Brandon Brown has seen a lot of progress in seven seasons at Columbus High School. Now that he is moving on, Brown can look to the Columbus High powerlifting team's most recent meet and know he has played a part in the program's move into the upper echelon of Class 6A. That success also has played a key role in the ability of the school's football team to compete in one of the state's toughest regions and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2005.
There are a lot of ways to honor seniors in their final regular-season home games.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School quarterback Gabe Myles was part of a recruiting battle like many other talented seniors. However, Myles' recruitment didn't end with any drama Wednesday morning, as he signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division I football at Mississippi State University.
MACON -- Even though he was a wide-eyed seventh-grader, Dylan Bradley thought his Noxubee County junior high football coach Tyrone Shorter was a little nuts.
Kasey Stanfield doesn't mind working overtime. She also won't hesitate to haunt New Hope High School's Lady Trojan Field long after practice has ended to work on her game. Being part of the "Fantastic Four" with classmates Lauren Holifield, her sister, Erin Stanfield, and Ashley Reed helped make the extra hours playing softball on Friday and Saturday nights so special.
Columbus High School football coach Tony Stanford sees the growth in his program. This past season, the Falcons advanced to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State playoffs out of one of the state toughest districts.
WEST POINT -- Chris Chambless understand the value of tradition. As much as he knows hard work has been a cornerstone of the West Point High School football program's seven state championships, he also knows players like to see tangible examples of how they will be rewarded for their investment.
James Clark and M.J. Hamrick are proof that word of mouth can travel any distance. It's safe to assume both players would have attracted plenty of interest from other schools in the state of Mississippi, but Northwest Mississippi Community College Mark Carson took the recommendations of several Mississippi Association of Independent Schools coaches who have played against Clark, Hamrick, and the Heritage Academy baseball team the past two seasons to add two prospects to his program.
Trae Collins didn't know where football was going to take him. As a standout on the New Hope High School football team for the past two seasons, Collins was confident he was going to get an opportunity, but he couldn't help feeling a little doubt when he didn't receive a bounty of offers.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy senior Tiffany Huddleston has always enjoyed soccer. The opportunity to play college soccer in her hometown is an added bonus.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy boys basketball coach Mark Alexander likes his team's chance in a close game. Starkville Academy once again proved calm under pressure Tuesday night as it defeated Heritage Academy 46-40 in another down-to-the-wire game.
The New Hope High School girls basketball team nearly has all its parts back together. The trick now will be to get everyone on the same page in time for a postseason run.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy junior Sallie Kate Richardson rang in the New Year in what her coach called a "slight shooting slump."
Where in the Magnolia state was Chris Jones this weekend? This is the question fans of Mississippi State University and University of Mississippi were asking as they count the days before the Houston, Miss., product is expected to sign a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday morning.
STARKVILLE - Avonte' Amos and Ravonte' Gandy knew there would be valleys when they took over leadership roles. Still, the lone seniors on the Starkville High School basketball team feel like the Yellow Jackets are peaking at the right time. Further proof of that belief took place Friday night as Starkville played arguably its most complete game of the year in a 72-48 victory against Noxubee County at the Bee Hive.
Christian Dale had a wrinkle few student-athletes get to experience at his college signing ceremony. The Columbus High School standout also received a message that could help him reach a similar destination of the guest speaker who spoke Thursday at the Columbus High baseball team's ninth annual First-Pitch Banquet.
The Itawamba Community College women's soccer team will have a double dose of Hern in 2013. On Thursday, New Hope High School senior forward Reagan Hern signed a scholarship to play with her sister, Sarah, at ICC later this year.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Whitney Lowe still remembers the tipping point.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Wade Goodman believes hard work pays off.
MACON -- A clean sweep for Columbus High School was the result of two tightly contested prep basketball games against Noxubee County Tuesday night.
1. Quarterback Clark sets tone for Noxubee County football team HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Phillips, MSU seniors prepare for final game Thursday COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Offensive line fuels Noxubee County's winning streak HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. MSU had fast start to preparation for Ole Miss COLLEGE SPORTS