STARKVILLE -- The expectations for the Mississippi State University baseball team continue to rise.
Tom Velek remembers the letter well. His oldest son, Avery, had decided to get involved in soccer after a few years away from the sport, so the decision was made to sign him up with the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority. That's when the waiting began.
After waiting several seasons for a basketball win over arch-rival Starkville, the Columbus High School boys' team was more than willing to wait four more minutes.
STARKVILLE -- Instead of backing away from its status as defending state champions, the Starkville High boys' soccer team has embraced that role.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University got a interesting verbal commitment that as a right now doesn't fit into a normal projection box for most recruiting analysts.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University coach Rick Ray has laid the goals out for his club as they approach another Southeastern Conference road trip.
STARKVILLE -- Carolina Berryhill and Hannah Laird made sure the Starkville High School girls soccer danced its way into the second round.
SALTILLO -- Overtime and first-round playoffs games is a mix the New Hope High School girls soccer team can't escape. Fortunately, the Lady Trojans proved again it's a situation they thrive in.
STARKVILLE -- Academy basketball was on display Tuesday night in front of a packed house, as Starkville Academy and East Rankin Academy boys' and girls' teams squared off.
The term "Falcon Soccer" is beginning to carry some weight. Back-to-back playoff appearances will do that for a team's reputation, especially one that won only one game two years ago. In that time, coach Ben Moore and a group of 11 seniors have helped transform the Columbus High School boys soccer program into a team that no longer considers a three- or four-goal loss satisfying.
Starkville High girls soccer coach Anna Albritton feels her squad is battle-tested. Starkville will find out if that is good enough for postseason success at 6 tonight when it plays host to Oxford in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoffs.
Mary Nagy could tell something was wrong. The New Hope High School girls soccer coach looked in her players' eyes prior to the team's game against Starkville High on Jan. 11 and knew something was missing. Despite taking a 1-0 lead, Nagy watched as the Lady Yellow Jackets stole the momentum and beat the Lady Trojans to nearly all of the 50-50 balls en route to a 4-1 victory.
CALEDONIA -- A one-year absence from the postseason might not sound like a big deal. But for a program like the Caledonia High School girls soccer team, which has been accustomed to winning district titles and advancing the playoffs, even the shortest hiatus can seem like an eternity.
Monday was a good day for the University of Mississippi men's basketball team.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State University's men's basketball coach Rick Ray has diagnosed his team's problem in its past two Southeastern Conference games: The Bulldogs haven't valued possession of the basketball.
STARKVILLE -- On the football field, a quarterback is in charge of making sure all players are in the right position to make plays. Starkville High School's Caleb Wilson has taken that same hankering for detail to the basketball court and is quietly emerging as a leader for the Yellow Jackets.
STARKVILLE - Starkville High School sophomore Caleb Wilson has already gained notoriety in football circles. On Saturday night, the sophomore showed he can play some basketball, too. Wilson scored 15 points, cause havoc on the defensive end and provided a big spark as Starkville defeated West Point 69-59 at the Bee Hive.
STARKVILLE --The Starkville Academy boys basketball team is starting to reap the benefits of an early season gauntlet. Starkville Academy, once a handful of games under .500, added to its resurgent streak Saturday with a 56-37 victory against Oak Hill Academy. The victory was the fifth in the last six games for the Volunteers (13-10).
STARKVILLE -- Maybe it was the artificial turf. Maybe it was the rust from a long layoff. Either way, Starkville High School boys soccer coach Brian Bennett wasn't up for excuses Friday night.
The T-shirt says it all. A year ago, the Columbus High School girls basketball team had its title dreams end in a loss to Horn Lake in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State semifinals.
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