STARKVILLE -- Caitlin Rance loves a challenge. Like most hitters, her biggest obstacles usually come at the net reading a block or when she is trying to deliver a kill.
West Alabama high school football teams will take a breather from regional play Friday night, but their opponents won't be strangers.
It's easy for Tevin Blanchard to attract attention. At Aberdeen High School, the 6-foot, 170-pounder earned All-District and second-team All-State honors in football and helped the boys basketball team win the Class 3A state title in 2008.
Jessee Mims has always felt comfortable on the soccer field. Mims' skills on and off the ball as a midfielder allowed her to make a difference in a match and feel like she was a contributor.
Three of the four NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series West Region title contenders earned enough points Saturday to tighten up the point standings for the top three points fund-paying spots.
Mississippi State's defensive players, despite having just four sacks entering Saturday's game against Georgia, feel like they're settling into State's pressure-based scheme.
The University of Mississippi wasn't expected to have an incredible football team this season after losing multiple star players to the NFL.
Mississippi State's offensive line has placed greater emphasis on improving communication to shore up protection issues.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team isn't panicking despite committing eight turnovers in its past two games. Even coming off a dismal offensive performance Saturday in a 29-7 loss at LSU that exposed protection issues and poor decision-making from both quarterbacks, coach Dan Mullen and the players insist consistency is the missing link.
Good habits are passed down in successful programs. Whether it is on offense or on defense, players pick up tendencies and techniques from upperclassmen and learn to set a championship tempo.
Kasey Stanfield knows good things don't usually happen when hitters reach for pitches. But sometimes power can help a batter make up for swinging at a pitcher's pitch.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mark Ingram barely even felt like he played a football game when he woke up Sunday after the top-ranked University of Alabama football team beat Duke, much less like a guy who was returning from knee surgery.
Mississippi State's football team had several areas contribute to its 29-7 loss to LSU, but turnovers were the repeated nails in the coffin Saturday.
trick Peterson's remarkable interceptions gave a boost to the star cornerback's Heisman Trophy credentials and took the pressure off LSU's inconsistent offense.
For his first two months as Vanderbilt University's new football coach, Robbie Caldwell was only known for his jokes.
Mark Ingram took his first handoff of the year and darted nearly 50 yards. Later, he went the other direction and dashed another 50.
LOUISVILLE -- Big plays nearly proved to be too much for the Louisville High School football team to overcome. But the Wildcats used a key turnover in the fourth quarter and a strong running game to regain their focus and beat Columbus 36-28 Friday night.
CALEDONIA -- The New Hope High School football team rode a balanced offensive attack Friday night to a 40-0 win against Caledonia. New Hope quarterback Zak Thrasher completed 10 of 12 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown, and the Trojans rushed for 237 yards to bounce back from their home loss to Columbus.
Myres Virden rushed for 137 yards and four touchdowns Friday to lead the Madison-Ridgeland Academy football team to a 34-6 victory against Heritage Academy on what turned out to be a somber evening. News that 17-year-old Heritage Academy student Spencer Perkins, who shot himself earlier in the week in a hunting accident in Noxubee County, died Friday night in Jackson, spread throughout the field and left many in the Patriots' family shaken.
WEST POINT -- If the flags were legitimate, the Noxubee County football team had some of the best players on the West Point High team Friday night. In a 28-13 loss to the defending Class 5A state champions, Noxubee County was penalized 18 times for 111 yards. First-year head coach Tyrone Shorter stopped short of blaming the referees afterward and conceded his team needs to mature.
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