CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Whitney Lowe still remembers the tipping point.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Wade Goodman believes hard work pays off.
MACON -- A clean sweep for Columbus High School was the result of two tightly contested prep basketball games against Noxubee County Tuesday night.
In a critical region game, a team must rely on its seniors. For the New Hope High School boys basketball team, Derrick Sherrod carried the flag Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE - Any time a player goes for 40 points in Rupp Arena on the opening weekend of Southeastern Conference, that person must obviously be accounted for.
RIDGELAND -- Starkville's first-ever trip to the Mississippi High School Activities Association's Class 5A North State girls soccer championship match ended in extreme disappointment with a 2-0 defeat at Ridgeland Tuesday night.
OXFORD -- The reaction didn't bode well for the Starkville High School boys soccer team.
Starkville Academy boys basketball coach Mark Alexander begged senior Carnail Minor to play with more urgency.
Don't be surprised Thursday if Chris Stratton mentions how unbelievably fortunate he is to be playing a kid's game for a living. Stratton also may talk about how quickly that luxury can be taken away at a moment's notice and how he experienced that reality last year in his first minor league season.
STARKVILLE -- Zach Slaughter had a perfect view of the assault. Save for two goals that penetrated the bunker, Slaughter and the Starkville Academy boys soccer team didn't have much offensive success Monday in a 2-0 victory against Heritage Academy at the Starkville Sportsplex.
STARKVILLE -- Don't limit Taylor Wise just because of his height. At 6-foot-5, the Starkville High School senior is a not-so-secret weapon in the battle for aerial supremacy.
STARKVILLE -- Brian Bennett and Anna Albritton will be in different positions tonight, but both will hope for the same result. While the Starkville High School boys soccer team will rely on the experience it gained from its state title run in 2012, the Starkville High girls will try not to let the enormity of the moment get to them. The teams will face those challenges at 6 p.m. on the road in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State title matches.
STARKVILLE -- "We just reverted back to our old ways, and this isn't the time to go back to our bad habits." Those were the words of Mississippi State University freshman center Gavin Ware used to explain why MSU men's basketball coach Rick Ray called his players "selfish" and "wrapped up in our offense."
STARKVILLE -- Two candidates for the Mississippi State University baseball team's weekend rotation will make their debuts at 4:30 p.m. today at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Kendra Grant provided the perfect exclamation point Sunday afternoon. Down to its final possession in its best half this season, Grant cradled the ball on the left wing and eyed the rim. Once a perimeter threat who hesitated to leave the familiar territory of the 3-point arc, Grant didn't think twice, moving toward the baseline against Tia Faleru with a purpose. She absorbed contact as she skirted the tightrope and muscled up for a layup that delivered the final punctuation.
Anthony Dixon has never gone to the San Francisco 49ers training facility with anything but a smile, so you can imagine his feelings about living his childhood dream and getting ready to play in Super Bowl XLVII.
No matter what happens for the rest of his professional football career, Pernell McPhee will be one of the chosen few who can say he played in the final game of a future Hall of Famer. For that reason, McPhee has dedicated Super Bowl XLVII to teammate Ray Lewis.
STARKVILLE --Taylor Wise is easily the most physically-imposing player whenever he steps on a soccer field. Still, even a beast needs a little love from friends and family to provide an extra gear.
The tears reflect how far the New Hope High School girls soccer has come in one year. Reagan Hern is just disappointed she won't be with the Lady Trojans next season to help them take the next step.
The Columbus High School baseball team is going to kick off the 2013 season in style. Former Tupelo High and Mississippi State University standout Chris Stratton will be the guest speaker at 6 p.m. Thursday for Columbus High's First Pitch Banquet in the Columbus High cafeteria. Senior Christian Dale also will hold a ceremony to announce his signing with Jones County Junior College.
1. Pickens Academy's Colvin will play softball at ICC HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Trufant has been busy in first six months at The W COLLEGE SPORTS
3. EMCC football team finishes No. 2 in nation COLLEGE SPORTS
4. It's all in attitude for West Point HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. MSU women climb to program-best No. 5 in AP poll COLLEGE SPORTS