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Todd Bates talks to the Oxford defense this season. Bates, who prepped at Cleburne County and was a star at the University of Alabama, is leaving the Yellow Jackets to become an assistant coach at Idaho State. Photo: Trent Penny / Consolidated News Service Bates takes coaching job at Idaho State
What Todd Bates had been doing in Oxford the past three years echoed all the way to Idaho. After three seasons as Oxford High School football team’s defensive line coach, Bates has accepted an offer to take his coaching talents to Idaho State University where he’ll assume the same position.
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Bulldogs drop two; face tough opponents
The Ranburne boys opened their basketball season with two losses and things won’t get any easier for at least another three games.
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Rough games for Lady Tigers
Cleburne County had the unenviable task of challenging two of the most formidable girls basketball teams in northeastern Alabama on back-to-back nights last week.
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Tigers bounce back to down Warriors
After dropping a close game with Anniston on Thursday of last week, the Cleburne County Tigers picked up their first win of the basketball season Friday when they defeated visiting Cherokee County. Both games were Class 4A, Area 10 counters.
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Ranburne girls off to fast start
by Rip Donovan
News Sports Correspondent
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Off to a solid 2-0 start, the Ranburne girls host defending area champion Woodland Friday night. More Class 2A, Area 9 games follow on Monday at Wedowee with Randolph County and at home against Lineville Tuesday.
Deacon's Corner: Tide will roll past Tigers
by Tracy Ervin
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The Auburn Tigers will take their unbeaten (11-0) record on the road this Friday to take on arch-rival Alabama. You talk about a showdown, well it’s all going down in Bryant-Denny Stadium a place where Alabama has won 20 in a row. This is a game football fans across the south will not want to miss.
Lady Tigers will try to replace six seniors from last season
by Rip Donovan
Journal Sports Correspondent
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Returning starters Taylor Pappas and Dynasty Person will lead the way as the Cleburne County girls seek to improve on last year’s 18-5 basketball record.
Football's over; time for roundball
by Rip Donovan
Journal Sports Correspondent
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Basketball practice officially began for Doug Ward’s fifth varsity boys team at Cleburne County on Oct. 18. Basketball practice didn’t really begin until football season ended.
Tigers lose heartbreaker on road
by Rip Donovan
Sports Correspondent
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Home-standing Fayette County rallied for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and defeated the Cleburne County Tigers 28-21 in the second round of the AHSAA Class 4A football playoffs Friday.
Deacon's Corner: We're proud of our Tigers
by Tracy Ervin
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I’ve often heard that the race isn’t given to the swift, nor to the strong, but to he that endures to the end. Twenty-four teams in classes 1A-6A are just two victories away from an opportunity to play for a chance to reach the state finals in Auburn.
Tigers roar in playoff opener
by Rip Donovan
Journal Sports Correspondent
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The folks that hadn’t been to the AHSAA football playoffs for the past two seasons played like they were glad to be back Friday night at Heflin’s L.E. Bell Field.

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