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Barber pitches, hits Oxford past Germantown

MADISON — Oxford coach Chris Baughman is running out of superlatives to describe what he sees from his ace on a weekly basis. So are his players. Jason Barber did what he normally does on the mound and what he occasionally does at the plate to lead Oxford to its latest win. The Chargers stayed perfect at 30-0 with a 5-0 victory over Germantown in the first game of the teams’ MHSAA Class 5A quarterfinal series at the GHS baseball field Tuesday night. (May 6, 2015, Page 1B)

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    Chargers climb in national rankings

    Oxford’s baseball team is widely regarded as the best in Mississippi. Now the Chargers are being touted as one of the best in the nation. The Chargers, which improved to 30-0 with Tuesday’s playoff win over Germantown, are nationally ranked by several publications and climbing up the pecking order with each victory. Oxford is ranked No. 22 in the USA Today Super 25 — and primed to make a jump when the newspaper updates its poll today — and went from No. 21 to No. 17 in the MaxPreps Xcellent top 50 rankings updated Monday. (May 6, 2015, Page 1B, 2B)

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      Ole Miss, Kennedy agree to four-year contract extension

      Ole Miss rewarded its all-time winningest men’s basketball coach Tuesday. Fresh off guiding the Rebels to their second NCAA Tournament appearance in three seasons, Andy Kennedy and the school agreed to a four-year contract extension that will run through 2019, athletic director Ross Bjork announced. (May 6, 2015, Page 1B)

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        OHS freshmen down ‘Dores in crosstown game

        It didn’t count, but it was still Oxford against Lafayette. An exhibition game between the school’s upcoming freshman football teams was held Monday night at Bobby Holcomb to cap spring drills for both squads as part of a three-team scrimmage with Saltillo. Both teams whet their respective appetites with victories over the Tigers before squaring off in the main event of the night. Oxford won 14-8 in a game that consisted of two halves of unspecified time rather than the regular four-quarter format. (May 5, 2015, Page 6)

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          Oxford’s Martin getting head start on AD job

          Mike Martin hasn’t wasted any time getting back to his roots. When Oxford High football coach and athletic director Johnny Hill announced earlier this year his decision to retire following the upcoming season, the school also announced Martin, who serves as principal at OHS, would split athletic director duties with Hill beginning July 1 before taking over the position full-time once Hill’s retirement becomes official after the fall semester. But Martin isn’t waiting for the official title. (May 5, 2015, Page 7)

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            Ormon brings experience to Lady Chargers

            While looking for the next Oxford High girls basketball coach, incoming athletic director Mike Martin walked to the gym from time to time to meet with members of the team, keeping them updated on the search. Martin’s main message? Be patient. He believes the next leader of the Lady Chargers was worth the wait. (May 4, 2015, Page 7)

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              Prewitt goes undrafted, reportedly signs with Titans

              Cody Prewitt will have to prove himself at the next level. (May 3, 2015, Page 2B)

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                Steelers take Rebels’ Golson to bolster secondary

                The Pittsburgh Steelers hope they’ve found a young playmaker to help an aging secondary in Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson. (May 3, 2015, Page 2B)

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                  BLOG: Steelers take Ole Miss CB Golson in 2nd round

                  Cornerback Senquez Golson became the first Ole Miss player taken in this year’s NFL Draft when the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the second round Friday night. Golson was the 24th pick of the round and the 56th player selected overall. (more…) (May 1, 2015)

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                    OHS sweeps Mustangs, advances in 5A playoffs

                    OLIVE BRANCH — Though he’s just a teenager, Grae Kessinger has already made a lot of memories on the baseball field. He might’ve topped them all Thursday night. Oxford’s junior shortstop returned to the place he called home for the first couple of years of his high school career and finished a triple shy of the cycle to help the Chargers finish off a sweep of Center Hill and advance to the quarterfinals of the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs with a 7-1 win at the CHHS baseball field. (May 1, 2015, Page 1B)

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