MACON -- Trust DeAngelo Ballard. Not only can you feel someone closing in behind you, but you also can hear him coming.
CANTON -- The Starkville High School football team wasn't going to allow a road upset to happen Friday night. Jaquez Horsley and Preston Baker combined to rush for 219 yards to help Starkville dominate Canton 42-0 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 2 game.
MABEN -- Fans of the West Oktibbeha High School football team's "fast-break offense" have grown accustomed to video game-like passing statistics in the past few years.
STARKVILLE -- The Winston Academy football team fell on a very bad place on Starkville Academy's schedule this season.
SALTILLO -- The West Point High School football team clinched a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A playoff berth Friday night with a 31-7 victory against Saltillo in a Class 5A, Region 1 game.
ALICEVILE, Ala. -- The Aliceville High School football team came out on the right end of a "whomever scores last, wins" type of prep game Friday night.
MACON -- DeAngelo Ballard threw three touchdowns and Darrell Robinson rushed for two and returned a punt for another Friday night to lead the Noxubee County High School football team to a 40-13 victory against Houston at Tiger Stadium.
CALEDONIA -- Caledonia High School volleyball coach Samantha Brooks knew her team was in for a fight to advance to the third round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class I playoffs. Even when Caledonia easily won the first two sets, Brooks knew the Lady Confederates' job wasn't close to completed.
STARKVILLE -- Game on. The highly rumored game between the Mississippi State University and Oklahoma State University football programs to open the 2013 season at Reliant Stadium in Houston is official.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray doesn't understand how or why his team being picked to finish near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference would motivate his team further.
ABERDEEN -- With a winner-take-all Class 3A, Region 2 showdown against Water Valley High School on tap next week, Aberdeen High football coach Mark Bray doesn't need another blowout victory against Mooreville at 7 tonight.
The foundation has solidified. A year ago, Jaime Ellis-Melton felt the Columbus High School slow-pitch softball team might have established a foundation on which to build a program when it had its first winning season in a number of years and advanced to the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State playoffs.
BOONEVILLE -- The dream matchup is set. Fourth-ranked East Mississippi Community College and sixth-ranked Northwest Mississippi C.C. will meet next Thursday night in Scooba for the MACJC North Division championship. The winner also will remain alive for the junior college football national championship.
STARKVILLE -- Loud. Funny. Serious. The 2012 Starkville High School volleyball team has it all. After going undefeated in their region for the second consecutive season and matching their number of victories, the Lady Yellow Jackets hope to take their act on the road.
R.J. James and Taylor Blevins are getting more and more comfortable "hitting it hard and wishing it well." That slogan has long been the calling card of the New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team. As the No. 9 and No. 10 hitters in the lineup, the maturation of the junior outfielders has been a key to the success of this season's team.
The Columbus High School football team needs running backs. The latest round of injuries that hit Columbus last week has left it without Kendrick Conner (concussion) and Quan Latham (broken thumb) for its Class 6A, Region 1 game against DeSoto Central at 7 tonight.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi and Auburn University football teams are winless this season in the Southeastern Conference.
BOONEVILLE -- After fourth-ranked East Mississippi Community College ran its win streak to 19 games with a 49-0 rout of outmanned Northeast Mississippi Community College on Thursday, fifth-year EMCC coach Buddy Stephens offered an observation.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell received all the motivation he needed for his team's matchup against Canton last week.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter heard the talk in his locker room this week. As soon as he discovered some of his players were looking ahead to a game against Louisville, the Noxubee County High School football coach squelched that discussion.
1. MSU hopes Williams makes most of another opportunity COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Run in first set sparks Caledonia volleyball team HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Hard work in summer has MSU's Weatherspoon ready to go COLLEGE SPORTS
4. No. 3 EMCC has two to go before postseason COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Playoff fates will be on line in Week 10 LOCAL COLUMNS