The Columbus High School boys basketball team showed Friday night how good it can be. Jay Jay Swanigan had 14 points to lead a group of 11 Falcons that scored in a 63-39 victory against Marion (Ark.) on Friday night in the final game of day one of the 18th-annual Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational at Columbus High.
"Lady Trojan habits" helped make Laura Lee Holman the softball and basketball player she was at New Hope High School. Holman used hard work, a will to win, and relentless energy to earn an opportunity to play Division I basketball at Troy.
Potential is written all over Kelsey Jones. At 6-foot-2, the Starkville High School sophomore center has nimble footwork, a good shooting touch around the basket, and a solid understanding of angles and how to position herself to give her the best chance to make a shot.
The West Lowndes High School boys basketball team loves to face a zone defense. The Panthers' shooters have the green light from coach Roosevelt Bridges to tee off from downtown, and Amory High found out Saturday how deadly they can be.
It's a new dawn. It's a new day. A day after squandering a 13-point first-half lead and falling flat in overtime against the Wilmer-Hutchins (Texas) High School boys basketball team, Starkville High was keen to have a thorough performance against Tuscaloosa Central. After clinging to a one-point lead after the first quarter, it didn't appear the Yellow Jackets had recovered from the shocking loss.
Facing an 18-point deficit late in the first quarter Friday, New Hope High School boys basketball coach Drew McBrayer saw a team he didn't think was interested in facing the No. 2 team in the state. The Trojans were beaten to loose balls, lost in transition, and settling for contested shots against the Meridian High Tigers. Then Shemar Johnson took over.
The most impressive shot of the Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational didn't count. With time winding down in the Velma Jackson High School boys basketball team's 62-46 victory against Horn Lake on Saturday night, Mississippi State signee Quinndary Weatherspoon, a 6-foot-4 guard, saw his opportunity. Two minutes earlier, he had watched his younger brother, Nicholas, throw down a tomahawk dunk to punctuate a fast break. Quinndary had plans to upstage his younger brother.
Rokila Wallace did everything right. With her team trailing Jackson Jim Hill High School 48-46 with six seconds remaining Saturday night at the Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational, the Columbus High guard grabbed a rebound underneath the Columbus basket and raced upcourt, desperately looking to tie the game. She knifed through the defense and lobbed a layup at the rim in traffic as the final horn sounded.
The Aberdeen High School boys basketball team learned the valuable lesson of patience Friday afternoon in the Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Invitational.
Sammy Smith knows the expectations are there this season for the Columbus High School boys basketball team. Part of the anticipation for the Falcons revolves around the fact Smith has a long, athletic team with plenty of size. Those physical qualities make Smith excited for his team, too.
STARKVILLE - Chase Nicholson has seen the Starkville Academy football program at its worst and at its best.
STARKVILLE -- Chase Nicholson has seen the Starkville Academy football program at its worst and at its best. Fortunately for Nicholson, the best times have happened recently. Now it's his job to make sure that trend continues.
Cameron Whittle and Michael Ledbetter don't have to consult each other or rack their brains to find the answer. When Whittle and Ledbetter are asked to remember the last time the Heritage Academy boys soccer team started a season 4-0, both players don't recall a time when it has happened. In fact, Whittle said he doesn't think it has happened -- until this season. Victories against Washington School, Magnolia Heights, Starkville Academy, and Hillcrest Christian have Heritage Academy in unchartered waters as it prepares for the holiday break. Heritage Academy capped the opening month of the season Friday by scoring four goals in the second half to beat Hillcrest Christian 4-1.
STARKVILLE -- Jeff Terrill has seen a little bit of it all in more than three decades as a high school and community college football coach. Now Terrill is ready to explore another side of life.
CALEDONIA -- Every time he rises up to throw a dunk down, Shemar Johnson feels the energy rise around him. "It gets our team going, gets me going," said Johnson, New Hope's 6-foot-5 senior guard who has become accustomed to delivering momentum-swinging slams. "It's a great feeling." It's a feeling Johnson felt plenty Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE -- Tyrone Shorter was frustrated. The Noxubee County High School football coach couldn't help think his team had let one slip away from a rival. After all, Noxubee County led West Point 19-14 at halftime and appeared to be positioned for a victory in one of its biggest games of the year.
CALEDONIA -- Robert Mims set it all in motion. By the time it officially ended Friday morning, Northwest Mississippi Community College had gained four members of the Caledonia High School soccer program.
CALEDONIA -- Hope Burton and Zoe Saraiva are different soccer players than their sisters. Caledonia High School girls soccer coach Jason Forrester is confident of that. In fact, he laughed when he was told Burton and Saraiva probably would like that their coach said that about them.
STARKVILLE -- Timorrius Conner heard the talk all week. The Noxubee County High School junior quarterback couldn't avoid it. After all, St. Stanislaus, the opponent in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A state title game, had scored 651 points and had eclipsed the 40-point mark 11 times. Sophomore quarterback Myles Brennan led the high-scoring attack with 5,502 passing yards and 61 touchdowns. Conner shrugged all of those numbers off. Coming off a sophomore season in which he threw four touchdowns and had 12 interceptions, Conner never was one to dwell on numbers.
STARKVILLE -- It was a classic Columbus High School-Starkville High showdown. With big play after big play, clutch shot after clutch shot, Friday night's Class 6A, Region 3 opener between the schools was intense, and it was back-and-forth.
1. MSU won't let Collins' departure affect preparations COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Johnson takes over to lead New Hope boys HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Columbus boys show potential in win against Marion (Ark.) HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Holman trying to impress 'habits' on new group HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Starkville boys rebound after tough loss in OT HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS