CALEDONIA -- Just win, baby.
Anthony Sharp doesn't want his football career to end at Victory Christian with any unfinished business.
Randal Montgomery isn't a what if kind of guy.
STARKVILLE -- "Inconsistent at best."
That's how Mississippi State women's basketball Vic Schaefer described the shooting form of Dominique Dillingham in the 2013-14 season.
MACON -- Dr. Shorter will see you now.
After fighting for the past few weeks to get all of his players healthy, Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter finally feels his team is back to 100 percent. The return to health comes at just about the perfect time, as Noxubee County will play host to Houston in its Class 4A, Region 4 regular-season finale.
Kayla Smith has been playing defense for so long she didn't remember Wednesday she spent one season as a midfielder for the New Hope High School girls soccer team.
"I guess it was a forgettable experience because I didn't really enjoy being a midfielder," Smith said. "I didn't feel that was my place, but I was just trying to do what was best for my team."
Sam Vogel wanted to shake her phone.
She wasn't having relationship issues or reacting to a frustrating phone call. The New Hope High School senior wanted her phone to ring or to buzz to let her know Jones County Junior College women's soccer coach Dolores Deasley was calling so she could renew a dialogue that first started in June at the Mike Harbin Soccer Camp at William Carey in Hattiesburg.
Kris Pickle knew his new players were hungry to win the day he met them.
The end date is set.
STARKVILLE -- Technically, Kendra Grant's shooting form ranks with the best players in the Southeastern Conference.
STEENS -- When you have been at a school for as long as KC Cunningham, it's natural to have left a trail of accomplishments.
OXFORD -- Coaches cringe when they lose players with "franchise" labels.
That's how Ole Miss women's basketball coach Matt Insell refers to Valencia McFarland, a do-it-all point guard who paced the Rebels for the past four seasons. McFarland, a second-team All-Southeastern Conference performer and honorable mention All-American, finished her career as the program's sixth all-time leading scorer with more than 1,600 points. She also led the team in steals for four seasons, and was one of four players in program history to score more than 1,000 points and hand out more than 400 assists.
Abby Wilson had never considered the notion, so it wasn't surprising that she laughed.
A go-getter? The New Hope High School senior couldn't help but smile at the thought. The more she contemplated it, Wilson liked the idea and credited her parents, especially her father, David, for encouraging her to work hard, to be the best she can be, and not to quit at anything she does.
Soccer has been a part of Effie Morrison's life ever since she was 3 years old.
At the time, Derrick Parnell, who would later become Effie's step father, wanted Morrison to play soccer. Parnell played soccer and his son had played soccer, and he saw something in Morrison that convinced him the sport would be perfect for a little girl who already had overcome so much.
Bryson Ellis doesn't think he can dance.
"Not at all," the New Hope High School senior said when asked about his ability to move to the music.
When it comes to the football field, though, Ellis can juke, jitter, and glide with the best of them.
STEENS -- B.J. Shirley remembers how close the Columbus Christian football team was last season.
One more play. That's all the Rams needed to secure the program's first district title in 11-man football. Unfortunately, Deer Creek Academy prevented that play from happening and held on for a 28-26 victory.
Odds are Shirley and his teammates will think about that play on the three-hour bus ride to Arcola today prior to Columbus Christian's game against Deer Creek Academy at 7 tonight. The play will be fresh on the minds of the Rams because a victory tonight will help them gain revenge and earn that first district title nearly one year to the day later.
Randal Montgomery's message has remained positive throughout the ups and downs of his first season as football coach at Columbus High School.
Montgomery has had to work to change the mind-set of a program that never has had consistent success amidst the expectations that his success at Class 3A Hazlehurst High -- where he led the program to three consecutive state title games, winning one -- led some to believe he would be able to have similar success immediately at Class 6A Columbus.
Kris Pickle and the New Hope High School football team have turned the page.
MACON -- Coaches worry about everything.
The smiles were back at Heritage Academy after a week's hiatus.
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