On paper, Antonio Wilson is just another name on a page. At 5-foot-7, 160 pounds, the West Lowndes High School junior running back would be considered small by all standards. But size tells only part of the story for a running back.
STARKVILLE -- Ideally, soccer coaches want to enter the postseason in top form. Starkville Academy girls soccer coach Robert Gardner believes his team's 2-2 draw against Jackson Academy last week was a sign the Lady Volunteers are primed for a playoff run. Starkville Academy (9-6-1) hopes to ride the momentum of a six-game unbeaten stretch at 4 p.m. today when it plays host to Presbyterian Christian at the Starkville Sportsplex in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA playoff opener.
Monday marked the end of the line for two local fast-pitch softball programs, but the coaches couldn't have been prouder of the how their teams fared. Oak Hill Academy lost to Bowling Green, La., 4-2 in a losers' bracket game Monday at the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AA State Tournament, while Hebron Christian defeated Franklin Academy (La.) 15-7 and lost to Sylva Bay Academy 8-1.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy's softball season ended Saturday with a 10-6 loss to Oak Forest (La.). The loss left the Lady Volunteers (21-14) one game short of advancing to the final four of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA playoffs.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mark Ingram was already a rising star before last year's South Carolina game. Maybe a commentator or two, and some University of Alabama football fans, had even tossed his name and "Heisman Trophy candidate" together following a 172-yard game against the University of Mississippi.
HATTIESBURG -- Nearly every day, Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora said a fan will approach and ask him why his team's defense is suddenly so impressive.
STARKVILLE -- Last season, Mississippi State's football team had two heartbreaking losses at home. The University of Houston was one of the teams to escape Starkville with a win. Coming off a bye week, the Cougars (3-1, 2-0 Conference USA) will welcome the Bulldogs (3-2, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) to Texas on Saturday.
Teams have to be willing to do anything and everything at playoff time.
The scoreboard at Davis Wade Stadium showed Mississippi State beat Alcorn State 49-16 Saturday, but coaches and players feel like they should have performed better.
A freshman spends the first year of his college career away from the game field. It's an adjustment many players haven't had to make since their freshman season in high school, if at all.
With five games matching ranked teams and conference play now in full swing, the first weekend of October was bound to give the national championship race a good shake.
The New Hope and West Point high school football teams were neck-and-neck heading into halftime of a pivotal Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 matchup Friday night.
Jamie Mitchell knew it would take four to five weeks for the Starkville High School football team's offense to hit its stride.
Take the first quarter away Friday night and the Columbus High School football team might have been in position to get back into the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 1 race.
The only thing on Antonio Wilson's mind was do something to help his team get the lead. A 92-yard kickoff return in the third quarter nearly did the trick.
The Noxubee County High School football team did what was necessary on both sides of the ball Friday night, rolling up 21 points and holding Kosciusko scoreless in a 21-0 Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A, Region 4 victory.
How does a team mired in a 25-game losing streak that averages less than a yard per rush, finishes with less than 100 total yards, and completes as many passes to the opposition as it does to itself end that streak?
Coming off its first win of the season last week, the Starkville Academy football team hoped to ride that momentum into Friday night's home matchup against the Washington School Generals.
Pickens Academy coach John Gartman gave his Pirates a stern talk at halftime Friday night.
The Immanuel Christian football team made history Friday night, slipping by Houlka 14-13 for the program's first 11-man victory.
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