

RANGER RODEO SET: Northwest Mississippi Community College will host its annual Ranger Rodeo, presented by Sycamore Bank and TDL Contractors, Inc., April 25-27 at the Northwest Multipurpose Arena.

The main event will begin at 7:30 each night, running from Thursday through Saturday.

Collegiate cowboys and cowgirls from 15 colleges and universities from across a seven-state area will converge on Senatobia for three nights of action as they ride and rope, hoping to garner points that will qualify them to compete at the College National Finals this June in Casper, Wyoming.

Rodeo fans will have the opportunity to see some of the rankest livestock in the country as the big trucks from the Universal Rodeo Company roll into town. Pat Hughes, a local legend, will entertain the crowd as our rodeo clown along with Kentucky rodeo announcer Ed Rehmus.

The Northwest Rodeo Alumni and Boosters guarantee a fun night for the entire family. The popular Mutton Bustin' event is back with a $10 pre-registration fee each night and the champions from each night's event will receive a buckle. Please contact Shelli Benton in advance for details.

Tickets are on sale at any Sycamore Bank location, the Tate County Co-Op and the Northwest Foundation office. General admission is $10 at the gate and $8 in advance, while children six-and-under are free with a paid adult.

On Thursday night, admission is free with a Northwest staff or student ID. Friday is Autism Awareness Night. Saturday is Military Night, where all military personnel are admitted free with a military ID. There is also a $20 three-day pass available for purchase.

Northwest Mississippi Community College Sports Information Director Brian Lentz contributed to this item.

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