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.
Friday night was an evening of growth, fight, and response for the New Hope High School basketball teams.
Friday, with his team trailing by a point and less than 10 seconds left in the Class 5A, Region 2 title game, New Hope High School forward Chris Mosley found himself in a familiar situation - with the ball in his hands.
Leave it to a coach not to be satisfied with a 30-point victory.
STARKVILLE -- Statistics don't lie.
Curtaves Latham is the epitome of a tweener. At a solid 6-foot-1, the New Hope High School junior can go inside and bang with bigger bodies. But, like many post players, Latham likes to stray out to the 3-point line and launch a shot or two.
JACKSON -- Starkville Academy Athletic Director Glenn Schmidt said it best when she met her school's boys basketball coach in the hallway at Hillcrest Christian School. After a 56-41 victory in the first round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II tournament Tuesday night, Schmidt wanted Mark Alexander to appreciate the moment.
JACKSON -- Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt said it's a "pleasure" to coach a veteran team focused on defending three championships. Starkville Academy took the first step in that journey Tuesday night with a 74-18 victory against Lee Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II, Class tournament at Hillcrest Christian School.
BATESVILLE -- The Columbus High School boys basketball team got exactly the type of game it wanted. In an opening-round matchup at the Class 6A, Region 2 tournament, the Falcons were engrossed in a physical, defensive struggle. So many times this season, Sammy Smith's squad excelled when defense was key and every stop proved critical. On Tuesday, though, Columbus saw its season end with a 46-40 loss to Grenada at the South Panola High.
BATESVILLE -- Columbus High School girls basketball coach Yvonne Hairston knew the pressure of the moment was getting to her squad. Hairston never panicked, though, because she believed her troops would persevere and come through in the end. After first-half struggles, Columbus pulled away to a 60-41 victory against Grenada in an opening-round game of the Class 6A, Region 2 tournament at South Panola High.
"Painful." That's the easiest and fastest way for D.J. Sanders and Moesha Calmes to describe their collision Jan. 18 in a game at West Point High School. But as much as the New Hope High juniors can look back on the incident and smile because they are feeling like themselves, they admit it was an experience they never saw coming or want to experience again.
Brandon Brown has seen a lot of progress in seven seasons at Columbus High School. Now that he is moving on, Brown can look to the Columbus High powerlifting team's most recent meet and know he has played a part in the program's move into the upper echelon of Class 6A. That success also has played a key role in the ability of the school's football team to compete in one of the state's toughest regions and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2005.
There are a lot of ways to honor seniors in their final regular-season home games.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School quarterback Gabe Myles was part of a recruiting battle like many other talented seniors. However, Myles' recruitment didn't end with any drama Wednesday morning, as he signed a National Letter of Intent to play Division I football at Mississippi State University.
MACON -- Even though he was a wide-eyed seventh-grader, Dylan Bradley thought his Noxubee County junior high football coach Tyrone Shorter was a little nuts.
Kasey Stanfield doesn't mind working overtime. She also won't hesitate to haunt New Hope High School's Lady Trojan Field long after practice has ended to work on her game. Being part of the "Fantastic Four" with classmates Lauren Holifield, her sister, Erin Stanfield, and Ashley Reed helped make the extra hours playing softball on Friday and Saturday nights so special.
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