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New Hope will travel to Oxford for district opener

Posted 9/24/2009 in High School Sports

Michael Bradley can’t wait for Friday night. Through the offseason and the preseason, Bradley developed more and more confidence that the New Hope High School football team could have a special season in 2009.



Starkville Academy softball beats Heritage Academy

Posted 9/24/2009 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — The softball field at Starkville Academy has been a second home for Lyndsey Haynes. Ever since she arrived at the school as a seventh-grader, Haynes has been a fixture in the circle.



Aliceville, Pickens County to battle for bragging rights

Posted 9/24/2009 in High School Sports

Bragging rights always are at a premium when Pickens County and Aliceville high schools football teams meet. The rivalry will feature an added dimension at 7 p.m. Friday in Reform, Ala., when Pickens County and Aliceville enter the game with 4-0 records.



Former Amory High standout Johnson working hard at LSU

Posted 9/24/2009 in College Sports

Dennis Johnson is out a dream. The former Amory High School defensive lineman could have remained at Itawamba Community College to complete his two years of eligibility, but he saw the opportunity to be a part of the LSU football program.



McPhee, Hutchins play key roles for Bulldogs

Posted 9/22/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen had one priority when he was hired. Not long after Mullen took the MSU job on Dec. 10, 2008, he visited defensive lineman Pernell McPhee and punter Heath Hutchins at Itawamba Community College.



Trojans' Dentry working back to '08 form

Posted 9/22/2009 in High School Sports

Terrance Dentry is trying to find himself. The New Hope High School junior running back isn’t experiencing an identity crisis. Instead, he is attempting to return to the form that helped him rush for more than 1,000 yards and nearly score 20 touchdowns.



Aberdeen will name gym for Hazzle

Posted 9/22/2009 in High School Sports

Roy Hazzle is synonymous with Aberdeen High School. He graduated from the school in 1971 and returned there six years later to work as a teacher. Hazzle has impacted the lives of thousands of teenagers in his more than 30 years at Aberdeen High.



Hebron Christian softball wins district championship

Posted 9/22/2009 in High School Sports

PHEBA — Cass Tapley was at a loss for words a month ago. The Hebron Christian fast-pitch softball team had just lost to Heritage Academy 8-1 in a lackluster effort that left Tapley wondering if his players would realize their potential.



Brauchle finds range as MSU's placekicker

Posted 9/21/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE –– Sean Brauchle is finding his range at Mississippi State. The confidence for the placekicker is rising as he makes field goals for the Bulldogs. In Saturday’s 15-3 victory against Vanderbilt, Brauchle made three field goals and he’s starting to make them from long distances.. Brauchle, a transfer from Itawamba Community College, made field goals from 44 and 27 yards in the second quarter and a season-long of  49 yards in the third to give MSU a 9-3 lead.



Defense rebounds to help MSU beat Vanderbilt

Posted 9/19/2009 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Mississippi State football team’s defense wasn’t going to let the play of the offense and special teams go to waste Saturday night against Vanderbilt University. After not taking advantage of a blocked punt return for a touchdown by Robert Elliott last week in a loss to Auburn, the Bulldogs were again put in a position to win with solid special teams play and timely offense.



Lee's touchdown provides needed cushion

Posted 9/19/2009 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tyson Lee picked a good time to score the second rushing touchdown of his Mississippi State career. With the Bulldogs clinging to a 9-3 lead late in the fourth quarter, the senior quarterback from Columbus broke loose on a keeper and scored from 22 yards. The run on fourth-and-1 provided the finishing touches on MSU’s 15-3 victory against Vanderbilt on Saturday night.



Second-quarter spurt sparks New Hope

Posted 9/19/2009 in High School Sports

On most Friday night football games between county rivals New Hope and Caledonia high schools, the stadium exudes excitement and features packed bleachers, the aroma of charcoal grills permeating the air, bands playing fight songs, and cheerleaders keeping the spirit and enthusiasm alive. The 2009 version of this contest was anything but normal.



Wraggs, Louisville beat Columbus

Posted 9/19/2009 in High School Sports

Louisville High School quarterback Chris Wraggs said his team’s game Friday night against Columbus was exciting because it was sloppy. Wraggs meant the playing field, as rain delayed the start of the game an hour due to the rain, and continued through the first half. The field wasn’t the only aspect of the game that was sloppy.



MRA too much for Heritage Academy

Posted 9/19/2009 in High School Sports

MADISON — It’s called “The Blind Side.” The book has been made into a soon-to-be-released movie about former University of Mississippi left tackle Michael Oher. The left tackle position is one of the highest paid in the NFL because he protects the quarterback’s blind side. On Friday night late in the third quarter, Heritage Academy senior quarterback Will Swedenburg had the Patriots on the move trailing Madison-Ridgeland Academy 21-3.



West Point ends Noxubee County's streak

Posted 9/19/2009 in High School Sports

MACON — Michael Carr couldn’t look up. With teammate Curtis Virges pensively looking on by his side, standing guard to prevent anyone from entering their space, Carr stared at the turf at Shannon High School. Around him, members of the West Point High School football team tried to digest a 27-20 loss in their season opener Aug. 21.



West Lowndes overcomes rain, Wheeler

Posted 9/19/2009 in High School Sports

It is a football game that no West Lowndes player will soon forget. The Panthers won’t forget their 20-0 victory against Wheeler on Friday night not because there were so many storylines. Rain forced the school’s homecoming festivities to be moved into the gym. Then, a two-hour rain delay forced West Lowndes and Wheeler to wait it out and to wonder if they would play.



Aberdeen shuts out Okolona

Posted 9/19/2009 in High School Sports

OKOLONA — Despite a 24-0 lead, Aberdeen High School football team offensive coordinator Kris Pickle had a spirited meeting with his offense late in the third quarter Friday night. Unhappy with his offensive line in particular after three unproductive offensive possessions in the quarter, Pickle didn’t mince words with his charges.



Oak Hill Academy blanks Hebron Christian

Posted 9/19/2009 in High School Sports

WEST POINT — The Oak Hill Academy football team finally found someone it could push around, and it just happened to be the other private school in Clay County. After rain forced Oak Hill Academy to hold its homecoming ceremonies in its gym, the Raiders defeated Hebron Christian 14-0 Friday night in sopping conditions.



Noxubee County to be tested again by larger school

Posted 9/19/2009 in High School Sports

The defending Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A state champions have survived every test this season against teamss that are in higher classifications. The Noxubee County High School football team will get another chance to extend that streak at 7:30 tonight against Class 5A West Point High School. The Tigers (4-0) have swept Class 6A schools Starkville, Columbus, Jackson Murrah, and Greenville-Weston.



Immanuel, Victory Christian seek momentum from wins

Posted 9/18/2009 in High School Sports

Coming off big wins last week, the Immanuel Christian and Victory Christian football teams will try to keep their momentum going tonight. Immanuel (1-3) will play host to Winona Christian, while Victory Christian (4-0) will play host to Victory Baptist. Both games will start at 7 p.m. Immanuel coach Shawn Gates, who earned his first career victory as a head coach last week, said everybody on the team, including the coaches, has been doing their part to try to help the team continue its winning ways.



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