STARKVILLE -- Leader. It's a simple term that conveys a lot of responsibility. Whether it is orchestrating body bumps or leading a team onto the court or making sure the basketball gets into the hands of the right player, Diamber Johnson enters her final season at Mississippi State confident she can handle all of those roles and more.
ABERDEEN -- The cradle action looks natural to Channing Ward. The Aberdeen High School senior defensive lineman sits on the couch in Chris Duncan's office and practices his grip. He clutches the football to chest and he lowers it to his waist as the conversation about him continues. It's almost as if Ward is picturing a run he will make in the coming weeks to lead the Aberdeen High football team back to Jackson and a shot at the Class 3A state title.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Apparently the cure for offensive futility is having a bye week to prepare for the University of Kentucky's defense. This set of steps is the only way to explain Mississippi State's 398 total yards and its 28-16 road win against Kentucky on Saturday night.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen said for weeks it was possible his quarterbacks would constantly rotate. The third-year coach was a man of his word Saturday as Tyler Russell and Chris Relf had impressive performances in a 28-16 victory against the University of Kentucky.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Mississippi State football team reversed its numbers Saturday in what coach Dan Mullen calls the most important part of the field. MSU's ability to go 4-for-5 (four touchdowns) inside the University of Kentucky's 20-yard-line Saturday proved to be the difference in a 28-16 victory, its first in the Southeastern Conference this season.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Stansbury should have plenty of fun playing with an assortment of puzzle pieces this season. From the savvy penetration skills of point guard Dee Bost to the energy and enthusiasm of Arnett Moultrie and Wendell Lewis to the high-stepping versatility of Brian Bryant to the potential of Rodney Hood, the Mississippi State men's basketball team showed all the parts Saturday that could make for a promising season.
Rachel Hollivay doesn't have the date highlighted on her calendar. The Heritage Academy girls basketball standout also hasn't raided the local sporting goods stores for T-shirts, baseball caps, or other paraphernalia to make sure she's ready for next month.
Before the school year began, there was some question as to whether Columbus High School would have a swim team. But Chris Chain stepped up to coach the team on a volunteer basis. His decision has allowed the Falcons to qualify two swimmers for the Mississippi High School Activities Association State Meet today at Delta State University's Aquatics Center in Cleveland.
MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team sent a message to close the season. One week after losing 14-12 to Louisville in the C Spire Wireless "Bright Lights Football" regionally televised game, the Noxubee County trounced Class 4A, Region 4 rival Caledonia 36-7 Friday night.
MACON -- There was life to the magic. All season, the Central Academy football team found ways to win games. Four times by two points and two more by eight points, the Vikings snatched victory from defeat by the slimmest margins.
Senior Night at Trojan Field didn't turn out the way many of the seniors on the New Hope High School football team had planned. A season of setbacks and heartbreaks caught up with New Hope on Friday night as the Center Hill earned a 23-12 victory.
Friday night's weather was perfect for a playoff game. Unfortunately, the evening marked the 2011 finale for the Victory Christian football team. In its fourth playoff appearance in as many years, Victory Christian lost to North River Christian 28-16 Friday night in the first round of the Christian Football Association playoffs.
OXFORD -- Senior quarterback Dequinten Spraggins knew his time was coming to make big plays for the Green Wave. A year of learning on the run and adapting from a full-time defensive player to an offensive threat showed up at the most advantageous time Friday night for the West Point High School football team.
HAMILTON -- Dakota Brasher passed for 51 yards and threw one touchdown, and K.J. Woods rushed for 202 yards and scored four touchdowns Friday night to help the Ackerman High School football team beat Hamilton 41-35 in double overtime in a Class 2A, Region 2 game.
WEST POINT -- The Immanuel Christian football team walked onto Raider Field with the thunder and sparkle of fireworks. It seemed the celebration of an Oak Hill Academy win for Senior Night had already begun.
OLIVE BRANCH -- It's down to a one-game season for the Columbus High School football team. Columbus fell into fourth place in Class 6A, Region 1 after a 43-14 loss to Olive Branch at Pool Field.
Pillow Academy wanted to spoil Senior Night for the Heritage Academy football team. It appeared the Mustangs had enough horsepower in the first quarter Friday night at C.L. Mitchell Field. After galloping out to a 14-0 lead in the opening stanza, Heritage Academy grabbed the reins and corralled the visitors for the remainder of the game en route to a 32-14 victory to close the 2011 season.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell asked his players Friday night if they knew the last time the program was 8-2.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team knows a win at 6 p.m. today (Fox Sports South) against the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., is the highest priority if it wants to make back-to-back postseason appearances.
STARKVILLE -- Different approaches, one objective. Whether it is "control the controllables" or "stay in the moment," the Mississippi State and University of Mississippi women's soccer teams know their game at 7 p.m. Friday (SportSouth) in Oxford will be doubly significant.
1. Columbus High moving to fill coaching vacancies HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. New Hope standout Johnson signs with East Tennessee State COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Excitement abounds as Starkville HIgh is set to name Woods new coach HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU men's basketball adds four-star prospect Holman COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Shaw picks up pace in Limited Late Model race LOCAL SPORTS