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West Oktibbeha's Robinson eager to take next step

Posted 7/30/2011 in High School Sports

MABEN -- Several months after ending a senior season at West Oktibbeha County High School that earned her recognition as The Dispatch Small Schools Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Shamia Robinson is starting over.



Lady Raiders beat Lady Patriots in season opener

Posted 7/29/2011 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Marion Bratton knows the Oak Hill Academy fast-pitch team has plenty of things it needs to work on. But when it comes to season openers, the veteran coach liked enough of what he saw Friday afternoon not to be too upset.



Hebron Christian will try to reload after run to state tournament

Posted 7/29/2011 in High School Sports

PHEBA -- Don't count out the Hebron Christian fast-pitch softball team this season. Granted, the Lady Eagles lost seven seniors (five starters) en route to finishing as the runner-up in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A North State tournament and third in the overall state tournament.



Additions will bolster Noxubee County coaching staff

Posted 7/29/2011 in High School Sports

Joey Sanders has been working in the Greater Golden Triangle area for more than a year. On Monday, though, he officially will get approved to return home.



Starkville volleyball will look to new players to emerge

Posted 7/28/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- After two straight playoff seasons, Starkville High School's volleyball team was primed to make a bigger splash in a new classification this season.



Oak Hill Academy wants to return to state

Posted 7/28/2011 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Three is the magic number this season for the Oak Hill Academy fast-pitch softball team.



Central Academy softball will rely on even more youth

Posted 7/28/2011 in High School Sports

MACON -- Sammy Lindsey hopes last year was more than a warmup for his Central Academy fast-pitch softball team.



Heritage takes first steps in volleyball

Posted 7/27/2011 in High School Sports

Anna Kilarski and Kristen Phillips didn't want to waste an opportunity to have fun. Elizabeth Fields and Liz Byrne are going to make sure Kilarski, Phillips, and the rest of their pupils learn something, too.



HA softball a year older, better

Posted 7/27/2011 in High School Sports

Allie Lowe and Shiloh Ellis are convinced the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball team just won't be a year older this season. A year ago, the Lady Patriots struggled through a season with an inexperienced and young lineup. But the players matured as the season progressed, and the team played its best game in a season-ending loss to Madison-Ridgeland Academy in the district tournament.



Woody moves from boys to girls at WPHS

Posted 7/27/2011 in High School Sports

Murray Woody is excited to be back closer to home. After spending one year as basketball coach at Ethel High School, Woody is gearing up for a return to the sidelines as girls basketball coach at West Point High.



Smithville job perfect fit for Gregg

Posted 7/27/2011 in High School Sports

It isn't time for Leroy Gregg to retire. Two months ago, Gregg was preparing to take a trip to visit his daughter, Mary Frances, in Georgia when he discovered Smithville High School needed an assistant football coach.



NCHS' Joey Sanders grew into All-Star, Bulldog thanks to 7-on-7 camps

Posted 7/23/2011 in High School Sports

Joey Sanders wasn't always a go-to performer. Growing up and maturing in the Noxubee County High School football program, Sanders learned to love the passing game. As one of quarterback Omarr Conner's favorite targets, Sanders blossomed into an All-State wide receiver as a senior and earned a scholarship to play football at Mississippi State.



Heritage's Sharp will attend All-Madden Camp in Florida

Posted 7/23/2011 in High School Sports

In April, Blake Sharp went to Atlanta on a mission.



Starkville Academy girls will move on without Wofford

Posted 7/22/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kayla Mosley has inherited an experienced Starkville Academy softball team that returns all but one starter. Normally, that scenario would allow a coach to make a smooth transition into her first year on the job, but finding a replacement for catcher Bailey Wofford will be Mosley's biggest undertaking this preseason.



Starkville Academy girls soccer has sights set higher

Posted 7/21/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- For each of the past two seasons, the Starkville Academy girls soccer team has been built around talented underclassmen. That trend will continue this season, as the team's hopes of making it out of the first round of the playoffs will rest on its underclassmen.



Huddleston will stick with commitment to MSU

Posted 7/21/2011 in High School Sports

Tiffany Huddleston knows she will be asked the question. But being a "bulldog at heart" made it easier for the Starkville Academy rising junior to give a verbal commitment to play soccer at Mississippi State.



Cobb leaves Hamilton for job at Severstal

Posted 7/20/2011 in High School Sports

Jason Cobb knew he was going to have to make a decision. Faced with a choice of remaining a teacher and a coach or getting into administration, Cobb was focused on finding a better situation for his family.



King returns home to coach at West Lowndes

Posted 7/9/2011 in High School Sports

Tradition resonates with Anthony King. When he looks back on his athletic career, King has fond memories of when he wore the navy and gold of Motley High School. He also recalls the lessons he learned from coaches like Felix Wicks and Bobby Berry.



Starkville High's Mitchell adds two coaches

Posted 7/8/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell has a pair of familiar faces joining his staff. Mitchell announced Thursday the hiring of Chris Walters as defensive line coach and Justin Moss as offensive line coach.



Starkville High will have to replace Milling

Posted 7/6/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mimi Milling wasn't looking to leave her building project as Starkville High School's fast-pitch softball coach, but family comes first. The third-year coach recently accepted a job to teach math at Northeast Lauderdale High, a move that will see her teach in the same district as her husband, Dane, who will teach at West Lauderdale High.



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