Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith really likes when his team finds its defensive identity. The Falcons found just that in the fourth quarter Friday of a nip-and-tuck battle at the Joe Horne Christmas Invitational.
The giving will begin in earnest today. Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith, his players, and staff already have been hard at work for a year to put the finishing touches on the 16th annual Joe Horne Christmas Invitational. The two-day annual basketball tournament that features some of the region's top girls and boys teams kicks off at 3 p.m. today with the first of seven games. Eight games will be played Saturday.
Gerald Glass considers himself a teacher first and a coach second.
CALEDONIA -- Going .... going ... goal. JD Earhart knew he had put the shot on frame. But this wasn't an ordinary shot. It was a left-footed chip from a right-footed player who was trying to create a scoring opportunity for his team in the waning minutes.
MACON -- Noxubee County High School boys basketball coach T.J. Billups gave his squad high marks for end-game execution Tuesday night.
It's difficult to remain in one spot when you're trembling.
STARKVILLE -- The dream has been realized. When you play as many softball games as Mary Austin Barber has the past few years, sometimes you can lose the passion that initially drew you to the sport you love.
"Jake, Jake, Jake." The shouts came from all directions and within seconds of each other. The urgency behind the pleas indicated the players needed the ball immediately if they were going to make things happen.
The epiphany didn't come easily.
Sammy Smith can sit back, relax, and wait.
CALEDONIA -- Morgan Smith figured Caledonia High School volleyball coach Samantha Brooks was up to something when she recently texted her and asked her for her height and her address. Smith responded to her coach's query but forgot about it before she could investigate why her coach wanted the information.
WEST POINT -- The West Point High School boys basketball team was looking for a spark tied with Noxubee County entering the final quarter Tuesday night. Junior forward Demarius Calvert responded by helping to fuel a 14-4 run that pushed West Point to a 73-62 victory.
STARKVILLE -- Years worth of hard work came to fruition Monday afternoon for Carolina Berryhill.
JACKSON -- After more than 23 years, Jamie Mitchell finally has a gold ball trophy.
JACKSON -- Gabe Myles capped his Starkville High School career in fine fashion Saturday night.
JACKSON -- Darrell Robinson has been the workhorse for the Noxubee County High School football team all season.
JACKSON -- Dylan Bradley crouched on the 48-yard line and took a moment to reflect.
JACKSON -- Business as usual. That's the mind-set of the Noxubee County High School football team as it prepares to face Greene County at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A State title at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Jackson.
STARKVILLE -- Everybody involved with the Starkville High School football program can't think of a better way to end its time in Class 5A than by winning a new state championship trophy to put in its new fieldhouse.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball team will finally be able to share sympathy with an opponent this weekend. When MSU travels to the Dunkin Doughnuts Center to take on Providence College at 11 a.m. Saturday (ESPNU) in the SEC-Big East Challenge, one of the first things it likely will notice is the number of players on the Friars bench.
1. New Hope boys shock Oxford for region title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Tupelo squads sweep Columbus for pair of region titles HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Stovall, Self help MSU close weekend with two wins COLLEGE SPORTS
4. New Hope boys use defense to beat Oxford HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. West Point girls beat New Hope for region title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS