CALEDONIA -- The temptation is always there for Jessica Comer. Like all elite cross country runners, she can hear footsteps. But she resists the urge.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team finished its exhibition schedule Monday with a 73-68 double overtime win against the University of Alabama in Huntsville at Coleman Coliseum.
A bye week should be the most relaxing time of a football team's season. For No. 17 Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference), last week's break from competition shattered the ball club because of the death of defensive end Nick Bell.
Ever since I was a young guy fishing in a flat-bottom boat in ponds and backwater areas of the river, I dreamed of fishing in the Bassmaster Classic.
Judith Tabala has only been a member of the Mississippi State women's basketball team for a few months, but her first game action Sunday showed she, Diamber Johnson, and the rest of her teammates are adjusting to new roles. Johnson, who offered the look to Tabala, scored a game-high 21 points to lead four players in double figures in a 75-42 victory against the University of Montevallo in an exhibition game at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Symmetry is a perfect word to describe Friday night's season-ending showdown between the Columbus and Starkville high school football teams. The Golden Triangle rivals mirrored one another in myriad ways in an offensive shootout that seemed scripted at times. But the Falcons' defense directed the final scene, stopping the Yellow Jackets 1 yard short of tying the game on the last play from scrimmage to preserve a 34-32 victory.
CLINTON -- Caledonia High School's Jessica Comer covered the Choctaw Trails 4-kilometer course in a time of 15 minutes, 55 seconds Saturday to win the Mississippi High School Activities Class 4A state cross country title.
The New Hope High School football team took care of its business Friday night with a 31-14 victory against Indianola Gentry in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 game at Trojan Field. The win by New Hope coupled with West Point High's 21-14 victory at Hernando helped the Trojans secure the No. 2 seed in the region.
COTTONDALE, Ala. -- Nothing is given to you. Landon Ellis summed it up best as he stood with the runner-up trophy in his hands and talked about what had just transpired. After three years of eye-popping scoring totals and margins of victory, the Victory Christian football team finally faced an opponent it couldn't overcome.
MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team's aggressive defensive play and punishing running game fueled a 37-0 win against Lexington's J.J. McClain on Friday in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A first-round playoff game.
ABERDEEN -- Entering the playoffs with a 5-6 record and a fourth-place division finish is always a challenge. But having to play the state's fourth-ranked Class 3A team at its place in the first round more times than not will result in a season-ending loss.
FRENCH CAMP -- When his team got the ball trailing by four points with a little more than four minutes left in its game against French Camp on Friday night, West Oktibbeha High School football coach Adam Lowrey had no doubt his team would score. But French Camp linebacker Josh Williams had other ideas, as he intercepted a Von Smith pass near midfield to halt West Oktibbeha's comeback attempt and hand the Panthers a 30-26 win.
MABEN -- The East Webster High School football team took its first step toward a state championship Friday night in a 35-20 win against Bruce. The Wolverines (12-0) continued their dominance on the ground, rushing for 327 yards on 41 carries in their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A playoff opener.
LOUISVILLE -- Wyatt Roberts completed 17 of 26 passes for 262 yards to lead the Louisville High School football team past Amanda Elzy 32-8 Friday night in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A playoffs.
OXFORD -- With its best playmaker relegated to the sidelines, the University of Mississippi football team kept the playbook simple. And with a punishing running game led by Brandon Bolden's 136 rushing yards and two touchdowns, Ole Miss plowed past Louisiana-Lafayette 43-21 on Saturday night.
NEW ORLEANS -- Southern Mississippi barely got 100 yards passing from its quarterback, but the biggest play of the game was a pass from one of its wide receivers. Quentin Pierce took a lateral from quarterback Austin Davis and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Johdrick Morris to break a fourth-quarter tie and lead the Golden Eagles to a 46-30 Conference USA victory against Tulane on Saturday.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- As Les Miles' latest stab at fourth-down trickery was about to unfold, the LSU coach bent down, snatched up some blades of grass -- and ate them. "I have a little tradition that humbles me as a man, that lets me know that I'm a part of the field and part of the game," Miles said as a smile widened on his face. "You should have seen some games before this. I can tell you one thing: The grass in Tiger Stadium tastes best."
The Sulligent and Pickens County high school football teams advanced to the second round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association playoffs Friday night. Sulligent defeated West End of Walnut Grove, Ala., 34-18 in the Class 2A playoffs, while Pickens County ended Loachapoka's season in Class 1A with a 26-7 victory.
Versatility appears to be a potential catchword for the 2010-11 Mississippi State women's basketball team.
The Mississippi State men's basketball team's exhibition opener against Lindsey Wilson College showed how different the Bulldogs will look this season.
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