STARKVILLE — The contact would have knocked a lesser guard to the ground. But not much stops Armelie Lumanu when she is in her element.
South Lamar High School girls basketball coach Josh Harper must feel like he has been sent a gift from above. South Lamar’s future looks promising thanks to freshman guard Angel Cunningham.
As of Thursday morning, five local teams are scheduled to play Saturday in the East Oktibbeha High School basketball tournament in Crawford.
Four days and counting. That’s how long before the Mississippi State women’s basketball team has before it begins the next part of its testing. At 7 tonight, MSU (8-4) will take on Alcorn State (0-8) at Humphrey Coliseum in its final tune-up before it kicks off its 16-game Southeastern Conference schedule at 2 p.m. Sunday at Auburn.
BRANDON –– The New Hope High School boys basketball team had five players score in double figures Tuesday in a 68-58 victory against Northwest Rankin in the Northwest Rankin Classic.
Darian Donald has taken the next step in his college basketball career. Now, the former Caledonia High School and East Mississippi Community College player is ready to make an impact at Mississippi Valley State University.
HATTIESBURG -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team showed Monday at the Hattiesburgh Holiday Classic why it’s considered the top-ranked team in Mississippi. The Yellow Jackets, ranked No. 1 by The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, jumped out to a 21-3 lead against Brookhaven after the first quarter and went on to a 70-41 victory at Watkins Gymnasium. Starkville (11-0) held a 34-15 advantage at halftime and even though Brookhaven competed better in the second half, it couldn’t make up the huge deficit.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury has no problem with what Phil Turner provides off the bench. Although there were some anxious moments in the post Monday night when senior center Jarvis Varnado got into foul trouble and had to come out of the first half against Mississippi Valley State. Freshmen Wendell Lewis and John Riek pieced together what they could and helped the Bulldogs beat Mississippi Valley 73-45 in front of 5,421 at Humphrey Coliseum.
WEST POINT — Dennis Allen had a dream to sell. Problem was, not many people, even friends, were willing to come to West Point High School to help transform a football program that had fallen on hard times. So Allen thought back to a golf outing in Ackerman when he met Chris Chambless. At the time, Chambless was in his first season at Caledonia High, and was known for his prowess as a defensive coach.
Playmakers share so many things. Whether its speed, strength, endurance, or a burning desire to be the best, their ability to change a game with one touch of the football makes them special. Michael Carr and Vincent Sanders share all of those traits and more. The West Point High School and Noxubee County High seniors also bring a confidence to the field that allows them to deliver game-changing plays on offense or defense.
It was a year to remember for the Lamar County and Pickens County high school football teams. Both teams made runs for a state title and came up a game shy of playing each other in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A state championship game. Lamar County tied a school record for most wins in a season in Ken Adams’ third season as coach. Pickens County made the state semifinals in Scott Marchant’s first year as a head coach.
Michael Bradford’s goal was to be a leader on the offensive side of the ball for the Lamar County High School football team. The senior quarterback emerged as that leader and led Lamar County to a season to remember. With Bradford leading the way, Lamar County equalled a school record for the most wins in a season with 13 and made it to the semifinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A playoffs.
Going into this past high school football season, Pickens County coach Scott Marchant asked junior Deion Curry to play a demanding position on defense. Marchant wanted to use Curry as a hybrid where he lined up at linebacker and safety. Marchant wanted to exploit Curry’s talents in stopping the run and defending the pass, depending on the situation.
Bat and ball sports have been a part of E.T. Colvin’s life ever since he can remember. Baseball was his sport at Lee High School in Columbus, and he was good enough to earn a scholarship to play the sport for three years at the University of Alabama. When Colvin realized he never was going to earn a living playing baseball, he turned to the next best thing: Softball.
Jamerson Love’s ability to fight through adversity has paid dividends. After getting off to a difficult start at Aberdeen High School three years ago, Love found the right way to go and went from occasional trouble-maker to a go-to player for coach Chris Duncan and the Bulldogs. For his accomplishments this season, Love, who helped Aberdeen to the Class 3A North State championship, is The Commercial Dispatch Small Schools Offensive Player of the Year. He thanked God for the opportunity to be player of the year and said improving his leg strength enabled him to play offense and defense.
Josh Poe had something to prove at West Oktibbeha High School. At 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, Poe knew he wasn’t going to have anything given to him and was going to have to earn his spot as linebacker. West Oktibbeha coach Adam Lowrey was reluctant at first to give Poe the chance, but once he saw him in action, the reservations vanished.
Chris Duncan had to endure a full schedule Fridays during football season. Splitting time as a coach and minister, Duncan would leave home in Calhoun County as early as 4:30 or 5 a.m. to deliver a tape of his radio show to the station, before going to Aberdeen High School. His day didn’t end when school was out because he had to coach the Bulldogs in a football game that night.
AMORY — The welcoming line extended almost out the door of the media center. If Trent Hammond didn’t understand how passionate Amory is about its high school football team, he grasped that concept after more than 40 minutes of shaking hands and talking with well-wishers Monday afternoon after being formally introduced as the school’s head football coach. Hammond, who was the head coach at Franklin County the past two seasons, was approved to be hired Friday by the Amory School Board. He replaces Pat Byrd, who earlier this month left the school to become head football coach at Saltillo High.
The relationship was forged in Starkville Area Youth basketball. The legacy started in the sixth grade with a point guard and a center. Edward Townsel, the guard, was just as fast. Rashad Perkins, the center, was just as tough, but no, he couldn’t dunk. Fast forward to Saturday night. Townsel and Perkins have used years of playing together and developed an ability to sense what the other is going to do on the basketball court.
STARKVILLE — There’s nothing Baxter Price would like more than to see Mississippi State’s basketball team get a big lead against Centenary tonight. As a walk-on with the Bulldogs, that scenario might be the only way Price will get to play and have a chance to score points in front of family and friends at Mississippi Coliseum. The freshman from Brandon, who attended Northwest Rankin High School, said it would be special if he was to receive playing time at 7 tonight when MSU plays in the capital city.
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