STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team was expected to beat Lamar School on Friday night in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II semifinals. The Volunteers defeated the Raiders by 21 points in the season opener in August. Since then, Starkville Academy has lost only one game and has posted four shutouts en route to its best season in nearly a decade.
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YAZOO CITY -- At this rate, the members of the offensive line on the Noxubee County High School football team won't have to do any sprints at practice for the rest of the season. Led by a dominating ground game that piled up 360 yards, Noxubee County defeated Yazoo County 34-7 in the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A North State playoffs.
OXFORD -- Cedrick Bowen's dunk with 0.1 seconds left in overtime lifted Charleston Southern to a 66-65 victory against Mississippi in the season opener for both teams. Bowen, who finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, followed a miss on a driving layup attempt by Saah Nimley. After a replay review, Bowen's athletic, two-handed dunk was ruled good. Ole Miss had its inbounds pass intercepted at the buzzer.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. There is but one question that will be on the minds of Mississippi State fans today. MSU, No. 1 in the polls and No. 1 in the College Football Playoff ratings, fell to Alabama 25-20 on Saturday. What MSU fans want to know is how far that fall will be.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State fans have been waiting patiently for a day when the school's men's basketball team had depth again. While the Bulldogs played nine players and several newcomers, a trio of veterans led the way in a 66-56 win against Western Carolina in the season opener Friday night. It was MSU's 400th win all-time at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Victoria Vivians feels like she and her freshman teammates on the Mississippi State women's basketball team are well ahead of the curve.
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STARKVILLE -- The state's top-ranked team made it look easy Friday night. Brady Davis threw two touchdown passes, and Jacquez Horsley ran for another score to lead the Starkville High School football team to a 30-0 victory against Tupelo in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State playoffs.
STARKVILLE -- It's time to put the expectations to the test. The Mississippi State women's basketball team has been looking forward to a new campaign ever since it suffered a season-ending loss to South Florida in the quarterfinals of the Women's National Invitation Tournament on March 30. While the postseason run -- the program's first since a trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in 2010 -- reflected the growth of the players in the second year under coach Vic Schaefer and his staff, the Bulldogs had even more to be excited about considering a talented recruiting class led by Victoria Vivians, the state's all-time leading high school scorer, was on its way.
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STARKVILLE -- The stakes have increased each week in the Mississippi State football team's 9-0 start to the season. It started with a 34-29 win at then-No. 8 LSU on Sept. 20, and continued through a two-game home stretch that included victories against then-No. 6 Texas A&M and then-No. 2 Auburn. Along the way, the Bulldogs have stretched their winning streak to 12 games, climbed to the top of the Southeastern Conference's Western Division, and ascended to No. 1 in the two major national polls.
STARKVILLE -- Trivante Bloodman glanced around the court and grinned. With the Mississippi State men's basketball team owning a 20-point lead in its exhibition game against Delta State last week, Bloodman couldn't suppress the smile.
WEST POINT -- The West Point High School football team's road to the Class 5A Playoffs has been paved with peril. The Green Wave, which has lost four games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2001, has been plagued by injuries, narrow losses, and an unforgiving schedule this season. Despite the twists and turns that have slowed West Point along the way, coach Chris Chambless and his team know one right turn can get the Green Wave back on the road to another state championship.
The Aberdeen High School boys basketball team has a new coach and a new philosophy for the 2014-15 season. However, the goals remain the same for the tradition-rich program.
The Starkville High School football team won games in a variety of ways to cap an undefeated regular season. The top-ranked Yellow Jackets won low-scoring defensive struggles and high-scoring shootouts. Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell thinks his team's ability to win different style games will help it at 7 tonight when it plays host to Tupelo (8-3) in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State playoffs at Yellow Jacket Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- A week ago, Vic Schaefer said the 2014-15 Mississippi State women's basketball team has 14 players who bring something to the table. Schaefer then singled one of those players out to make sure she knows what is expected of her this season.
Two things came together at just the right time to disrupt the New Hope High School football team's momentum. Coach Kris Pickle's challenge will be to help his team regroup from a 32-29 loss to Saltillo in its regular-season final in time to play Callaway at 7 p.m. Friday in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoffs.
MACON -- A fast start doesn't guarantee success in the playoffs. That's one of the messages Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter has tried to impress to his players this week following a 35-0 victory against Senatobia in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A North State playoffs. The Tigers opened the game with a long touchdown drive on their opening possession and then appeared to let up, according to Shorter. That loss of focus coupled with four turnovers can spell disaster in the postseason, which is why Shorter and his assistant coaches have worked hard this week to get the players to re-focus.
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