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On the cover
New Albany: #17 Chris Brown, #1 Tyreese White, #70
Aaron Pipkin, #7 Larenz Jones.
East Union: #5 D.J. Armstrong, #33 Jacob Elder, #75
Evan Bullock, #11 Blake Spruill.
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Moving Forward
New Albany Football
The Bulldogs get back to business
Where the 2012 football season was
a tribute to Head Coach Ron Price’s late
wife Amanda Price, the 2013 season will
have a different tone.
“I think its time to move forward, but
we will never move on. Not without her,
I am who I am because of the support she
gave me. New Albany Football is what
it is because of Amanda; we built this
program together,” Price said.
That program includes a season of new
faces and a new focus on the game now
that the players, coaches, and community
have had a chance to honor their biggest
“Amanda has a different view of the
games, but she’s still with us,” Price
After the exit of the 17 seniors who
manned the 2012 squad, the Bulldogs
have new players who are set to fill key
First on the list will be junior Bryce
Collins who replaces Spencer Day at
quarterback. Day totaled 17 wins as a
starting QB for the Bulldogs, which
is the sort of success that Price and the
coaching staff hope for Collins to have.
“He’s shown great leadership and
work ethic through spring practice and
summer workouts. It’s just about getting
experience and gaining the confidence
needed to be a starting quarterback,”
Price said.
In Boston Newsome’s vacated running
back slot will be Devin Wilson, a guy
who shares some similarities with the
record breaker.
“It’s in the way that he runs the ball
along with his toughness and his attitude.
He has a big hole to fill but I’m confident
in his abilities,” Price said.
“Every Friday night
when the game is over,
I just want to look at
my kids and know that
we’ve given everything
that we could.”
- Ron Price
Price and his staff will turn to
Jimmy Baldwin for an additional spark
on offense, lining him up in multiple
positions to maximize his effect.
“Whenever he touched the ball last
year, he made something good happen
with it. We really want to increase the
touches that he gets this year,” Price
Sophomore Brauderick Boyd will be
a standout in the receiving corps, and
will give the passing game an edge, Price
On defense, Tyreese White and
Tyrone Vance are the two seniors who are
expected to lead the team.
White will see time starting at inside
linebacker, while Vance will divide his
appearances between defensive back and
linebacker. He will also see time at wide
receiver, Price said.
Another element to the game falls on
the shoulders of junior Eathen Rainey,
who takes the field as the kicker and
punter for the Bulldogs.
“He’s really one of our weapons, we
are going to use him for everything kickoff, punting, extra points, field goals
- Eathen is our guy,” Price said.
This year, the storied Highway 15
rivalry with Ripey, moves to the regular
Head Coach
Ron Price
season at
8-5 (5-0)
*2nd round
Rolandus Cox, Josh
Davis, Michael Kelly, Jalon
Bullock, Jamie Coleman,
Buddy Hall
Statistician: John Walker
Athletic Trainer: Mandy Wise
season closer on Nov. 1. The game also
becomes a division match-up.
“It could be that we are playing for a
playoff seed, one of us gets in and one
goes home. It’s such an intense rivalry
and now its that much more important,”
Price said.
The Bulldogs have other goals beyond
extending their win streak over the Tigers
- namely making history as back-to-back
division champions and a fourth round
playoff appearance.
“I’d like us to get to Jackson, but first
we have to get to the fourth round and
maybe, if we are lucky, we’ll get to hold
up a gold football as state champions,”
Price said.
New Albany 2013 Schedule
16 @ Kossuth (Jamboree)
23 Water Valley
30 @ Itawamba
06 Pontotoc
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13 Amory
20 @ Corinth
27 North Pontotoc (HC)
@ Senatobia*
Byhalia (Band Night)*
@ Lafayette*
Rosa Fort (Senior Night)*
@ Ripley *
* denotes Division 2-4A game
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Class of 2014 Seniors
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2013 New Albany Bulldogs Seniors - (Front Row: Left to Right) Elleigh Hall, Avery Campbell, Hannah Anderson, Allie
Owen, (Second Row: Left to Right) Tyreese White, Tyrone Vance, Larenz Jones, Robert Franklin, Chris Brown, Keshaun
Ball, (Third Row: Left to Right) Job Robbins, Jacob Hall, Sam Kirkland, Jacob Medlock, Dylan Simmons, Johnny Pipkin,
Eli Hamblin, Owen James, Casey Fowler, Aaron Pipkin.
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New Albany Football
2013 New Albany Bulldogs Football Team - Tyreese White, Devin Wilson, Jarel Lipsey, Tyrone Vance, Nakomus Lawrence,
Christopher Watson, Larenz Jones, Eli Jackson, Mikey Wood, Christopher Farr, Jimmy Baldon, Robert Franklin, Levi
Bramlett, Eathen Rainey, Bryce Collins, Sam McMillin, Chris Brown, Christopher Elliott, Joseph Rainey, Justin Dean,
Zack Simmons, Austin Cook, Keshaun Ball, Ethan Criswell, Braudrique Boyd, Dairius Carruthers, Eddie Barry, Matt
Morris, Jon Robbins, Caleb Collins, Dakota Wood, Brandon Fowler, Hayes Trexler, Jacob Hall, Isaiah Powell, Hunter
Wade, Caleb Vance, Perry McKinney, Will Carter, Sam Kirkland, Bryce Strong, Drew Welborn, Caleb Huspeth, Terry
Montgomery, Overton Johnson, Roylee Contreras, Efrain Medina, Jacob Medlock, Sam Cagle, Cedric Buford, Miller Dunnam, Tevin Bradley, Jake McDonald, Payton Richey, Hunt Parks, Dylan Simmons, Johnny Pipkin, Darrel Cheairs, Michael
Ferrell, Eli Hamblin, Rush Butler, Payton Hopkins, Owen James, Casey Fowler, Aaron Pipkin, Tyler Grooms, Chris Hines,
Ben Cherry, Clayton Ledbetter, Devin King, Hunter Berryman, Luke Conlee, Rico Carpenter, Malik Tate, Destin Bryant,
Jacob Smith. Athletic Trainer: Mandy Wise, Assistant Coaches: Jalon Bullock, Kelly Coleman, Rolandus Cox, Josh Davis,
Buddy Hall, Michael Kelly. Head Coach: Ron Price.
New Albany Cheerleaders
New Albany Cheer
Othel Anding Photography
2012 Cheerleaders- (front left-right) Mary Scott Waldrop, Quinlan Amos, D’Anna Gillon, Maghan Vann, Laura Suzanne Creekmore,
Asiana Judon, Bailey Adams (middle left-right) Martha Vance Alef, Leeta Prater, Avery Capbell, Allie Owen, Erin Michael Carter,
Hannah Anderson, Elleigh Leigh Hall, Victoria Duncan, Beth Teague (back left-right) Contessa Jones, Kiara Dozier, Kristen Cochran,
Kellie McClelland, Olivia Dunnam, Emma Keener, Kaitlin Mitchell and Aspen Smith. Cheerleading coaches are Mary Beth Muncie and
Melanie Anderson.
Darrell Ivy | The Image Place
2013-2014 New Albany Cheerleaders (Front Row: Left to Right) Olivia Thompson, Mary Day, Carley Adams, Allie Owens,
Katie Davis, Martha Vance Alef, (Second Row: Left to Right) Laura Suzanne Creekmore, Quinlan Amos, D’Anna Gillon,
Kierstyn McKenzie, Alli Hodges, Mary Scott Waldrop, (Third Row: Left to Right) Leeta Prather, Meghan Van, Kaitlyn
White, Beth Teague, Elleigh Hall, Bailey Adams, (Fourth Row: Left to Right) Reese Neely, Asiana Judon, Lauren Paige
Hamilton, (Fifth Row [Top]: Left to Right) Hannah Anderson, Chloe Lang, Avery Campbell.
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Pride of New Albany High School Band
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2013 Pride of New Albany Drum Major - Mary Kate
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Pride of New Albany
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2013-2014 Pride of New Albany Band Members - Kirsten Greer, Katie Brooks, Sheyanne Frazier, Quin’shay Perkins, Mallory Neal, Hailey Boone, Emily Blackwell, Rebecca Willis, Stacy Hernandez, Ali Buskirk, Rachel Lenior, Alexis Crockett,
Tabitha Foster, Trinity Dye, Tristan Estrada, Peyton Neal, Sarah Hajeh, Armonti McNeese, Josh Richey, Alyssa Coleman,
Isaiah Powell, Sarah Bain, Oceana Finley, Sasha Briggs, Carmen Samuelson, Jose Castro, Joseph Rutherford, Harrison
Harding, Abby Roaton, Jack Hickey, Jonathan Stacy, Issac Estrada, Sydney Fowler, Caryn Gillean, Lindsay Sappington,
Jocelyn Moldanado, Sam Hickey, Jose Sanchez, Jacob McGregor, Jaylen Anthony, Ethan WIlson, Hunter Berryman, Tanner Harding, J.T. Wiggins, Shelby Cook, Jon Jarvis, Kurt Hickey, Rider Red, Will Goldin, Harris Shaw, Noah Grey, Jonah
Condon, Chad Conway, Jacob Medlock, Dalton Boyd, Tyler Stark, Zach McDonald, Alex Bryant, Brandon Robinson,
Pierre Lenior, Cole Owen, Darrell Cheairs, Tre’ Deaton, Alec House, Leeta Prater, Joshanae Tucker, Summer Frain, Kenneth Frain, Brandon Holt, Color Guard: Brooke Wilder, Alyssa McCrory, Claireese Pannell, Amber Fooshe, Ericka Seager,
Rachel McCullough, Madison Griggs, Lori Beth Watts, Victoria Adams, Lilly Swilley, Majorettes: Hannah Humphreys,
Booke Roaten, Sarah Gaines. Drum Major: Mary Kate Thompson.
East Union Football
East Union enters into division play
With one season as East Union football in the record books, the Urchins have
a new challenge ahead.
For the 2013 season, the team will be
joining Baldwyn, Hatley, Mantatchie,
New Site and Walnut in Division 2-2A.
“That’s a big motivation factor,” Head
Coach Scott Duley said, “You are able to
say look, if we win games, if we do well,
if I do my job and you do your job then
at the end of it if we’ve qualified for the
playoffs then we get to go the playoffs
and play for something.”
The Urchins are also carrying a roster
with 11 seniors after losing ten members
to graduation last year.
Those seniors are not only expected to
lead the team, they will comprise the majority of starters on offense, defense and
special teams, Duley said.
“It may be an over simplification, but a
lot of our success will come from them,”
Duley said, “we are looking for great contributions from a number of seniors who
will be starting for the first time.”
Among those individuals is D.J. Armstrong who will suit up for the Urchins for
one last season as quarterback.
“I’ve had D.J. all four years, two with
Union County football and two at East
Union and he’s a great kid. Very intelligent, very disciplined, and will do whatever we ask of him,” Duley said.
Backing up Armstrong on offense
will be senior Evan Bullock on the line
and Bryan Wages, a younger player who
has put hours of work in the East Union
weight room.
“His body has just exploded,” Duley
said, adding that Wages will also be help
in the defensive line.
One other exciting prospect for the offense is Lane Plunk who will line up as
wide receiver for the Urchins.
Plunk transferred from Saltillo in 2012
but sat out a year due to MHSAA regulations.
“I love our kids, they will
run through a wall if you
ask them too. They give
everything and then a
little more.”
- Scott Duley
“Now that Lane can play, he’ll be an
asset. He can run, he can jump, he can
catch,” Duley said.
Blake Spruill will continue his role as
an all-purpose team member in the running back position for offense, line backer
for defense, and serve as kicker on special
“Basically, Blake is critical to our success on the field,” Duley said.
Jacob Elder, another senior, and Chandler Scott will also see playing time, their
hours of effort, work ethic, and contribution to the team getting noticed by Duley
and his coaching staff.
Of the coaching staff, three members
are making a return while Assistant Principal and Head Baseball Coach Steven
Basil joins the team along with Jacob
“Football, probably unlike any other
sport, is very very dependent on position coaches. Player development is what
we’ve tried to focus on for several years
up in the weight room and on the football
field. We have a great staff,” Duley said.
Even with the pieces in place, there are
still areas where the Urchins plan to focus
for the upcoming season.
Defense is first on the list, Duley said.
“For the past couple of years, we’ve
been anemic on defense and we are going
to try and change that,” Duley said.
The focus on strength and conditioning will continue as it always has.
“The weight room has made us a lot
stronger and faster,” Duley said, “but its
Head Coach
Scott Duley
season at
East Union
(No division
Drew Dillard
Jacob Dean
Brady Simpson
Steven Basil
2010 and 2011
seasons with
Union County
Athletic Trainer:
Jeremy Dorrough
more than that, its also given these kids a
lot of confidence that maybe they didn’t
have before.”
With out of division games set against
Houlka, Potts Camp, Strayhorn and Middleton High School in Middleton, TN,
the Urchins will get several tough tests
before opening division play on the road
at New Site.
But, above wins and losses, Duley has
another mindset towards his team.
“The most important thing for us is
to teach the young men to model the Lord
Jesus before them and to teach them that
there are a lot more things out there more
important than football,” Duley said.
“One of the best things we get is a
phone call a year or two after we’ve had
them to say thank you for everything,”
Duley said.
East Union 2013 Schedule
23 Houlka
30 @ Middleton, TN
06 @ Potts Camp
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13 Tupelo Christian Prep
20 Strayhorn
18 @ Baldwyn*
25 Mantatchie* (Senior Night)
04 @ New Site*
11 Walnut*
01 @ Hatley*
* denotes Division 1-2A game
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Class of 2014 Seniors
Donica Phifer | Gazette Staff
2012-2013 Union County Football Seniors - (Front Row: Left to Right) Brandon Taylor, Ty Ballard, (Second Row: Left to
Right) Lawrence Milsap, D.J. Armstrong, Jacob Elder, Blake Spruill, (Third Row: Left to Right) Ben Prather, Chandler
Scott, Evan Bullock, Eric Ellington, Hunter Wiggington. Not Pictured: Senior Cheerleaders Chip Gibson and Carol Coker.
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East Union Football
2013 East Union Football Team - Lane Plunk, K.C. Cato, Johnathan Vale, Dallas Wooten, D.J. Armstrong, Blake Spruill,
Colton West, Triston Lady, Jamie McCullough, Chase Hall, Lawrence Milsap, Brandon Taylor, Jacob Elder, John Issac
Roberts, Ty Ballard, Bailey Spruill, Josh Whitenteon, Eric Ellington, Hartman Hunt, Hunter Wiginton, Ben Prather, Chandelr Scott, Evan Bullock, Brian Wages, Shenteal Ivy, T.J. Hamblin, Zack Crump, Austin Colburn, Joseph Hancock, Tyler
Bennett, Logan Cruz, Jacob Hughes, Chance Clayton. Assistant Coaches: Steven Basil, Jacob Dean, Drew Dillar, Brady
Simpson, Jeremey Smithey. Head Coach: Scott Duley.
East Union Spirit
East Union Cheerleaders
Donica Phifer | Gazette Staff
2013-2014 East Union Cheerleaders - (Front Row: Left to Right) Denira Shawver, Cameron Hollimon, Audrie Randle,
Madison Shelton, Calla Basil, (Second Row: Left to Right) Kensie Roberts, Karley Crump, Katie Rowman, Janna Humphreys, Alayna Hitt, (Back Row: Left to Right) Caroline Wigington, Lindsey Hill, Jordon Salmon, Chip Gibson, Josh
Whitenton, Carol Coker, Kallie Roberts. Not Pictured: Haleigh Synder.
Union County Band
Class of 2014 Band Members
Benjamin Neal, West Union
Daniel Rodgers, Ingomar
Ericka Ulrich, Ingomar
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2013 Union County Band Drum Major - Myriah
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Union County Band
2013 Union County Band Members - Amber Alten, Chandler Baggett, Nancy Bames, Jacob Benson, Annabelle Botts,
Michael Childers, Katelyn Cornelius, Kateri Felter, Ryan Gullick, Tlyer Lindsey, Benjamin Neal, Vincent Palmer, Justin
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2013 New Albany Softball Team - (Front Row: Left to Right) Megan Whiteside, Kenidi Sanders, Alexis Mayo, Carrey Beth
Doyle, Sydney Collier, Molly Scott, Brooke Moody, (Second Row: Left to Right) Meadow Golden, Sierra Kimbrell, Kaitlyn
White, Kaitlyn Cavender, Brittany Prince, D’Anna Gillon, Beth Barnes, Katie Topper, (Back Row: Left to Right) Assistant
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New Albany Softball
New Albany heads into final season
It’s the last ride for New
Albany High School’s slowpitch program, one which the
team and Head Coach Shane
Sanderson plan to make the
most of.
“It it sad to know its the last
year, but the number of girls
who came out for this team really touched my heart,” Sanderson said.
Entering his fourth season
with the slow-pitch program,
the Lady Bulldogs have gone
to the playoffs each year.
That’s a goal that Sanderson hopes to repeat.
“Last year we went all the
way to game 3 of the second
round, but maybe this year
we can go further,” Sanderson
The Bulldogs will be replacing eight starting positions with new faces, using a
combination of veteran players and new comers.
A couple athletes will also
juggle participation in both
volleyball and softball.
“I’ve got a lot of confidence
in Lauren Cavender who is
our pitcher. I think she’s the
best slow-pitch pitcher in the
“We are just
going to improve
our game minute
to minute and
see where it goes.”
- Shane Sanderson
state,” Sanderson said.
Megan Dye could see action in the outfield and at first
base, while Quinlan Amos
might also be used in multiple
spots due to her speed.
Lauren Boyd, a staple for
the fast-pitch program, will
make the jump into slow-pitch
for its final season.
“She’s going to be a big
help for us,” Sanderson said.
An unfamiliar face is senior
Destini Knox, who impressed
the coaches with her heavy
hitting during tryouts.
Also joining the roster are
two transfers in Julia Edmondson and Beth Barnes who
moved from Hatley.
Both are expected to contribute immediately for the
team, Sanderson said.
New Albany 2013 Schedule
17 @ West Union Classic
20 @ Hickory Flat
22 @ Tishomingo County
24 Union County
26 Hickory Flat
29 Myrtle
03 Wheeler
07 Robertson’s
Sportswear Tournament
09 South Pontotoc
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12 @ Shannon *
14 New Albany
Invitational Tournament
16 @ Houston *
19 Shannon *
21 @ Holly Springs
28 @ North Pontotoc
30 Houston *
03 @ Belmont
10 Holly Springs
* denotes division game
Donica Phifer | Gazette Staff
2013 East Union Softball Team - (Front Row: Left to Right) Natalie Hatcher, Ashley Rea, Emma Dunlap, Grace Roberts, Haley Barkley, Katelin White, Denira Shawver, (Second Row: Left to Right) Raelee Bell, Logen Ellis, Mallery Ellis,
Abagale Blair, Sallie Pannell, Jaley White, Kensie Roberts, Brooke Austin, Macy Hitt, (Back Row: Left to Right) Assistant
Coach Zane Treadaway, Mallory Roberts, Rebecca Sheffield, Savannah Alexander, Katey Hunt, Samantha Lineberry,
Lauren Whitenton, Kallie Roberts, Stephanie Hardy, Tianna Castillo, Callie Frazier, Head Coach Josh Blythe.
Transfers give Lady Urchins a boost
team leader.
“I really am depending on
Mallory, she’s a great pitcher
and her experience will help
us a lot,” Blythe said.
Other starters for the team
are young - a crop of freshman and one sophmore - but
all have hit the field for the
Urchins since their junior high
Even so, Blythe expects a
bit of position shifting in the
early days of the season.
“It’s really about finding
the right fit, whatever works
best for us is what we will
do,” Blythe said.
The team also tried a different approach this sum-
“I expect a lot out
of them, but they
work hard and I
know they can do
- Josh Blythe
mer, hitting the weight room
three times a week under the
direction of Blythe and East
Union’s Football and Power
Lifting Coach Scott Duley.
“I’ve seen girls go from
120 pounds and deadlifting
100 pounds to deadlifting 220
pounds over the summer,”
Blythe said, “And I really
give Coach Duley the credit.
He helped me make the program that the girls follow, and
the girls really love it.”
The reiging 2-2A Division
Champions will look to repeat
that title in 2013, but the Urchins also have another goal
in mind.
“I want to play for a North
State final,” Blythe said, “I’d
like these girls to experience
that and for this team to make
history at East Union.”
The Urchins kicked off
the season with two tournaments at Mooreville and West
East Union 2013 Schedule
10 Mooreville Jamboree
17 East Union
Classic Tournament
20 @ Falkner
22 Mooreville
24 Union County
27 Myrtle
29 Ingomar
03 @ South Pontotoc
05 @ Mantatchie
07 Robertson’s
Sportswear Tournament
10 @ Walnut *
12 @ North Pontotoc
17 Bruce *
19 Walnut *
23 Wheeler
24 @ Bruce *
01 @ Strayhorn *
03 @ Myrtle
07 Falkner
08 @ West Union
*denotes division game
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East Union Softball
With the loss of threetime division player of the
year Ashley Leech, Head
Coach Josh Blythe had some
big shoes to fill for his 2013
Enter two transfers in Savannah Alexander from Baldwyn and Katey Hunt from
Mooreville, and the Lady Urchins outlook has changed.
“These two girls are power
hitters, they are going to give
us a one-two punch that we really need with hitting,” Blythe
Along with the two seniors
is pitcher Mallory Roberts
who will once again anchor
the defensive side and be a
Donica Phifer | Gazette Staff
2013 Ingomar Softball Team - (Front Row: Left to Right) Katelyn Jolly, Ashley Forester, Kortney Parker, Addy Doway, Carson Grisham, Alex Wilhite, (Second Row: Left to Right) Kaci Deaton, Keri Deaton, Kelley Fooshee, Allie Williams, Abby
Deaton, (Third Row: Left to Right) Lauren Coltharp, Madison Willard, Sara McDonald, Abbie Williams, Maggie Smithey,
Hope Mason, Gara Beth Self, (Fourth Row: Left to Right) Lauren Gooch, Lauren Thompson, Erin Wall, Lauren Koom,
Morgan Gooch, Kasey Carson, Kelly Mayo.
Ingomar Softball
Young team to take field for Ingomar
To quote Ingomar Head
Coach Andy Wilbanks, the
Lady Falcons are headed into
a ‘youth movement’.
After missing the playoffs
for two years, the Falcons are
still in flux with its 26 players.
“We have four or five positions that are wide open for
someone,” Wilbanks said,
“This team will be a mix of
kids who played a little last
year and some brand new
Those new faces could
even belong to seventh graders, Wilbanks said.
“It’s not about what
grade you are in, but about
the talent and work ethic
you have,” Wilbanks said.
The team will be lead by
its two upperclassmen, senior
Lauren Koom and junior Erin
Koom will take to the circle
as the Falcons pitcher while
Wall is a question mark.
“She didn’t play last year,
but she has played slow-pitch
before,” Wilbanks said.
Wilbanks also expects Kelly Mayo and Kelly Fooshee to
see qualty time inside the infield.
“Our goal is to
work hard every
day, practice hard,
and I think if we do
that there will be
- Andy Wilbanks
“It’s a talented group, but
they are young. They can’t
help that, that is why we are
just going to throw them out
there. We might have some
growing pains, but it will pay
off in the future,” Wilbanks
said of the defending Union
County Champions.
With what Wilbanks calls
a couple of ‘disappointing’
years, the goal for the group is
to find their way back into the
“As a program we are accustomed to that, and I want
the girls to have that experience of a playoff game,” Wilbanks said.
2013 season at the West
Union Classic on Aug. 17.
Ingomar 2013 Schedule
17 @ West Union Classic
20 @ North Pontotoc
22 Bruce
24 Union County
27 Baldwyn
29 East Union
03 Hickory Flat*
05 North Pontotoc
07 Roberton’s
Sportswear Tournament
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10 Myrtle*
12 TBA
17 West Union*
19 @ Hickory Flat*
24 @ Walnut
26 @ Myrtle*
01 @ Pine Grove
03 @ West Union*
07 @ Bruce
10 TBA
*denotes division game
Donica Phifer | Gazette Staff
2013 Myrtle Softball Team - (Front Row: Left to Right) Haley Matkins, Kristen Young, Allie Bishop, Brianna Brassell,
Amber Cook, (Second Row: Left to Right) Callie Denton, Kellan Tanner, Karlie Bolden, Lauren Coggin, Heather Smith,
Jamiya Moore, (Back Row: Left to Right) Audrey Kent, Ashton Hogue, Tyesha Bills, Courtney Bingham, Keeley Chunn.
Myrtle sets sights on postseason play
“Obviously, he has some
big shoes to fill,” Cook said,
“But I feel good about it.”
Gordon led the Lady Hawks
to seven state titles from 1997
to 2005, setting a standard for
slow-pitch softball that the
current roster hopes to repeat.
For this season, Cook will
rely on his class of seniors to
set the tone with experience
and leadership.
Five-year starter Emily Cook will lead the Hawks
from the circle for one final
year, while team captain Allie Bishop anchors the infield
from first base.
“We are definitely
going to surprise
some people.”
- Marty Cook
“She is one of those kids
who is always positive and always trying to keep everyone
up, I’m looking for a lot of offensive play from her,” Cook
The third senior, left fielder, Keely Chunn is the leader
in the outfield.
“Every year the ultimate
goal is playing for a state
championship,” Cook said,
“We have high expectations
for this season.”
Those expectations include winning a division title.
“The division title is really
the first step, and then once
you are into playoffs there’s
no telling what can happen,”
Cook said.
Myrtle began its 2013 season on Aug. 17 as part of the
West Union Classic Tournament and opened play at home
with the Oxford Chargers on
Aug. 20.
Myrtle 2013 Schedule
17 @ West Union
Classic Tournament
20 Oxford
22 Tupelo
24 Union County
27 @ East Union
29 @ New Albany
03 West Union*
05 @ Oxford
07 Robertson’s
Sportswear Tournament
10 @ Ingomar*
12 Hickory Flat*
17 Falkner
19 @ West Union*
24 Pine Grove
26 Ingomar*
03 East Union
08 Independence
10 @Tupelo
* denotes division play
01 @ Hickory Flat*
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Myrtle Softball
With one player lost to
graduation, the Myrtle Lady
Hawks feel pretty good about
this season.
The Hawks made another
trip into the playoffs during
the 2012 campaign, ultimately
falling to 1A State Champion Smithville in the second
That achievement came
after earning a second place
finish in division play behind
county rival West Union.
This year also marks a first
for Marty Cook, who takes the
head coaching reigns from 16year coach Robert Gordon.
Donica Phifer | Gazette Staff
2013 West Union Softball Team - (Front Row: Left to Right) Harley Steen, Hailey Steen, Anna Grubbs, Shyann Garrison,
Mattie Pilcher, Jenny Thompson, (Second Row: Left to Right) Marley Long, Brooke Sullivan, Maegan Whittington, Kylie
Massengill, Chase Coffey, (Back Row: Left to Right) Gracen Conley, Callie Baggett, Julianna Garner, Brittany Taylor, BAiley Bogue, Samantha Bridges, Ashley Hatton.
West Union Softball
Lady Eagles focus on key players
With four girls lost to graduation, West Union finds itself
needing to fill some gaps.
“It seems like we have to
do it every year,” Head Coach
Lisa Bogue said, “So we are
used to replacing and retraining, so to speak.”
Even with the four graduates, West Union boasts a
roster of talent which won the
division championship and
made it to the North Half Finals w here the season ended
against two-time defending
1A Champion Smithville.
This year, seniors Julianna
Garner, Bailey Bogue and
Brittany Taylor will provide
the anchor for the Lady Eagles.
Junior Callie Baggett will
again take to the circle as
pitcher, and Bogue expects her
to perform well in her penultimate slow-pitch season.
With such a competitive
schedule for the 2013 season,
Bogue knows that the Eagles
will have to play smart and
“Just do the big
things right and
the little things will
- Lisa Bogue
fight hard to return to the playoffs.
“All of the schools in our
division are tough and they all
have so much school pride and never anyone for
granted. A game can change
like that,” Bogue said.
Beyond their abilities on
the softball field, Bogue also
challenges her players to be a
success in the classroom.
Last year, her team posted a
GPA of 94.842 - just shy of an A.
This year she has challenged
the Eagles to make that A.
“Above all, they are studentathletes so that’s the expectation - the demands I ask in the
classroom are way more than
I ask out here,” Bogue said.
West Union 2013 Schedule
17 West Union Classic
21 @ Hickory Flat
20 Independence
22 @ South Pontotoc
24 Union County
27 Mantatchie
30 @ Falkner
03 @ Myrtle*
05 Hickory Flat*
07 Robertson’s
Sportswear Tournament
10 @ Pine Grove
12 @ Mantatchie
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17 @ Ingomar*
19 Myrtle*
24 @ Oxford
26 @ Hickory Flat*
28 North Pontotoc
30 @ Belmont
03 Ingomar*
04 Jumpertown
08 East Union
(Senior Night)
*denotes division game
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Eagles and Lady Eagles
much success
this upcoming season
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2013 New Albany Cross Country Team - (Front Row: Left to Right) Katie Brooks, Ken Olson, Anna Walls, Hannah Harris,
Samuel Martin, Sydney Meggs, (Second Row: Left to Right) Maeghan Martin, Rachel Rainey, Carly Hill, Sarah Kat Harris, Luke Hamblin, Adalyn Aldridge, Anna Rose Hamblin, Hailey Prince, Alyssa Greer, Maggie Creekmore, (Third Row:
Left to Right) Assistant Coach Mike Beam, Guillermo Garcia, Hudsosn Ranager, Natalie Pullman, Garrett Meggs, Trace
Thompson, Kirsten Greer, Lauren Boyd, Jose Tavela, Head Coach Dorothy Denton.
NAHS depending on first year runners
“That was the issue last
year, there was talent but we
didn’t have enough bodies to
compete as a team. You need
seven for our class and we
only had five runners,” Denton said.
The girls will create the
interesting dynamic with a
few up and coming runners
challenging some of Denton’s
older squad.
“I’ve enjoyed watching
that, seeing these younger girls
really push the older ones to
perform better,” Denton said.
Laura Creekmoore and
Lauren Boyd will lead the
Lady Bulldogs, with 14 junior
high girls making up the majority of the team.
“I do have to point out
“As a team, its
about staying together and
motivating each
other. These kids
are great at that.”
- Dorothy Denton
Katie Brooks, who has been
great, Denton said, “She’s a
freshman and she’s really hit
it off with Laura, the two of
them make a great pair and
push one another.”
Anna Rose Hamblin is another member who Denton expects to have a great year.
“You know, I’m just ex-
cited for this. I like having so
many of them out here. It’s
not even that they are young
and sometimes you want
young ones. They push a little
harder and fight a little more,”
Denton said.
New Albany kicks off its
2013 season with the Pontotoc Invitational in September
before moving on to Saltillo.
Then, in October, the Bulldogs will host their first meet
at New Albany Elementary
“That’s a huge thing for
us, and I think its going to be
great for our program,” Denton said.
After the 2-4A Division
Championships, the team ends
its regular season at Tupelo.
New Albany 2013 Schedule
Sept. 15
Sept. 21
Sept. 28
Oct. 05
@ Pontotoc Invitational
@ Saltillo Invitational
Southern Tees Challenge
New Albany
Oct. 12
Oct. 24
Oct. 26
Union County Championships
@ Trace Lake (Division Championship)
@ Tupelo Invitational
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New Albany Cross Country
This year, the Bulldogs are
all about youth.
With a team of 35 runners,
20 are entering seventh or
eighth grade.
“They are young, but sometimes that’s a good thing,”
Head Coach Dorothy Denton
The bulk of the boys team
are supported by a group of
sophomore runners, led by
Guillermo Garcia.
“Guillermo is one of our
strongest, I feel very good
about his season,” Denton
The larger focus for the
boys will be finding seven
guys who can create a team
and potentially take the Bulldogs to state to run for a title.
Donica Phifer | Gazette Staff
2013 East Union Cross Country Team - (Front Row: Left to Right) Emily Bruce, Hannah Courtney, Teresa Cobb, Amber
Janis, Jadon Snyder, Beth Skelley, Allie Epting, Haleigh Snyder, Haley Grubbo, Mary Kate Nobles, (Second Row: Left to
Right) Maggie Meinz, Karmon Skelley, Joey Pace, Jacob Raines, Zane Wilkinson, Hunter Nobles, Jordon Salmon, Cody
Taylor, Derrick Owens, Steven Ragsdale, Cayce Smith.
East Union Cross Country
East Union set sights on more state titles
With four state titles in the
past four years, the East Union
Urchins have established a tradition of winning.
After claiming a Class 2A
boys title and a third place
Class 2A girls distinction in
2012, the Urchins are ready to
take on a potential state sweep
in November.
“We only lost two runners
to graduation, and one member of our girls team to another sport,” Head Coach Nathan
McLellan said.
The bulk of the 2012 boys
squad remains intact with captains Jonathan Vale and Blake
Rakestraw expected to anchor
and lead the guys.
“Jonathan really provides a
lot of leadership on our team...
Blake is tough and gritty, he’s
great at being a leader for us.
Really challenge’s some of
the younger guys,” McLel-
len said.
The boys team has also established a camaraderie outside of cross country that gives
a family sort of atmosphere at
“They are a group who will
sit around after practice and
hang out, they push one another to be better,” McLellen
Returning All-State runner
Emily Bruce, junior Hannah
Courtney and Carmon Skelley,
will hold the girls together.
“Carmon has been on two
state championship teams, so
she really understands what it
takes to win, “ McLellan said.
Courtney is the ‘glue’ for
the team, doing a lot of things,
which often go unnoticed
by her teammates, McLellen
“She really leads by ex-
“They have
become a family,
and I think that’s
one of the reasons they’ve had
the success they
have had.”
- Nathan McLellen
ample, always has a great attitude. Always teaching and
encouraging the others, “
McLellen said.
For the girls, incoming
freshman Cayce Smith will
be taking the leap to join the
cross-country team in addition
to her success in track.
“Her success and work ethic
has really rubbed off on the
others,” McLellen said.
With a return to the state fi-
nals on their minds, McLellen
credits the friendship between
all of the runners and the additional coaching from his
assistants Jennifer Bruce and
Stephanie Scott for the atmosphere on the team.
“They have high expectations for themselves. That
makes us excited for this upcoming year and what it could
hold,” McLellen said.
The Urchins begin the
scheduled round of meets
at Tupelo Christian Prep on
Saturday before diving into
competitive stops at Pontotoc,
Saltillo and Corinth.
“The one thing I know is
that this team, especially the
boys, aren’t satisfied with last
year. The boys want a repeat,
the girls want to win and they
are putting in the work to get
there,” McLellen said.
East Union 2013 Schedule
Aug. 24
Sept. 14
Sept. 21
Sept. 28
@ TCPS Invitational
@ Pontotoc Invitational
@ Saltillo Invitational
Southern Tees Challenge
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Oct. 05
Oct. 12
Oct. 19
Oct. 26
@ Watson Ford Invitational
Union County Championships
@ Corinth Invitational
@ Division Championships
Donica Phifer | Gazette Staff
2013 Ingomar Cross Country Team - (Front Row: Left to Right) Kelly Mayo, Kelsey Ferguson, (Second Row: Left to
Right) Clare Hall, Carley Hall, Lauren Watson, Sydney Roberts, Cassie Thompson, (Third Row: Left to Right) Head Coach
KevinWilliams, Tyler Warren, Noah Bryant, Jon-Brooks Almand. Not Pictured: Caleb Gullick, Kyle Kaines, Casey Rorie,
Jonathan Sweatt, Macy Kirk.
Falcons building on last years success
Byrant marks the other returning face for the boys.
Roberts and Mayo, both
beginning their freshman year,
support the girls team
“Those two are our fastest
girls, but they’ve really pushed
our older members to perform
better,” Williams said.
Two other contributors,
sophomores Macy Kirk and
Lauren Watson, will also help
anchor the girls side.
“I’m really expecting them
to step up and help us out,”
Williams said.
The team has spent their
summer break pushing themselves to get better, Williams
“Sweatt and Warren, espescially, have trained very hard
this summer. They both want
to be better runners this year
than they were last year,” Wil-
“I want them to do
the best they can
and, more importantly, to be good
people. To
develop some
character and
- Kevin Williams
liam said.
Warren has set a personal
goal of going for an individual
title in Class 1A, Williams
“He’s got the talent, and the
work ethic to make it happen,”
Williams said.
Like Warren, all of the
Falcon’s runners have decided
on individual goals for the up-
coming season.
For team goals, Williams
focus is keeping it simple and
allowing the team to improve
at their own pace.
“I know that might not be
the ‘coach’ thing to do, but so
far its worked well for us,”
Williams said.
The Falcons have a schedule of competitive matches,
reflecting the nature of crosscountry in Class 1A.
“For whatever reason, 1A
is always tough. It’s a fight between eight or ten teams every
year,” Williams said.
Ingomar opens its schedule
with a visit to Hickory Flatt
before competitions at Pontotoc and Saltillo.
The team also pays a visit
to 4A Corinth later in the season.
Ingomar 2013 Schedule
Sept. 07
Sept. 14
Sept. 21
Sept. 28
@ Hickory Flat Invitational
@ Pontotoc Invitational
Saltillo Invitational
Southern Tees Challenge
Oct. 12
Oct. 19
Oct. 26
Union County Championship
@ Corinth Invitational
Division Championship
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Ingomar Cross Country
Entering a fourth season
with Ingomar, Head Coach
Kevin Williams feels pretty
good about the progress his
program is making.
“The thing is, we haven’t
had a program nearly as long
as some of the other schools in
the county, but we are building
on what we have,” Williams
That effort is led by senior Tyler Warren who ran to
a third place finish in the 1A
State Championship in 2012.
Warren was one of four
top twenty finishers for the
Falcons - the others including
Sydney Roberts in seventh,
Kelly Maoy at eleventh, and
Noah Byrant in ninteenth.
The boys team will consist
of five members, Warren and
fellow senior Jonathan Sweatt
anchoring the team.
Donica Phifer | Gazette Staff
2013 Myrtle Cross Country Team - (Front Row: Left to Right) Haleigh Jamison, Hailey Brown, Ellie Fitts, Caroline Greer,
Madison Gray, (Second Row: Left to Right) Samantha Shettles, Laykin Dulaney, Geniesha Montgomery, Ivory Montgomery, Jenna Sampson, Stephanie Floyd, (Third Row: Left to Right) Hunter Bailey, Josh Sampson, Hunter Hall, Marquez
Howell, Braxton Smith, Shaphan Smith, Hunter Brown. Not Pictured: Tyler Daniel, Bobby High, Cole Wyndam, Michaela
Bolen, Andrea Chism, Shelby Gonzales, Kitana High, Megan Lowrey, Rachel Peeler.
Myrtle Cross Country
Stacked roster gives post-season hopes
There’s a lot of talent running around the Myrtle campus.
A team of 26 makes up
the 2013 Hawks squad, with a
depth of talent returning and a
handful of newcomers, which
Head Coach Chris Greer is expecting big things from.
“We have the defending
state champion in girls track
in Kitana High,” Greer said,
along with Marquez Howell
as the division champion.
Howell will lead the boys
team, which makes up the bulk
of new runners in the Hawks
“With so many new ones,
we really just want to improve
from week to week,” Greer
Of the new runners for the
boys, Greer names Hunter
Bailey, Braxton Smith, and
Josh Sampson as the three to
On the girls side, a team of
11 will hit the road with an eye
on a state championship.
“We have so many returning runners, and they’ve all
accomplished a lot here,”
Greer said.
Along with High, the
Lady Hawks boast eight former All-State runners in Ellie
Fitz, Caroline Greer, Genisha
“It’s all about
improving from
week to week.”
- Chris Greer
Montgomery, Ivory Montgomery, Rachel Peeler, Megan
Lowery and Andea Chism.
With that amount of depth
and talent, Greer plans to
spend the season pushing the
girls to run their best races.
“Last year, we had a bad
state meet and I think we really came up short. This year,
for these girls, it’s all about
changing that,” Greer said.
The Lady Hawks also
gained a new student, runner
Stephanie Floyd from West
“She’s going to be great
this year,” Greer said.
The Hawks will begin their
season Saturday with a meet at
Tupelo Christian Prep, who are
the defending 1A Girls champions in cross country.
Other meets include Pontotoc, Saltillo and Corinth - with
the 4A school picked among
the top 10 in pre-season rankings.
Myrtle 2013 Schedule
Aug. 24
Sept. 07
Sept. 14
Sept. 21
@ TCPS Invitational
@ Hickory Flat Invitational
@ Pontotoc Invitational
@ Saltillo Invitational
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Sept. 25
Oct. 05
Oct. 12
Oct. 26
Southern Tees Challenge
@ New Albany Invitational
Union County Championships
Division Championship
Donica Phifer | Gazette Staff
2013 West Union Cross Country Team - (Front Row: Left to Right) Hailey Steen, Jennah Morris, Elizabeth Fooshee,
Isibelle Jackson, (Second Row: Left to Right) Andrew Trivelli, Austin Graham, Harley Steen, Haley Long, Savannah
Shirley, David Green, Chandler Baggett, (Third Row: Left to Right) Chase Cooper, Myles Steen, Ryan Wallace, Morgan
Bishop, Emily Canoy, Jacob Shirley, Dillon Clayton, Randy Long, Hayden Basil, (Fourth Row: Left to Right) Hunter
Jennings, Eli Basil, Adam Grubbs, Andrew Childers, Helen Grace Grisham, Blake Carruth, Zack Dillard, Ethan Dillard.
Eagles depending on veteran runners
Those runners include two
seniors in Chase Cooper and
2012 All-State Runner Hunter Jennings.
“Both of those guys are
leaders, I’m really looking
for them to lead some of our
younger guys,” Tidwell said.
While there is plenty of
experience for the boys, the
girls team will be headed by
sophomore’s Savannah Shirley and Haley Long.
The girls team will have
eight or 10 members, Tidwell
“The team is going to be
really young, a lot of seventh
and eighth graders who are
out here for the first time. Sa-
“They’ve been
working hard and
as long as they
keep working
everything else
will fall into
- Nathan Tidwell
vannah has done a lot of work
with those girls, she’s really
gotten them excited about
running,” Tidewell said.
Another standout runner
Tidwell expects to contribute
is freshman Austin Kiddy, a
kid who “ran really well” for
the Eagles in 2012.
With two state titles under their belts in the past six
years, the expectations are
high for the season.
The Eagles will spend
much of August focusing on
practice and team building, as
their first meet of the season
is in September.
“We are starting with
one of the most competitive
meets,” Tidwell said of the
Pontotoc Invitational.
Other meets include the
Southern Tees Challenge and
a joint trip with East Union to
Mississippi College.
West Union 2013 Schedule
Sept. 14
Sept. 21
Sept. 28
@ Pontotoc Invitational
Tallahatchie River Fest
Southern Tees Challenge
Oct. 5
Oct. 12
Oct. 13
@ Mississippi College
Union County Championships
Division Championship
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West Union Cross Country
It’s a mixed bag of veterans and first-time runners
preparing to run for the West
Union Eagles.
This year also marks a first
for new Cross Country Head
Coach Nathan Tidwell.
Tidwell took the reigns
from Hugh Yates, who spent
three seasons with the Eagles
and lead the girls team to a
2010 1A State Championship.
Tidwell’s team includes
around 30 runners with most
of the returning members on
the boys side.
“We have around 20 guys
who will suit up for the boys,”
Tidwell said.
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2013 New Albany Volleyball Team - (Front Row: Left to Right) Carly Spencer, Kaitlyn Cavender, Abby Spencer, Carrington Barry, Beth Teague, Sydney Collier, Kaitlyn White, (Second Row: Left to Right) Faye Turnage, Mary Day, Hannah
Anderson, Lenzi Sanderson, Lauren Cavender, Megan Dye, Alyssa Greer, Eira Luna, (Third Row: Left to Right) Arianna
Golden, Grace Thompson, Emma Myers, Christina Jeffries, Erin Michael Carter, Anna Frances Stroud, Darby Mills,
Emma Wilson, Reese Neely, Emma Blakemore, Meadow Golden, and Head Coach Lashay Ashford.
Lady Bulldogs focused on winning
The Bulldog also have a
group of young talent who
will take their first steps onto
the court as part of the junior
varsity team.
Four varsity members also
took their time off from the
sport to be involved in club
volleyball - participating in
games at the University of
“That investment from them
is going to make this year extremely good,” Ashford said.
Another benefit for the
Lady Bulldogs is the division
tournament that closes out the
regular season.
“That is our goal for this
year, we want to make it out of
division play and into the play-
“I think last year
was our growing
year is all about
- Lashay Ashford
offs. Not only is it a personal
best for me, but these girls can
make history as the first volleyball team in the playoffs,”
Ashford said.
The new tournament format eliminates heading into
the matches as one of the top
finishers, instead the top three
teams in the tournament ad-
vance to post-season play.
For Ashford, entering into
her second year as the Bulldogs coach has been about
routine, though not the usual
sort you would expect.
“We have a lot of fun. I’m
all about fun because the girls
respond to that,” Ashford said.
That includes music during
practice and a few impromtu
dance parties.
“My girls are sponges, they
just soak up whatever I tell
them. It might take them one
or two tries to get it right but
they listen and they respond
to what I give them,” Ashford
New Albany 2013 Schedule
17 @ Pontotoc
Invitational Tournament
19 @ Middleton, TN
22 @ Tupelo
27 Pontotoc
29 @ H.W. Byers
31 @ Lady Raiders
Tournament (V)
03 Tishomingo County
05 Corinth
07 @ Lady Raider’s
Tournament (JV)
10 @ Tishomingo
12 @ Potts Camp
14 Ripley
17 Middleton, TN
19 Belmont
24 H.W. Byers
01 @ Pontotoc
12 Divison Tournament
(@ Ripley)
15 Potts Camp
17 @ Ripley
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New Albany Volleyball
Going into their second season New Albany’s Lady Bulldogs have a different mindset.
“The nerves are gone, it’s
time to play,” Head Coach Lashay Ashford said.
The Bulldogs won four
matches during their first season, which Ashford calls a
“surprisingly good” one as the
majority of the team had never
played volleyball before.
The team will be lead by its
two captains – seniors Erin Michael Carter and Darby Mills.
“Beyond Carter and Mills,
it’s really my starting six on
varsity. They are twice as good
as they were last year. I’m
looking for all of them to step
up,” Ashford said.
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