The stretch run to the playoffs begins in earnest tonight. For Class 6A Columbus High School and for Class 5A New Hope and West Point, that journey will take them through two of the state's toughest regions.
Jessica Dickens has believed in her team from the start of the season. The first-year Starkville Academy head fast-pitch softball coach said in the preseason and in the beginning and the middle of the regular season that the Lady Volunteers had the potential to be one of the state's best teams if they stayed focused on offense, defense, and in the circle.
The top-ranked University of Alabama football team inserted a few blue-chip recruits, some longtime backups and a healthy Dont'a Hightower into the defense. And voila, the Crimson Tide once again has been shutting down opponents. Now that rebuilt defense gets to prove its mettle over the next three weeks.
East Oktibbeha High School's football team didn't envision being 0-5 at this point in the season.
For Starkville High's football team, particularly its offense, it was necessary a receiver step up to the challenge of leading a young and depleted receiver group. Against West Point, the Yellow Jackets (2-2) found the answer in senior Shaquille Hill, who scored the game-winner on a diving, 23-yard score. He had four catches for 66 yards in Starkville's 21-20 win.
The 21st annual Premier Ford Magnolia State 100 will come to life today and Saturday at Columbus Speedway.
When Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis was sidelined for the last eight games of the 2009 season because of a foot injury, he tried to take advantage of the new perspective.
The visiting Lions of East Mississippi held Itawamba scoreless in the second half en route to their first win of the year with a 37-10 division triumph over the Indians Thursday at Lambert Stadium on the ICC campus.
Certain responsibilities at the varsity level rarely fall on the shoulders of an eighth-grader, but Starkville Academy's Anna McKell has handled her role well in her first season as a full-time starter.
With last week's article concerning crankbaits, there are questions on when to use certain crankbaits.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team has allowed fives sacks in three games, but linemen and coaches agree there's plenty to fix before Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- Players say they aren't feeling the effects of all of the turnover and uncertainty in Mississippi State's men's basketball program.
Brad Butler has prepared the Heritage Academy football team. Now it is up to the Patriots to take on the adversity they have faced in the first half of the 2010 season head on.
Donnelli Johnson had a choice to make. The former East Oktibbeha County High School standout could have done what a lot of individuals in his position would have done and played back-to-back seasons at East Mississippi Community College. But Johnson realized there was a bigger picture.
STARKVILLE -- Caitlin Rance loves a challenge. Like most hitters, her biggest obstacles usually come at the net reading a block or when she is trying to deliver a kill.
West Alabama high school football teams will take a breather from regional play Friday night, but their opponents won't be strangers.
It's easy for Tevin Blanchard to attract attention. At Aberdeen High School, the 6-foot, 170-pounder earned All-District and second-team All-State honors in football and helped the boys basketball team win the Class 3A state title in 2008.
Jessee Mims has always felt comfortable on the soccer field. Mims' skills on and off the ball as a midfielder allowed her to make a difference in a match and feel like she was a contributor.
Three of the four NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series West Region title contenders earned enough points Saturday to tighten up the point standings for the top three points fund-paying spots.
1. Bulldogs will rely on Prescott COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Columbus faces Noxubee County in season opener HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Sentimore, EMCC begin title defense Thursday at Southwest COLLEGE SPORTS
4. MSU Football Depth Chart COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Mullen, MSU look ahead to opener COLLEGE SPORTS