STARKVILLE -- Ben Bracewell was considered one of the best high school power arms in state of Alabama three years ago. That's why Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen felt Bracewell was the key to a recruiting class that included pitching prospects Chris Stratton, Kendall Graveman, and Chad Girodo.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State softball team can thank the power left arm of Stephanie Becker for helping it win a doubleheader Saturday.
OXFORD -- Houston Nutt had his coaching bag of tricks ready for his former school. It wasn't quite enough. The University of Mississippi football team jumped out to a 17-point lead before watching the No. 10 University of Arkansas roar back for a 29-24 victory Saturday afternoon at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
SCOOBA -- Some of the best football players to play at East Mississippi Community College were on campus for Homecoming and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this weekend. It is a safe bet several of the Lions who saw action Saturday on the Sullivan-Windham Stadium playing surface will be back to be honored in years to come.
STARKVILLE -- Joseph MacGown, Kamau Bostic, and Damian Grady earned top-six finishes Saturday to lead the Starkville High School boys cross country to team to a first-place finish at the Starkville Invitational at the Mississippi State Horse Park.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama football fans could finally move on from the big rival to the really big game. Most of the 101,821 stuck around until the end of Alabama's 37-6 rout of the University of Tennessee on Saturday, happily starting up the "LSU" chants with a couple of minutes left and roaring when the announcer mentioned the next game in two weeks.
Play until you hear the whistle. It sounds simple, but sometimes observant players get rewarded for capitalizing when unusual things happen. Damian Baker's diligence proved to be just the spark the Columbus High School football team needed Friday night.
The early entry deadline is rapidly approaching for the 8th Annual Southern Belle Cotton Pickin' 100 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, Oct. 27-29. Competitors have until today to file their early entry for the event. The early entry fee is $100. After this date, the entry fee will be $150.
CUMBERLAND - The Hamilton Lions secured home field advantage in the first round of the Class 2A State Playoffs in impressive fashion Friday night routing East Webster 52-7 on the road. The Lions improved to 9-1 on the year and remain unblemished in district play at 4-0.
YAZOO CITY -- The difference in past classification was evident Friday night. Starkville High School, a former Class 6A power that moved down one classification, dominated Yazoo City, a school that recently moved up to 5A football, in a 35-0 victory.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team closed its regular-season home schedule in cool fall fashion with a championship Friday night. Ryan Mann rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown to help Starkville Academy pile up 280 rushing yards in an 18-7 victory against East Rankin Academy that helped it secure the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA District 2, Division II championship.
Quarterback Anthony Sharp knew Victory Christian had time before it began its final drive. Turns out, Sharp was right -- just barely.
MABEN -- For all the attention Von Smith and the high-scoring West Oktibbeha County High School football team's offense gets each week, coach Adam Lowrey knew there'd come a time when the defense would have to carry the team. On Friday, the Timberwolves defense recorded three turnovers and four sacks and held the East Oktibbeha Titans to under 100 yards of offense in a 40-14 win, their fourth straight against their county rival.
CALEDONIA -- A five-game losing streak came to an end Friday night when the Caledonia High School football team downed Kosciusko 28-10 on Senior Night.
MACON -- The atmosphere was absolutely electric Thursday night on the campus of Noxubee County High School. Cars were packed to the road. One could hear audio from the video board in the end zone from miles away.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter felt it coming all night. Spurred on by an attacking defense that brought pressure for the final 24 minutes, Shorter was confident his offense was going to explode.
MACON -- Defenses know what's coming. Sometimes, though, the execution is just too good to stop. Anyone who watched the Louisville High School football team beat West Point in the Fall High School Jamboree in August at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium could tell the Wildcats have a special tandem in quarterback Wyatt Roberts and wide receiver C.J. Bates.
The first challenge has been met. The next three figure to be a little tougher for the Columbus High School football team.
STARKVILLE -- Jamie Mitchell took the job as football coach at Starkville High School two years ago because its brand of football used to mean something.
STARKVILLE -- Johnthan Banks never cared about the recruiting attention. He also doesn't care about any potential postseason conference honors.
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