VERNON, Ala. -- The Lamar County High School football team needed one big offensive play Friday night. Freshman tailback Alex Wheeler provided it. Wheeler's 1-yard touchdown run with 10 minutes, 40 seconds left in regulation helped Lamar County knock off arch-rival South Lamar 6-0 before a standing-room-only crowd at George Bell Stadium in the season opener for both teams.
ABERDEEN -- The Aberdeen High School football team was humbled in its Week 1 loss to Columbus. Shannon High caught the wrath Friday night. Aberdeen held Shannon to 45 yards of offense, forced four fumbles and scored a touchdown in a 22-14 win.
MACON -- The Central Academy football team capitalized on a key turnover and scored on a broken play to take the lead and hold on for a 24-22 victory against Calhoun Academy on Friday night in its home opener.
Enthusiasm continues to build for the first Mississippi High School Fishing Championship. Sponsored by the Student Angler Federation, the inaugural event is set for this weekend at Columbus Lake. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. today with registration and orientation at the Ramp Pavilion at Stennis East Bank Lock and Dam. A rules briefing will follow at 6 p.m. Fishing begins at the ramp at daylight Sunday, and culminates with a weigh-in at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
MABEN -- The West Oktibbeha County High School football team scored 42 points in the first half en route to a 50-30 victory against Montgomery County on Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- Most incoming freshmen in any college sport are asked to raise their level of play. Mississippi State forward Rodney Hood is enjoying just being a part of a team where he isn't the focus.
STARKVILLE -- The Heritage Academy and Starkville Academy football programs are working their way back to 2005.
CALEDONIA -- Dare to stop the Confederates. Ricky Kendrick doesn't hide the fact that his Caledonia High School football team is going to run the football. To Kendrick, it comes down to simple math: Get 3.3 yards per carry and hold on to the football and the Confederates will be able to dictate the tempo of the game.
STARKVILLE -- Jamie Mitchell still has that feeling no head coach wants.
STARKVILLE -- Wheeler Richardson isn't one to stand in one spot on a volleyball court. If you aren't watching the ball, you better be ready to move because the Starkville High School senior will run through you to keep it from hitting the floor.
Bragging rights can be on the line on opening night. Such will be the case when the South Lamar and Lamar County High School football team renew acquaintances in the season opener at 7 p.m. at George Bell Stadium in Vernon, Ala.
STARKVILLE -- Columbus High School slow-pitch softball player Shaquera Wilson is enjoying her team's four-game winning streak.
MACON -- You'll have to excuse Ronnie Sciple if he prefers to discuss how his team finished its season opener. The Central Academy football coach didn't care very much for the first three quarters of the Vikings' game against Calvary Christian last week.
STARKVILLE -- Thursday marked the final 5:30 a.m. preseason practice session for the Starkville High School swim team. When Starkville hits the water Saturday at the Brandon Invitational, a potentially outstanding season finally will be under way.
Perfect weather conditions were on the agenda when the Mississippi TBF Bass Federation State Championship kicked off early this morning at the Columbus Boat Ramp.
Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen will be the featured speaker Tuesday night at the Starkville Country Club when the Starkville Quarterback Club launches its 46th season.
STARKVILLE -- Tyler Russell still remembers what it felt like to walk off the field against the University of Memphis. The third-year sophomore would like to repeat that sense of accomplishment at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 against Memphis one year later.
The East Oktibbeha County and West Oktibbeha County high school football teams play games Friday that won't affect their postseason chances. Even though region play is still a few weeks away, one can't underestimate the importance for both programs to start the season 2-0. They can achieve that mark when East Oktibbeha plays host to McAdams and West Oktibbeha plays host Montgomery County. Each game starts at 7:30 p.m.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Ed Allen's energy is infectious. But after only a few minutes with the new University of Alabama volleyball coach it's very easy to get pumped up about the chances for the sport to flourish at the school.
HAMILTON -- Ray Weeks has a valuable lesson for his Hamilton High School football team: One week is just a start.
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