Sam Doughty had plenty of reasons to lose confidence. Whether it was lackluster free-throw shooting or the fact his Columbus High School boys basketball team was trying anything and everything to win its first game of the season, Doughty didn't lose focus.
New Hope High School softball is about tradition. Take a look at the school's website, newhopetrojans.com, and you will see pictures of "babies" who grew into young women.
Mississippi State could not offset a monster offensive night by Virginia Tech as the Bulldogs dropped an 88-57 decision to the Hokies in the final game of Saturday's Battle at Atlantis.
Robert "Bull" Sullivan has been called the "toughest coach there ever was." The former East Mississippi Junior College football coach was known to line his players up on the edge of a snake- and alligator-infested pond for drills, order them to attend 2 a.m. practice sessions and play their way through aches and pains that would sideline many opponents.
The Columbus High School boys basketball team has a new fan in Judith Ross. The Columbus resident was one of several people the Falcons helped Thursday morning as part of their annual effort to give back to the community.
Sammy Smith knows the win will come. It would be a wonderful holiday present if the Columbus High School boys basketball team could deliver this weekend when it serves as one of the hosts to the 14th annual Joe Horne Christmas Classic.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's football team had it's last go Thursday at letting the youngsters run the show. As has been a theme this week, the Gator Bowl-bound Bulldogs have handed many of the first- and second-team snaps to freshmen and second- and third-team players.
Statistically, the Mississippi State women's basketball team ranks with the nation's top programs. Coming off a victory against Southern Mississippi on Wednesday, MSU (6-2) is allowing only 51.2 points a game, which is 25th nationally. The Lady Bulldogs also lead the Southeastern Conference in field goal percentage defense (32 percent), which is 12th nationally.
MABEN -- The West Lowndes High School boys basketball team tried to use its quickness to overcome Aberdeen's height advantage Thursday night in the West Oktibbeha County High School Christmas Classic. West Lowndes coach Roosevelt Bridges, however, found you can't coach height, as Aberdeen opened with an 11-0 run and went on to a 78-64 victory.
MABEN -- For West Oktibbeha County High School boys basketball coach Michael Crawford, his team's 64-51 victory against cross-county rival East Oktibbeha on Thursday night was sweet revenge.
The numbers probably will change. But Diamber Johnson will be hard pressed to deliver a more balanced game than the one she turned in Saturday against the University of Utah.
STARKVILLE -- You name it, Wheeler Richardson can do it. Years on the volleyball court have helped the Starkville High School junior become proficient in every role.
Mike Frascogna, Jr. didn't believe the stories. But the more people Frascogna talked with as part of his research it became difficult to deny that coach Robert "Bull/Cyclone" Sullivan was a man who was ahead of his time.
Good things happen when you take care of your business on and off the field. That's the message East Mississippi Community College assistant football coach Clifton Collins was happy to relate Wednesday after seeing two more of his players move on to play football at a four-year school.
HATTIESBURG -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team used its best defensive performance of the season to earn a 50-40 victory against Southern Miss at Reed Green Coliseum on Wednesday night. MSU (6-2) held USM (5-4) to 21.3 percent shooting from the field to win its third straight against its state rival. Despite its offensive struggles, the Lady Bulldogs still gave coach Sharon Fanning-Otis a very happy birthday.
JACKSON -- With a powerful 6-foot-10 frame, soft hands, and ample athleticism, Renardo Sidney was regarded as one of the nation's top men's basketball recruits when Mississippi State signed him in 2009. That hype might turn out to be true. But as the big man proved Wednesday night he remains a work in progress.
OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi women's basketball team used a 17-7 run in the final 4 minutes, 40 seconds Wednesday to pull away for a 68-57 victory against Mississippi Valley State at Tad Smith Coliseum.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Junior forward JaMychal Green scored 16 points and had 15 rebounds, notching his second consecutive double-double of the season, to lead the University of Alabama men's basketball team (5-5) to a 59-38 win against Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday at Coleman Coliseum.
MILLPORT, Ala. -- South Lamar High School basketball coach Tony Seals is happy to see his "big guy" play well after a strong test earlier this week. Ryan Jaynes scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds Monday against Sulligent. Seals, who coaches both the boys and girls teams at South Lamar, said Jaynes proved himself in the contest.
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