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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Supporting your team

Mississippi State’s magical run toward a coveted national championship ended Tuesday night in an 8-0 loss to UCLA. In short, State just couldn’t execute the way they had all through the regional, super regional, and College World Series. By the way, UCLA did execute and used the field, wind, and every opportunity to their advantage […]

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Mississippi State beats Oregon State, advances to CWS Championship Round

by Eric Olson/The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — A Southeastern Conference team is heading to the College World Series finals for the sixth straight year. For the first time, it’s Mississippi State. Hunter Renfroe hit a three-run homer off the back wall of the left-field bullpen, and Kendall Graveman and two relievers held the Beavers […]

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Myrtle coach Orman to lead Ripley’s girls

Ripley High School has chosen Cliff Ormon to be their next girls basketball coach. Ripley principal Jeff Palmer confirmed the hiring Thursday afternoon. The move must be approved by the South Tippah School Board. Ormon returns to Tippah County where he coached the Pine Grove Lady Panthers for eight seasons (2004-12) before spending the last […]

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New Albany Volleyball Camp June 25-27

New Albany Volleyball Coach Shay Ashford announces the New Albany Volleyball Camp will be held June 25-27 at New Albany Middle School from 9 a.m. – 12 noon. Registration is $55.00 and all girls will receive a free volleyball. Camp is for girls ages 4-13. Contact Coach Ashford at: lashford@newalbany.k12.ms.us or call 662-687-2592 to register […]

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Notes on the College World Series

The 2013 College World Series has been exciting and also a bit surprising so far as we have seen the three top teams of Oregon State, LSU, and North Carolina fall into the loser’s bracket after game one. At this writing, LSU and North Carolina are due to face each other in an elimination game, […]

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Play for the fun of it

The past few weeks I have ventured out to BNA Bank Park to snap a few photos of our future stars of the diamond for our paper. For the most part, it appears that the kids are having a good time playing the game. I trust that our adults are allowing the kids to have […]

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What makes a great vacation?

There are a variety of things that make a vacation well worth the taking. To begin with, just the break from the regular day to day stress and work related to one’s job makes a vacation a blessing. It gives you a bit of a recharge in your battery, so to speak. So, I took […]

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Where Did the Year Go?

It seems like only a few weeks ago that I was given the green light to cover sports for the school year for this paper. Actually, it was mid-August right before the first football game, but my how the time has flown. We flew through the fall sports with football, slow-pitch softball, cross country, and […]

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Making a Comeback

Much has been made of making a “comeback” in the realm of sports and this past week’s games involving East Union baseball and West Union softball seemed to fit the bill. Both teams showed the resolve and determination necessary to stage differing types of comebacks by the respective teams. Let’s start with East Union since […]

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Rain, rain, and more rain

For one to say this has been a wet spring would be an understatement. Our spring sports have been plagued from practically day one with rain, cold, and even snow. We have seen quite a difference from last year’s almost balmy temperatures and sunny days. I have a coworker that has said that if it […]

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