CLINTON -- When the Starkville Academy girls basketball team received a wake-up call during the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA State tournament last week, the Lady Volunteers didn't hit the snooze button. Starkville Academy responded from a close victory against Presbyterian Christian with one of its best efforts of the season in a victory against Madison-Ridgeland Academy to capture the tournament's championship.
Versatility is Jimmy Cockrell's calling card. Whether it's on defense or offense or on the football field or the baseball field, Cockrell has been a constant in the starting lineup the past three seasons for the Columbus High School football and baseball teams.
STARKVILLE -- Junior Hunter Mullis is excited about the Columbus High School baseball team this season. "A lot of the guys on this team have been playing together since they were 8 years old at Propst Park," Mullis said. "We know each other. We play well together. I think we have a chance to have a special season."
JACKSON -- Tiffany Huddleston felt weird. Usually, the Starkville Academy standout is a center of attention. On the soccer field, Huddleston has a knack for creating scoring opportunities or finishing chances. On the basketball court, Huddleston has had a steady hand in directing the Lady Volunteers' offense and typically gets a fair share of attention because she is a conduit the team uses to get its offense going.
Oversized post players and foul trouble aren't any problem for Taylor Hairston and Alyka Hamm. While those two elements could prove to be stumbling blocks for other players, Hairston and Hamm showed they can overcome just about any obstacle when it comes to helping the Victory Christian Academy girls basketball team complete a perfect season.
JACKSON -- The power of the assist can't be denied. The Starkville Academy girls basketball team showed Saturday that sharing the basketball can be the best way to erase the memory of a forgettable afternoon. Maggie Proffitt scored 19 points to lead three players in double figures in Starkville Academy's 64-29 victory against Madison-Ridgeland Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA championship game at Jackson Academy.
JACKSON -- "Here we go again." Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt said the perfect words Friday afternoon after experiencing another Mississippi Association of Independent Schools roller-coaster playoff ride.
CANTON -- Seize the moment. After everything the Lanier High School girls basketball team has been through this season, that concept wasn't lost on Brittany Rose on Friday night. Despite her lack of success and the team's struggles form 3-point range early in the game, Rose received the green light from her coach and let another one fly with the game on the line.
HORN LAKE -- While Columbus High School had ended its previous two girls basketball seasons playing the what-if game, there was no such misery or agony Friday night. With a trip to the Mississippi Coliseum and the overall state tournament on the line, Columbus could not get out of neutral falling 70-50 to third-ranked Southaven at Horn Lake High.
The Victory Christian Academy girls basketball team is right on schedule. Now the Lady Eagles will try to complete a perfect season.
STARKVILLE -- One role isn't enough for Tiffany Evans.
STARKVILLE -- Robert Gardner feels his team is ready. Buoyed by the confidence gained from the program's first playoff victory in seven seasons, the Starkville Academy boys soccer team (15-3-2) will take on Jackson Academy at 5 p.m. today in the semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Division I tournament.
MACON -- While most postseason teams wouldn't put much stock in a three-game win streak, the attitude is different at Noxubee County High School. Coach T.J. Billups' boys basketball team is finally streaking, and it couldn't have come at a better time.
JACKSON -- With one of his best friends and his squad's leading scorer on the bench with a ice wrap on his left knee, Brandon Sharp tried to carry the Starkville Academy boys basketball team to another game.
The magic finally ran out Tuesday night for the New Hope High School boys basketball team. Coming off back-to-back one-point victories en route to a region championship, New Hope suffered through a cold-shooting first quarter and couldn't muster enough defensive stops in a 58-48 loss to Yazoo City in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State tournament in Columbus.
During the final quarter of a one-side loss to Starkville High School last month, Noxubee County boys basketball coach T.J. Billups did not leave his seat.
STARKVILLE -- Football coaches can feverishly study the weather to determine whether it is best for their team to be kicking into the wind or with the wind.
On one field, she is the picture of poise -- stoic -- regardless of whether she has just struck out the side or allowed a hit.
Postgame hugs were very brief and to the point for Columbus High senior Kiki Patterson Monday night.
With less than a week before the start of the regular season, area baseball coaches were anxious for the their respective teams' first crack at competition.