SENATOBIA -- Close. Barrett Donahoe has used that word several times this season to highlight how far he feels the Heritage Academy football program is from competing for championships.
CALEDONIA -- Caledonia High School kicker Josh Kugel is probably too young to realize it, but he has a lot in common with Gerry Thomas and Dan Mowrey.
HERNANDO -- The West Point High School football has found a return to normalcy in Class 5A, Region 1. The Green Wave rushed for 245 yards and moved to 2-0 in region play Friday night with a 49-14 victory at Hernando.
MABEN - The West Oktibbeha County High School football team doesn't get smacked in the mouth much, but when it does, it's usually the offense that helps the team overcome adversity. On Friday, it was senior defensive linemen Michael Graise and Johnny Chambers who led the charge in a 46-24 win against Sebastopol High.
STARKVILLE -- Jamerson Love recognizes he's watching two of the best in defensive backs teach him how to play in the Southeastern Conference. This week, the Mississippi State University football team has used its bye week to give newcomers like Love an opportunity to show the veterans what they've learned.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- While the Pickens County and Aliceville high school football teams raced up and down the field Friday night, the Tornadoes' defense made the big plays when needed most. The Tornadoes forced three turnovers and remained undefeated with a 35-14 victory against the Yellow Jackets at Memorial Stadium.
SENATOBIA -- The Magnolia Heights football team stopped Parker Dunaway on a conversion run with 2 minutes, 58 seconds left in the game Friday to preserve a 14-13 victory against Heritage Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II, District 1 victory.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University baseball coach John Cohen opens fall practice today with a "unique" situation he'd like to make routine. Cohen enters his fifth season as coach at his alma mater with one starting positional spot and one spot in the pitching rotation to fill from last season.
The Columbus High School football team will have a chance to test its character tonight. At 4-1 and 1-0 in Class 6A, Region 1, Columbus has the same record it had at this point in the season in 2011. A year ago, Columbus trailed Southaven 14-7 early in the fourth quarter before mistakes cost it and turned a close game into a 35-7 defeat.
STARKVILLE -- A couple of weeks ago, Starkville High School senior linebacker David Fair walked into his Jamie Mitchell's office for what was thought to be a season-ending meeting.
Macy Walters knows how far the Heritage Academy fast-pitch softball program has come. Walters was with the team last season when it only won a handful of games. She was back on the diamond in July to prepare for another season and was curious to see how the team would do given the field wasn't packed with players.
ABERDEEN -- In 1992, Lynn Moore resigned as Aberdeen High School's head football coach to take over at Louisville High.
CLARKSDALE -- When East Mississippi Community College needed a lift Thursday night, sophomore running back Rodriguez Moore felt like that was the least he could do.
CLARKSDALE -- When East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephen saw his 2012 schedule for the first time, the fifth-year coach knew the final four games of the season could be the team's biggest challenge.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The questions facing Eddie Lacy these days are turning more from the toe and ankle to touchdowns and yards.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood met Wednesday afternoon with her freshman outside hitter Taylor Scott to gauge her frustration level.
West Point High School returned to its football comfort zone this week with a return to play inside Class 5A, Region 1.
West Oktibbeha County High School is setting its sights on a legitimate run at the Class 1A, Region 3 football championship this season.
STARKVILLE -- The partnership between Mississippi State and adidas became more evident with the unveiling of the new TECHFIT football uniform for the Bulldogs program's upcoming games in November.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football coach Dan Mullen said his players tried to hard to make the spectacular play in the past two games.
1. Starkville basketball squads sweep Callaway HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. MSU men win third straight by beating Texas A&M COLLEGE SPORTS
3. No. 4 MSU women look for school record against Ole Miss COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Prescott makes postseason debut against Packers LOCAL SPORTS