The term "Falcon Soccer" is beginning to carry some weight. Back-to-back playoff appearances will do that for a team's reputation, especially one that won only one game two years ago. In that time, coach Ben Moore and a group of 11 seniors have helped transform the Columbus High School boys soccer program into a team that no longer considers a three- or four-goal loss satisfying.
Starkville High girls soccer coach Anna Albritton feels her squad is battle-tested. Starkville will find out if that is good enough for postseason success at 6 tonight when it plays host to Oxford in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoffs.
Mary Nagy could tell something was wrong. The New Hope High School girls soccer coach looked in her players' eyes prior to the team's game against Starkville High on Jan. 11 and knew something was missing. Despite taking a 1-0 lead, Nagy watched as the Lady Yellow Jackets stole the momentum and beat the Lady Trojans to nearly all of the 50-50 balls en route to a 4-1 victory.
CALEDONIA -- A one-year absence from the postseason might not sound like a big deal. But for a program like the Caledonia High School girls soccer team, which has been accustomed to winning district titles and advancing the playoffs, even the shortest hiatus can seem like an eternity.
Monday was a good day for the University of Mississippi men's basketball team.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State University's men's basketball coach Rick Ray has diagnosed his team's problem in its past two Southeastern Conference games: The Bulldogs haven't valued possession of the basketball.
STARKVILLE -- On the football field, a quarterback is in charge of making sure all players are in the right position to make plays. Starkville High School's Caleb Wilson has taken that same hankering for detail to the basketball court and is quietly emerging as a leader for the Yellow Jackets.
STARKVILLE - Starkville High School sophomore Caleb Wilson has already gained notoriety in football circles. On Saturday night, the sophomore showed he can play some basketball, too. Wilson scored 15 points, cause havoc on the defensive end and provided a big spark as Starkville defeated West Point 69-59 at the Bee Hive.
STARKVILLE --The Starkville Academy boys basketball team is starting to reap the benefits of an early season gauntlet. Starkville Academy, once a handful of games under .500, added to its resurgent streak Saturday with a 56-37 victory against Oak Hill Academy. The victory was the fifth in the last six games for the Volunteers (13-10).
STARKVILLE -- Maybe it was the artificial turf. Maybe it was the rust from a long layoff. Either way, Starkville High School boys soccer coach Brian Bennett wasn't up for excuses Friday night.
The T-shirt says it all. A year ago, the Columbus High School girls basketball team had its title dreams end in a loss to Horn Lake in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State semifinals.
WEST POINT -- On a cold night in the Golden Triangle, there was no shortage of heat in the West Point High School gymnasium as the school's boys basketball team faced rival New Hope.
OXFORD -- First there was the terrible shooting touch and then a power outage plunged Tad Smith Coliseum into darkness. Ole Miss senior Murphy Holloway could have been frustrated, but instead he just laughed it off. Not much can faze these Rebels, and now they're off to their best start in Southeastern Conference play since the 1936-37 season.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee men's basketball team finally gave Jordan McRae some help, and the Volunteers finally earned its first Southeastern Conference victory. Jarnell Stokes scored 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds Saturday as Tennessee defeated Mississippi State University 72-57 to avoid starting 0-4 in SEC competition for the first time since 1993-94.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Trevor Lacey scored 14 points and hit the game-winning jumper with nine seconds left as th University of Alabama men's basketball team overcame a 14-point first-half deficit to edge Texas A&M University 50-49 Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University assistant softball coach Alan Reach summed up the cornerstone of the MSU softball program succinctly Friday.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama on Saturday celebrated its third Bowl Championship Series National Championship in four years in front of thousands of crimson- and white-clad fans.
STARKVILLE --Rick Ray knows what he's going to see Saturday afternoon at Thompson-Boling Arena.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- DeNesha Stallworth's night started when she received a specially marked game ball recognizing her recently surpassing 1,000 career points. Stallworth capped it with a performance to remember, scoring a season high 25 points to help the No. 5 University of Kentucky women's basketball team defeat Mississippi State University 100-47 on Thursday at Memorial Coliseum.
CALEDONIA -- Fear is a wonderful motivator, even for accomplished student-athletes. When you have had as much success as Cara Hopper, you can wonder if anyone is watching and you're doing enough to give yourself a chance to play the sport you love in college. For Hopper, that apprehension gave her the push she needed to work to improve.
1. New coach Jones gives Brown second chance with Starkville HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. West Point begins quest for another ring HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Rousing rout for West Point in opener HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Shorter likes Noxubee County's offense prior to opener HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Start of classes send MSU back to 'grind' COLLEGE SPORTS