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Columbus basketball teams sweep Tupelo

Posted earlier today in High School Sports

It's all coming together for Artavious McDyess. The 6-foot-7 senior has the frame and athleticism to dominate the paint, but the intensity, focus, and effort weren't always there earlier in the season. When Columbus High School boys basketball coach Luther Riley saw his forward receive a technical foul for aggressively dunking a ball and hanging on the rim at Forest Hill recently, he stopped himself from chastising McDyess. "He'd had the confidence all along," Riley said, "but you could see him start to apply it. You could see it then." McDyess' intensity showed Wednesday night in the Falcons' district matchup against Tupelo, where he was an impact on the offensive and defensive end, blocking and altering shots, scoring points and rebounding in a 75-60 win.

 

 

New Hope's Spann will get chance at Copiah-Lincoln

Posted 2/4/2016 in High School Sports

Resiliency is a word that suits Brenton Spann. After missing his senior season as a member of the New Hope High School football team, Spann could have given up and searched for a different path without the sport he loves. Instead, Spann tried his best to stay in shape and to focus on his academics in case he ever received an opportunity to return to the football field. He admits that road wasn't easy and that there were many times he doubted if he would realize his goal.

 

 

Columbus shows signs of growth with seven off to college

Posted 2/4/2016 in High School Sports

Wednesday was a beginning for Chris Deloach and the rest of the Columbus High School football program. A year ago, Randal Montgomery arrived from Hazlehurst High with championship designs for a program that wasn't accustomed to success. After three-straight trips to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A State title game and a championship in 2012, Montgomery realized hard work, buy-in, and dedication were going to be essential ingredients to the transformation of the Falcons' program.

 

 

Noxubee County's Simmons picks MSU

Posted 2/4/2016 in High School Sports

MACON -- Jeffery Simmons didn't want to wait until the last minute. If he could have, the Noxubee County High School five-star defensive end would have made his college decision on the first day of the recruiting process to end it as quickly as possible. But Simmons soon found himself in a predicament of his own making because the schools he picked -- Alabama, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss -- all had plenty to offer him, and even more fans who wanted him to join their football programs.

 

 

West Lowndes' Spencer picks Holmes C.C.

Posted 2/4/2016 in High School Sports

Tyshon Spencer always thought basketball was the sport for him. At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Spencer had the size and the athleticism to pave a future for himself in the sport. But 6-4 student-athletes are easy for football coaches to spot in the hallways, especially at Class 1A schools, so it didn't take long for West Lowndes High School football coach Anthony King and other members of the coaching staff to ask Spencer to come out for the football team.

 

 

Starkville's Brown, Jones now rivals

Posted 2/4/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- A.J. Brown and Kobe Jones are now rivals. In the last three years together as members of the Starkville High School football team, Brown and Jones helped the Yellow Jackets finish 13-1 and advance to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State title game in 2014 and win a MHSAA Class 6A State championship in 2015. They also were members of The Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen this past season.

 

 

Starkville sends 10 to college after title season

Posted 2/4/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ricky Woods was a proud coach Wednesday. The Starkville High School football coach saw 10 of his players sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday on National Signing Day, including three with Division I schools and seven with junior colleges. Wide receiver A.J. Brown signed with Ole Miss, defensive tackle Kobe Jones signed with Mississippi State, and defensive lineman Lorenzo Dantzler signed with Southern Mississippi to complete the Division I trio. Defensive lineman Maleke Bell and running back Avery Brown (East Mississippi Community College), quarterback Montario Montgomery and wide receiver Rontavis Clark (Itawamba C.C.), tight end Parker Lemm (East Central C.C.), defensive back Terrance Grayer (Mississippi Delta C.C.), and defensive back Aretavious Hendrix (Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.) completed the signing class.

 

 

Starkville Academy's Wood signs with Mississippi Gulf Coast

Posted 2/4/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- When Starkville Academy senior Carter Wood was ready to pick a college, he had a large support group to consult. Wood played three varsity seasons under coach Jeff Terrill, who had previously coached in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges at Itawamba Community College. Wood also knew he would have the love and support of parents, Bart and Rebecca Anne Wood.

 

 

West Point football team sends eight to colleges

Posted 2/4/2016 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless felt like a proud papa Wednesday. Chambless had eight seniors sign college scholarship offers during a National Signing Day ceremony in the school's auditorium. "We will always be indebted to this senior class for helping bring West Point football back," Chambless said. "These players will always be a part of my family. As a coach, this is why you are in the business. To be able to see players advance to the next level is rewarding." While West Point didn't have a large senior class, the class was packed with talent.

 

 

West Point's Lashley picks Alabama

Posted 2/3/2016 in High School Sports

Scott Lashley could have gone anywhere to play football. On Tuesday, the West Point High School offensive lineman gave a verbal commitment to Alabama. He will sign a National Letter of Intent with the Crimson Tide today with seven of his teammates on National Signing Day. Lashley was supposed to make his announcement at a news conference at the school, but bad weather in the area forced schools to be dismissed early and canceled the event, so he made his decision known on a video.

 

 

Player of Week: Career night by Jackson helps New Hope break losing streak

Posted 2/1/2016 in High School Sports

New Hope High School senior basketball player Heratio Jackson felt like his game had been off lately.

 

 

West Point earns two big wins

Posted 1/30/2016 in High School Sports

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- West Point High School took the road for a successful weekend of basketball action. Fresh off a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 2 win Friday at Oxford High, West Point defeated Noxubee County 52-46 Saturday afternoon at FedEx Forum.

 

 

Heritage Academy's Ledbetter signs with Northwest Mississippi C.C.

Posted 1/29/2016 in High School Sports

Unsolicited recruiting help might be the best assistance a high school senior looking to play a sport at the next level can get. Little did Michael Ledbetter know that he had not one or two but three friends and members of the Northwest Mississippi Community College men's soccer team talk to their coach about him. Charlie Baldwin must have liked what he heard from former Caledonia High School standouts Chandler Lester, James Longmire, and Robert Mims because it didn't take long for him to contact Ledbetter.

 

 

Clinton sweeps Columbus in soccer playoffs

Posted 1/27/2016 in High School Sports

CLINTON -- The Columbus High School boys soccer team faced a state power Tuesday night. Against a Clinton High program that has won nine state titles in the Mississippi High School Activities Association's highest classification, Columbus faced an uphill battle for 80 minutes. Orion Anderson scored four goals in the first half, including two in 40 seconds, to help Clinton defeat Columbus 5-0 in the first round of the MHSAA Class 6A playoffs at Arrow Field.

 

 

Starkville sweeps Madison Central in basketball doubleheader

Posted 1/26/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Greg Carter never lost faith. The Starkville High School boys basketball coach saw his team fall behind Madison Central by 15 points in the third quarter, but there was no panic from the veteran coach. Instead, he challenged his players. Starkville responded in the final quarter and pulled out a 57-56 victory on Monday night in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 3 game.

 

 

Amusa has been force for Starkville Academy

Posted 1/26/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ade Amusa has been a big part of the Starkville Academy boys basketball team's success this season. But it hasn't been easy for the senior. Starkville Academy coach Bruce Allsup challenged Amusa after last season to work on his game in the offseason and be ready to take on a bigger role when the 2015-16 season started. Amusa took Allsup's advice and worked every day to improve. Amusa's work has paid off. It showed last week, when he scored 44 points in three games, including 21 in a victory against Heritage Academy in Columbus. For his efforts, Amusa is The Dispatch's Prep Player of the Week.

 

 

Columbus High teams set for playoff soccer action

Posted 1/26/2016 in High School Sports

The Columbus High School soccer teams will try to build on a history-making season tonight. Buoyed by second-place finishes in Class 6A, Region 2, District 2, the Columbus High girls and boys will take on Clinton in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A playoffs in a doubleheader that is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. It is the first season in a number of years that the Columbus girls (7-10, 4-2 district) and the Columbus boys (3-9-3, 2-4) have qualified for the playoffs in the same season.

 

 

Area teams to play in FedExForum

Posted 1/25/2016 in High School Sports

During a successful basketball career at Ridgeland High School and West Point High School, senior point guard A.J. McFarland has always believed in playing one game at a time.

 

 

West Point moves to 3-0 in region play with win over New Hope

Posted 1/23/2016 in High School Sports

Playing form behind is nothing new for West Point boys' basketball coach Brad Cox and his team.

 

 

Short-handed Rebels fight hard in loss to Bulldogs

Posted 1/23/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Andy Kennedy needed role players to step up in big ways.

 

 

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