OXFORD -- Houston Nutt has been known to turn a team with low expectations into one of the Southeastern Conference's best in his 14-year coaching career in the Southeastern Conference.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's August to-do list: Pick starting quarterback. Replace Heisman Trophy winner and a few other first-round draft picks. Find left tackle, playmaking receivers and a defensive lineman or two. It's almost enough to distract the Crimson Tide from all that national title talk.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State announced Friday morning freshman guard D.J. Gardner has been dismissed from the men's basketball program a little more than six months after signing with the school.
Drew Pellum showed Friday night that the Starkville Academy football team is more than just a fullback and dive-driven team. The junior quarterback rushed for 95 yards and three touchdowns to lead Starkville Academy to a 33-7 victory against Heritage Academy at C.L. Mitchell Field.
CALEDONIA -- Onterrio Lowery kneeled on the home turf following the Caledonia High School football team's 29-15 victory against West Lowndes on Friday night. With his No. 20 jersey pulled over his shoulder pads at his side, he made an imaginary dash between the numbers and said, "Put a dash right here and it makes us 2 and 0."
STARKVILLE -- Friday was a difficult day for Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell. But the night got a little better with a home-opening victory against a powerhouse Class 6A program. After visiting all day with his mother, who is suffering with cancer in a Memphis, Tenn., hospital, Mitchell drove back to Starkville to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 16-14 victory.
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.
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