The foundation has solidified. A year ago, Jaime Ellis-Melton felt the Columbus High School slow-pitch softball team might have established a foundation on which to build a program when it had its first winning season in a number of years and advanced to the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State playoffs.
STARKVILLE -- Loud. Funny. Serious. The 2012 Starkville High School volleyball team has it all. After going undefeated in their region for the second consecutive season and matching their number of victories, the Lady Yellow Jackets hope to take their act on the road.
R.J. James and Taylor Blevins are getting more and more comfortable "hitting it hard and wishing it well." That slogan has long been the calling card of the New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team. As the No. 9 and No. 10 hitters in the lineup, the maturation of the junior outfielders has been a key to the success of this season's team.
The Columbus High School football team needs running backs. The latest round of injuries that hit Columbus last week has left it without Kendrick Conner (concussion) and Quan Latham (broken thumb) for its Class 6A, Region 1 game against DeSoto Central at 7 tonight.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell received all the motivation he needed for his team's matchup against Canton last week.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter heard the talk in his locker room this week. As soon as he discovered some of his players were looking ahead to a game against Louisville, the Noxubee County High School football coach squelched that discussion.
CALEDONIA -- The Caledonia High School volleyball team is ready.
As the weeks pass, the stakes get higher and higher for the West Oktibbeha County High School football team.
Competing as an independent member of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools, Hebron Christian will not be eligible for postseason play in football this year.
The first step was simply fantastic.
HAMILTON -- The Hamilton High School slow-pitch softball team had little trouble advancing in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A North State playoffs Tuesday night.
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.
1. Cohen: Construction on schedule at Dudy Noble COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Rousing rout for West Point in opener HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. New Hope putting pieces together on offense HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Kendrick, Caledonia set for county showdown vs. West Lowndes HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS