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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.

 

 

Victory Christian repeats as champions

Posted 3/6/2014 in High School Sports

It's only unexpected if you don't believe.

 

 

West Lowndes recovers from slow start to reach state tournament

Posted 3/5/2014 in High School Sports

Don't let the record fool you. Roosevelt Bridges knows an 11-11 record won't strike fear into the hearts of any opponents. But the West Lowndes High School boys basketball coach realizes eight of those losses came to larger classification schools.

 

 

Farmer, McCullough lead Columbus past West Point

Posted 3/5/2014 in High School Sports

Isaiah Farmer waited patiently and observed last season as a reserve on the Columbus High School baseball team. Now that he is getting his chance in the starting lineup, the junior outfielder hasn't disappointed. Farmer collected two hits, drove in two runs and had a highlight-reel catch as Columbus defeated West Point 12-1 in five innings Tuesday night at Sammy Fletcher Field.

 

 

Change helps Calmes play key role for New Hope girls

Posted 3/4/2014 in High School Sports

Nobody said change is easy. Even seniors sometimes get caught up in looking at things other than the bigger picture and losing sight of what is best for the team.

 

 

Titans' Williams will get chance at Northeast

Posted 3/4/2014 in High School Sports

CRAWFORD -- Jimmie Williams felt the need to accelerate his son's recruitment.

 

 

New Hope wins North State girls basketball title

Posted 3/1/2014 in High School Sports

PEARL --New Hope High School celebrated a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State basketball championship Saturday night.

 

 

Bradley chosen as new coach at South Pontotoc

Posted 3/1/2014 in High School Sports

Michael Bradley is back doing what he loves to do.

 

 

Starkville's playoff run ends with loss to Grenada

Posted 3/1/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Hit open shots, finish at the rim, and defend.

 

 

West Point season ends with loss to Callaway

Posted 3/1/2014 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- The West Point High School boys basketball team was living up to its billing.

 

 

New Hope gears up for title defense

Posted 2/28/2014 in High School Sports

Lee Boyd isn't a big sabermatrician. But the New Hope High School baseball coach knows enough about history to realize his team faces an unusually difficult challenge this season. Part of the toughness involves being one of the state's most respected programs that typically gets the best game from every opponent. The challenges New Hope will face this season figure to be even harder due to the bull's eye on the team's back after winning the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state title.

 

 

Starkville High will try to beat Grenada again

Posted 2/28/2014 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School basketball player Dontavius Self has an infectious smile and an outgoing personality. It's easy to see why he could be type of senior leader others would follow.

 

 

West Point beats Lake Cormorant to get its wish

Posted 2/26/2014 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- The chant -- "We want Callaway" -- started with 59 seconds remaining. The fans couldn't help it. After all, the West Point High School boys basketball team raced out to a 27-8 lead after one quarter en route to a 77-51 victory against Lake Cormorant in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoffs.

 

 

Panthers rally to win playoff opener

Posted 2/26/2014 in High School Sports

Grit is something the West Lowndes Panthers has played with all season. West Lowndes needed every bit of that ingredient Tuesday night to get past McAdams 74-70 in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A South State tournament in Columbus.

 

 

Bulldogs ease Gilleylen's nerves with blowout

Posted 2/26/2014 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- Aberdeen High School boys basketball coach Cornelius Gilleylen said he was never nervous as a starter playing basketball for the Amory Panthers.

 

 

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