TUPELO --New Hope High School had to work hard to get a pair of basketball games into the victory column Tuesday night. However, the Lady Trojans and Trojans did just that.
Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith has assembled a team with lots of size and length.
STARKVILLE -- Sherise Williams is doing everything she can to make her presence felt this season for the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
Anthony Sharp hasn't had much time to think about the final football game of his prep career.
STARKVILLE -- Another week, another national award possibility for Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott.
East Mississippi Community College completed its football regular season where it started -- ranked No. 1 in the nation.
STARKVILLE - Despite rolling into Saturday's showdown against No. 4 Alabama as the top-ranked team in the country, No. 1 Mississippi State suddenly finds itself in a familiar position.
STARKVILLE -- As a point guard, Jerica James knows how to direct traffic. The senior is familiar with all of the hand signals and the subtle eye maneuvers that allow teammates to work their magic without using words. If there is one signal James and all point guards know, it is when a player grabs the ball and uses one arm to wave everyone off to one side of the floor as if to say, "Get out of my way. I got this."
STARKVILLE -- In the moments after leading the Mississippi State football team to its first 9-0 start in program history, coach Dan Mullen wasn't peppered with questions about a 45-16 victory against Tennessee-Martin on Homecoming. Mullen wasn't asked repeatedly about quarterback Dak Prescott, who had for three touchdowns and 260 yards. He wasn't pestered to reflect on No. 1 MSU's historic winning streak, which moved to 12 games, the second-best active run in the country. Instead, Mullen and each MSU player who met with the media Saturday night was asked often about one thing: MSU's game against Alabama on Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
WESSON -- The East Mississippi Community College football team did all it could on the field this season. Now human voters and computers will decide its fate. The final National Junior College Athletic Association ranking for the regular season will be released today. The poll will give an idea of EMCC's bowl destination, which will be confirmed Tuesday.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer feels his 2014-15 Mississippi State women's basketball team has enough weapons to make opponents pay inside, outside, or against any kind of defense.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Alabama football players were still celebrating their latest great escape from Death Valley when coach Nick Saban delivered a sobering reminder of the letdown the Crimson Tide had after their last dramatic triumph at LSU. "You know, we didn't play very well after that win," Saban said late Saturday night, alluding to an upset loss at home to Texas A&M and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel in 2012.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Alabama quarterback Blake Sims figured out LSU's swarming defense just in time for the Crimson Tide to deal the Tigers yet another devastating loss in raucous Death Valley. Sims drove Alabama 55 yards in the final 50 seconds of regulation for a tying field goal, and threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to DeAndrew White in overtime to lift No. 4 Alabama to a 20-13 victory against No. 14 LSU on Saturday night.
COTTONDALE, Ala. -- Seventy. In Eight-Man football, that's not such a big number. But when your archrival puts that number up against you in rallying from a 29-point deficit for a victory, that can lead to frustrating times.
Sam Caldwell believes Zion Campbell has the potential to help his Riverdale Baptist (Md.) girls basketball team build on its national championship from last season. Vic Schaefer and the Mississippi State women's basketball coaches have seen that potential, too, and they hope Campbell can continue to develop and push the Bulldogs closer to championships of their own.
RIPLEY -- Following the Caledonia High School football team's 48-14 loss to Ripley in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A North State playoffs on Friday night, coach Andy Crotwell talked briefly about the loss. Then he spoke at length about Caledonia's season and, more importantly, the senior class that helped the Confederates reach the postseason for the first time in nine seasons.
STARKVILLE -- Heisman Trophy candidate Dak Prescott's day was finished just after halftime. The Southeastern Conference's leading rusher, tailback Josh Robinson, watched most of the game from the sideline. Three more starters didn't play, but the No. 1 Mississippi State football team barely missed a beat, as its next wave of playmakers emerged Saturday in a 45-16 victory against Tennessee-Martin on Homecoming.
STARKVILLE -- The scoreboard hadn't even been turned off. That's how much time it took for the No. 1 Mississippi State football team, with fans still cheering a 45-16 homecoming victory against Tennessee-Martin, to begin fielding questions about the next game on its schedule.
Caledonia-Ripley Breakout Items
ABERDEEN -- Aberdeen High School football coach Mark Bray and third-year North Panola coach Derek King expected a close game when their teams met Friday night in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A North State playoffs. That's the way things started, as Aberdeen nursed a 20-16 lead at halftime. But Aberdeen scored 26 unanswered points in the second half and the defense held the Cougars to -2 yards rushing, 6 yards passing, and one first down (on a penalty) en route to a 46-16 win.