STARKVILLE -- Prior to Monday, Anna Albritton had one soccer player sign a college scholarship in her time as Starkville High School's girls soccer coach. She considers her second to be her first. Not many coaches get to see one of their standout players develop from grade school, but Albritton realized that feat Monday morning when goalkeeper Raevonne Shoemaker signed a scholarship to play soccer at Itawamba Community College.
STARKVILLE -- Anna Prestridge doesn't light up a stat box. The point guard for the Starkville Academy girls basketball team doesn't possess blazing speed or have a deadly outside shot.
Right or left? Steve Brand didn't have a lot of time to analyze which direction would work best, so he went with the flow. Veering right, Brand rubbed a defender off a screen at the top of the 3-point arc with the game in his hand.
The voice is distinctive. Even if they have tracked back into the defensive third and are lost in a sea of bodies, Megan and Cayla Chambers can pick out a call from their sister.
STARKVILLE -- There's something brewing at the top of the state soccer hierarchy. While Tupelo and Clinton high schools have kept an annual grip on the state title, Starkville High hopes to join them.
The Columbus Speedway will play host to the "Racin' for Life 200" United Speed Contest Sanction (USCS) Enduro Race for strictly stock cars at 2 p.m. March 5. The 200-lap race will benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life charity.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Valencia McFarland scored 21 points and hit two late free throws Sunday afternoon to lift the University of Mississippi women's basketball team to a 69-65 upset of No. 23 Arkansas. Ole Miss (9-9, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) rallied from an early 14-2 deficit to snap a four-game losing streak.
ATHENS, Ga. -- The No. 24 University of Georgia women's basketball team used a 13-0 run midway through the first half to get early separation en route to a 78-58 victory against Mississippi State on Sunday in a Southeastern Conference game at Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia (16-3, 6-0 SEC), which won its seventh game in a row, remains one of two unbeaten teams in league play. MSU fell to 8-10 and 0-6 with a seventh-straight defeat.
STARKVILLE -- Tarah Henderson and Jasmine Simmons are excited about the opportunity to celebrate the game of soccer and to introduce it to children who might no know a lot about it. The Mississippi State soccer players will serve as guest instructors in a Soccer Across America program that will hold four soccer clinics at Stokes-Beard Technology and Communication Magnet School. All four of the sessions will run from 1-2 p.m. at the school. They will be Tuesday, Thursday, Feb. 1 and Feb. 3.
STARKVILLE -- A day after upsetting Madison-Ridgeland Academy, the Starkville Academy girls basketball team earned a 55-45 rivalry win against Oak Hill Academy. Anna Lea Little and Sallie Kate Richardson each scored 19 points. Richardson netted her total in 16 minutes.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen calls January the "crazy season" of college football. He isn't coaching or working on game plans for the next opponent; he's trying to lock up the next Mississippi State football stars.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Mark Fox believes it is becoming more difficult to devise a defensive plan against his balanced University of Georgia men's basketball team. Georgia, a strong inside team in December, showed off its 3-point shooting against Mississippi State while also remaining tough on the boards.
STARKVILLE -- Nell Fortner knows what it's like to reload. Two seasons ago, the Auburn University women's basketball team was at the top of the Southeastern Conference. Buoyed by the efforts of four seniors, including eventual SEC Player of the Year DeWanna Bonner, the Tigers went 12-2 in the league, advanced to the title game of the SEC tournament, and won 30 games before falling in the second round of NCAA tournament.
AUBURN, Ala. -- University of Alabama men's basketball coach Anthony Grant sensed a "perfect storm" brewing for his team, but they navigated it just fine. Tony Mitchell and JaMychal Green each scored 15 points and the Crimson Tide pulled away for a 68-58 victory against Auburn on Saturday before a sellout crowd of 9,121 fans stirred up by a preceding celebration of the football national championship.
DALLAS -- The Southern Methodist University men's basketball team shot 69.8 percent from the floor Saturday to defeat Southern Miss 79-65 at Moody Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Yellow Jackets couldn't have had worse weather for Senior Night Thursday, but their play didn't miss a beat. Freezing temperatures, constant rain and swirling winds made conditions unfavorable for Starkville's usual up-tempo brand of soccer and even forced the game to be called in the 60th minute.
Auburn fans will have a final opportunity to thank their Tigers at the Auburn BCS Celebration at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- Teams typically can shake off one mistake. A second will test a squad's resolve, but it, too, can be erased with execution, focus, and togetherness. The Mississippi State women's basketball team is still trying to find a consistent way to deliver those three ingredients for 40 minutes.
Jared Shelton isn't the player he used to be. Growing up, Shelton wasn't the biggest player on his teams, which made him realize he needed to do more than just work hard in practice.
STARKVILLE -- Dee Bost's return to the lineup for the Mississippi State men's basketball team solidified the point guard position but also re-introduced a familiar problem: Depth.
1. MSU women will face biggest test at South Carolina COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Columbus boys advance in Class 6A tournament HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Defense has been strong suit for MSU men COLLEGE SPORTS
5. New Hope boys win home finale HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS