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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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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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    Coker’s HR wins Game 1 for ‘Dores

    CLEVELAND — Once again, Lafayette was down to not only its final out but its final strike of the game this postseason, and once again, the Commodore offense snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat. Chase Coker hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning and Austin Arrington shut down Cleveland for a 7-5 win. The Commodores took Game 1 of the best-of-three quarterfinal series of the MHSAA Class 4A playoffs Tuesday night at Cleveland High School. (May 6, 2015, Page 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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        ‘Dores’ Hollis to play tennis at Meridian CC

        The Meridian Community College tennis team already got one player from the area last week when the Oxford’s Alex Vaughn signed to play with the Eagles. They will be getting another as Lafayette’s Nathan Hollis signed with MCC Monday morning in the LHS library. (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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            Local boxer Gutierrez fights with golden dreams

            While Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fought under the bright lights of Las Vegas Saturday night, there are others who aspire to reach the same level of greatness one day. Nathanial Gutierrez is one of those people. The right-hander out of Oxford by way of Peoria, Illinois has been training for the past four years at the Oxford Training Center and saw the fruits of his labor when he won the Mid-South Golden Gloves championship in the welterweight division (139 pounds). The event was held in Little Rock, Arkansas in early April. (May 4, 2015, Page 6)

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              Freeze sets pace for drivers at Talladega Superspeedway

              TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Hugh Freeze knows a little something about speed and about NASCAR. The Ole Miss football coach uses NASCAR terms to describe the various tempos of his no-huddle offense. The fastest: Talladega. Freeze drove the pace car for Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, where pal Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was among the drivers. (May 4, 2015, Page 6)

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                Diamond Rebs avoid sweep at Missouri

                COLUMBIA, Mo. — Senior Sikes Orvis blasted a pair of solo home runs to help lead the Ole Miss baseball team to a 4-3 victory over No. 14 Missouri Sunday afternoon at Taylor Stadium. With the win over the nationally ranked Tigers (28-20, 14-10 SEC), the Rebels (25-24, 11-13 SEC) now have eight victories over ranked opponents. (May 4, 2015, Page 6)

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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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