OXFORD -- The reaction didn't bode well for the Starkville High School boys soccer team.
Starkville Academy boys basketball coach Mark Alexander begged senior Carnail Minor to play with more urgency.
Don't be surprised Thursday if Chris Stratton mentions how unbelievably fortunate he is to be playing a kid's game for a living. Stratton also may talk about how quickly that luxury can be taken away at a moment's notice and how he experienced that reality last year in his first minor league season.
STARKVILLE -- Zach Slaughter had a perfect view of the assault. Save for two goals that penetrated the bunker, Slaughter and the Starkville Academy boys soccer team didn't have much offensive success Monday in a 2-0 victory against Heritage Academy at the Starkville Sportsplex.
STARKVILLE -- Don't limit Taylor Wise just because of his height. At 6-foot-5, the Starkville High School senior is a not-so-secret weapon in the battle for aerial supremacy.
STARKVILLE -- Brian Bennett and Anna Albritton will be in different positions tonight, but both will hope for the same result. While the Starkville High School boys soccer team will rely on the experience it gained from its state title run in 2012, the Starkville High girls will try not to let the enormity of the moment get to them. The teams will face those challenges at 6 p.m. on the road in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State title matches.
STARKVILLE -- "We just reverted back to our old ways, and this isn't the time to go back to our bad habits." Those were the words of Mississippi State University freshman center Gavin Ware used to explain why MSU men's basketball coach Rick Ray called his players "selfish" and "wrapped up in our offense."
STARKVILLE -- Two candidates for the Mississippi State University baseball team's weekend rotation will make their debuts at 4:30 p.m. today at Dudy Noble Field.
STARKVILLE -- Kendra Grant provided the perfect exclamation point Sunday afternoon. Down to its final possession in its best half this season, Grant cradled the ball on the left wing and eyed the rim. Once a perimeter threat who hesitated to leave the familiar territory of the 3-point arc, Grant didn't think twice, moving toward the baseline against Tia Faleru with a purpose. She absorbed contact as she skirted the tightrope and muscled up for a layup that delivered the final punctuation.
Anthony Dixon has never gone to the San Francisco 49ers training facility with anything but a smile, so you can imagine his feelings about living his childhood dream and getting ready to play in Super Bowl XLVII.
No matter what happens for the rest of his professional football career, Pernell McPhee will be one of the chosen few who can say he played in the final game of a future Hall of Famer. For that reason, McPhee has dedicated Super Bowl XLVII to teammate Ray Lewis.
STARKVILLE --Taylor Wise is easily the most physically-imposing player whenever he steps on a soccer field. Still, even a beast needs a little love from friends and family to provide an extra gear.
The tears reflect how far the New Hope High School girls soccer has come in one year. Reagan Hern is just disappointed she won't be with the Lady Trojans next season to help them take the next step.
The Columbus High School baseball team is going to kick off the 2013 season in style. Former Tupelo High and Mississippi State University standout Chris Stratton will be the guest speaker at 6 p.m. Thursday for Columbus High's First Pitch Banquet in the Columbus High cafeteria. Senior Christian Dale also will hold a ceremony to announce his signing with Jones County Junior College.
SCOOBA --Garrett Harris, a former standout pitcher for New Hope High School and the University of South Alabama, has been hired as an assistant baseball coach at East Mississippi Community College, as announced this week by EMCC baseball coach Chris Rose. Harris' hiring has been approved by EMCC President Dr. Rick Young and EMCC Vice President/Director of Athletics Mickey Stokes.
WEST POINT - West Point High School boys basketball coach Brad Cox sometimes feels like a child with a new toy car. The question is how fast can he make it go? In his third season as coach of the Green Wave, Cox and his players like to go fast. Whether it's on offense or defense, the key to success is getting things done quickly.
STARKVILLE -- If Thursday night served as a sneak preview of the blueprint Vic Schaefer plans to use to transform the Mississippi State University women's basketball team, it also provided a glimpse of the kind of players Schaefer wants to bring to Starkville.
STARKVILLE --Up in Volunteer Loft, the Starkville Academy student section goes wild when the girls basketball team makes a 3-pointer. Cheer leaders throw T-shirts into the stands and the junior high students go mad wild over a chance to grab some free clothing. There is even a chant of "Maggie" reserved for when newcomer Maggie Proffitt makes a basket.
STARKVILLE --Every member of the Mississippi State University men's basketball team found out Saturday night the University of Florida is everything it isn't this season.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Jarnell Stokes kept waiting to hear the whistle. When it never came, the University of Tennessee forward finally breathed a sigh of relief. Stokes' defense on Alabama guard Trevor Lacey in the final seconds Saturday preserved Tennessee's 54-53 victory against the University of Alabama. The Volunteers (10-8, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) rallied from a 10-point deficit and pulled ahead for good in the final minute, but their victory wasn't secure until the final horn.
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