The New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team couldn't have allowed itself to sink in the quicksand Saturday. After suffering a 10-run loss to Warren Central in Game 1 of the best-of-three Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A/6A North State playoff series, New Hope could have thought things weren't meant to be and started to look forward to a long nap on a four-hour bus ride back to Columbus.
MADISON -- Starkville High School senior linebacker Jordyn Bowlin described his team's mentality perfectly Friday night.
ABERDEEN -- Prior to the start of the season, MaxPreps listed Mississippi's top 20 most dominant football programs in the past 10 years and, not surprisingly, the Louisville Wildcats came in at No. 10.
PHEBA - Leshon Hill ran right, there was no room. He ran left, there was no room. And forget about running up the middle.
The Heritage Academy offense was late to the party Friday night, but it rocked out in the second half.
WEST POINT -- With a 14-7 lead at halftime, the second half strategy was simple for the Oak Hill Raiders: run the ball, run the ball some more more and when all else fails, run the ball.
OXFORD -- Kris Pickle was frank earlier this week when he said his New Hope High School football team has nothing to lose when it faced Oxford in a pivotal Class 5A, Region 1 game.
VERNON -- Lamar County was in a position to win Friday night in its huge Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 3A, Region 4 showdown with Gordo.
The playoffs are still within reach for the Columbus High School and the Heritage Academy football teams. That's the message Columbus coach Randal Montgomery and Heritage Academy coach Barrett Donahoe want their teams to heed at 7 tonight as they prepare to face Greenville and Leake Academy, respectively, in Mississippi High School Activities Association and Mississippi Association of Independent Schools action.
Lanoria Abrams banged a run-scoring double off the center-field wall in the first inning of Game 1 of the New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team's Class 5A/6A best-of-three playoff series against Madison Central on Thursday night. She didn't miss a home run her second time.
WEST POINT -- After each practice and game, no matter the result, the message is the same for the West Point High football team. In the huddle following each team activity, usually on the heels of motivational words from coach Chris Chambless, the Green Wave players put their hands in the middle of the huddle, and shout, "State champs" in unison.
The Starkville High School football team has reached the difficult part of its schedule. The Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 race appears to be headed to the wire as a four-team race. Starkville is tied with Clinton, Vicksburg, and Warren Central atop the region standings -- each with 3-0 records.
Kris Pickle understands not many people would have predicted his New Hope High School football team to be undefeated entering the ninth week of the 2014 season.
MACON -- "Finish."
With two weeks remaining in region play, the stakes will be high when the members of the Alabama High School Activities Association Class 3A, Region 4 return to the gridiron Friday night.
In the Mississippi High School Activities Association ranks, the coverage area boasts two undefeated football teams -- New Hope (7-0 in Class 5A) and Starkville (7-0 in Class 6A). The success of Starkville comes as a surprise to very few. Even though the Yellow Jackets weren't a top-ranked team by any media outlets, they were on the short list of contenders for the Class 6A title.
HAMILTON -- Sprinters have one goal in mind: Get to their destination as quickly as possible. Sometimes, though, the quickest -- or easiest -- route to paydirt isn't a straight line. You often see that in football, when running backs, blessed with the speed to burn or to juke, stretch plays east and west in an effort to get to the corner. If they get there, all they need to do is hit the accelerator and dance down the sidelines to the end zone.
GORDO, Ala. -- The Aliceville High School football team's high-flying offense finally met its match Friday night. After winning its first seven games, Aliceville couldn't generate anything on offense, falling 24-3 to Gordo in a showdown for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 3A, Region 4 lead.
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