If Sulligent High School Athletic Director Craig Weeks had a choice, he'd much rather have his Blue Devils battle Cherokee on paper. In the Alabama High School Activities Association Class 2A, Region 8 standings, Sulligent (5-2 overall) is first at 4-1. Cherokee (1-6, 0-5 region) is on the bottom.
D.J. Sanders and Jessica Moore each had three hits in game one, and Lauren Holifield had four hits in game two to lead New Hope to 12-2 and 11-4 victories against Pearl in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North Half title series.
Starkville Academy's Robert Gardner and Immanuel Christian's Ray Campbell will be the coaches for the North team at 4:30 p.m. today in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools All-Star game at Jackson Academy.
Kodi Augustus feels like he's making up for lost time as he prepares for his senior season as a Mississippi State Bulldog.
Having already faced his mentor for the first time, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen is set to return to the stadium where he made a name for himself as a quarterback guru and play-caller.
Pat Shed would love to be the one who always is the last player shown on that footage. But the University of Alabama at Birmingham running back has learned there is much more to being a productive football player than scoring touchdowns.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen believes last year's loss to the University of Florida was an awakening for his team. In Starkville, Mullen led the Bulldogs to a near-upset of the Tim Tebow-led, No. 1-ranked Gators. MSU fell 29-19, but for most of the game was within a touchdown or field goal, and even tied the game at 13 in the third quarter.
D.J. Sanders has been playing softball for so long it she seems like she is a seasoned veteran. If you didn't know better, you wouldn't believe Sanders is only a freshman on the New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team.
CRAWFORD -- Chris Hunter is seeing a clearer picture of what will work on the football field. Even though he has only a year of experience playing quarterback at the varsity level, Hunter showed Friday he is learning how to play the position and that he is maturing as a leader.
HAMILTON -- The Hamilton High School slow-pitch softball is right on schedule. Challenged earlier in the year not to be the first team in 17 years to fail to advance to the playoffs, the Lady Lions are now one step away from playing for another state title.
Mississippi State's 47-24 win over Houston only strengthened its identity since head coach Dan Mullen took over last season.
Steve Holeman's return to the state he called home for 15 years wasn't a scoreless endeavor.
The number 75 remains special to Ricky Byrd.
HATTIESBURG -- The East Carolina University football team did a lot of things wrong Saturday night, falling behind by 20 points in the first quarter and committing four turnovers on the road. But with just enough clutch plays, the Pirates emerged with a 44-43 victory over Southern Miss at Roberts Stadium, breaking the Golden Eagles' 11-game home winning streak in a Conference USA showdown.
HOUSTON, Texas -- The Mississippi State football team's offensive line made Vick Ballard's night pretty simple against Houston. The junior running back rushed for a career-high 134 yards and three touchdowns, and the Bulldogs gained 409 yards on the ground in a 47-24 win over the Cougars on Saturday.
Games usually don't turn on one play. Typically, a handful of ingredients work together to lift one team past another. Franklin Richardson Jr. made sure that formula didn't apply Friday night.
HORN LAKE -- All things considered, the Starkville High School football team's trip to Horn Lake went as planned. Devin Mitchell rushed for 116 yards and had three touchdowns, and Jaquez Johnson threw for three more scores in Starkville's 49-19 victory in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 1 game.
WEST POINT -- A game that appeared to be well in hand for the West Point High School football team on Friday night very nearly swerved out of control. But West Point tightened up at the end of its Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 game against Oxford to earn a 22-20 victory.
STARKVILLE -- Now that Mississippi State's men's basketball team knows when its suspended players will return to the court, the Bulldogs now must find a way back to the NCAA tournament. Sophomore forward Renardo Sidney will miss the team's first nine games, while junior point guard Dee Bost won't return until the team's first league game in January.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- After delivering the University of South Carolina football team's biggest win ever, all coach Steve Spurrier could do was smile. "I think that this game was meant to be," he said. The way the Gamecocks played, it sure seemed like it.
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