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Walters column: Prep football championship games finally on move

Posted 7/19/2014 in High School Sports

After months - actually more like years - of speculation, the high school football state championship games are on the move.



All-Area Small Schools Boys Basketball: Riley emerges as leader for Oak Hill football, basketball

Posted 7/19/2014 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Since his eighth-grade year, Oak Hill Academy's Drake Riley and his boys basketball teammates have talked about winning a state championship.



All-Area Small Schools Boys Basketball: Middleton pushing Oak Hill Academy program forward

Posted 7/19/2014 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Brian Middleton returned home to coach the Oak Hill Academy boys basketball team with high expectations.



Boyd will lead West Lowndes girls basketball team

Posted 7/12/2014 in High School Sports

Educators surrounded Jasmine Boyd when she was growing up, so it's easy to see why she decided to become a teacher. But after developing a love for teaching from her father, John, and an uncle and an aunt who also were in the same profession, Boyd discovered another love. She hopes to put her love for teaching and her second love for the game of basketball to good use in Lowndes County.



Starkville High's Carr chosen for MAC Volleyball All-Star match

Posted 7/9/2014 in High School Sports

Khris Carr's dream is close to becoming a reality.



Merchant expected to be named assistant coach at West Lowndes

Posted 7/1/2014 in High School Sports

Daniel Merchant made believers out of the football players at Oak Hill Academy. Part of Merchant's next job could be to help instill that same kind of confidence in the football players at West Lowndes High School.



SHS' Davis commits to Memphis

Posted 6/27/2014 in High School Sports

An extremely hectic summer for Starkville High School quarterback Brady Davis included a big announcement this week.



Hall of Fame induction helps cap coaching career for Friend

Posted 6/27/2014 in High School Sports

After decades of coaching, about 250 wins and multiple state championships, Chuck Friend says he wouldn't change a thing about his football coaching career since success comes each time he prepares a new class of young men for life's challenges.



New Hope's Boyd earns MAC Coach of Year honors

Posted 6/25/2014 in High School Sports

New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd frequently referred to his team as being a special group of players.



Cook fought for eight years at Columbus before word no became too much

Posted 6/20/2014 in High School Sports

New Hope High School baseball coach Lee Boyd stood with a couple of booster club members outside the baseball stadium at Pearl High. Boyd and the boosters were making notes and taking photos of the bullpen area adjacent to the first base dugout. While two pitchers' mounds were present at Pearl, Boyd said he wanted three and went into great detail about how nice the Pearl bullpens were and how he would appreciate something similar. New Hope had just defeated Pearl to advance in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A playoffs. Two weeks later, New Hope dispatched West Jones to become the first team in the program's rich history to repeat as baseball state champions. On another side of Lowndes County, Columbus High was busy washing uniforms and putting away mementos from one of the best seasons in program history. After watching nine seniors suit up for the final time, coach Jeffrey Cook was thinking about his future.



Cook resigns as baseball coach at Columbus High

Posted 6/19/2014 in High School Sports

Jeffrey Cook arrived in Columbus hoping to build a family atmosphere that would help him establish a winning tradition with the school's baseball program. Nearly eight years later, the Columbus High School baseball team is looking for a new patriarch.



Allsup back in coaching at Starkville Academy

Posted 6/18/2014 in High School Sports

You only need to call Bruce Allsup to tell he is back doing what he feels is in "his blood." A quick listen to the voice mail greeting that begins with, "Coach Allsup" indicates the former Heritage Academy and Brookhaven Academy basketball coach will be back on the sidelines later this year.



Sturdivant, Sykes sign baseball offers at CHS banquet

Posted 5/27/2014 in High School Sports

Columbus High School celebrated one of its most successful baseball seasons with awards and good food Tuesday night at the school's baseball banquet.



MSU standout Wilson returns to coaching position at Starkville High

Posted 5/27/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE-- Two things Darryl Wilson loves are basketball and Starkville, Mississippi.



Postseason honors continue for Columbus High baseball

Posted 5/26/2014 in High School Sports

The most successful season in Columbus High School baseball history officially ended last week with another flurry of success.



Prep Player of Week: New Hope celebrates repeat state title

Posted 5/26/2014 in High School Sports

New Hope High School's baseball team made the seemingly impossible look might easy this season.



Champions again: New Hope wins first back-to-back titles

Posted 5/25/2014 in High School Sports

PEARL -- New Hope High School senior baseball player Taylor Stafford had a feeling his team's bats were going to come alive Saturday night at Trustmark Park.



Redden, Trojans shut out Mustangs

Posted 5/25/2014 in High School Sports

PEARL -- The New Hope High School baseball team approached its playoff game Friday night like any other. The Trojans quickly learned facing elimination can turn the intensity up a notch.



New Hope takes care of business to force finale

Posted 5/25/2014 in High School Sports

PEARL -- Let the waiting game begin. It's never easy to relax, especially one day after you surrender a 4-0 lead in what seems like a manner of minutes. But the New Hope High School baseball team played Friday afternoon like it was on a business trip. J.C. Redden and the Trojans didn't do anything too flashy and relied on a workmanlike effort to earn a 3-0 victory against West Jones in Game 2 of the best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state championship series at Trustmark Park.



Trojans win Class 5A baseball title game

Posted 5/24/2014 in High School Sports

The repeat is complete for New Hope.



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