It's a waiting game for Quartney Cox and Billy Autrey. The former West Point and Columbus high school standouts used their times at East Mississippi Community College to earn scholarships to play football at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Both players envisioned the 2010 season as the one they would realize their dream to play college football at the highest level of Division I.
Shaun Smith has been chasing his basketball potential for the past three years. That's saying a lot for a player who was heavily recruited as a high school senior.
STARKVILLE -- No pass, no problem. The Mississippi State football team's commitment to the running game reached its defining moment Saturday in a 10-7 landmark win against then-No. 22 University of Florida.
STARKVILLE -- Mary Kathryn Govero learned about patience at an early age. One of eight children, including five younger than her, Govero understood she always wasn't going to be the center of attention.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The University of Tennessee was predicted to win the 2011 Southeastern Conference women's basketball championship in voting Tuesday by a select panel of SEC and national media members.
Former Aberdeen High School football standout Tevin Blanchard has been studying football game films more often this season at Itawamba Community College to get a better idea of his squad's weekly opponent. There's no secret Thursday night.
STARKVILLE -- Judging by Mississippi State linebacker Chris White's glowing stat line Saturday against then-No. 22 University of Florida, you'd think he'd been playing middle linebacker all his life. Assumptions are risky, but in White's case it's considered a compliment.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team and the University of Mississippi's Chris Warren earned top billing Monday. For the second-consecutive year, media members covering the Southeastern Conference have picked MSU to win the Western Division, while Warren, a senior guard, was picked to the preseason All-SEC first team.
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.
1. Friday's Mississippi Prep Football Scores HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Columbus routs Tupelo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. MSU Notebook: Prescott loses one streak, extends another COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Columbus moves to 2-0 in region play with win at Tupelo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Bulldogs eager to see if Newman lives up to the hype HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS