STARKVILLE -- As soon as Logan Burnett heard the word, 'interesting,' he pulled out his phone and went to Instagram.
Believe the hype. Anthony Carlyle is accustomed to the noise that accompanies events like Purple Madness, the season-opening spectacle for the Columbus High School basketball teams.
The Mississippi State women's basketball team will make history today before it plays a minute in the 2017-18 season. That news shouldn't be surprising given MSU advanced to the national title game last season in its first appearance in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament.
Kyree Fields hoped Friday was the night. After limping off the field after making a catch against Caledonia on Sept. 22, Fields did everything he could in the next two weeks to rehabilitate his sprained left ankle. Still, he wasn't sure if he would be at 100 percent last week against Leake Central.
STARKVILLE -- Of all defensive coordinators qualified to discuss quarterbacks who are difficult to sack, Todd Grantham has to be near the top of that list.
STARKVILLE -- Chris Chambless knows Aeris Williams' durability better than most. The West Point High School football coach saw Williams work at practice on a daily basis. He also watched Williams carry the football 22 carries per game as a junior and a senior.
Ole Miss and former football coach Houston Nutt say they have reached an agreement to resolve Nutt's lawsuit against the school.
STARKVILLE -- With Elgton Jenkins in front of him and Aeris Williams walling off a defender to his right, Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald took off down the right side.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Abbie Boswell scored in the 102nd minute Sunday to lift the Alabama women's soccer team to a 3-2 double-overtime victory against Mississippi State in a Southeastern Conference match at the Alabama Soccer Complex. Alabama (9-6-1, 1-5-1 SEC) kept its SEC tournament hopes alive after MSU (7-4-3, 1-4-2) rallied from a two-goal deficit in the second half to send the match to overtime.
OXFORD -- Playing at home appears to be exactly what the Ole Miss football team needed. Sophomore quarterback Shea Patterson was 22-for-35 for 351 yards and four touchdowns, and former Starkville High School standout A.J. Brown had eight catches for 174 yards to lead Ole Miss to a 57-35 victory against Vanderbilt before an announced crowd of 60,157 in a Southeastern Conference game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College will induct six members to its Sports Hall of Fame on Friday night as part of its Homecoming festivities. The induction ceremony will be part of a weekend that will feature the nationally ranked football team taking on Coahoma C.C. at 2 p.m. Saturday.
CARTHAGE -- The New Hope High School football team qualified for the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A playoffs Friday night with a 27-6 victory against Leake Central. New Hope (5-4, 1-2 region) will step outside of region play Friday to face Jackson Prep at home before finishing the regular season with a region home game against Noxubee County.
STARKVILLE -- Once again, Dan Mullen was talking about the rope. Mississippi State's football coach has taken to using a rope as a training mechanism and metaphorical device. A player grabs a rope and fights against a strong force trying to pull the rope from his grasp. It's an exercise of strength, but it means more than that.
STARKVILLE With 7 minutes, 20 seconds left in the game Saturday afternoon, Aeris Williams took a handoff from Nick Fitzgerald, ran right, and disappeared without fear or hesitation into a ton of writhing mass before plunging into the end zone for a 6-yard score, the final touchdown in the Mississippi State football team's 35-10 victory against BYU.
Noah Methvin walked toward the Heritage Academy sideline and shook his head. The Starkville Academy quarterback could have screamed in frustration. Methvin could have put his head down. Instead, the senior told himself he needed to do better after short-hopping a throw to Brady Richardson on second down, regrouped, and headed back to the huddle.
STARKVILLE -- Defensive coordinator Kevie Thompson isn't hard to pick out on the Starkville High School football team's sideline. More times than not, Thompson is the one flying through the air pumping his fist and creeping onto the field more than officials would like him to. Thompson wasn't the only one who had that energy Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- Gabe Myles' return to the Mississippi State football team wasn't quiet -- not that anyone expected it to be. "Gabe ain't shut up since he's been back," MSU wide receiver Donald Gray said.
STEENS -- The Columbus Christian Academy football team's defense did everything it could to keep the squad in the game against Lee Academy (Ark.) on Friday night. Unfortunately, all of the Rams' defensive players also play offense, so it was a matter of time before fatigue became an issue against the bigger team.
SOUTHAVEN -- Columbus High School senior defensive back Devon King knew patience would be critical when playing with so many young teammates this season. Unfortunately for the Falcons, the time for patience is running out.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Damien Harris opened with a 75-yard touchdown run, and the No. 1 Alabama football team rode a fast start to a 41-9 victory against Arkansas on Saturday night.
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4. Starkville Academy will try to clinch district title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
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