AMORY -- The Noxubee County High School defense and the Amory High offense were the hot topics of conversation leading up to the matchup between the teams Friday night in the second round of the Class 4A North State playoffs. Noxubee County coach Tyrone Shorter injected his team's offense into the discussion, saying that unit felt slighted because the team's defense was getting all of the attention.
Follow your heart. Rachel Hollivay spent days contemplating where she would take the next step in her life. She knew when she entered the recruiting process she would receive a lot of attention, but she never imagined she would face so much pressure making a decision that affected so many people.
STARKVILLE -- Jamie Mitchell can look back at last week as proof his team is ready for playoff football. The second-year Starkville High School football coach watched his squad commit zero turnovers and four penalties in a 35-14 win at Neshoba Central to secure the Class 5A, Region 2 title.
The West Point High School football team finished the regular season on a high. Now, the Green Wave will try to parlay that momentum into a third straight Class 5A state championship. The quest for a state title will begin at 7 tonight with a first-round North State playoff contest against Neshoba Central at McCallister Field.
Tyrone Shorter knows about aerial wizardry. As a cornerback Austin Peay, Shorter's job was to prevent big plays and make life difficult for quarterbacks and wide receivers. Shorter's role hasn't changed now that he is a coach. In his second season as coach at Noxubee County High School, Shorter still takes an active role with the Tigers' defense.
A high-scoring shootout is possible when the West Oktibbeha County High School football team takes on Natchez Cathedral at 7 tonight in the opening round of the Class 1A South State playoffs.
One down, four to go. The Pickens County High School football team will return to the gridiron at 7 tonight when it takes on Brantley in a second-round Alabama High School Activities Association Class 1A playoff game.
Sometimes things just come together. That's the best way veteran high school football coach Jack French knows how to explain Starkville Academy's 2005 Mississippi Private Schools Association Class AAA, Division II state championship.
Starkville Academy senior fullback Ryan Mann admits neither he nor his teammates have played in a state championship football game. However, the Volunteers have been dreaming about and preparing for this moment most of their lives.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School forward Gavin Ware finalized his destination of choice Wednesday when he signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play basketball for Mississippi State. "It's a big step forward that gets me closer to my future and where I want to be in life," Ware said. "It's close to home and gives me endless opportunities to be somebody."
Good goal scorers know where they get their passes. It took Sarah Hern a split second to mention teammate Ashley Martian when she was asked about her goal in stoppage time that helped the New Hope High School girls soccer team edge Columbus 3-2.
STARKVILLE -- Cross country coaches dream for teams filled with rabbits. To take a term from track and field, rabbits refer to athletes who take the lead and set the pace for the rest of the field before dropping out.
Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith promises patience with a young squad. For the Falcons, that patience may be needed early and often. However, two lengthy scoring runs lifted the Falcons to a victory in their season opener Tuesday night. Columbus enjoyed a 16-1 first-half spurt and a 17-2 second-half spurt to dispatch West Lowndes 81-57.
So much for retirement. Roy Hazzle is back on the bench for the Aberdeen High School boys basketball team for the 25th consecutive season, despite stepping down after last season
It's over. Now Rachel Hollivay has to wrap her mind around the idea she will be leaving home for a school that is a more than 1,000 miles away.
STARKVILLE -- This is the time of year Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter has a one-time conversation with his team. Carter's Yellow Jackets enter the 2011-12 season as the favorites to win their region and to win another championship trophy in their first season back in Class 5A of the Mississippi High School Activities Association.
STARKVILLE -- Everybody involved with the Starkville High School girls basketball team knows last year was a struggle. The Lady Jackets will try to change their ways in a new classification and region by relying on three senior leaders and several talented sophomores who will see significant playing time.
Rachel Hollivay is going to Rutgers University. According to a text message at 11:49 a.m. Monday from her father, Ray Sr., and a subsequent conversation with him early this afternoon, the Heritage Academy 6-foot-5 senior center has decided to play basketball for veteran coach C. Vivian Stringer in Piscataway, N.J.
ABERDEEN -- Channing Ward scored on a 76-yard run to get things going and to lead the Aberdeen High School football team to a 36-9 victory against Velma Jackson on Friday night in the first round of the Class 3A North State playoffs.
Regardless of what happened elsewhere, Columbus High School football coach Tony Stanford's Falcons still needed to focus Friday night on the task at hand: Beating Grenada. Columbus did just that, closing the book on the 2011 season with a 48-21 victory.