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.

Author Archive | Dennis Clayton

East Union wins 2A in TCPS Meet

By Dennis Clayton East Union boys took first among 2A Boys in the Tupelo Christian Preparatory School Invitational on Saturday. East Union placed three runners in the top 41 as Jordan Salmon, Zane Wilkinson and Zach Rowan all ran in the 20s in the boys 5K event. The Urchins had a total of six runners […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
Pictured front left: Katie Wallace, Jenny Thompson, Ashley Hatton, Chase Coffey, Gracen Conlee, Maegan Whittington, Cassie Reno and Kylie Massengill. Standing: Coach Bre Anna Heard, Mattie Pilcher, Leah Paige Goolsby, Callie Baggett, Marley Long, Bailey Bogue, Brittany Taylor, Julianna Garner, Samantha Bridges, Jesslyn Brewer, Anna Grubbs and Coach Lisa Bogue.

Lady Eagles are Union County Softball Tournament Champs

by Dennis Clayton West Union’s Lady Eagles overcame their lack of offense with some serious defense to claim the title of Union County Champs in Saturday’s slow pitch softball tournament at BNA Bank Park. The Lady Eagles scored 14 runs in four games, but only gave up 3 runs to opponents. All of those runs […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
Bryce Collins takes the snap from Cedric Buford against Water Valley last Friday. Collins, a junior, completed 7 of 13 for 122 yards with one INT and one TD in his first varsity start. Photo by Jay Tidwell

New Albany falls in season opener

Bulldogs suffer 38-13 setback to Water Valley By Jay Tidwell Special to the News Exchange NEW ALBANY – Devin Wilson is spending this week improving himself and his teammates. The junior running back led New Albany with 63 yards on 11 carries – one for a touchdown – against Water Valley last Friday, but it […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
Blake Spruill of East Union races downfield after breaking into the Houlka secondary for a long gain. Spruill had a big night against the Wildcats as he rushed for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Urchins. Photo by Dennis Clayton

East Union runs to win over Houlka

East Union runs to win over Houlka By Dennis Clayton East Union had several new faces in the lineup and in the backfield, but that didn’t prevent them from running over and around the visiting Houlka Wildcats on Friday night. Coach Scott Duley said “I thought our boys showed a lot of heart and it […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
West Union Lady Eagles won the Union County Slow Pitch Softball Tournament with a 4-0 record. West Union won the deciding tournament game over East Union with a 2-0 victory over East Union. Congratulations Lady Eagles!

West Union Lady Eagles Win Union County Softball Tournament

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
New Albany defense swarms a Kossuth runner in jamboree play from Friday.

New Albany and Kossuth Fight to Scoreless Draw

by Dennis Clayton The fall sports season is officially here. New Albany got their football season started with a two quarter jamboree game at Kossuth. The teams battled to a 0-0 tie. Both offenses made some ball movement, but both were unsuccessful in denting the scoreboard. Coach Ron Price said “We knew coming in what […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
Coach Nickey Nance

Young ‘Dawgs continue learning the ropes

By Jay Tidwell Special to the News-Exchange New Albany Middle School head football coach Nickey Nance understands what it takes to cultivate a winning environment. Nance, who majored in agricultural education at Miss. State, was a successful head high school coach at Falkner, his alma mater. He is in his second year at New Albany, […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
Callie Baggett pitching and Gracen Conlee at third of West Union

SPORTS CALENDAR

Thursday August 22 Volleyball New Albany at Tupelo – 5:30/6:30 Softball Mooreville at East Union – 5:00 JV/V West Union at South Pontotoc – 5:00JV/6:30V New Albany at Tishomingo County – 5:30 Bruce at Ingomar – 5:00 Tupelo at Myrtle – 5:00V/JV Friday August 23 Football Water Valley at New Albany – 7:00 Houlka at […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
Coach Kevin Williams

Seniors runners lead Falcons

By Jay Tidwell Special to the News-Exchange Kevin Williams has set high standards for Ingomar’s cross-country teams this season, in part because of local rivalries. “Union County has excelled in cross-country, and Ingomar has one of the youngest programs in terms of the number of years we’ve been running and have been participating,” said Williams, […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
Coach Chris Greer

Hawks, Lady Hawks have positive outlook for cross-country

By Jay Tidwell Special to the News-Exchange Myrtle head coach Chris Greer is optimistic about his cross-country squad’s potential this year. The Hawks will regularly run against some of the fastest teams in Class 1A North, including county-rivals Ingomar and West Union, as well as Hickory Flat, which moved down this season from Class 2A. […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }