About Dennis Clayton

I cover high school sports in Union County and occasionally contribute sports articles to sister community newspapers of Journal Inc. Follow me on Twitter: @denclayton for scores and updates on our local high school teams.

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Ingomar Lady Falcons are the 2015 Union County Tournament Girls Champions. Front left: Abby Deaton, Lauren Wooley, Gara Beth Self, Maggie Smithey, Lindsay Hall, Sydney Roberts, Ashley Forester, and Carson Grisham. Standing left: Morgan Nance, Abbie Williams, Allie Williams, Hope Mason, Lauren Thompson, Mallory Russell, Laura Hogue, Jakayla Banks and Coach Trent Adair.

Lady Falcons capture title with first quarter blitz

BY DENNIS CLAYTON INGOMAR – The Lady Falcons of Ingomar staggered New Albany early with a 28-7 advantage after the opening quarter and were able to hold off the Lady Bulldogs late to claim the Union County Tournament Girls Championship on Saturday. Ingomar prevailed 63-54 in the contest. “We had a good start and scored […]

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Robert and Sarah Garrett with their son Everett at the Ironman Triathlon. Photo submitted.

Garretts compete in Ironman triathlon

BY DENNIS CLAYTON Most couples enjoy doing a variety of activities together, but Robert and Sarah Garrett pushed the envelope with theirs as they competed in an Ironman Triathlon recently. “The Ironman Triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a 26.2-mile run,” Sarah said. “I’ve been doing triathlons since 2011 and my […]

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Lauren Thompson and Maggie Smithey trap the Ashland player with their full court pressure during the third quarter as Gara Beth Self moves in to help. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Lady Falcons avenge earlier division loss and keep streak alive

BY DENNIS CLAYTON INGOMAR – Ingomar’s Lady Falcons extracted a bit of revenge in their 58-47 win over Ashland in their Division 2-1A meeting on Tuesday. Ingomar is riding a nine game winning streak that began following their two point loss at the hands of the Lady Blue Devils. “Mallory Russell scored a lot down […]

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Hotbed Classic offers quality basketball action on Saturday

BY DENNIS CLAYTON The Kiwanis Hotbed Classic will roll out their 24th edition of premier basketball play on Saturday with a slate of nine games featuring some marquee match-ups and showcasing some of Mississippi’s top basketball talent. This year’s action will tip at 9:30 as nine games are on the schedule for the day at […]

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East Union to host open house for new field house

Letter from Ray Kennedy, East Union Principal East Union Attendance Center is extremely proud of our new football facility and near the end of the football season, our football field house was completed. We are very grateful to the Union County School District administration, school board, other community leaders, and many friends of East Union […]

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Jamie McCullough and Jesse Keller tackle the Hatley runner. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Injuries and inconsistency plague Urchins

BY DENNIS CLAYTON Coach Scott Duley stated in the preseason that for his 2014 East Union team to be successful they needed to avoid injuries and play with consistency. Unfortunately the Urchins were hit with a rash of injuries that shelved nearly a dozen starters. East Union failed to jell as unit until late in […]

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Josh Whitenton hangs on the ball carrier as John Isaac Roberts and Dustin Adams move in to help on the tackle. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

Urchins travel to Mantachie in search of division win

BY DENNIS CLAYTON East Union hits the road for a Thursday night Division 1-2A contest with Mantachie. East Union enters the game needing to win both of their remaining games to be able to make the playoffs. Both teams enter with 0-3 division records. “I think that they are a lot like us, they have […]

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Linton leads Walnut to win over Urchins

WALNUT – Armani Linton shook off the effects of an early first quarter injury and led his Walnut Wildcats to a 35-14 division win over East Union on Friday. Linton gained 170 yards on the ground and scored three rushing touchdowns for Walnut. “I hate to keep saying it, but we’ve got 11 starters out […]

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Myrtle blanks Tupelo on senior night

MYRTLE – Myrtle used a big first inning outburst to take the early lead and coast to a 10-0 win over Tupelo in five innings. The Lady Hawks batted around and scored six runs in the first to take a commanding 6-0 lead. “I thought we hit the ball extremely well tonight,” Myrtle coach Marty […]

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Injury plagued Urchins drop to 3-2

STRAYHORN – East Union has fought the injury bug since game one and Friday night the Urchins played without eight starters as they lost on the road to Strayhorn 20-0. The Urchins again reshuffled their lineup, including a new offensive line which has not seen the same five starters all season. “We played short-handed, but […]

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