There was a time when Sydney Brocksmith didn't believe in herself on the soccer field.
JACKSON -- Mississippi State's Dak Prescott has joined Eli Manning in Conerly Trophy lore.
STARKVILLE -- Playing in your home state is always fun.
STARKVILLE -- Gavin Ware is having fun this season.
Don't underestimate the power of staying together. In the arsenal of sports cliches, the ability of teams to "come together" is one of the most popular used by players and coaches. Maybe it has something to do with the elusive nature of chemistry. Sometimes personalities on a team just click and coaches don't have to police their players or encourage them to do things with their teammates off the field to build stronger bonds.
When you're a member of the No. 1 team in the state's biggest classification, every game is going to be a test. When you're a sophomore and you already are regarded as one of the state's best players, everything you do gets scrutinized.
STARKVILLE -- Quinndary Weatherspoon might have been in Malik Newman's shadow during the college basketball recruiting process, but the standout from Velma Jackson High School is making a name for himself at Mississippi State. On Monday, Weatherspoon was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week for his career-high 16-point performance in a 76-51 victory against Tennessee Martin on Saturday.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Alabama men's basketball team earned another big win against a ranked opponent. Retin Obasohan scored 19 points, including the winning layup with eight seconds left, in Alabama's 74-73 upset victory against No. 17 Notre Dame in the fifth-place game at the AdvoCare Invitational on Sunday night.
STARKVILLE -- There's no telling how far the Mississippi State women's basketball can go if it remains in a giving mood. Judging from the efforts of Morgan William and the rest of the Bulldogs on Sunday, MSU doesn't intend to stop sharing the basketball anytime soon. Victoria Vivians had a season-high 27 points, and William handed out a career-high 11 assists to help No. 8 MSU beat Savannah State 92-25 before a crowd of 3,672 at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- It wasn't an easy loss for the Mississippi State football team to take. MSU's 38-27 loss to Ole Miss on Saturday night at Davis Wade Stadium in the Battle for the Golden Egg marked the second year in a row the Rebels walked away with the Egg Bowl trophy. But as much as the loss stings, MSU (8-4, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) still has another game to play. As one of 10 bowl eligible teams from the SEC, MSU coach Dan Mullen said his team will turn its focus to preparing to win the last game of the 2015 season.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- One big win for Avery Johnson and the Alabama men's basketball team. One scary situation for No. 20 Wichita State and everyone on the court. Shannon Hale scored 20 points and Riley Norris added 12 as the Crimson Tide beat the Shockers 64-60 on Friday in the consolation round of the AdvoCare Invitational.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Adam Griffith created another indelible Iron Bowl memory, this one for a flawless performance. Griffith emerged as an Iron Bowl hero for the Tide (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) two years after his last play attempt touched off the Tigers' winning Kick Six play. Griffith kicked five field goals to help propel the Crimson Tide to the SEC West title with a 29-13 victory against Auburn on Saturday.
GREENWOOD -- Tyrone Shorter couldn't shake the uneasy feeling. With each fumble, penalty, dropped interception, or missed scoring opportunity, the Noxubee County High School football coach silently wondered if this wasn't his team's night. In a season filled with injuries and more than the typical share of adversity, Shorter could only hope the Tigers were going to stick together and find a way the overcome the mistakes and a hungry bunch of Greenwood High Bulldogs.
STARKVILLE -- Wooden Award candidate Victoria Vivians, Chinwe Okorie and Teaira McCowan all scored double figures to lead the eighth-ranked Mississippi State women's basketball team to a 92-34 win Friday night at Humphrey Coliseum. Vivians and McCowan led Vic Schaefer's squad with 20 points each, while Okorie collected a career-high 15 on 7 of 8 shooting as Mississippi State improved to 4-0 on the season. McCowan claimed her third-straight double-double as she added 11 rebounds.
STARKVILLE -- Gavin Ware is on a mission. The senior center wanted to be an integral part of the Mississippi State men's basketball team's success this season, but he knew he needed to improve in every aspect. When Ben Howland replaced Rick Ray as MSU's coach in March, Ware's maturation was one of his top priorities. Through six games, the work is paying off.
STARKVILLE -- Hugh Freeze knew the odds were stacked against the Ole Mis football team playing on the road in the Battle for the Golden Egg. But it didn't seem to bother him or the Rebels.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State had no answer for Chad Kelly. The Ole Miss quarterback capped a four-play, 62-yard drive with a 27-yard touchdown to give Ole Miss an early lead That was just the beginning of Kelly's night.
STARKVILLE -- Dak Prescott was emotional before kickoff. The Mississippi State quarterback was honored along with 15 other seniors prior to their final game at Davis Wade Stadium. Prescott was the last senior honored and the 62,265 fans cheered non-stop as he hugged coach Dan Mullen, Mullen's wife, Megan, and the family that was there to support him.
OXFORD -- Nick Melton's main focus for the past week was the Oxford High School football team. In fact, the Chargers were the main focus of the West Point senior linebacker and his team since they beat the Green Wave 50-28 on Sept. 25. The Green Wave focused on other opponents and won eight-straight games since the loss, but it was all in an effort to get a rematch with the Chargers.
CHARLESTON -- Focus-wise, it was a complete meltdown. That's the best way to describe the Aberdeen High School football team's 37-6 loss to Charleston here Friday in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A North Half championship game. Aberdeen came into the game with an 11-3 record and riding an eight-game winning streak. The losses were non-region setbacks to larger classification teams by a total of nine points. But the Tigers, who lost 25 seniors off last year's team that lost to Collins by eight points in the 2014 state championship game, dominated the senior-laden Bulldogs.
1. MSU will try to re-focus for bowl game COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Woodard Jr. maturing into leader for Columbus HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. MSU's Weatherspoon earns SEC honor COLLEGE SPORTS
4. MSU women continue to have success sharing COLLEGE SPORTS
5. History within Tigers' grasp LOCAL COLUMNS