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BASEBALL PREVIEW: Devils enter 2015 with questions at key positions

Water Valley has turned into a regular participant in the MHSAA Class 3A playoffs. Getting back to the postseason is going to require contributions from some new faces in new places. Gone are shortstop Cole Camp and catcher Taylor Smith, who combined for eight years of starting experience before their eligibility ran out. The Blue Devils also have to replace the power of outfielder Dillon Zinn and the pitching of Cody Greer, who sat at the top of Water Valley’s rotation for the last three seasons. (February 23, 2015, Page 6)

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    SOFTBALL PREVIEW: Blue Devils enter new season with new faces on the mound, at key positions

    It will be a rebuilding year of sorts for the Water Valley softball team this season. After getting bounced out of the opening round of the MHSAA Class 3A playoffs by Mooreville last season, the Blue Devils hope to improve on that. (February 22, 2015, Page 2B)

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      Defer’s career game leads WVHS to Senior Night win

      WATER VALLEY — Skyler Defer scored, dunked, bled and even lost some of the food he ate earlier in the day. Water Valley’s senor guard did whatever it took to go out a winner in his final home game. Defer accounted for nearly half of the Blue Devils’ offense, dropping a career-high 40 points to help Water Valley overcome a furious second-half rally by M.S. Palmer in a 90-83 victory Friday on Senior Night at the WVHS gym. (February 15, 2015, Page 4B)

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        WVHS trio heading to next level

        National Signing Day is here, and high school players across the country will sign their National Letters of Intent to play football at the next level. Three Water Valley Blue Devils put their names on the dotted line this morning as Alex Robles signed with Holmes Community College while L.J. Hawkins and Derrick Brady will continue to be teammates at Northeast Mississippi Community College. (February 4, 2015, Page 1B, 3B)

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          WVHS boys, girls swept by Holly Springs

          It has been a season to forget for Water Valley High’s basketball teams this season. The woes continued Tuesday nigh as Holly Springs swept the girl’s and boy’s teams inside the WVHS Gym. (January 21, 2015, Page 4B)

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            WVHS P Defer signs with NEMCC

            WATER VALLEY — Skyler Defer has played all over the field for Water Valley’s baseball team the last two seasons, but the rising senior is going to the next level for one reason. Defer signed with Northeast Mississippi Community College on Thursday. He’s seen time in the outfield, at first base and on the pitcher’s mound for the Blue Devils since he joined the varsity team as a sophomore, but the Tigers want him for his arm. (January 16, 2015, Page 6)

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              ALL-AREA FOOTBALL: Phillips hits stride to run up record season for Chargers

              Oxford coach Johnny Hill isn’t all that surprised by what his running back was able to do on the football field this season. Not after seeing what he did when he wasn’t necessarily the go-to guy. No tailback in school history has run for more yards than Kenzie Phillips did this fall. In just his second season as a full-time starter, the junior set a record with 1,737 yards. His 29 rushing touchdowns are also a new single-season record, breaking his own mark of 24 set just last season. His performance makes him this year’s EAGLE Player of the Year. Phillips is the third straight Charger to earn the distinction. (December 23, 2014, Page 1B, 3B)

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                Blue Devils run past J.Z. George in home opener

                WATER VALLEY – Water Valley’s boys basketball team was too fast for J.Z. George. It was a small taste of the kind of frenetic pace opponents will have to deal with this season from the Blue Devils under first-year coach Larry Taylor. Water Valley applied full-court pressure after every made basket, greeted every ball handler with a trap at half-court, and turned every miss by J.Z. George into a race to the other end, overwhelming the Jaguars in a 73-30 rout Tuesday night in its home opener at the WVHS gym. (December 10, 2014, Page 2B)

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                  LHS girls fifth in Class 4A

                  CLINTON — Lafayette High seniors Peyton Hamann and Rachel Starnes capped solid prep cross-country careers with third- and fourth-place finishes, respectively, in leading the Lady ’Dores to a fifth-place finish in the Class 4A state championships held Saturday at Choctaw Trails. (November 9, 2014, Page 4B)

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                    Scott leads Kemper County past Blue Devils in 3A playoffs

                    WATER VALLEY — Overmatched and overrun, Water Valley’s season came to an abrupt and emphatic end Friday night against Kemper County in the first round of the MHSAA Class 3A playoffs. Behind a 429-yard and five-touchdown rushing performance from senior running back Devante Scott, Kemper County (10-3) rolled the Blue Devils (7-5) 64-34 at Bobby Clark Field in a game that saw the Water Valley defense give up the most points ever in the Brad Embry era. (November 9, 2014, Page 5B)

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