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Columbus ready for annual Joe Horne Christmas Classic

Posted about 1 hour ago in High School Sports

The learning continues for the Columbus High School boys basketball team. There has been plenty of practice on free-throw shooting lately, too, since the team's last game, a 58-53 loss to Starkville on Saturday in Starkville.


Starkville High's Gandy signs with Itawamba C.C.

Posted about 2 hours ago in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- When Starkville High School senior guard Tabreea Gandy has to improvise on a play, girls basketball coach Kristie Williams is encouraged by the possibilities.



New Hope sweeps West Lowndes in basketball

Posted 12/12/2017 in High School Sports

New Hope High School boys' basketball coach Drew McBrayer hopes his team will learn how to win close games this season.



Seals gaining confidence for West Lowndes girls

Posted 12/12/2017 in High School Sports

Takeea Bozeman knows what Marvaysha Seals can do on the basketball court. Among the many skills Seals possesses, Bozeman has confidence in Seals' shooting ability. That's why the West Lowndes High School girls basketball coach talked with Seals at the beginning of the season and encouraged her to shoot the ball. She didn't want Seals, a 5-foot-5 sophomore guard, to be a ball hog. Instead, she wanted Seals to believe in herself and to realize she could be a primary scorer who could help her teammates improve if she accepted her role.



A Dispatch Special Report: Lack of stability offers challenge for CMSD athletics

Posted 12/9/2017 in High School Sports

While 11 years have passed since his graduation, Tyson Lee remains passionate about his high school alma mater, Columbus High.



Starkville learns from losses, edges Columbus

Posted 12/9/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team had been in the same situation before -- against the same opponent. Entering its game against Columbus on Saturday night. Starkville already has a four-point loss to Meridian, a two-point loss to Columbus, and a five-point loss to Okolona on its resume. The difference Saturday night was the Yellow Jackets learned from the first three losses.



Starkville girls hold on to beat Columbus

Posted 12/9/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kristie Williams says she is looking for someone who can take over a game when her Starkville High School girls basketball team desperately needs it. Jariyah Covington showed signs Saturday night she can be that player.



Starkville Academy boys defeat CCA

Posted 12/9/2017 in High School Sports

Bruce Allsup has seen success from one season bleed into another. The Starkville Academy boys basketball coach watched with great interest in the fall as the school's football team overcame a loss to Indianola Academy in the third week of the season and marched to the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA State title game. The Volunteers completed the journey with a 21-14 victory in overtime at Jackson Academy to win the program's seventh state championship.



Smith working to improve CMSD facilities

Posted 12/9/2017 in High School Sports

The holiday season typically is a busy time of the year for Sammy Smith. For many years, Smith spent the first few weeks of December putting the finishing touches on Columbus High School's Joe Horne Christmas Classic to make sure the annual basketball tournament remained one of the state's premier attractions.



Personnel changes affect stability of CMSD athletics

Posted 12/9/2017 in High School Sports

Rusty Greene worked as athletic director for six years for the Columbus Municipal School District. A 1981 graduate of Stephen D. Lee High, Greene has lived in Columbus his whole life. He grew up in East Columbus, so he was part of Caldwell High before his family moved to north Columbus and he switched to Lee High. He admits no one wants Columbus High to succeed more than he does.



Caledonia's Logan wins top award from MJGA

Posted 12/9/2017 in High School Sports

The 2017 season was a banner year for Hunter Logan. In addition to winning the individual championship at the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A Championship and leading the Caledonia High School boys golf team to its second-consecutive state title, Logan won the 16- to 18-year-old division (Division A) of the Mississippi Boys and Girls Junior Amateur in July at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point. On Friday, Logan topped of his season when he was named the Mississippi Junior Golf Association's boys overall and Division A Player of the Year. It is Logan's first honor.



Acker leads Patriots past Panthers

Posted 12/9/2017 in High School Sports

It's easy to conjure images of Charles Barkley when you see Eli Acker leading a fast break. At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, Acker probably has a half an inch at least on the former Auburn great and NBA All-Star. Acker also is significantly lighter than Barkley was in his hey day when he was affectionately known as the "Round Mound of Rebound."



Sweet Water beats Pickens County for state title

Posted 12/8/2017 in High School Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jacory Brown rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown Thursday, and the Sweet Water High School football team piled up 283 yards rushing to beat Pickens County 20-6 in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 1A State title game at the University of Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium.



Trussell introduced as athletic director for SOCSD

Posted 12/7/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Eddie Peasant can consider the favor repaid. Cheyenne Trussell encouraged Peasant to chase his doctorate degree and willed him to finish it. Peasant believes he wouldn't be superintendent of the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District without that push. This week, Peasant repaid the favor by granting Trussell an opportunity.



Stevenson takes new mind-set for New Hope

Posted 12/6/2017 in High School Sports

It's all about a mind-set for Tyler Stevenson. At 6-foot-7 1/2, 180 pounds, the New Hope High School swingman has the athleticism, length, and quickness to be one of the top players in the state of Mississippi.



Carlyle, Falcons preparing for Yellow Jackets, annual tournament

Posted 12/6/2017 in High School Sports

Columbus High School boys basketball coach Anthony Carlyle hasn't shied away from competition this season. A busy pre-Christmas schedule has seen Columbus play a game at Quitman High School, face nationally ranked Memphis East at the MLK Classic in Hamilton, Tennessee, take on Hazel Green (Ala.) and Madison Prep (La.) at the fifth-annual Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic in Corinth, and play Curie (Ill.) in the Marshall County Hoopfest in Benton, Kentucky.


New Hope's Crosson signs with Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.

Posted 12/5/2017 in High School Sports

Jake Crosson wanted to find the right place to continue to grow his golf game. Already one of the top high-school age players in the state of Mississippi, Crosson immediately liked Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston when he visited the campus in September.

Starkville falls in heart-breaking fashion to Pearl for Class 6A title

Posted 12/3/2017 in High School Sports

OXFORD --It was fitting that, on a fourth-and-1 in what could have been the game-winning drive, Starkville High School handed it off to Dreke Clark. To that point, he had taken Starkville 172 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries, so giving him carry No. 29 to keep the game alive made sense.

Walters column: Starkville poised for big 2018

Posted 12/3/2017 in High School Sports

For Starkville High School, it happened so quickly.

Murphy scores four touchdowns as West Point repeats

Posted 12/2/2017 in High School Sports

OXFORD -- Marcus Murphy, Chris Calvert, and the West Point High School football team capped a history-making season in fitting fashion Saturday night.


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