Follow your heart. Rachel Hollivay spent days contemplating where she would take the next step in her life. She knew when she entered the recruiting process she would receive a lot of attention, but she never imagined she would face so much pressure making a decision that affected so many people.
STARKVILLE -- Jamie Mitchell can look back at last week as proof his team is ready for playoff football. The second-year Starkville High School football coach watched his squad commit zero turnovers and four penalties in a 35-14 win at Neshoba Central to secure the Class 5A, Region 2 title.
National television has turned the Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers rivalry into one of the best in the NFL. Each senior college football season ends with multiple rivalry games, such as Mississippi State-the University of Mississippi, the University of Alabama-Auburn, Oregon-Oregon State, and Georgia-Georgia Tech. The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges is developing quite the rivalry of its own. At 2 p.m. Saturday, No. 2 East Mississippi Community College (10-0) and No. 5 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (9-1) will play the latest installment of what has turned into an intense and passionate rivalry. In this meeting, the MACJC state championship will be decided at Sullivan-Windham Field on the EMCC campus.
The West Point High School football team finished the regular season on a high. Now, the Green Wave will try to parlay that momentum into a third straight Class 5A state championship. The quest for a state title will begin at 7 tonight with a first-round North State playoff contest against Neshoba Central at McCallister Field.
Tyrone Shorter knows about aerial wizardry. As a cornerback Austin Peay, Shorter's job was to prevent big plays and make life difficult for quarterbacks and wide receivers. Shorter's role hasn't changed now that he is a coach. In his second season as coach at Noxubee County High School, Shorter still takes an active role with the Tigers' defense.
A high-scoring shootout is possible when the West Oktibbeha County High School football team takes on Natchez Cathedral at 7 tonight in the opening round of the Class 1A South State playoffs.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi men's basketball team will open the 2011-12 season at 6:30 tonight when it plays host to the University of Louisiana-Monroe at Tad Smith Coliseum.
One down, four to go. The Pickens County High School football team will return to the gridiron at 7 tonight when it takes on Brantley in a second-round Alabama High School Activities Association Class 1A playoff game.
Sometimes things just come together. That's the best way veteran high school football coach Jack French knows how to explain Starkville Academy's 2005 Mississippi Private Schools Association Class AAA, Division II state championship.
Starkville Academy senior fullback Ryan Mann admits neither he nor his teammates have played in a state championship football game. However, the Volunteers have been dreaming about and preparing for this moment most of their lives.
Things didn't happen the way Dylan Earnest planned, but he is going to get an opportunity to play Division I baseball sooner rather than later. The former Hamilton High School standout, who missed most of his freshman season at Itawamba Community College due to injury, gave a verbal commitment Monday to play baseball for Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. He made it official Wednesday when he signed a National Letter-of-Intent.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School forward Gavin Ware finalized his destination of choice Wednesday when he signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play basketball for Mississippi State. "It's a big step forward that gets me closer to my future and where I want to be in life," Ware said. "It's close to home and gives me endless opportunities to be somebody."
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference unveiled its eighth annual men's basketball coaches preseason All-SEC first and second teams Wednesday. Thirty-two players received votes for the teams, and the University of Alabama, the University of Florida, the University of Kentucky and Vanderbilt University led all schools with three selections each, while Mississippi State had two selections. Nine schools are represented on the preseason squads.
STARKVILLE -- Wednesday's upset is exactly why the executives of the 2K Classic made this an invitational event and not a traditional tournament. The University of Akron men's basketball team's 68-58 victory against an out-of-sync Mississippi State team in front of a stunned 6,897 fans at Humphrey Coliseum didn't earn the Zips at trip to Madison Square Garden next week, but it gave them a season-opening victory against a major program.
STARKVILLE -- Kendra Grant is ready to go. The Richland High School standout selected Mississippi State because she knew she would have a chance to make key contributions as a freshman.
Dan Olson considers Sherise Williams to be "a sleeper." The Mississippi State women's basketball team hopes Williams lives up to that potential.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- JaMychal Green knows he has to stay on the floor and out of trouble for the No. 19 University of Alabama men's basketball team.
Good goal scorers know where they get their passes. It took Sarah Hern a split second to mention teammate Ashley Martian when she was asked about her goal in stoppage time that helped the New Hope High School girls soccer team edge Columbus 3-2.
STARKVILLE -- Chris Wilson has an easy answer to the average Joe who wonders why the Mississippi State football team won't line up 10 guys at the line of scrimmage to stop the University of Alabama's running game.
The University of Mississippi will move forward together without Houston Nutt. It remains to be seen if any of Nutt's assistant coaches will stay in Oxford at the end of a season that has the Rebels 2-7 with three games remaining, but Ole Miss will pay a hefty price to end its association with Nutt after only four years.
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