Billy Thomas knew more than two years ago the Immanuel Christian football program was in good hands. The longtime football and basketball coach wanted to ensure the football program's continued growth as an 11-man team, so he opted to step aside so the school could bring in Shawn Gates as new football coach and Daniel Merchant as an assistant coach.
Defensive players rarely get the shine cast on those who score touchdowns. And that's fine by East Webster High School football players.
STARKVILLE -- For all the improvement Starkville High School's football team has experienced this season, the Yellow Jackets find themselves in a familiar playoff bind entering the final week of the regular season.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter had a plan. With an experienced group returning on the offensive line and with a group of running backs with a ton of potential, Shorter hoped he could help change the identity of the Noxubee County High School football team.
Tina Seals hopes she can pick up where she left off and continue her work to help volleyball grow in the state of Mississippi. After two years away from the sport, Seals, the former women's volleyball coach at Mississippi State, is bringing back the Mississippi Juniors volleyball club.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School girls basketball coach Kristie Williams says her Lady Jackets will use an equal-opportunity approach to who scores, rebounds, and earns minutes this season.
The Hamilton High School football team has put its pieces together at the right time of the season. Now the Lions have to hope they can raise their level of play another notch.
SULLIGENT, Ala. -- With the distractions and obstacles Sulligent High School has had to overcome this season, Blue Devils interim football coach Ronnie Hubbert has talked a lot about last year to get his squad fired up for Friday night's playoff game.
After two years of scattered playing opportunities with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, former East Oktibbeha standout April Sykes has found herself in a role -- leader. A 6-foot, junior guard-forward, Sykes is on a team without seniors. So juniors are now the top of the pecking order, and Sykes knows she'll have to step up.
Mississippi State defensive end Nick Bell's battle with cancer ended Tuesday, leaving behind grief-stricken family, friends and teammates who will remember a cheerful, passionate and jovial person.
Brad Henderson has faced that clock and those charging linemen and cornerbacks and those questions. His ability to remain calm and to slow that clock down has helped him become a leader the East Mississippi Community College football team can trust.
One skill doesn't define Porsha Porter.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State sophomore defensive end Nick Bell's prognosis for recovery from brain surgery took a turn for the worse when the team announced Monday he had additional surgery.
STARKVILLE -- Two weeks before the regular season opens, the Mississippi State's men's basketball team faces the same uncertainty it encountered when it began two-a-day practices Oct. 15.
Landon Ellis knew he needed to make a change. But Ellis has no idea what he was about to ask of his body -- or his tastebuds. The sacrifice included hours of weight training and conditioning and plenty of eating appetizing things like chicken and steak and things like protein shakes that tasted a little better than liquid chalk.
OXFORD -- The Southeastern Conference's Western Division might be the toughest in all of college football. Five of the six teams are ranked. Auburn's No. 1 in the BCS standings. The University of Alabama remains one of the nation's top teams and the defending national champion. LSU, Arkansas and Mississippi State all have big wins.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- JaMychal Green hopes a year older translate to better things for the University of Alabama men's basketball team. Green already has taken care of the bigger portion of the equation.
The Caledonia High School cross country roster reads more like an injured reserve list. Whether it is on the boys or the girls side, coach James Reed's laundry list of ailments, bumps, and bruises has erased any of the depth the veteran coach counted on at the beginning of the season.
Looking to maintain the combined success of the past two campaigns, the East Mississippi Community College basketball teams tip off their respective basketball seasons with four straight road doubleheaders to begin November.
For running back Vick Ballard, Mississippi State's six-game winning streak has been a blur.
1. Pickle takes over as New Hope football coach HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. MSU men hit unlucky 13 for second year in a row COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Close games have helped New Hope girls find focus HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Shaw has too much for West Lowndes HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS