YUMA, Ariz. -- Everything was in place for Arizona Western to claim its first national championship since 1972.
STARKVILLE -- The first month of the 2011-12 season included a pair of marquee victories for the Mississippi State men's basketball team. Wins against nationally ranked Texas A&M and Arizona on consecutive nights in the 2K Sports Classic in New York City catapulted MSU into The Associated Press top 25.
JACKSON -- The Picayune High School football team's road to the state championship had been a ground attack. Once Picayune reached the final game of the Mississippi high school football season, it showed a different look. Picayune used big plays from the right arm of junior quarterback Benjamin Hickman to defeat Starkville 38-21 in the Class 5A state title game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium and pull off the school's first state football championship since before Hickman was born.
STARKVILLE -- Catina Bett knows one game isn't reason to celebrate. But the senior center realizes a single step can help her regain the confidence she needs to be a significant contributor for the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
OXFORD -- Led by Valencia McFarland and Nikki Byrd, the University of Mississippi women's basketball team beat Grambling State 78-53 on Saturday at Tad Smith Coliseum.
GREENVILLE -- The Columbus High School girls and boys soccer teams split matches Saturday against Greenville Weston.
STARKVILLE -- For the second time this week, Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen is denying having any contact with officials at Penn State University.
JACKSON -- Starkville High School coach Jamie Mitchell doesn't like to lose. When Mitchell left Itawamba Agricultural High in 2010 to become the new head football coach at Starkville High, Mitchell put everyone on notice that there weren't going to be any pats on the back for finishing second. His goal in coming to Oktibbeha County was to teach his players how to win and to help Starkville regain its championship swagger.
It's finally showtime. After weeks of buildup, the East Mississippi Community College football team plays for the NJCAA national championship this afternoon.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State could be in position to bring in its first five-star prospect since Dan Mullen took over as head coach.
JACKSON -- Tray Baber rushed for 160 yards on 19 carries and scored a touchdown as Noxapater beat Shaw 21-10 to claim the MHSAA Class 1A state championship.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jarren Johnson caught 10 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns, all Super Six records, to lead Jackson to its first outright state championship with a 42-28 win over Oneonta Friday in the Class 4A title game.
STARKVILLE - With two minutes left in the first quarter, West Point coach Brad Cox looked up and saw a tie game and his team building momentum.
STARKVILLE -- It still burns Jenny Hazelwood she's able to fill out her NCAA women's volleyball tournament bracket.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama women's basketball team improved to 6-2 on the season with a 69-56 victory over the Southeastern Louisiana Lions at Foster Auditorium Friday night.
Nikki Byrd has found a fuel for her fire.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team made a statement last month last month in New York City.
It was a warm sendoff for the East Mississippi Community College football team. Head Coach Buddy Stephens only hopes it isn't the biggest celebration the team has. "We hope that there's a bigger party when we come back," Stephens said. "And we'll be happy if that happens."
East Mississippi Community College is gearing up for the biggest athletic event in its history. The school's No. 2 football team (11-0) will take on No. 1 Arizona Western College (11-0) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the El Toro Bowl presented by Time Warner Cable. The unbeaten powers play for the NJCAA national championship at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Yuma, Ariz.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Stansbury likes the 2011-12 Mississippi State men's basketball team. Through all of the ins and out and outs and ins the Bulldogs have experienced in nearly one month of basketball, MSU's 14th-year coach sees a team with depth at key positions, a squad that has plenty of ballhandlers and creators, and a group that can present a host of matchup challenges.
1. MSU's Collins transitions from catcher to third base COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Tigers' Sunday best adds to special day LOCAL COLUMNS
3. Oak Hill Academy boys beat Columbus Christian for district title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Columbus basketball teams sweep Tupelo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Schaefer wants Bulldogs to maintain attacking mind-set COLLEGE SPORTS