"Be the One" is a rallying cry for the Mississippi State women's basketball team this season. On paper, senior point guard Diamber Johnson figures to be the first option for the Lady Bulldogs. From there, though, the pecking order becomes unclear. It isn't because coach Sharon Fanning-Otis' team doesn't have choices.
OXFORD -- It has been a while since Andy Kennedy could look his best players in the eye. The University of Mississippi men's basketball team's 6-foot-7 coach has had mostly guard-oriented teams during his six years in Oxford, but that trend will change this season. The Rebels return several experienced frontcourt players who likely will determine how good this team will become.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Everything is new this season for the University of Mississippi women's basketball team. A new attitude, a new group of players, a new hunger to play. Coach Renee Ladner sees all of those elements on display. More importantly, Ladner hopes her team has a clean bill of health.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's men's basketball team is mindful of what happened last November, and what consequently didn't occur in March.
HOOVER, Ala. -- Wendell Hudson likes the numbers dilemma he will face this season. With six or seven "starters" to fill five spots on the floor, Hudson feels the 2011-12 University of Alabama women's basketball team will be able to score more points and to play at a faster tempo than it did a year ago.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -- The University of Alabama women's soccer team saw its run at the Southeastern Conference tournament come end Friday night with a 2-1 loss to No. 23 University of Florida in the semifinals at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
STARKVILLE -- The defending NAIA champions Pikeville Bears gave the Mississippi State men's basketball team an early run Friday night, but a balanced and dominating second-half performance by the Bulldogs' starting five closed the door on Pikeville's upset bid.
ABERDEEN -- Channing Ward scored on a 76-yard run to get things going and to lead the Aberdeen High School football team to a 36-9 victory against Velma Jackson on Friday night in the first round of the Class 3A North State playoffs.
Regardless of what happened elsewhere, Columbus High School football coach Tony Stanford's Falcons still needed to focus Friday night on the task at hand: Beating Grenada. Columbus did just that, closing the book on the 2011 season with a 48-21 victory.
MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team took advantage of special teams Friday night to advance to the second round of the Class 4A North State playoffs.
WEST POINT -- The West Point High School football team scored 35 second-quarter points, and Aeris Williams and Dequinten Spraggins each scored a pair of touchdowns to lead the Green Wave to a 56-20 win against New Hope on Friday night.
HAMILTON -- The Hamilton High School football team spent most of its Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A first-round playoff game looking for one big offensive play. Unfortunately for the Lions, that play never came.
REFORM, Ala. -- The Pickens County High School football team's high-powered offense was a late arrival Friday night, but once it took the field it proved costly for A.L. Johnson.
PHILADELPHIA -- Three words from their starting quarterback defines the feeling of the Starkville High football program.
STARKVILLE -- Even with a 10-2 record and a District 2, Division II title, Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill said he still needed time to realize where his team was sitting.
Stacy Hester is back in high school baseball. More than two years after not being retained as New Hope High School baseball coach, Hester was hired as baseball coach at Carroll Academy, a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AA school in Carrollton, about an hour and a half away from Columbus.
STARKVILLE -- The NCAA has ruled Mississippi State forward Kristers Zeidaks ineligible for the 2011-12 men's basketball season. The NCAA Eligibility Center confirmed Zeidaks, who is from Latvia, will be suspended for this season and 11 games next season for his participation in a league that included professional players and for playing against professional players in his home country.
It starts with a victory That's the easiest way the Columbus High School football team can take the first step to earning a playoff bid.
The second season is finally here for the Starkville Academy football team. Starkville Academy will end a six-year absence from the postseason at 7 tonight when it plays host to Clarksdale Lee Academy in a first-round Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II playoff game at J.E. Logan Field in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- Win and you're the champion. It's a simple formula for the Starkville High School football team as its prepares for its game at 7 tonight against Neshoba Central that will decide the Class 5A, Region 2 title.