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 -- 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 High School boys' basketball coach Drew McBrayer hopes his team will learn how to win close games this season.
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.
While 11 years have passed since his graduation, Tyson Lee remains passionate about his high school alma mater, Columbus High.
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 -- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For Starkville High School, it happened so quickly.
OXFORD -- Marcus Murphy, Chris Calvert, and the West Point High School football team capped a history-making season in fitting fashion Saturday night.
1. Doctors: Fitzgerald healing faster than expected COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Vivians continues to raise her level of play COLLEGE SPORTS
3. McCowan dominates on, off court for No. 5 MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Ole Miss men beat Sam Houston State COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Columbus ready for annual Joe Horne Christmas Classic HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS