HERNANDO -- The Columbus High School basketball teams continued their winning ways Friday night. The Columbus girls won their eighth-straight game with a 47-25 victory against Hernando, while the Columbus boys earned their fifth-straight win with a 64-59 victory in Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 2 play at Long Gymnasium.
STARKVILLE -- Chris Jones and his wife, Shaunacy, walked into the Starkville High School football field house with big smiles on their faces. Led by Starkville Athletic Director Milton Smith Sr., Jones and his wife greeted those who already had gathered. Jones shook everyone's hand and introduced himself and said how much of a pleasure it was to be at Starkville.
Character is important to Tyrone Shorter. He tries to mold it into all of his football players at Noxubee County. He also tries to instill it in the Tigers by playing some of the toughest competition every season.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- The pictures chart Jeff White's maturation. One picture -- appropriately secured in a frame with a baseball motif -- has White mustering all of his strength to wield a bat in T-ball. Another picture shows White standing a little taller than his age-group teammates. Another is a color one of him in his Pickens Academy uniform -- No. 44 -- and a black and white picture of his grandfather, Jack, poised in a catcher's stance.
Codie Futral cradled the ball in his hands as the final seconds expired. The Starkville Academy senior then turned his right shoulder and pointed to some of the remaining Volunteer faithful to acknowledge their support.
CLINTON -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team has had a lot of success in the Jackson area lately. Starkville's good fortunes continued in thrilling fashion Monday afternoon in a 60-59 victory against Murrah in the 10th-annual Rumble in the South Classic at Mississippi College's A.E. Wood Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Markedric Bell doesn't have the basketball background others have. Bell didn't play organized basketball in junior high, but he decided to join the Starkville High School boys basketball team. Bell didn't play as a freshmen, but he practiced and received a chance to play as a sophomore.
When Hannah White released the go-ahead 3-pointer Friday in the waning seconds of Columbus High's region opener against Hernando, senior and leading scorer Zaria Jenkins knew it would fall.
Oxford High School senior Jarkel Joiner missed a critical front end of a one-and-one free throw-opportunity Friday night.
STARKVILLE--It is often said that strange things happen on Friday the 13th.
Kristie Williams had a feeling good news as going to come, but sometimes you never know. Still, Williams was able to keep the faith the longer the wait stretched into Thursday because she believes Kelsey Jones is one of the top post players in the state of Mississippi.
Todd Stanley has built a lot of memories and seen a lot of talented student-athletes in 20 years at West Lowndes High School. On Wednesday, Stanley was proud to be a part of helping two more -- Fred Clark Jr. and Marcus Farmer -- realize opportunities to continue their athletic careers in college. Clark Jr. and Farmer made it official by signing National Letters of Intent to play baseball at Holmes Community College in Goodman. Farmer also will play football.
Terryonte Thomas didn't know what to make of the text message from Drew McBrayer: Call me ASAP. Thomas thought the New Hope High School boys basketball coach wanted to talk to him about the team's practice Wednesday, when he felt worked hard and tried to get into the passing lanes, communicate with his teammates, and rotated to the back side. While McBrayer appreciated Thomas' effort in practice to make the Trojans better, he wanted to tell Thomas he had been selected to play in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Basketball Game.
Science is Anna Kate O'Bryant's favorite subject. History is a close second for the New Hope High School multi-sport standout. Whether it has been softball or soccer, O'Bryant has been a steady contributor and a solid leader for the Lady Trojans.
Joseph Riley knew what to do when the Heritage Academy student section started chanting his name. Riley worked to get open, took a pass at the top of the key, and drained a 3-pointer. The student section went delirious after the basket, Riley's first of four in a 72-30 rout of Winston Academy on Tuesday night in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 opener.
STARKVILLE -- Willie Gay is taking his time in the last month of the recruiting process. The Starkville High School linebacker narrowed his list down to Mississippi State, LSU, Michigan, and Ole Miss in December. With National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 1, Gay is going to make the make sure he picks the right school.
CALEDONIA -- Together is a buzzword for Kelsey Wade. The Caledonia High School senior eschews individual accolades for team accomplishments. As one of three seniors on the school's girls soccer team, Wade knows it is crucial for her to set the right example for a young squad that hopes to earn a playoff berth coming out of Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A, Region 2.
WEST POINT -- Ken "Buddy" Dill III's baseball dreams have been developing ever since he started playing the sport when he was 3 or 4 years old. Through all of the hours of working on his swing to fielding ground balls, Dill never lost sight of his goal and continued to work hard to overcome the ups and downs that come with the game.
STARKVILLE -- Jakoby Jones thought his high school football days were over.
CALEDONIA -- Three hours of practice Wednesday helped the Caledonia High School boys basketball team get back on track after Christmas break. After not playing a game during the holiday vacation, Robert Hamilton and Caledonia didn't miss a beat and defeated Columbus Christian Academy 67-38 on Thursday night.
1. Stovall, Self help MSU close weekend with two wins COLLEGE SPORTS
2. West Point girls beat New Hope for region title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. New Hope boys use defense to beat Oxford HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Ole Miss sweeps No. 6 East Carolina COLLEGE SPORTS