James Hayes was looking for the right fit. More than two years ago, Hayes stood nearly 5-foot-8 and weighed around 150 pounds and realized there weren't many outside linebackers that size who made their presence felt on the football field.
CALEDONIA -- A team's strength up the middle often dictates its success.
"Dunk City" is coming to Starkville later this month.
On one possession Tuesday night, Columbus High's D.D. Walker and C.J. Scott teamed up on the Kemper County point guard.
STARKVILLE -- Stocking stuffers are popular at this time of the year.
Columbus High School senior point guard C.J. Scott really likes the pieces on his basketball team this season. Now it's a matter of putting it together.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- You can never have enough hugs. On an afternoon in which the people of Reform made Tuscaloosa their second home, Zev Finch took it upon himself to be the ambassador of good will for the Pickens County High School football team.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Facing its toughest task of the season, the Pickens County High School defense went out and did what great defenses do: It won a championship. The Tornadoes put on a dominating clinic Thursday in a 38-18 victory against Maplesville to clinch the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 1A state championship and the first in program history.
JACKSON -- The Hazlehurst High School football team's resume is impressive. Hazlehurst (14-1) will defend its 2012 Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A title at 11 a.m. against Louisville (15-0) at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson.
REFORM, Ala -- Dominate. The word greets you when you enter the Pickens County High School football team's locker room at G.S. Spruill Stadium. Coach Patrick Plott has personalized the message for his Tornadoes by transforming the letter "i" into a number 1, and the letter "a" into an A that signifies that team's classification -- 1A -- in the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
REFORM, Ala. -- The burden has been lifted from the shoulders of Eddie Doss.
STARKVILLE -- The Heritage Academy boys basketball team dropped three last-minute decisions to archrival Starkville Academy last season. Juniors Walker Brown and Hunter Sykes made sure there was no drama Tuesday night in the fourth quarter.
REFORM, Ala. -- Tempo doesn't bother Zev Finch. Typically, shouts like the ones heard from the Pickens County High School football coach Patrick Plott -- "Get on the ball. Get on the ball." -- would drive an offensive lineman to exhaustion.
JACKSON -- Louisville and football go hand in hand.
Knowing what to say is only part of being a leader.
REFORM, Ala. -- Devonte Simon's demeanor Friday night fit well with the cold temperatures.
STARKVILLE -- Now that football season is over at Starkville High School, boys basketball coach Greg Carter knows his team will get some frontcourt depth.
STARKVILLE -- Demarius Calvert took care of business early for the West Point High School boys basketball team. While Calvert helped keep the Green Wave close at the start, A.J. Jones' play in the fourth quarter proved even more valuable.
REFORM, Ala. -- Pickens County High School football coach Patrick Plott believes his team has done well this year rising to a challenge.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy boys basketball coach Mark Alexander made a slight change in philosophy Monday. The Volunteers rewarded him with the best effort of the season.
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