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Busy Brooks ready for first rivalry game

Posted 8/26/2010 in High School Sports

CRAWFORD -- Forgive East Oktibbeha County High School football coach Randy Brooks if he's still trying to catch up in Week 2 of the season. Officially, he has been on the job for only three weeks and he's calling plays on both sides of the ball.



Hamilton hopes it can stay focused

Posted 8/26/2010 in High School Sports

Ray Weeks has heard the talk. But the veteran head coach would prefer to hear the conversations about his Hamilton High School football team in November.



Newsome hopes to be dominant in middle

Posted 8/26/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ashley Newsome doesn't like the spotlight. The Mississippi State senior wouldn't mind if she is just another piece to the puzzle as long as her team wins.



Kite hopes move to center forward adds scoring punch

Posted 8/26/2010 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Danielle Kite has played just about everywhere in her Mississippi State career. As a senior, Kite will be the centerpiece in the Bulldogs' attack.



Bulldogs, Stallions set to renew rivalry

Posted 8/26/2010 in High School Sports

Lamar County High School football coach Ken Adams didn't get a scouting report from South Lamar High's jamboree against Pickens County like he wanted.



VCA bids to extend streak

Posted 8/25/2010 in High School Sports

The 2010 Victory Christian football team will try to take ownership of the streak. The two-time defending Christian Football Association champions kick off the regular season at 7 p.m. Friday against Ellwood Christian Academy, which was known as Central Christian Academy last year, of Selma, Ala. Living up to back-to-back conference titles is one thing. Maintaining a 22-game winning streak that spans the past two seasons should add to the expectations the Eagles face this year.



Numbers even out for Immanuel football team

Posted 8/25/2010 in High School Sports

The numbers should even out this week. This also should be one of the few weeks this season when the Immanuel Christian football team has more bodies on the sidelines than its opponent. That fact, coupled with the Rams' moving from 11- to eight-man, should make for intriguing storylines when they take on Central Academy at 7 p.m. Friday in Macon.



Emotion carries Starkville volleyball team to victory

Posted 8/25/2010 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- A little emotion can go a long way. Inserted at the proper time in a match, that energy can help make for a very long evening or it can erase any surge of momentum. The Starkville High School volleyball team picked the right time Tuesday night to deliver a shock to the system. Sparked by an impromptu players-only scream-fest in front of coach Lauren Love, the Yellow Jackets rallied to score the final five points in game four to clinch the game and the match against Caledonia, 3-1. Game scores were 25-19, 25-12, 18-25, 25-20.



Sulligent will look to end losing streak to Hamilton

Posted 8/25/2010 in High School Sports

This time it counts. After playing a jamboree like a regular season game this past Thursday, the Sulligent Blue Devils tee it up for good this Thursday. Sulligent kicks off its regular season at home against the Hamilton Aggies after beating the Smithville Seminoles 27-18 in a jamboree. Sulligent (of Alabama) had to play the jamboree like a regular season game because Smithville (of Mississippi) scheduled it as its season opener. Alabama schools don't begin their season until this week whereas Mississippi schools started this past week.



Wofford leads Starkville Academy volleyball team to win

Posted 8/25/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The first words Jessica Dickens delivered in her post-game interview were said with a sense of relief. "How about that hitting from Bailey Wofford?" the Starkville Academy head coach asked. Indeed, her most experienced player enjoyed an all-star caliber day against opening-day spoiler Hebron Christian, putting the team a game above .500 following two wins on the bounce.  



Clarion Ledger: Bulldogs close to ticket record (link)

Posted 8/24/2010 in College Sports



EMCC could use Patterson to build on success

Posted 8/24/2010 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- Time is ticking away for the East Mississippi Community College football team. In nine days, the No. 7 Lions will try to build off the most successful season in the school's history when they travel to Perkinston on Sept. 2 to take on No. 5 Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.



Cockrell hopes hard work pays off this season

Posted 8/24/2010 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- Working hard wasn't enough for Johnny Cockrell. Entering his sophomore season with the East Mississippi Community College football team, Cockrell realized he needed to do something to move up the depth chart.



Central Academy's Newman hides behind line, slips through gaps

Posted 8/24/2010 in High School Sports

MACON -- Cole Newman knows what it takes to be "The Man." A year ago, he watched teammates Hunter Campbell and Trevor Eaves do their best to lead the Central Academy football team's rushing attack. But when Campbell went down with a season-ending injury, Eaves assumed a bigger role and Newman earned an opportunity to contribute.


Timing right for renewal of Columbus-New Hope rivalry

Posted 8/23/2010 in Local Columns

The timing was perfect. On Thursday, Lowndes County Schools Superintendent Mike Halford was at New Hope High School to catch some of the action between the Columbus and New Hope High School slow-pitch softball teams. Softball is one of the few sports that the two Lowndes County schools compete against each other. In the past few years, the schools haven't played each other in football and boys basketball due to problems that fans attending the matchups might have created.


Columbus goes to the wire to edge Aberdeen

Posted 8/21/2010 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- In the opener of the 2009 season it took two overtimes to decide the outcome of Columbus and Aberdeen This year's rematch also went down as an instant classic as the Falcons' defensive heroics were again enough to hold off the Bulldogs 8-6 and give first-year head coach Tony Stanford the victory in his debut. "It's so important for our program," Stanford said. "We've struggled over the last couple of years winning some so we need to get as much confidence as we can. Our kids don't have a lot (of confidence) but wins is the only way you can get it and we'll take them any way we can get them. It was sweet."



Heritge leads from opening kickoff en route to beating Oak Hill

Posted 8/21/2010 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Sophomore Miller Puckett took the opening kickoff return 82 yards untouched to help Heritage Academy lead from the start Friday night en route to a 28-14 victory against Oak Hill Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools season opener for both teams. "It is always good to win that first one," Heritage Academy second-year coach Brad Butler said. "Miller Puckett played well. We have to make sure we find ways to get the ball in his hands more. "We had too many penalties, but we overcame those with some big plays, but we still have to get mentally tougher so we can overcome these penalties."



Timberwolves belief in themselves shine through in beating West Lowndes

Posted 8/21/2010 in High School Sports

It takes a lot to be a Timberwolf. With depleted numbers in recent years, the West Oktibbeha High School football team has learned how not to make excuses. Instead, the Timberwolves rely on faith, family, and heart to get them through difficult situations. The belief the Timberwolves have in themselves and in their teammates came through in shining fashion Friday night.



Hamilton routs Weir in season opener

Posted 8/21/2010 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- The Hamilton High School football team came on like gangbusters in the second half Friday night and pulled away to rout Weir 42-0 in the season opener for both teams. The game was scoreless after the opening quarter and Hamilton led 7-0 at halftime before erupting for three touchdowns in the third quarter and two touchdowns and a field goal in the fourth quarter. It was Hamilton's highest-scoring game since beating Alcorn Central 48-14 on Sept. 29, 2006, as the Lions cruised past Weir, which has won six Class A state championships.



Noxubee scores late each half to beat Starkville

Posted 8/21/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The ability to finish a game is a trait learned through time. On Friday, the Starkville High School football team gave up two scores to Noxubee County in the final minute of each half in a disappointing 14-7 loss to open the 2010 season. And when the Jackets had their chance late in the fourth quarter, their efforts turned south with back-to-back busted plays that squandered a first down at the Noxubee County 26.



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