The message is simple: It's time to be consistent. While it's never easy to come off a loss, coach Brad Butler feels the timing is ideal for the Heritage Academy football team to hit its stride. Not only will the Patriots have the motivation to get back on the winning track, he feels the team also will be geared up for the start of Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II, District 1 play at 7 p.m. Friday when it takes on Lee Academy.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football coached divided scouting reports of Southeastern Conference teams in the spring and summer. Days before the start of the 2011 season, the offensive report for LSU was in the trash can.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time this season, Mississippi State football fans will be allowed to bring cowbells into Davis Wade Stadium and to use them when No. 25 MSU plays host to No. 3 LSU at 7 p.m. Thursday (ESPN).
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy girls soccer team dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to Jackson Prep on Tuesday afternoon at the Starkville Sportsplex. With the victory, Prep improved to 9-1-1 and 3-0 in Class AAA, District 3 play, while Starkville Academy fell to 4-3 and 1-2. Coupled with a 5-0 district loss to Presbyterian Christian last month, Starkville Academy needs a strong second-half run to have a chance at winning the district title or earning a playoff berth.
While it may have taken a while to get to the end, the Heritage Academy volleyball team found the wait was worth it. Heritage Academy turned back Columbus High 3-2 in a spirited, back-and-forth two-hour tussle Tuesday night at the Stark Recreation Center on the Mississippi University for Women campus. In its first season of volleyball competition, Heritage Academy completed a season-sweep of Columbus with the 26-24, 26-24, 17-25, 23-25, 15-11 victory.
The nation's lone junior college football matchup of top 10 teams this week will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Senatobia when fourth-ranked Northwest Mississippi Community College plays host to eighth-ranked East Mississippi C.C. at Bobby Franklin Field. WLSM-FM (107.1) will broadcast the game. which is the division opener for both teams.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- This University of Alabama tailback tandem of Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy isn't nearly as famous as the last one, but so far it's been formidable enough. Richardson has pounded his way to five touchdowns in the second-ranked Crimson Tide's first two games and Lacy has nearly doubled his more well-known backfield mate's yards per carry.
OXFORD -- When the schedule says Vanderbilt, many Southeastern Conference teams breathe a sigh of relief. Not the University of Mississippi. Though the Commodores have struggled to get out of the bottom of the SEC for decades, they've certainly succeeded in being a huge pain for the Rebels in recent years, winning four of their past six in the series.
A Hinds County judge says he will rule soon on a motion by the University of Mississippi to move a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a former Ole Miss football player to Lafayette County.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State offensive coordinator Les Koenning sent out a tweet Sunday night following the Bulldogs first loss. "Film doesn't lie," Koenning tweeted. The "film" Koenning is referring to is the game tape from MSU's 41-34 loss to Auburn on Saturday in which quarterback Chris Relf was stopped at the goal line in the waning seconds.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen said Monday he expects senior center Quentin Saulsberry to play against No. 3 LSU at 7 p.m. Thursday (ESPN), but senior left tackle James Carmon is "day-to-day" with a left knee injury. Mullen said Sunday both players' injuries didn't require surgery but weren't available to practice Sunday night. Saulsberry left the Bulldogs' 41-34 loss to Auburn University on Saturday with what Mullen said was a knee sprain.
MACON -- Leaders set the example, even when they're a little dinged up. Through four games, Cole Newman and Drew Pearson haven't had much time off to heal the assortment of nagging ailments and bumps and bruises they have acquired in a series of nail-biting victories.
MACON -- Not counting the injuries to his team, Tyrone Shorter is feeling a lot better. The longtime assistant now in his second season as head coach of the Noxubee County High School football team can talk a little more confidently about his defense now that he is beginning to see more effort like the stingy Tigers of old.
The New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team is looking for a little more focus and consistency as it enters the stretch run of the 2011 season. Despite being sluggish Monday afternoon, the Trojans still had more than enough to beat Starkville 21-2 in a four-inning Class 5A, Region 1 contest at the Starkville High complex.
AUBURN, Ala.-- When Mississippi State's 11 players lined up Saturday at the Auburn University 2-yard-line with 10 seconds remaining in the game, they knew a tie wasn't in their future.
AUBURN, Ala. -- For the third straight season, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen will leave a game against Auburn University with a 0-1 record in the Southeastern Conference.
AUBURN, Ala. -- Mississippi State senior defensive back Charles Mitchell was standing right next to the football and was convinced his team has stopped Auburn University on fourth down.
MARIETTA -- Jason Davis rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns Friday night to lead the Immanuel Christian football team to a 42-8 victory against New Site.
OXFORD -- Jeff Scott waited more than a season for a chance to be the featured running back for the University of Mississippi football team. Four touchdowns later, the sophomore made the most of his opportunity.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- To call University of Alabama tight end Michael Williams open would have been a stretch. It didn't stop A.J. McCarron from delivering a fastball that must have made lots of Alabama fans think the Crimson Tide's quarterback competition is over.
1. Starkville High's Carter gets offer from Mississippi State HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Woolbright excited to coach volleyball at New Hope HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Starkville Academy names Parks its new baseball coach HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Howland leads strong group of new coaches in SEC COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Daily grind has purpose for New Hope's Thomas HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS