It's all about respect for the Aberdeen High School football team. Last year, many in the state thought the Bulldogs were good enough to get to Jackson to play for a state title.
The Mississippi High School Activities Association reclassification for football and basketball in 2011-13 has left area teams largely in place -- with two major exceptions. Starkville High School will move from Class 6A, Region 1 to Class 5A, Region 2 and West Lowndes will move from Class 2A, Region 2 to Class 1A, Region 3.
For every explosive run from midfield, there has to be someone to cover the empty spaces. One lane left open or one man left unmarked could turn into a defensive nightmare and a goal for the opposition. To play fluid, attacking soccer, a team must have a strong midfield.
Yvette Hairston wants the Columbus High School girls' basketball team to be mentioned in the same breath with the state's best.
The basketball teams of Columbus High School and Starkville High will face each other for the first of their two final games as district opponents tonight at The Beehive.
JACKSON -- Losing a 20-point halftime lead can destroy a season. Justin Cox helped make sure that didn't happen to the West Point High School football team. Flying high with a 20-0 lead against rival Starkville High, the Green Wave hurt themselves with mistakes and eventually suffered a 21-20 home loss.
JACKSON -- Fred Ward knew he had to intervene. He watched last week as Channing Ward stalked off the field and then got into a heated exchange with Aberdeen High School football coach Chris Duncan during their game against Winona in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A North State championship.
Listed at 6-foot, 210 pounds, Stance Henderson isn't one of the biggest players in Clinton this week preparing for the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools All-Star game. But All-Stars are more than just statistics and numbers on a page.
PHEBA -- Numbers say a lot about Chloe Tapley. Five no-hitters, three one-hitters, 293 strikeouts. Those eye-popping achievements were part of a dominating season that helped Tapley and the Hebron Christian fast-pitch softball team finish as third in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A tournament.
STARKVILLE --Young teams typically need to learn games aren't decided on one play. A shot or a bad break can be a catalyst, but the lapses along the way often are forgotten when the tide turns. The Mississippi State women's basketball team learned that lesson Wednesday night.
The more you grow, the more you know. In Reggie Kelly's mind, he'd be selfish not to share what he has learned in 33 years. An Aberdeen native and current member of the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals, Kelly recently put the finishing touches on his first book, which he hopes provides encouragement for people facing adversity.
South Lamar High School boys and girls basketball coach Tony Seals got a surprise earlier this year when the Alabama High School Athletics Association realigned the state's athletic boundaries. Seals' teams picked up a new district opponent when Pickens County dropped from Class 2A into Class 1A, South Lamar's classification.
The college sports governing body said Wednesday that Newton is eligible to play for the second-ranked Tigers in the Southeastern Conference championship game against South Carolina on Saturday.
As Victory Hodges and the Aberdeen High School football team had more success with each game, he discovered the spring in his step had a little less bounce.
There is always something you can improve on. The West Point High School football coaches drive that point home to their players every day.
Brittany Young doesn't sound like an ordinary freshman.
Riding a four-game winning streak, Mississippi State's men's basketball team had gotten by with one player carrying the scoring load and others pitching in just enough to win games. Tuesday, the Bulldogs saw that formula burn out in a 61-59 loss to Florida Atlantic (4-4).
WEST POINT -- Some players fit a system perfectly. Every since Lakenderic Thomas can remember, he has been a bruising running back who prefers to run through defenders than to run around them. Nowhere in the state is that quality cherished more than at West Point High School.
STARKVILLE -- Chris White's breakout senior season has him in pole position to capture the Cellular South Conerly Trophy, which will be awarded tonight at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. The Mississippi State middle linebacker turned in one of the best statistical seasons in the Southeastern Conference, totaling 105 tackles, six sacks, and 15-and-a-half tackles for a loss.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team will try to extend its season-opening winning streak to five at 7 tonight when it plays host to Florida Atlantic at Humphrey Coliseum.
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