HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

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Starkville installs turf at football stadium

Posted 3/26/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- When Jamie Mitchell took the head coaching job at Starkville High School, he mentioned first the program's potential for the state's best facilities.

 

 

Hamilton High's Dobbs signs with Mississippi Delta C.C.

Posted 3/26/2014 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- Dominating.

 

 

New Hope's Mattix sets sights on new number

Posted 3/25/2014 in High School Sports

A little more than two weeks ago, Mercedes Mattix still had basketball on her brain.

 

 

Mattox sisters motivate each other

Posted 3/25/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- When Starkville High School cross country and track and field performer Walker Mattox needs extra motivation, she doesn't have to call or text a teammate. Instead, she calls throughout the house for her sister, Kate, who has emerged as one of the Yellow Jackets' top performers in each of the past three seasons.

 

 

Starkville's MacGown finds right fit in Georgia

Posted 3/22/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Patrick Reagan always looks for the perfect fit. As coach of the cross country team at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Reagan knows the recruits he might attract to the NAIA school in Savannah, Ga., are a specialized group of talented athletes and artists.

 

 

New Hope's Spann sells himself to NEMCC

Posted 3/22/2014 in High School Sports

A career in marketing or business appears to be perfectly suited for Brandon Spann.

 

 

Caledonia softball beats Columbus

Posted 3/19/2014 in High School Sports

Caledonia High School fast-pitch softball coach Robin Elmore has a checklist of items she wants her team to accomplish every game.

 

 

Starkville softball team bounces back to beat West Point

Posted 3/19/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Wendy Jolly has seen her team come so far in the past three years that Tuesday night against an area rival was the culmination of all the emotion.

 

 

Players of Week: Quiet no-hitters help keep Columbus unbeaten

Posted 3/17/2014 in High School Sports

It's best for no one to say anything if their team's pitcher is throwing a no-hitter or a perfect game.

 

 

Starkville High baseball wins in extra innings

Posted 3/15/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Travis Garner loves the consistency of his pitching staff at Starkville High School.

 

 

New Hope baseball sweeps doubleheader to start 9-0

Posted 3/15/2014 in High School Sports

JC Redden used his right arm in both games of a doubleheader sweep to help New Hope maintain its perfect record in 2014 season.

 

 

Brown's monster day helps Yellow Jackets complete sweep

Posted 3/13/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School coach Travis Garner feels so fortunate that he gets to coach A.J. Brown for two more seasons. For the simple reason that Brown doesn't know how talented he can become over that time.

 

 

Pieces coming together for New Hope baseball

Posted 3/12/2014 in High School Sports

Wells Davis and Josh Stillman want to be themselves. If that means being two more pieces to the puzzle for the New Hope High School baseball team, that's fine with them.

 

 

Lady Trojans fall a little short

Posted 3/11/2014 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- The little things. Anyone who has watched the New Hope High School girls basketball team this season knows coach Laura Lee Holman has preached about the importance of the details that define victories. On most nights, the Lady Trojans paid attention to the finer points and boxed out, rotated on defense, hit free throws, executed on offense, and hummed like a finely tuned machine. On nights when things didn't go so smoothly, New Hope relied on its pressure defense to create offense that helped it snap it out of its funk.

 

 

Defense does job for South Jones

Posted 3/11/2014 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- South Jones High School girls basketball coach Sherri Cooley made some mental notes when her team played New Hope nine months ago in a summer league game.

 

 

Pickens Academy's Noland, Shirley complement each other

Posted 3/11/2014 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Josh Caudle couldn't have asked for a better battery than Kacy Noland and Lizzie Shirley. The Pickens Academy fast-pitch softball pitcher and catcher even came with their own nicknames -- the "silent killer" and the "singing sophomore" -- to help Caudle make a smooth transition in his first year as the school's coach.

 

 

Epiphany helps Holman return to New Hope

Posted 3/10/2014 in High School Sports

Taylor Baudoin couldn't help but smile. Asked if New Hope High School girls basketball coach Laura Lee Holman was prone to harp on the "little things" in practice, Baudoin smiled and looked to teammate D.J. Sanders. She and Sanders could afford to laugh about Holman's tendency to go over and over things in practice until the Lady Trojans get them right. On this night, a 46-38 victory against Oxford in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 2 title game, New Hope listened to Holman in the second half and put those details into action.

 

 

Close games have helped New Hope girls find focus

Posted 3/8/2014 in High School Sports

Coaches can tell when their teams need a jolt.

 

 

Pickle takes over as New Hope football coach

Posted 3/8/2014 in High School Sports

Kris Pickle always believed he was going to be a head coach. The way Pickle sees it, every good football coach has a desire to be a head coach. After getting a chance to experience his first taste as life as a head coach, Pickle will get a second chance to do it a little closer to home.

 

 

Shaw has too much for West Lowndes

Posted 3/8/2014 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- The Shaw High School boys basketball had too much of everything for West Lowndes on Saturday morning. Whether it was on the offensive boards, on the 3-point arc, in the passing lanes, or out in transition, Shaw asserted control early and never let off the gas en route to a 64-31 victory in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A state semifinal game at Mississippi Coliseum.

 

 

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