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Kyles helps Columbus softball beat Caledonia

Posted 4/16/2011 in High School Sports

Whitney Kyles utilized a simple yet effective technique Saturday afternoon en route to the second win of her brief fast-pitch softball career: Just throw it. Aim for the catcher's glove. Kyles, who is more comfortable in her normal role as catcher, started the second game of Columbus High School's busy day at Propst Park, a 5-4 victory against Caledonia that was more than enough to impress coach Rusty Greene.

 

 

Columbus baseball forced to go extra to beat Caledonia

Posted 4/16/2011 in High School Sports

Columbus High School's baseball team needed a win in a major way. Losers of eight straight ball games, the Falcons entered Senior Night against Caledonia High with a senior making his first start of the season on the mound.

 

 

Columbus' Verner defends state powerlifting title

Posted 4/16/2011 in High School Sports

Justin Verner, a junior at Columbus High School, defended his Class 6A state powerlifting title Saturday in Jackson, winning the 242-pound division at Mississippi Coliseum.

 

 

New Hope baseball beats West Point

Posted 4/15/2011 in High School Sports

Lee Boyd insists the gray hair is there. He tips his cap and, sure enough, there are a few specks of gray on the sides of his head. It remains to be seen just how much of that gray Boyd can blame on his New Hope High School baseball team.

 

 

Starkville High powerlifters aim for titles

Posted 4/15/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Four boys and three girls from Starkville High School have powerlifting gold on their minds. At Saturday's Mississippi High School Activities Association State meet at the Mississippi Coliseum, two senior Lady Yellow Jackets will look to repeat first-place North State finishes, while Marcus Tate will try to capture his second straight gold medal after winning the 275-pound boys class at North State.

 

 

Columbus High powerlifters ready to make marks

Posted 4/14/2011 in High School Sports

Defending state champion Justin Verner dips his hands in a bucket of chalk to combat perspiration.

 

 

NHHS' Beard honored by MAC

Posted 4/14/2011 in High School Sports

Anna Holley and Brandi Brantley break into big grins when asked to relate their favorite "moments" with New Hope High School softball coach Tabitha Beard.

 

 

Starkville Academy hires Alexander as new boys basketball coach

Posted 4/14/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mark Alexander is back in Starkville, and he has no plans to leave. The Mississippi State graduate and former sports reporter transitioned from working in journalism to coaching basketball five years ago and found instant success in Tennessee and at Manchester Academy in Yazoo City. On Wednesday, Starkville Academy announced Alexander as its new boys basketball coach effective at the end of the current school year.

 

 

Starkville baseball beats Columbus

Posted 4/13/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The bats are alive and well. Throughout much of the Starkville High School baseball team's season, its offensive numbers have dipped and its effectiveness with runners in scoring position hasn't been up to a game-winning standard.

 

 

Holley leads New Hope softball

Posted 4/13/2011 in High School Sports

Senior Anna Holley made sure the New Hope High School fast-pitch softball team survived a slow offensive start Tuesday night. Holley had two hits and drove in three runs as New Hope sealed a Class 5A, Region 3 title with an 8-1 victory against West Point at Lady Trojan Field.

 

 

Freshman Stafford playing key role in New Hope's success

Posted 4/12/2011 in High School Sports

Taylor Stafford leads the New Hope High School baseball team this season with a .397 batting average. New Hope coach Lee Boyd said Stafford's work in center field is equally impressive. The freshman (4-2, four saves) also has excelled on the mound and shown an ability to protect leads. Good job, Taylor. Now go get the balls.

 

 

Nagy helps New Hope earn key wins

Posted 4/9/2011 in High School Sports

This time, New Hope High School senior Zac Nagy meant to swing. One day after his bloop single drove in two runs against Saltillo, Nagy helped seal a 17-7 non-district win against Columbus High on Saturday afternoon with his first home run of the season.

 

 

Fikes, Hamilton beat Caledonia

Posted 4/9/2011 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Brandon Fikes is far from intimidating on the mound. His stature more closely resembles a pinch runner than a starting pitcher for one of the state's perennial baseball powers. Then he throws his fastball -- far from the fastest, but it gets where it needs to be.

 

 

Columbus softball shuts out Starkville

Posted 4/8/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's a good sign when a team has its best performance of the season in the heart of division play. Columbus High School fast-pitch softball coach Rusty Greene left Starkville a happy man after watching the Lady Falcons beat Starkville High 7-0 on Thursday.

 

 

MSU baseball gearing up for 'Super' series against Florida

Posted 4/7/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- With the No. 4 University of Florida baseball team coming to town for Super Bulldog Weekend, it helps to have some momentum. Mississippi State overcame a two-run deficit to defeat No. 14 Southern Miss 5-4 on Tuesday in Pearl. The victory helped ease the sting of a lost weekend at Georgia in which MSU was swept in a three-game Southeastern Conference series for the first time this season.

 

 

Starkville's Pichardo makes it official, signs with Mobile

Posted 4/7/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Alvaro Pichardo's college recruitment officially ended Wednesday when the Starkville High striker signed a scholarship with the University of Mobile. The decision put to rest any chance he'd sign with any of the schools that had hoped to secure his services.

 

 

Starkville High's Batson going to ICC

Posted 4/7/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Garrett Batson had no idea he'd have an opportunity to play college soccer. The 6-foot-3 Starkville High School right back had yet to have a season in which he'd "put it all together."

 

 

Heritage Academy forced to cut positions; Allsup let go

Posted 4/5/2011 in High School Sports

Bruce Allsup didn't see it coming. When it did, seven years at Heritage Academy ended in an instant.

 

 

West Lowndes' Wilson has eyes on state title

Posted 4/5/2011 in High School Sports

The grandeur of the Mississippi State Bulldog High School Invitational didn't get to Korey Wilson. With more than 40 squads competing in MSU's first prep meet at the refurbished Maddox Track Facility, there were plenty of distractions Saturday, so it was easy for someone to get lost. Wilson discovered he fit right in.

 

 

SHS, CHS track and field teams hold own against top competition

Posted 4/2/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Area high school track teams got a good feel Saturday for how their respective state meets will go after competing in the Mississippi State Bulldog High School Invitational Seven area schools competed in the meet, which featured the top teams from all classifications in Mississippi and powerhouses from surrounding states.

 

 

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