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Scotty Nichols

Where athletics and video games collide

Since the mid- to late-70s, video games have been very popular with people – especially young people. For years, it was a myth that kids who played video games weren’t the same kids who dominated the athletic fields. Parents didn’t want their kids to sit on the couch and play video games but, rather, wanted […]

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Indians top Tupelo and Shannon, fall to Saltillo

SALTILLO – The IAHS Indians kicked off pool play in region four of the annual NEMCABB tournament on a positive note last Thursday, as they knocked off division 1-4A rival Shannon, 6-5. The Indians sputtered against 5A Saltillo in the Thursday nightcap, however, and could find no offense as they fell to the host Tigers […]

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Mustangs drop two in NEMCABB pool play, enter tourney as 3-seed

MOOREVILLE – The Mantachie Mustangs didn’t come up exactly where they wanted to after pool play in the NEMCABB regional tournament last Thursday. The Mustangs were in a pool of only three teams, rather than four, after Smithville dropped out. The pool included Mantachie, Hatley and host team Mooreville. Mooreville opened up the day with […]

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Sports Throwback: Mustangs win two in NEMCABB tourney

By LEE ADAMS Sports Writer MANTACHIE – The Mantachie Mustangs hosted one of the NEMCABB Tournament pools last week and took on the Saltillo Tigers in their first game. Jake Layman was on the hill for the Mustangs and, despite walking and hitting a batter, he got out of the first inning without giving up […]

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Scotty Nichols

What’s my age again?

We all reach that point in life where we aren’t physically able to do what we once could – or at least can’t sustain it for the same amount of time. I’ve had this issue a lot in the past few years, but I was reminded once again this past weekend that I’m not 18 […]

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IAHS, Mantachie compete in Brian Dozier Wooden Bat tournament

FULTON – Former IAHS and University of Southern Mississippi standout shortstop Brian Dozier has been a busy man lately. He recently signed a four-year, $20 million deal, he is currently second in the majors in runs scored, and he has also helped lead his Minnesota Twins club to second-place in the American League Central Division, […]

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Sports Throwback – June 21, 2000: Collins sisters keep on winning

By Rob Williams – Sports Editor FULTON – Sisters Courtney and Lindsey Collins have been tearing up the tennis courts this summer. Courtney finished first in the Mississippi Junior Qualifying Closed Championships in Jackson the first week of June in the girls’ 10 singles. She defeated Rosemary Moak of Brookhaven 6-0, 6-0. In the semi-finals, […]

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Coaching carousel spinning early at Mantachie

By SAM FARRIS – Special to the Times MANTACHIE – School has been out for only a few weeks now but the athletic department at Mantachie has already started shuffling its deck when it comes to their teams’ coaches. Most of the changes are taking place on the hardwood concerning both boys’ and girls’ clubs. […]

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After 30 years as IAHS baseball chief, Long bids farewell

It is a common occurance today for high school coaches to relocate on a frequent basis. Some coaches pursue bigger paydays, some look for fresh starts, and some even get into administration. Not Brian Long. For the past 30 years, Long has served as the head baseball coach at Itawamba Agricultural High School and recently […]

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IAHS’s Hargett helps lead offensive charge in East’s 14-1 win in NEMCABB classic

CORINTH – The Northeast Mississippi Coaches’ Association for Better Baseball (NEMCABB) All-Star game has been a staple in this area of our state for the last 25 years, and Itawamba AHS players have typically had good showings in the contest. The 2015 “Silver Anniversary” edition of the annual classic was no different, as senior Indian […]

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Trio of Indians selected to NEMCABB roster

CORINTH – IAHS baseball players Josh Hargett, Andrew McDonald and Russ Payne have been named to the Northeast Mississippi Coaches’ Association for Better Baseball (NEMCABB) East 4A/5A/6A roster. Payne, an outfielder, was second on the IAHS squad with a .346 batting average, while Hargett, a shortstop, and McDonald a corner infielder/pitcher posted .259 and .253 […]

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IAHS defensive foursome to compete in NEMFCA All-Star Game

BOONEVILLE – Four graduating seniors from IAHS have been named to the East roster for the 2015 NEMFCA (Northeast Mississippi Football Coaches’ Association) All-Star Game, which will be held on the field of the Northeast Community College Tigers in Booneville tonight at 6:00. Defensive linemen Jamarcus Marion and Trey Morrow will be joined by cornerback […]

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IAHS has nice showing in spring games

FULTON – The 2014 IAHS football team didn’t start off the season ideally, starting 1-4 in their non-division schedule, but rallied to go a perfect 5-0 in division 1-4A and reach the second round of the playoffs. With a solid defensive core returning for 2015 and 10 of 11 returning starters on offense, IAHS could […]

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Mantachie football finishes up solid spring

AMORY – The Mantachie Mustangs just missed out on a playoff spot in 2014 after graduating a ton of talent the season before. It didn’t help matters that leading rusher Logan Pettigo injured his knee at Nettleton and watched the final few division games propped up on crutches on the sideline. 2015 is a different […]

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