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Friday, May 22, 2015

Johnny Hill

Chargers putting spring emphasis on defense

Ask Johnny Hill what area of his final Oxford football team gives him pause this spring. It doesn’t take long for the Chargers’ veteran coach to respond. (May 15, 2015, Page 7A)

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)

Oxford’s McGhee, McCollin sign on with UNA, NWCC

While the focus of National Signing Day was centered around Ole Miss, across town two Oxford Chargers secured their football futures as well. Linebacker Mike McGhee and cornerback KT McCollin signed their National Letters of Intent to the University of North Alabama and Northwest Mississippi Community College, respectively, in the OHS Library Wednesday morning. (February 5, 2015, Page 1B, 3B)

Pegues’ journey lands him at WVU

The journey to where Xavier Pegues is now is not a path he envisioned himself on but one that ultimately he admitted was necessary. The former Oxford Charger standout and Itawamba Community College star finds himself heading to Morgantown, West Virginia, as he signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Mountaineers Wednesday afternoon inside the OHS library. (February 5, 2015, Page 1B, 2B)

Hill aims to leave Oxford ‘better than when I found it’

Just like they do to end every school day, Oxford High’s football players reported to the field house for seventh-period workouts Wednesday. But coach Johnny Hill had something he needed to tell them before they began.

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Oxford’s Hill to retire at end of 2015 season

The 2015 season will be the last for one of the most recognizable faces in Oxford High sports. Johnny Hill is stepping down as the Chargers’ football coach in December, he said Wednesday. Hill, who has spent 22 of his near four decades of coaching at Oxford over two different stints, will be with the school system for the fall semester of the 2015-16 school year before officially retiring at Christmas. (January 29, 2015, Page 6A)

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)

Oxford’s quest for first state championship falls short

STARKVILLE — Oxford didn’t finish the drill. A rallying cry that was born out of the championship disappointment of a season ago carried Oxford all year. The Chargers spent all of August, September, October and November earning its way back to the final day of the season in December to give themselves another shot at the MHSAA Class 5A state title. (December 7, 2014, Page 1B)

NOTEBOOK: Miscues cost Chargers championship opportunity

STARKVILLE — Oxford had a chance to win its first football state championship in school history Saturday night but the Chargers could not get out of their own way. Costly mistakes and penalties doomed OHS in a 29-26 loss to Laurel at Mississippi State University’s Davis Wade Stadium. (December 7, 2014, Page 1B)

Oxford, Laurel ready to air it out for title

Fans attending the MHSAA Class 5A state championship game better find a comfortable seat inside Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium. They could be there a while. A lot of big plays — and a lot of clock stoppages — are in the forecast for a game that will be raining drop-backs and deep heaves when Oxford and Laurel square off Saturday night. (December 5, 2014, Page 5A)

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