Through four games this seasson, the only direction the Kentucky Wesleyan football team can go is up. That’s because the Panthers have lost their first four games by a combined score of 177-58. But Kentucky Wesleyan senior linebacker Kevin Baldwin isn’t letting his team’s slow start get him down. Baldwin, a 2006 graduate of Columbus High School and a transfer from Itawamba Community College in Fulton, believes the Panthers are capable of salvaging what’s left of the season.
STARKVILLE — The timing was perfect for Todd Bramble. Facing the prospect of playing three matches in six days, the University of Alabama women’s soccer coach wanted to substitute liberally Tuesday night against Mississippi State. The return of junior forward Kelly King from a high ankle sprain couldn’t have come at a better time. In her first game of the 2009 season, King proved her timing was pretty good, too.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen is still trying to get his team’s passing game where it needs to be after four games. Through spring practice, offseason workouts, preseason drills and four regular-season games in Mullen’s spread offense, the Bulldogs have yet to click on all cylinders.
STARKVILLE — Slower was better for Lyndsey Haynes. The Starkville Academy senior pitcher’s use of the changeup nearly helped make Monday an all-day affair for the Lady Volunteers. As it turned out, Haynes almost pitched Starkville Academy out of the losers’ bracket and into a berth in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools AAA state tournament.
MABEN — Ledrick Patterson is a fast learner. Even though Patterson has been a member of the East Webster High School varsity football program for four years, he never played quarterback before this season.
STARKVILLE -- There’s no silver-lining in a loss for Dan Mullen. Mississippi State’s football coach didn’t see anything as a positive coming out of Saturday’s 30-26 loss to seventh-ranked LSU. “We didn’t win the game and the most important thing is to win the game for us in the end,” Mullen said on his Sunday teleconference. “We’ve preached competition since the first day, but there’s a winner and a loser. There’s really good things that happen to winners and nothing good happens when you don’t win.”
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State was six inches away from scoring a go-ahead touchdown against the No. 7 team in the country. With 1 minute, 8 seconds left in Saturday’s game against the LSU Tigers, the Bulldogs were turned away.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State senior tailback Anthony Dixon continues to add records to his resume. Dixon scored 12 points on a pair of touchdown runs Saturday in a 30-26 loss to No. 7 LSU to become the school’s all-time scoring leader with 222 points. He also extended his school record with 33 career touchdowns.
CALEDONIA –– The Aberdeen High School volleyball team won the MHSAA Class 1, Division 1 Tournament on Saturday by sweeping Caledonia in straight sets. Aberdeen won the first set 25-20 and the second 25-15 to claim the division championship.
OXFORD — A balanced offensive attack led by junior quarterback Zak Thrasher and a defensive unit that delivered big stops when necessary Friday night propelled the New Hope High School football team to a 21-11 victory against Oxford in its Class 5A, Region 1 opener at the University of Mississippi’s Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Presbyterian Christian quarterback David Roberts likes to throw the football. But Roberts knew Friday night that the field conditions at Heritage Academy’s C.L. Mitchell Field in Columbus would make that difficult. Roberts completed only 4 of 10 attempts, but he made up for it with his legs, rushing 13 times for 69 yards to help the Bobcats earn a 20-7 victory on the Patriots’ homecoming.
The Columbus High School football team came out to win Friday night. But after several fourth-quarter drives fizzled against Tupelo, frustrations started to build on the field. These frustrations boiled over to the locker room after a 10-6 loss, as several players went back in tears vowing to make a change to better represent the city of Columbus.
HAMILTON — Latedrick Troupe knew he had to make something happen. Problem was, he didn’t have the football and he was running away from his end zone. To make matters worse, the Hamilton High School running back was tracking back on a wet field and being chased by a handful of Caledonia High players eager to make a game-changing play.
STARKVILLE — The Starkville High School football team used a stingy effort from its defense Friday night to beat DeSoto Central 9-3 for its first victory of the season. Starkville (1-4, 1-0 Class 6A, Region 1, District 2) allowed less than 100 yards total and 1 yard rushing to win the district opener for both teams at Yellow Jacket Field.
WEST POINT — The West Point High School football team received a bit of a scare from Gentry on Friday night in West Point before putting the brakes on surging Rams 39-20.
ABERDEEN — The Houston High School football team made a game of it for the first five minutes here Friday in a non-division matchup. But the rest of the night proved to be a long one for the Hilltoppers, as Aberdeen scored 73 unanswered points and rolled to a 73-7 victory at Lester Miley Stadium.
REFORM, Ala. — Pickens County High School football coach Scott Marchant knew it would be important for his team to score early on a sloppy surface at G.S. Spruill Field. The Tornadoes did just that, scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions Friday night to beat county rival Aliceville 13-0.
WEST POINT — Memrie Corley didn’t waver. Clinging to a one-run lead, the Carroll Academy sophomore pitcher had just allowed a double to Maegen Ellis in the top of the sixth inning. She then uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Ellis to move to third base with only one out. The jam was right where Corley wanted to be.
The Central Academy fast-pitch softball team has accomplished one of its goals. Now it’s time for the Lady Vikings to take the next step. Fresh off an undefeated district run, Central Academy will travel Saturday to Cleveland to play in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools North Half A tournament at Bayou Academy. Hebron Christian, which earned the No. 2 seed out of District 3A, will join Central Academy (17-4) at the tournament, which kicks off with games at 10:30 a.m.
CALEDONIA — David Boykin is a positive person who loves football. One of the things he enjoys most about coaching is the camaraderie members of a staff develop breaking down film, working at practice, or developing new schemes and strategies. While there are formations and plays sketched out on the dry erase board to his left, Boykin often finds himself alone in the coaches office in the Caledonia High School field house.
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