CALEDONIA -- Samantha Brooks loved what she saw last weekend from her Caledonia High School volleyball team. Brooks couldn't help but smile Monday as she talked about how Caledonia rallied from losing the first set to win the next two to beat Corinth to win the Silver Division of the Ridgeland High Set It Off Challenge.
Game week finally has arrived for the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) and the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS). All of the predictions are out and coaches are putting together game plans for their openers. As the countdown to kickoff winds down, let's look at the games that will help define this season.
STARKVILLE -- Kris Pickle didn't get to see everything he wanted in a two-quarter exhibition game. But the New Hope High School football coach saw a few promising things in a 29-8 victory against Morton High on Friday night in the New Hope Fall Jamboree at Davis Wade Stadium that give him hope.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter had to run players away from the Noxubee County High School field house in the summer. That's a good sign for a coach who suffered key graduation losses from a group that helped the program win its first back-to-back state championships.
Veteran football coaches may downplay expectations for a standout player. Columbus High School football coach Randal Montgomery goes the other way with senior cornerback/strong safety Derrick Beckom.
Columbus High School senior Kylin Hill feels good about his future after giving a verbal commitment to Mississippi State earlier this summer.
Well, it's finally show time.
After the second game of the season, Columbus High School held an impromptu team meeting.
MACON -- This is Kymbotric Mason's season to shine.
It's difficult to stop anybody when they're rolling.
MACON -- It's easy to get overshadowed when you're a member of the Noxubee County High School defense. Over the years, the Tigers have developed a reputation for having an attacking defense that sends multiple players to the football to make plays.
WEST POINT - West Point junior Marcus Murphy considers himself a quick study.
STARKVILLE -- Football wasn't Joey Claybrook's only concern when he was looking at colleges. Claybrook wanted to make sure he could have a top-notch academic experience and play football in college, so he was particular in where he looked. Claybrook received interest from Duke, one of the nation's top academic schools. He also heard from Tulane, which is in New Orleans. The Starkville High School senior offensive lineman became more interested in Tulane as he did his research about the school. Conversations with Tulane coach Willie Fritz and members of his coaching staff helped convince Claybrook, so he decided to make a verbal commitment July 20.
STARKVILLE -- A typical day for Maureen Whann starts at 4:30 a.m. Following the usual morning preparations, Whann drives one hour from Starkville to Tupelo to her job as a computer programmer. The second part of Whann's day begins when her 9-5 job is done and she travels back to Starkville and enters the Starkville High School gym for a vigorous three-hour practice.
CALEDONIA -- Spencer Unruh's plan for the summer was to stay busy. While others might have kicked back and relaxed, the Caledonia High School standout wanted to use his "vacation" to put himself in front of as many college coaches as he could to raise his recruiting profile. Attending a Manning Camp in Thibodaux, Louisiana, and camps at Louisiana Tech, Samford, Alabama-Birmingham, Pearl High (Jim Harbaugh), East Mississippi Community College, Itawamba C.C., and Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. helped Unruh accomplish his goal.
Allison Woolbright isn't going to allow youth to be an impediment for the New Hope High School volleyball team.
Well we finally did it.
WEST POINT - West Point High School junior Chris Calvert flies under the radar.
STARKVILLE - Starkville Academy second-year football coach Chase Nicholson does not want to use the term "inexperienced" in connection with his team.
STEENS -- Chris Webber and Glenn Misiak are excited to see how they stack up against some of the nation's top runner. The opportunity to miss the first day of school at Columbus Christian Academy is just one of the perks they will enjoy when they travel to Texas to compete in the 50th anniversary of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games.
1. Prescott making quick impression in Cowboys' camp LOCAL SPORTS
3. Injuries hit MSU's secondary hard COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Clayburn will be at center of MSU's line COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Columbus will try to beat Noxubee County to go 2-0 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS