JACKSON -- Dodd Lee admits expectations weren't particularly high for the Picayune High School football team prior to the start of the 2011 season. That doesn't mean the veteran coach didn't think the Maroon Tide couldn't put something together. But coaches are a notoriously cautious bunch, and Lee knew replacing 17 starters from the 2010 squad would be something that couldn't be done with a snap of the finger.
The Mississippi Association of Independent Schools' All-Star game will have a hint of local flavor. Buoyed by a championship run, Starkville Academy's Ryan Mann and Angus Catchot will join Heritage Academy's Brandon Bell and Blake Sharp in the annual senior showcase game at 4 p.m. today at Mississippi College.
JACKSON -- It's all about the attitude for Milton Smith. Coming from a storied football program like Starkville High School, Milton Smith knows what it takes to win championships. In 1984, Smith was a member of the first Starkville High football team to win a state title. The former Yellow Jacket went on to a football career at Mississippi State before becoming a coach.
JACKSON -- Nineteen years can pass in the blink of an eye. But time slowed for a moment Monday to allow 12 head coaches to reflect on a season's work.
MABEN -- The Columbus High School boys basketball team led for less than two minutes of its game Tuesday night against West Oktibbeha. The Falcons made sure to lead when it counted the most. A steal and fast-break layup by C.J. Scott helped Columbus rally past West Oktibbeha 53-51 in double overtime at Morgan Gym. In the first game, the Columbus High girls rolled to a 77-34 victory.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team used a ton of offense Tuesday night to beat Louisville 94-49. In the first game, the Starkville High girls used defense as their weapon in a 62-46 victory. Jacolby Mobley lead the Jackets with 26 points, while Mississippi State commitment Gavin Ware had 23 for the state's top team. Starkville High coach Greg Carter was pleased with how his team worked to get high-percentage shots.
RIDGELAND -- The Starkville High School football team's road to Jackson is complete. Starkville High will play for its first state football championship in a decade after its second victory this season in Ridgeland, a convincing 28-7 win Friday night that clinched the gave the Class 5A North State championship.
RIDGELAND -- Johnny Smith was "Johnny on the spot" Friday night for the Starkville High School football team. Smith scored the first two touchdowns of his high school career to help Starkville beat Ridgeland 28-7 in the Class 5A North State championship game at Titan Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football Jamie Mitchell can't figure out the playoff system in the state of Mississippi. His Yellow Jackets won the Class 5A, Region 2 title with an undefeated record, which included a 26-23 victory at Ridgeland, but his team still will have to make a second trip to play the Titans at 7 tonight to decide the Class 5A North State champion.
STARKVILLE -- Respect is defined by actions, not words. To understand that concept, you need only to examine what Starkville High Athletic Director Stan Miller and football coach Jamie Mitchell have accomplished. Miller said this week the most important move he made nearly two years ago was hiring Mitchell as the Yellow Jackets' football coach.
STARKVILLE -- When the Class 5A North State title game is in the balance, it is a safe bet the Starkville High School defense will be on the scene. Starkville (11-2) will ride a nine-game win streak into its game against Region 2 rival Ridgeland (10-3) at 7 p.m. Friday (WMSV 91.1 FM). It also will try to duplicate a feat it accomplished Oct. 7 when it defeated Ridgeland 26-23 in the regular season. That victory helped Starkville clinch first place in the region.
STARKVILLE -- On a night when the Starkville Academy girls basketball team was searching for its offense, its defense came through in the nick of time. Starkville Academy, the state's top-ranked Class AAA academy team by The Clarion-Ledger, survived a scare Monday night, defeating Oak Hill Academy 45-36 in overtime. In the nightcap, the Starkville Academy boys completed the sweep with a 66-48 victory.
STARKVILLE -- While any high school football game can present its twists and turns, Starkville High School coach Jamie Mitchell can always take solace in the fact his offensive line is going to come ready to play. As the Yellow Jackets have molded themselves into a state title contender, the offensive line may be the most underrated part of the squad. Line play again proved a key Friday night in a 20-14 Class 5A North State second-round playoff win against longtime rival West Point.
STARKVILLE - A new Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state champion will be crowned this season. Starkville High made sure of that Friday night. Behind a gutsy fourth-quarter scoring drive, Starkville knocked off two-time defending state champion West Point 20-14 in a hard-fought, bitterly contested second-round playoff game before a crowd of 5,000 at Starkville's Yellow Jacket Field.
STARKVILLE -- After a recent blowout win against New Hope High School, West Point High football coach Chris Chambless warned his team's season would end in heartache if it played as sloppily as it did against the Trojans. The Green Wave's season did just that, coming to a screeching halt Friday night in a 20-14 loss at Starkville High.
The New Hope High School boys basketball team held off a late rally and the Lady Trojans earned a dominant victory to complete a sweep Friday night of West Lowndes High. The Trojans (3-0) used a huge second quarter, which included a 27-6 run starting at the end of the first quarter, to take a big halftime lead en route to an 80-68 victory. Behind a full-court trapping defense, New Hope caused a flurry of turnovers to build a comfortable lead.
STARKVILLE -- A lot of coaches won't show the film of a loss to their team in preparation for a rematch with that team. Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell doesn't operate under that philosophy.
The West Point High School football team may have played its most complete game of the regular season Sept. 9 when it defeated Starkville 33-12. The Green Wave will attempt to duplicate that feat at 7 tonight when the teams meet again in the second round of the Class 5A North State playoffs at Starkville's Yellow Jacket Field.
Things are quickly turning serious for the Pickens County High School football team. It has won two postseason playoff games. Now, the community is stoked, as is the team, as Pickens County prepares to play host to defending Class 1A state champion Sweet Water at 7 tonight in an Alabama High School Activities Association Class 1A third-round playoff game at Sweet Water.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team began the season as the undisputed top-ranked team. The Yellow Jackets aren't backing down from that position. Starkville scored the game's first 12 points and cruised to a 100-54 non-region win against Columbus on Tuesday night at the Bee Hive.
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