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Hill: OHS wants to fill coaching vacancy ‘as soon as possible’

Johnny Hill hasn’t gotten far in his search to find his son’s replacement, but his patience is already wearing thin. Oxford’s football coach is looking for a new defensive backs coach and co-defensive coordinator after Jake Hill was hired to be the head coach at New Albany last week following the resignation of Ron Price. The younger Hill’s final day at Oxford is today, Johnny said. (December 19, 2014, Page 6)

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    Area soccer teams set for annual Oxford Showcase

    Rain or shine, high school teams statewide are going to get in plenty of soccer this weekend in Oxford and the surrounding area. Oxford High School is set to welcome more than 20 schools and 40 teams to town today for the second annual Oxford Showcase. The varsity squads for Oxford and Lafayette as well as some junior varsity teams will compete in the event, which will conclude on Saturday. (December 19, 2014, Page 6, 7)

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      Kelly, Bridges headline Rebels’ JUCO signees

      Ole Miss’ latest crop of junior college signees doesn’t lack for star power. A pair of All-Americans and three players widely regarded as the nation’s best at their respective positions highlighted the addition of four early enrollees who signed their National Letters of Intent with the Rebels on Wednesday. (December 18, 2014, Page 6)

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        Chargers’ Joyce signs on with Jones JC soccer

        Gabrielle Joyce is taking her soccer game to the next level. Oxford’s senior defender has a scholarship with Jones County Junior College. Joyce inked with the Bobcats on Dec. 1 but celebrated with family members, coaches and teammates in a ceremony at the OHS library Wednesday. (December 18, 2014, Page 6)

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          Ole Miss shuffling defensive coaching duties during bowl preparation

          Ole Miss’ defensive coaching staff has a different look to it. With linebackers coach Tom Allen off to South Florida to be the Bulls’ next defensive coordinator, head coach Hugh Freeze announced Tuesday that staffer Corey Batoon will temporarily coach defensive backs with defensive coordinator Dave Wommack, who normally specializes in that role, taking over the linebackers. (December 17, 2014, Page 2B)

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            Rebels’ Morris to miss bowl game

            Aaron Morris won’t play in Ole Miss’ bowl game. The Rebels’ left guard has a torn ACL in his left knee, head coach Hugh Freeze said. It’s the same injury that cost Morris, a redshirt junior, all but one game last season. Morris has started 11 games this year. (December 16, 2014, Page 6)

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              ‘Dores’ Pate inks with Meridian CC

              The second time proved to be a charm for Abbey Pate. The senior forward for Lafayette High’s girls soccer team had a choice to make when it came to continuing her career on the pitch. Pate earned scholarship offers from Northwest Mississippi Community College, Itawamba Community College and Meridian Community College. (December 16, 2014, Page 6)

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                Freeze, staff receive hefty pay raises

                Hugh Freeze was going to get a raise. The question was how much. The answer’s about $1.2 million. The base salary for Ole Miss’ football coach will go from $3.15 million to $4.3 million annually as part of a new four-year contract that runs through 2018, the school announced Friday. Freeze and Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork announced on Twitter earlier this month that a new deal had been reached, though the terms are just now being released. (December 14, 2014, Page 1B)

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                  Oxford routs MA for 10-0 start

                  The Oxford boys basketball team used a familiar formula to run its win total to double digits Saturday night. The Chargers turned their pressurized defense into runouts and knocked down shots inside and out in their half-court offense to improve to 10-0 with a 69-40 rout of Marshall Academy in the final game of the “O” Town Showdown at the Oxford High gym. Lafayette lost both of its game in the “O” Town Showdown. (December 14, 2014, Page 4B)

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                    Lady Chargers win 2 in tourney

                    Oxford’s girls basketball team had a little easier go of it in its final game of the “O” Town Showdown. After holding off Madison-Ridgeland Academy for a 39-34 win Friday, the Chargers took control early against Marshall Academy and cruised to a 61-33 victory Saturday night at the Oxford High gym. The Lafayette Lady Commodores split their two games in the tournament. (December 14, 2014, Page 4B)

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