REFORM, Ala. -- Jermarcus Brown knew his time was coming.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- The expectations didn't bother Josh Lewis.
It's finally here. That's the weight New Hope High School seniors Lauren Holifield, Kasey and Erin Stanfield, and Ashley Reed have felt all season as the slow-pitch softball team worked its way through the regular season.
BATESVILLE -- Most football teams can point to a big victory as a turning point in a playoff season. If Columbus High can work its way into the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A playoffs this season, the turning point may be traced back to a tough loss.
"The Catch" is one of the most memorable plays in NFL history. Dwight Clark's leaping, fingertip grab of a Joe Montana pass helped send the San Francisco 49ers past the Dallas Cowboys 28-27 in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 10, 1982. San Francisco went on to beat the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI for the first of four titles in the 1980s.
With any young football team, inexperience sometimes trumps ability. For the New Hope High School football team's offense, its 19-0 loss to Hernando was one of the "down" nights.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School football team used a determined and stifling defense to earn a 23-0 victory against Ridgeland High on Friday night in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 2 game.
WEST POINT -- At a program known for lining up and pounding opposing defenses into submission, the backfield tandem of Tez Lane and Aeris Williams don't disappoint.
ABERDEEN -- The Aberdeen High School football team planned Friday night against Nettleton to enjoy its Homecoming. The evening also was a homecoming of sorts for Nettleton coach Mike Scott.
ETHEL -- West Oktibbeha County High School senior running back Tiberias Lampkin continued his personal roll while the Timberwolves did the same as a team Friday night.
VERNON, Ala. -- A projected offensive shootout in Alabama High School Activities Association Class 2A, Region 4 on Friday night delivered for only one team.
Miller Puckett ran for two scores and caught a pass from Lott for a third touchdown, and Lott and Turner combined on an "Oh no ... oh yes" moment to lift Heritage Academy to a 42-0 victory against Oak Hill Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools game on Homecoming in Columbus.
Tonight would be an ideal time for the Lowndes County public schools to make a move in their respective football standings.
Barrett Donahoe doesn't want to talk about moral victories or playoff scenarios. The Heritage Academy football coach wants a victory.
STARKVILLE -- The target in Class 5A, Region 2 remains on the Starkville High School football program.
HAMILTON -- The Hamilton High School slow-pitch softball team swept three games last week in Smithville to claim the Monroe County tournament and then hit nine home runs in a doubleheader against New Site on Thursday to clinch the Class 2A, Region 1 championship.
FLOWOOD -- The Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball team lost to East Rankin Academy 15-0 in five innings Wednesday and was eliminated from the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA overall State tournament at Liberty Park.
While most teams set goals of region and state championships, West Point High School coach Chris Chambless is more modest.
When neighboring rivals Aliceville High School and Lamar County get together on the football gridiron, the contest will be well-attended and action-packed.
The T-shirts Charlie and Travis Bunting wore Tuesday night reflect their love of fishing isn't just a hobby. Decked out in gear emblazoned with the names of sponsors -- Southern Pro, Power Pole, Cabela's, Ranger, or Vicious Fishing -- that support them, the Buntings are like many of the anglers in Columbus this week for the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters National Championship.
1. Columbus High softball standout Conner signs with EMCC HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Alabama fires baseball coach Goff after one season COLLEGE SPORTS
3. MSU will have two in top 10 of NCAA singles COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Pilkington delivers dominating effort on mound COLLEGE SPORTS
5. No. 8 Auburn edges No. 9 Ole Miss COLLEGE SPORTS