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West Lowndes beats East Oktibbeha in game turned ugly

Posted 8/28/2010 in High School Sports

CRAWFORD -- A traditional rivalry turned ugly Friday night as the West Lowndes High School football team topped East Oktibbeha 20-12 on the Titans' home field, but it wasn't due to a lack of sportsmanship. The teams totaled 21 penalties in a stop-and-go game punctuated by offsides calls, delays, and illegal procedures, as both teams continue to shake off the summer rust.



East Webster scores at will to beat West Oktibbeha

Posted 8/28/2010 in High School Sports

MABEN -- For a quarter, the contrasting styles of the East Webster and West Oktibbeha high school football teams had quite the shootout brewing.  Then, the Wolverines started scoring at will and limited the Timberwolves' aerial attack to horizontal passes in a 55-27 victory. East Webster quarterback Ledrick Patterson answered West Oktibbeha's Von Smith's two first-quarter touchdown passes with a pair of touchdown runs. 



Johnson engineers Starkville past Louisville

Posted 8/28/2010 in High School Sports

LOUISVILLE -- There is no doubt who the engineer is going to be on the Starkville High School football train this year. Senior quarterback Jaquez Johnson rushed for a game-high 136 yards on 12 carries and connected on a 27-yard touchdown pass on a beautifully executed fade route to Gabe Myles in the corner of the end zone Friday night to fuel a dominating 34-0 win against Louisville.



South Lamar beats Lamar County in final minute

Posted 8/28/2010 in High School Sports

MILLPORT, Ala. -- Josh Harper hopes this game sets the tone for the South Lamar High School football team. Locked in a battle with one of its most heated rivals, the Stallions waited until the final minute to work some magic -- and deliver a dagger. Quarterback Jordan Smith lofted an 18-yard scoring strike to Nick Fisher with 53 seconds remaining to help lift South Lamar to a 27-20 victory against Lamar County.



Victory Christian Eagles soar in season opener

Posted 8/28/2010 in High School Sports

The Victory Christian Academy football team soared past Ellwood Christian, of Selma, Ala., 46-0 in its season opener Friday night. Victory Christian led 20-0 after the first quarter and went on to lead 40-0 at halftime en route to its 23rd win in a row. The Eagles didn't score in the third quarter and tacked on their final points in the fourth. Landon Ellis scored three touchdowns to spark the Eagles. He caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Sims in the first quarter and scored on runs of 54 yards and 28 yards in the second.



Redshirt year gives players time to grow

Posted 8/28/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For every stud freshman who takes college football by storm, there are five times as many first-year players who won't see the game field for at least a year. The process of using a "redshirt" year is common in all sports, as student-athletes are allowed five years to play four. Athletes can use a redshirt season for a variety of reasons and at any year of their eligibility, though in football it's most commonly used for an injury or in a player's first year on campus. In football, where physical development is exponentially vital because of the contact involved in the sport, a freshman has a 50 percent chance of seeing the field. Roster counts at certain positions, injuries to other players, and a player's ability to transition quickly to a deeper playbook and older athletes factor into a coach's decision to redshirt a player.



Starkville Academy continues scoring trend against Heritage

Posted 8/28/2010 in High School Sports

The Starkville Academy girls soccer team's goal-scoring trend continued Saturday with an 8-0 win against Heritage Academy.  Coming off a 7-5 loss to Madison-Ridgeland Academy, the Lady Volunteers went ahead 3-0 in the first 13 minutes through leading scorers Sallie Kate Richardson, Payton Allen, and Tiffany Huddleston.  Richardson scored in each half, and Huddleston and Allen each had hat tricks to help push Starkville Academy to 3-4 and 2-1 in conference play. 



Turnovers, big plays doom New Hope

Posted 8/27/2010 in High School Sports

TUPELO -- Turnovers and big plays never are the right mixture. The New Hope High School football team discovered that Friday night in a painful season-opening lesson.



'Communication problem' benefits Columbus, New Hope

Posted 8/27/2010 in High School Sports

A "communication problem" turned out to be something good for Lowndes County. That's how West Point School District Superintendent Steve Montgomery referred to the situation West Point High School faced after the Mississippi High School Activities Association informed it late last week that it had to cancel one of its 12 regular-season games.



Columbus, Noxubee County dealing with injuries

Posted 8/27/2010 in High School Sports

The injuries are starting to pile up for the Columbus and Noxubee County high school football teams. That's bad news for Columbus coach Tony Stanford and Noxubee County coach Tyrone Shorter considering their teams will meet at 7:30 tonight in Columbus in the second game of the season. Columbus is coming off an 8-6 victory against Aberdeen, while Noxubee County defeated Starkville 14-7. The victories didn't come without losses.



Starkville, Louisville battle for first win

Posted 8/27/2010 in High School Sports

Jamie Mitchell figuratively relates his job to pulling teeth when four years have passed and it's time for a new project. Because for all the work that goes into tactically rebuilding a struggling football team, just as much effort is  rightfully devoted to changing habits, attitudes and work routine. Starkville High School's head football coach has enjoyed a successful run of rebuilding programs into division-winning teams, but for the hours, days and months spent "getting people to buy in" there's a significant amount of stress levied on the boss.



New Hope finally gets to kick off its season

Posted 8/27/2010 in High School Sports

Finally. The New Hope High School football team knew it would have to wait a week to kick off its 2010 season. Knowing didn't make the wait any easier. But at 7:30 tonight the Trojans will hit kick off one of the most anticipated football seasons in school history. The first step won't be easy. New Hope will take on Class 6A Tupelo five weeks after opening practice on July 26.



Starkville Academy Volunteers' confidence strengthened

Posted 8/27/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Belief is an armor and Starkville Academy's painful loss to Ackerman has only strengthened the Volunteers' assurance they're a better team. Losing to the Indians on a fourth-down play was heartbreaking as was losing in overtime to a team that ran roughshod over the Volunteers on their home field the previous season. But there's no substitute for matching another team's intensity on the road in the first game of the season. For Starkville Academy coach Jeff Terrill that is exactly what he needed to see in his debut last week.



West Point football team up for challenge

Posted 8/27/2010 in High School Sports

Chris Chambless and the West Point High School football team are eager to show the state of Florida they're up for the challenge. The Green Wave will be one of eight teams that will participate in The Gridiron Challenge, or what is being billed as a series of matchups pitting teams from Florida against teams from the rest of the United States. West Point, the Mississippi High School Activities Association defending Class 5A champion, will kick off the event at 7:30 tonight against Mainland (Fla.) High, the No. 8 team in Class 6A, according to the Associated Press' preseason poll of Florida teams.



Butler, Ousley power Columbus softball team past Starkville

Posted 8/27/2010 in High School Sports

The ping often gives it away. But home run hitters don't need to listen because they have a knack for hitting the ball on the sweet spot on the bat. When they do, a wonderful noise follows -- only for hitters -- that signals a ball is taking off and it won't be coming back. Jasmine Butler and Shanique Ousley discovered the beauty of that sound Thursday night and, in the process, joined the home run hitters club. Butler had a grand slam and five RBIs, while Ousley had a two-run home run to lead the Columbus High School slow-pitch softball team to a 19-3 victory against Starkville High in a Class 6A, Region 1 game.



Alabama volleyball coach looks to go out in style

Posted 8/27/2010 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Judy Green doesn't want any pageantry. The veteran University of Alabama volleyball coach would prefer to see her players bask in the glow of their achievements in her final season at the school. To do that, the Crimson Tide will have to erase the memory of a disappointing 2009 season. If they can, the players will send Green out in style. Green will begin her 15th and final season at Alabama at 7 tonight when her team plays Iowa at the Hawkeye Challenge. She announced in January she planned to retire at the end of the season.



Brignone reveals changes on 'O' line

Posted 8/26/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen isn't releasing any details about his depth chart as his team gets closer to its season opener against the University of Memphis at 6 p.m. Sept. 4 (ESPNU). But there was one post-practice nugget Wednesday that shed some light into the team's most experienced group.



Busy Brooks ready for first rivalry game

Posted 8/26/2010 in High School Sports

CRAWFORD -- Forgive East Oktibbeha County High School football coach Randy Brooks if he's still trying to catch up in Week 2 of the season. Officially, he has been on the job for only three weeks and he's calling plays on both sides of the ball.



Hamilton hopes it can stay focused

Posted 8/26/2010 in High School Sports

Ray Weeks has heard the talk. But the veteran head coach would prefer to hear the conversations about his Hamilton High School football team in November.



Newsome hopes to be dominant in middle

Posted 8/26/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ashley Newsome doesn't like the spotlight. The Mississippi State senior wouldn't mind if she is just another piece to the puzzle as long as her team wins.



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