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Lady Warriors bounce back from loss
by H. Lee Smith II
Aug 23, 2016 | 72 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Corinth Lady Warriors ended a two-game skid with their own big inning. Fresh off a 7-3 loss to Booneville — in which the Lady Devils scored seven runs in the seventh — on Monday, CHS scored seven times in the second en route to a 14-2 win at Myrtle. Corinth (2-3) led 8-0 after 1.5 innings and scored in four of the five frames as the contest ended early via the 10-run rule. Emilshawua Blair led the offensive barrage, going 4-for-4 — including three doubles — while driving in five runs. Eight of Corinth’s 19 hits went for extra bases. Maddy Oaks added three hits, including a homer, and drove in three runs. Tiara Selmon, McKenzie Patterson, Kh’ierra Taylor and Cheyenne Hendrix had two hits each. Patterson legged out the game’s lone triple. Corinth travels to Kossuth on Thursday. • At Walnut, the Lady Wildcats handed Biggersville its first loss with a 6-5 decision. Tyleshia Davis had three hits for the Lady Lions, now 4-1. Caitlin Bascomb, Cassie Lambert and Aunesty Dilworth added two hits apiece. Both of Dilworth’s knocks were of the two-base variety. BHS hosts Baldwyn on Thursday in a varsity-only contest. First pitch has been moved to 4 due to the Lions football game with New Site at 7. • In volleyball, the Alcorn Central Lady Bears evened their mark through eight contests with a 3-0 win over West Memphis (Ark.) Christian on Tuesday. Central sandwiched 25-22 and 25-18 wins around a 22-8 decision in the middle set. Brianna Barnes led Central with seven assists and also filled the stat sheet with six kills and as many aces. Mary Fran Robbins had a team-high eight kills and added six aces. Olivia Wilson paced the Lady Bears (4-4) with seven aces. Central, which hosts Ripley on Thursday, took a 2-0 win in the junior-varsity contest. • In other volleyball action, Corinth took a 3-0 win over Pontotoc in an all Warrior battle. The Lady Warriors (6-2), who have won two straight, travel to Oxford on Thursday.
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Gamecocks report 22 infractions in past year
by The Associated Press
Aug 23, 2016 | 70 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s athletic department reported 23 violations of NCAA or Southeastern Conference rules in the past year, nine involving the football team. All but one of the infractions were classified as Level III and outlined by the NCAA as violations isolated or limited in nature; provide no more than a minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantage; and do not include more than a minimal impermissible benefit. South Carolina released its infractions report this week from an open records request by The Associated Press. The time period is from August 2015 through July. Six of the nine violations involving football came since Will Muschamp took over in December. One, though, occurred when ex-coach Steve Spurrier told reporters that the daughter of a former NFL player was visiting campus. The names of athletes or coaches involved were not included in the documents. Most violations are far from those that bring splashy headlines and put schools on probation. The violation of SEC guidelines was when a football quality control coordinator used a headset while in the press box to talk with coaches on the field. The school suspended the quality control coach for one game and the SEC took no additional action, according to the school’s documents. In February, a restaurateur classified as a Gamecocks booster was handed a phone by a prospect’s uncle to leave a voicemail for the prospect’s father. The next month, a former South Carolina player posed for pictures with two prospects on unofficial visits. In both cases, the school provided those involved with additional education and the NCAA accepted those remedies without taking any additional action. There are two football violations pending, one in May where a football player was found to have gotten impermissible transportation for three-and-a-half months and another in June where prospects got impermissible lodging on an unofficial visit. In the first, South Carolina declared the player ineligible and made to pay restitution to charity. In the other, the school provided those staffers involved with addition rules’ education and requested relief from NCAA penalties. Three infractions were not classified to the football program yet involved the sport. In October, a chapter of the Gamecock Club booster group posted an internet link to a story detailing a prospect’s verbal commitment to South Carolina. In February, a football manager worked with the team while not enrolled as a full-time student. Also that month, an ex-Gamecocks player wrongly re-Tweeted a prospects post before he had signed a letter of intent. All the school’s corrective actions were accepted by the NCAA. Among other sports, the three-time SEC women’s basketball champions reported four infractions. One involved a player getting transportation, meals and lodging while not eligible to play. The school declared the player ineligible and made to donate costs of the impermissible benefit to charity. The NCAA imposed additional penalties for one women’s basketball violation after an assistant coach texted a 2019 prospect with the same first name as a current player they intended to text. The NCAA banned South Carolina from electronically corresponding with that prospect for two weeks.
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Norvell attempts to continue Memphis' resurgence
by The Associated Press
Aug 23, 2016 | 58 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
New Memphis coach Mike Norvell wants to build on the momentum established by his predecessor. Norvell begins his head coaching career this season by taking over for Justin Fuente, who turned around a traditionally losing program before Virginia Tech hired him away. Memphis has gone a combined 19-7 over the last two seasons. “I was excited about the direction of where our program has been able to go — and where I believe we can continue to help it grow in the future,” Norvell said. “It’s been a great transition. The excitement about the things we have in place and the places that we’re going is pretty remarkable.” The biggest challenge facing Norvell is making sure the offense continues moving the ball effectively without Paxton Lynch, the quarterback who teamed up with Fuente to orchestrate one of college football’s most dramatic turnarounds. Lynch left school after his junior season and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round. Taking over for Lynch is former Tennessee quarterback Riley Ferguson. “He’s got a great skill set,” Norvell said. “He’s got a strong arm, can really drive the ball down the field but is extremely accurate.” Norvell spent the last four years at Arizona State, where he worked as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He previously worked on Arizona State coach Todd Graham’s staffs at Tulsa and Pittsburgh. But he’s quite familiar with the Memphis area from his own playing days as a receiver at Central Arkansas. He believes Memphis has the elements in place to continue winning even in a new era that doesn’t include Fuente or Lynch. “We’re excited about the things that are in place,” Norvell said. “We believe in the values of our program and what we’re going to accomplish. Now we just have to get out there and start getting it done.” Here are some things to watch about Memphis. FERGUSON’S SECOND CHANCE — Ferguson began his college career at Tennessee but never played a down for the Volunteers. After redshirting in 2013 and participating in spring practice the following year, Ferguson transferred in the summer of 2014. After spending the 2015 season at Coffeyville (Kansas) Community College, Ferguson is back in the state of Tennessee as Memphis’ starting quarterback. ANOTHER SEC EXPORT — Ferguson isn’t the only former Southeastern Conference player set to make an impact for Memphis. Safety Jonathan Cook, who spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons at Alabama, should give the Tigers’ secondary a boost. Cook had 61 tackles last season at Garden City (Kansas) Community College. EXPERIENCED BLOCKERS — Memphis’ offensive line features four returning starters in tackles Gabe Kuhn and Trevon Tate, center Drew Kyser and guard Christopher Roberson. That group helped Memphis set school single-season records in total points (522) and yards (6,330) last year. SOLID SPECIAL TEAMS — Kicker Jake Elliott and punter Spencer Smith are both back after filling those roles last season. Elliott made all his extra-point attempts and went 23 of 28 on field goals last season and was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, given annually to the nation’s top kicker. RUNNING BACK CONCERNS — Although Doroland Dorceus is back after rushing for a team-high 659 yards last season, the transfers of Jarvis Cooper and Jamarius Henderson leave Memphis without much depth in the backfield. That could create an opportunity for freshman Darrell Henderson. PREDICTION — The losses of Fuente and Lynch make it natural to assume the Tigers take at least a small step backward. Memphis still features enough talent to produce a third straight winning season, but a 7-5 record plus a bowl invitation seems more likely than a repeat of the 10-3 campaign in 2014 or the 9-4 mark from last season. SEASON OPENER — The Tigers host Southeast Missouri State on Sept. 3.
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County, city prepare for annual property tax sale
by Jebb Johnston
Aug 23, 2016 | 678 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local governments will take unpaid property taxes to the auction block on Monday. The county tax sale is set for 8:30 a.m. at the courtroom of the Alcorn County Courthouse. The City of Corinth will conduct its sale at 1 p.m. in the board room at City Hall. Tax Collector Larry Ross said it’s important for residents to remember “that we are not selling land. We’re selling tax dollars.” Any properties with taxes not paid by 5 p.m. Friday will go to the sale. “We’ll probably have in the neighborhood of 450 parcels that will be exposed at the tax sale,” said Ross. Corinth City Clerk Vickie Roach expects 350 to 400 city parcels to be in the city's tax sale. Buyers are looking to pick up the accumulating interest of 1.5 percent monthly in the event that the owner does redeem the property. Owners have a two-year window to settle their taxes, and it is unusual that an owner actually loses a parcel. After the tax sale, owners have to redeem the property through the chancery clerk’s office. Buyers usually pay the amount of taxes due. If there is any bidding over that amount, it is in $25 increments. While the number of parcels headed to the sale is typical for the county, property tax collections are generally up. Compared to the previous year through July, the county’s tax revenue is up by $155,694, and the Alcorn School District is up by $252,224. Corinth is up by $26,723, and Farmington is up by $28,874. Ross said Rienzi is the exception with a decrease of $1,894. Millage rates increased in the county and Farmington. The school district’s increase likely resulted from some expiring industry exemptions. Ross said an increase in early payments through March may also have bumped the numbers some.
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