STARKVILLE -- A'Quonesia Franklin isn't a numbers person. If she was, there might have been a time when she doubted she could play Division I basketball. But Franklin never has been one to let artificial or perceived physical ones stand in her way. That's what makes it so easy for Mississippi State University women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer to reminisce about someone he came to know by accident.
Dr. Tom Velek never has looked at soccer as a sport for only his children. That attitude explains why Velek has worked in so many capacities -- coach, administrator, organizer, evaluator, teacher, manager -- to help grow the sport he loves in the city of Columbus. This week, Velek was recognized for his work as he was named Mississippi Soccer Association Coach of the Year.
For Columbus High School, it was a bad 28 seconds. The Falcons' defense play brilliant football Friday night but two big plays in the final 28 seconds of the first half told the story in a 17-7 loss to Southaven in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 1 matchup at Falcon Field.
JACKSON -- The Starkville High School football team answered a lot of questions Friday night. One thing the coaches debated was whether the Yellow Jackets could handle a physically demanding football team on the road. After piling up 415 yards, including 317 on the ground, Starkville proved it is capable in a 23-6 victory against Provine in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 2 game.
MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team celebrated Senior Night on Friday with a 29-0 victory against Kosciusko in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A, Region 4 game.
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.
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