JACKSON -- "Here we go again." Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt said the perfect words Friday afternoon after experiencing another Mississippi Association of Independent Schools roller-coaster playoff ride.
CANTON -- Seize the moment. After everything the Lanier High School girls basketball team has been through this season, that concept wasn't lost on Brittany Rose on Friday night. Despite her lack of success and the team's struggles form 3-point range early in the game, Rose received the green light from her coach and let another one fly with the game on the line.
HORN LAKE -- While Columbus High School had ended its previous two girls basketball seasons playing the what-if game, there was no such misery or agony Friday night. With a trip to the Mississippi Coliseum and the overall state tournament on the line, Columbus could not get out of neutral falling 70-50 to third-ranked Southaven at Horn Lake High.
The Victory Christian Academy girls basketball team is right on schedule. Now the Lady Eagles will try to complete a perfect season.
STARKVILLE -- One role isn't enough for Tiffany Evans.
STARKVILLE -- Robert Gardner feels his team is ready. Buoyed by the confidence gained from the program's first playoff victory in seven seasons, the Starkville Academy boys soccer team (15-3-2) will take on Jackson Academy at 5 p.m. today in the semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Division I tournament.
MACON -- While most postseason teams wouldn't put much stock in a three-game win streak, the attitude is different at Noxubee County High School. Coach T.J. Billups' boys basketball team is finally streaking, and it couldn't have come at a better time.
JACKSON -- With one of his best friends and his squad's leading scorer on the bench with a ice wrap on his left knee, Brandon Sharp tried to carry the Starkville Academy boys basketball team to another game.
The magic finally ran out Tuesday night for the New Hope High School boys basketball team. Coming off back-to-back one-point victories en route to a region championship, New Hope suffered through a cold-shooting first quarter and couldn't muster enough defensive stops in a 58-48 loss to Yazoo City in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State tournament in Columbus.
During the final quarter of a one-side loss to Starkville High School last month, Noxubee County boys basketball coach T.J. Billups did not leave his seat.
STARKVILLE -- Football coaches can feverishly study the weather to determine whether it is best for their team to be kicking into the wind or with the wind.
On one field, she is the picture of poise -- stoic -- regardless of whether she has just struck out the side or allowed a hit.
Postgame hugs were very brief and to the point for Columbus High senior Kiki Patterson Monday night.
With less than a week before the start of the regular season, area baseball coaches were anxious for the their respective teams' first crack at competition.
Friday night was an evening of growth, fight, and response for the New Hope High School basketball teams.
Friday, with his team trailing by a point and less than 10 seconds left in the Class 5A, Region 2 title game, New Hope High School forward Chris Mosley found himself in a familiar situation - with the ball in his hands.
Leave it to a coach not to be satisfied with a 30-point victory.
STARKVILLE -- Statistics don't lie.
Curtaves Latham is the epitome of a tweener. At a solid 6-foot-1, the New Hope High School junior can go inside and bang with bigger bodies. But, like many post players, Latham likes to stray out to the 3-point line and launch a shot or two.
JACKSON -- Starkville Academy Athletic Director Glenn Schmidt said it best when she met her school's boys basketball coach in the hallway at Hillcrest Christian School. After a 56-41 victory in the first round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II tournament Tuesday night, Schmidt wanted Mark Alexander to appreciate the moment.
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