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Conard’s experience has led to leadership

WATER VALLEY — During the Water Valley Blue Devils’ difficult loss to Charleston earlier this season, Chris Conard really made his presence felt.

Late in the 39-3 blowout, Conard overheard two underclassmen cutting up while their teammates continued to battle the Tigers on the field. (more…) (October 7, 2011, Page 6A)

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    Southwest up-ends Rangers

    SUMMIT — Southwest Mississippi Community College broke a 14-14 tie with NWCC midway through the fourth quarter and never looked back Thursday night. The Bears ended up defeating the No. 18 Rangers 28-14 in the non-division matchup. The loss was the second in a row for NWCC (3-3 overall) and third in the last four games. Southwest, which improved to 3-3 with the victory, broke the tie with a 28-yard touchdown pas from Vintavious Cooper to Justin Hatcher at the 8:56 mark of the fourth quarter and then iced the game with a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown from Raheem Robinson with 3:12 left in the contest. (more…) (October 7, 2011, Page 6A)

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      Blue Devils’ Embry placing focus on his team more than Cougars

      WATER VALLEY — Fresh off of a thrilling overtime victory at Mooreville, the Blue Devils football team isn’t focusing as much on Friday’s opponent, the 2-5 South Pontotoc Cougars, as they are on themselves.

      Head coach Brad Embry said this week’s focus in practice has been correcting mistakes. (October 6, 2011, Page 6)

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        SEC ADs meet to start working out details on 2012 schedules

        BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — SEC athletic directors and Commissioner Mike Slive met Wednesday to discuss the logistics of Texas A&M’s entry as the 13th member even though No. 14 might soon be on its way.

        The meeting comes a day after University of Missouri curators voted unanimously to consider leaving the Big 12 — likely to join the Southeastern Conference — instead of committing to the league for the long term. (more…) (October 6, 2011, Page 6)

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          Lady Bruins eliminate LHS from playoffs

          MADISON — Rachel Wenzel knew her team had its work cut out for it well before the team bus arrived on the gated campus of St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in Madison on Tuesday.

          Her assumptions were correct.

          The Lady Bruins were as good as their 16-match winning streak suggested and they did just enough to eliminate Lafayette from the first round of the Class I playoffs with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-20) victory. (October 5, 2011, Page 6)

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            Water Valley takes two of three from Senatobia

            The Water Valley Blue Devils took two of three games on the gridiron from visiting Senatobia on Tuesday at Bobby Clark Field. The seventh-grade Blue Devils improved to 5-1 on the year with a 28-6 victory, while the sixth-grade squad remained perfect on the season at 6-0 with a 12-6 victory over the Warriors. The junior varsity (2-2) fell in overtime 12-6.

            Water Valley returns to action on Monday, hosting regional foe Bruce at 5:30 p.m. (October 5, 2011, Page 7)

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              LHS has its hands full with Lady Bruins tonight

              Lafayette’s quest for its first state volleyball title officially gets underway tonight in Madison with its Class I first-round matchup against St. Joseph Catholic School.

              The Lady Bruins (29-5-1) head into tonight’s match fresh off of a 3-0 sweep of Northwest Rankin that capped a 16-match winning streak to conclude their regular season. (more…) (October 4, 2011, Page 6)

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                Rebels looking to heal, improve during bye week

                Monday’s weekly press conference at the Indoor Practice Facility was a little different than normal.

                Fresh off of a 38-28 victory at Fresno State, and facing the team’s lone bye week on the schedule, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt focused on getting healthier this week and building on the win moving forward. (October 4, 2011, Page 6)

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                  Bounds’ big game leads to POW honor

                  WATER VALLEY — E.J. Bounds showed flashes of his youth at times on Friday.

                  The sophomore quarterback also came up big when the Blue Devils needed him most in their 21-20 overtime victory at Mooreville. (more…) (October 4, 2011, Page 7)

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                    Big plays lifts Ole Miss past Fresno State

                    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A change at quarterback proved to be just what Ole Miss needed to spark its dormant offense.

                    Randall Mackey delivered the big plays all night on offense and Jeff Scott ran for 138 yards and two second-half touchdowns to lead the Rebels to a 38-28 victory against Fresno State on Saturday night. (more…) (October 3, 2011, Page 1B)

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