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Strong line play has helped Lamar County start 2-0

Posted 9/10/2009 in High School Sports

Ken Adams isn’t going to allow the Lamar County High School football team to get overconfident. Adams wants his players to forget the team’s 2-0 start to the season and focus on each day leading up to the next game.



Victory Christian's Ellis chosen Player of the Week

Posted 9/9/2009 in High School Sports

Landon Ellis was a little embarrassed. The Victory Christian junior was enjoying one of the best games of his career Friday night against New Life Academy, but he felt bad his teammates weren’t getting in on the fun. Ellis rushed for 190 yards and three touchdowns, returned two interceptions for touchdowns, and caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Parker Eaves to help the Eagles improve to 2-0. For his accomplishments, Ellis is The Commercial Dispatch Prep Player of the Week.



Lockhart preserves win for Starkville Academy softball team

Posted 9/9/2009 in High School Sports

MACON — Kylie Lockhart didn’t want to be late. She also didn’t want to give the Central Academy fast-pitch softball team an opportunity to send Tuesday’s game into extra innings. So the Starkville Academy center fielder took care of two problems at the same time. Lockhart’s running catch in right-center field to open the bottom of the seventh inning helped snuff out a potential rally and allowed Starkville Academy to hold on for a 4-3 victory in a non-district game.



EMCC football team ranked No. 2 in the nation

Posted 9/9/2009 in College Sports

The bull’s eye on the back of the East Mississippi Community College football team grew even bigger Tuesday. Coming off season-opening victories against Copiah-Lincoln and Jones County, EMCC (2-0) moved up four places to No. 2 in the latest NJCAA/JC regular-season poll. The ranking is the program’s highest in National Junior College Athletic Association football in school history. EMCC, which plays host to Holmes C.C. (0-2) at 7 Thursday night at Sullivan-Windham Field, moved up in the poll after the first four teams lost.



Mississippi State's Relf getting his opportunity

Posted 9/9/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State’s football program can be thankful for a high school field trip. Otherwise, Mississippi State might not have been able to sign quarterback Chris Relf. Relf grew up in Montgomery, Ala., a fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide. He grew up 45 minutes away from Auburn, but the Tigers never recruited Relf.



MSU football team addresses issues returning to work on Labor Day

Posted 9/8/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State football team went back to business on Labor Day. Following a 45-7 victory against the Jackson State on Saturday, the Bulldogs practiced for one hour Monday morning. Even though it was considered a light day, practicing only in helmets, the Bulldogs addressed several areas.



Mississippi State's Bumphis displays potential when healthy

Posted 9/6/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- There were times all Mississippi State freshman wide receiver Chad Bumphis could do in preseason practice was jog. With a sprained foot, Bumphis wasn’t able to go full speed. But Bumphis was healthy and ready to go for the Bulldogs on Saturday. He showed Mississippi State coaches and fans what could be in store for the future with a pair of touchdown receptions in a 45-7 victory against Jackson State.



Relf's running key in MSU's win vs. JSU

Posted 9/5/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen likes the dimension sophomore quarterback Chris Relf’s running ability gives the spread offense. That’s why Mullen had no problem calling a running play for Relf at a critical moment of the first half of Saturday’s game against Jackson State.



Mullen suspends Dixon for Jackson State game

Posted 9/5/2009 in College Sports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State played Jackson State without senior running back Anthony Dixon on Saturday. Dixon served a one-game suspension as part of discipline for his arrest on a driving under the influence charge in July. He pled guilty in August to avoid a court date.



Carr sparks West Point's victory against Columbus

Posted 9/5/2009 in High School Sports

WEST POINT — The West Point High School football team had two weeks to think about letting its opening-week game against Shannon slip away in the final minute. The Green Wave had a bye in week two, used the time to correct their mistakes, and went out Friday and got back on track with a 24-6 victory against Columbus.



Thrasher helps New Hope go to 2-0

Posted 9/5/2009 in High School Sports

Zak Thrasher looks different. At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Thrasher appears physically to be the same quarterback who helped lead the New Hope High School football team to the third round of the Class 4A North Half state playoffs.



Swedenburg, Heritage Academy beat Starkville Academy

Posted 9/5/2009 in High School Sports

Heritage Academy football coach Brad Butler trusts senior quarterback Will Swedenburg. That trust was rewarded Friday night as Swedenburg ran an efficient offense and rushed for two touchdowns in the second quarter in a 46-23 victory against Starkville Academy at C.L. Mitchell Field.



West Lowndes gets better of Caledonia

Posted 9/5/2009 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA — The West Lowndes High School football team capitalized on three first-half turnovers to build a big halftime lead en route to a 34-9 victory Friday night.



Meridian does enough to beat Starkville

Posted 9/5/2009 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — It was not the prototypical game for the defending state champion Meridian Wildcats, but they’ll take a victory anytime they can get one. Despite 11 penalties and four turnovers, the Wildcats did enough to defeat the Starkville Yellow Jackets 27-10 on Friday night.



Ellis has career night for Victory Christian

Posted 9/5/2009 in High School Sports

When the lights went up Friday, Landon Ellis never expected he would double his personal touchdown record. But Ellis did just that as he scored six touchdowns to lead the Victory Christian football team to a 69-16 victory against New Life Academy.



Indianola shuts down Oak Hill Academy

Posted 9/5/2009 in High School Sports

WEST POINT — Any thoughts the Oak Hill Academy football team might have had about exploiting the one team they beat last year disappeared in the first 10 minutes of Friday night. The Indianola Academy Colonels used a blocked punt by Dalton Deloach in the Raiders’ end zone as a spark and went on to a 28-6 victory.



Late score lifts Hebron Christian

Posted 9/5/2009 in High School Sports

PHEBA — The homestanding Hebron Christian Eagles picked up their first win of the season Friday night with a 35-30 victory against the West Memphis Black Knights.



Quitman surprises Louisville

Posted 9/5/2009 in High School Sports

QUITMAN — All eyes were on Markese Triplett on Friday night. Many believed the Louisville High School senior wide receiver would be the playmaker to watch against Quitman High. Perhaps a couple of those eyes should have been watching speedy Quitman junior wideout Dyar Ealie.



Starkville sweeps volleyball match from Columbus

Posted 9/4/2009 in High School Sports

Volleyball is a lot more than a recreational sport to Lauren Love and Shay Ashford. But it takes time to change the culture at schools that don’t have the tradition in sports like volleyball, which is still relatively new in the state of Mississippi. That challenge doesn’t faze Lauren Love or Shay Ashford. The first-year coaches both have played sports in college and now are focused on bringing their love for volleyball to Starkville and Columbus high schools.



Meridian's Weems respects Starkville's history, potential

Posted 9/4/2009 in High School Sports

Meridian High School coach Larry Weems believes he could use the services of quarterback Tyler Russell and wide receiver Chris Smith in Starkville tonight. Although that’s not possible, that’s how much respect Weems has for the Yellow Jackets. Russell and Smith, two Mississippi State freshmen, told Weems they would be available if needed at 7:30 tonight when Meridian plays Starkville. MSU plays host to Jackson State on Saturday.



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