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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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      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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            OHS boys cruise to 5A North Half track title

            The Oxford High boys track team continued its dominant string of victories Saturday. The Chargers won the MHSAA Class 5A North Half meet with 170 points, besting runner-up Pearl by 73.5 points and Canton, which placed third, by 74 points. Oxford has also won the Division 2-5A and Region 1-5A championship the last two weeks and will look to win its second straight state title Friday in Pearl (May 3, 2015, Page 1B, 3B)

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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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                OHS tennis routs Germantown, Ridgeland for 5A North title

                For the eighth time in as many years the Oxford High tennis team will be competing for a state championship. The Chargers ran through Germantown and Ridgeland Wednesday afternnon to claim the 5A North title and give themselves a chance to win their sixth straight Class 5A state title. (April 30, 2015, Page 7)

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                  Timely plays, hit help Oxford nip Center Hill

                  Oxford got one of its stiffest tests of the season Tuesday night. The Chargers did just enough to pass. Oxford’s offense broke through late after squandering some early chances to back another clean outing from Jason Barber, and the Chargers escaped in their MHSAA Class 5A playoff opener with a 2-0 win over Center Hill at Edwin Moak Field. (April 29, 2015, Page 1B)

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                    Oxford’s Vaughn set to play at Meridian

                    Alex Vaughn in is the midst of trying to help the Oxford High tennis team win its eighth straight state championship. Once he is finished with that, he will turn to the next stage of his playing career, which will take place in Meridian. The senior signed with Meridian Community College Tuesday morning in the Oxford High library. (April 29, 2015, Page 1B)

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