STARKVILLE -- It's time to see how the Mississippi State football team handles success. The No. 24 Bulldogs (5-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) are ranked for the first time in nine years and are one win away from bowl eligibility after beating then-No. 22 Florida 10-7 Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.
ABERDEEN -- Victor Hodges isn't going to let anything hold him back. Part of his motivation stems from the fact that he's a senior leader on the Aberdeen High School football team.
JACKSON -- Families can come together to do anything. At times, the New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team seemed to be as dysfunctional a family you would see on any soap opera.
When Mississippi State arrived back on campus a little after 1 a.m. Sunday morning, a throng of fans awaited to celebrate the Bulldogs' 10-7 victory over No. 22 Florida in The Swamp.
During the Bass Fishing League regional competition last weekend, there was a boating accident that claimed the life of one of the anglers. There were several different tournaments being held on the same weekend one of the boats from one of the other tournaments collided with a BFL contestant's boat.
All it took was a willingness to work hard. Allison Conn didn't make any promises to the Heritage Academy swimming team. The first-year coach told her swimmers schools like Jackson Academy, Jackson Prep, and Presbyterian Christian had far many competitors that they did, so the numbers would be difficult to overcome.
The Pickens County High School football team took a 34-0 halftime lead Friday and coasted to a victory by the same score at Sunshine's homecoming contest in a Class 1A, Region 4A game.
After opening the season with six straight losses, the East Oktibbeha High School football team beat Weir 38-28 Friday for its third straight victory.
n Susan Willard's first year as Starkville Academy's cross country coach, she's guided the team through youth and inexperience.
With less than a minute to play Friday, Starkville High's Jaquez Johnson and Shaquille Hill re-enacted Joe Montana's famous NFC Championship game pass to Dwight Clark.
If Quanterris Newby keeps this up, he's going to give up being known as the sophomore formerly known as "Q" for a nickname like "TD" that is more fitting. The sophomore, who earned his one letter nickname from a gym teacher in sixth grade, proved again Friday night he has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. It also helps to have good hands and to be able to pick up the ball on the move. Newby's fumble recovery near midfield and run for a touchdown helped turn the momentum in a close game and pushed the New Hope High School football team to a 44-14 victory against Saltillo in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 game at Trojan Field.
The tide was already turning Friday in favor of the Immanuel Christian football team, but one play sealed the deal in its Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A, District 3 matchup against Hebron Christian.
The Victory Christian football team did what it needed to do Friday night, including putting an exclamation point on homecoming.
Lady Trojans take fourth straight state championship trophy with rally in game two
Dedication, determination, and perseverance have been trademarks of athletes for generations. More than 50 years ago, those intangibles were even more important because football wasn't as gentlemanly a game as it is today.
The playoff push continues in earnest tonight for five Lowndes County football teams. Some need a victory to keep their postseason hopes alive, while others will look to improve their playoff standing in hopes of earning a chance to play host to one of those matchups.
East Webster's offense is steamrolling through its schedule thanks to a dynamic option offense. The Wolverines (8-0, 2-0 Class 2A Region 2) have shut out four opponents this season and have rUn the option to perfection. So much so that quarterback Ledrick Patterson has attempted just 34 passes.
Lauren Holifield already is an accomplished softball player.
The new mascot of the University of Mississippi Rebels will be a black bear, officially replacing the goateed Southern gentleman "Colonel Reb" who was banished from the sidelines almost seven years ago. Thursday's unveiling of the "Rebel Black Bear" is the latest move in the school's effort to distance itself from symbols of the old South.
STARKVILLE -- Healthy and drama-free, the Mississippi State men's basketball will hold its first team practice Friday. From two NCAA eligibility appeals to three injury rehabilitations to two transfers, MSU is intact -- at least after Renardo Sidney and Dee Bost return from nine-game suspensions.
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