About Dennis Clayton

I cover high school sports in Union County and occasionally contribute sports articles to sister community newspapers of Journal Inc. I have lived in Union County my entire life and strive to use my articles to promote our players, teams and schools. Follow me on Twitter: @denclayton for scores and updates on our local high school teams.

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West Union Girls Coach Matt Thompson

West Union Lady Eagles have mix of experience and youth

West Union’s Lady Eagles will put a team of three seniors, three freshmen and four sophomores on the floor for this season and first year coach Matt Thompson is hoping to the mix will produce a postseason playoff run for the team. Coach Thompson said “As far as the senior leadership, I expect a lot. […]

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East Union Girls Coach Josh Blythe

East Union Lady Urchins look to build off last season’s success

By Dennis Clayton Coach Josh Blythe enters year two coaching the Lady Urchins with three seniors Jade Anderson, Yadasha Daniel and Samantha Lineberry to provide the leadership for a roster filled with freshmen and sophomores. Anderson has the most experience of the three and she will be counted on to “control the game and to […]

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Ingomar Girls Coach Trent Adair

Young players on the move for Lady Falcons

By Jay Tidwell Special to the News-Exchange Hannah Russell understands she has a special role on this year’s Ingomar squad. “I realize I have the extra responsibility and there’s going to be a rebuilding stage,” said Russell, the lone senior for the Lady Falcons and the only player above the tenth grade on the roster. […]

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Myrtle Coach Rob Browning

Browning building for future with Lady Hawks

2013 Myrtle girls basketball preview By Jay Tidwell Special to the News-Exchange The arrival of a new head coach has helped Myrtle begin its journey back to the win column. Rob Browning, a Union County native, is the third head coach in the past three seasons for the Lady Hawks, but the outlook is upbeat. […]

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NA Girls Coach John Stroud

New Albany Lady Bulldogs begin basketball without Spears

The New Albany Lady Bulldogs had the luxury of Jazmine Spears for five successful seasons, however Spears has not graduated and Coach John Stroud must now find a leader and scorer to pick up his 2013-14 edition of basketball. Coach John Stroud opened his interview by saying “Well, life after Spears, this is a new […]

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Thursday, November 14 Basketball – Jr. High NAMS at Myrtle Friday, November 15 Football East Union vs Eupora At NEMCC (Round 2 playoff game) Basketball New Albany at Myrtle West Union at Pine Grove Ingomar at Biggersville Soccer Olive Branch at New Albany Saturday, November 16 Basketball Ingomar at Pontotoc Lewisburg at West Union Soccer […]

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A week of firsts

By Dennis Clayton We have just experienced a week of firsts with our local fall sports and I would like to take this opportunity to recognize these accomplishments. Let’s start with football and we will work our way through, finishing with cross country. I actually need to back up just a bit with our football […]

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Ingomar splits with Pine Grove in hoops opener

By Dennis Clayton Ingomar and Pine Grove squared off in the season opener for each team and came away with a split decision as Pine Grove took the girls contest 48-42 and Ingomar won the boys nightcap 83-51. Falcons take boys game In the boys game, Pine Grove opened with an early lead, but the […]

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Myrtle girls are the Class 1A State Cross Country Champions for 2013. Kneeling left: Megan Lowery, Caroline Greer, Ellie Fitts, Stephanie Floyd and Madison Gray. Standing left: Samantha Shettles, Ivory Montgomery, Geniesha Montgomery, Rachel Peeler, Hailey Brown and Kitana High. Back: Coach Chris Greer.

Myrtle takes first in three categories at state meet

By Dennis Clayton Coach Chris Greer’s Myrtle runners enjoyed a highly successful day on Saturday at the MHSAA State Cross Country Championships as they brought home a total of three 1A titles in girls team, girls individual and boys individual. Myrtle took the girls team title with 28 points as they had five runners in […]

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Blake Spruill (middle of photo) plunges in from the three for the winning touchdown for East Union as they defeated H.W. Byers 35-34. It was the first playoff win in football for the Urchins. Photo by Dennis Clayton.

East Union wins first playoff game in school history

By Dennis Clayton Coach Scott Duley’s East Union Urchins showed their grit, determination and heart as they rallied from a 34-21 deficit and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to win 35-34. Coach Duley said “They (Urchins) played an amazing game. They didn’t quit, we just played a team that was more athletic than us and our […]

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