STEENS -- Old-school basketball aficionados would appreciate KC Cunningham.
STEENS -- Rokila Wallace thought she could fit through the sliver of space.
STARKVILLE -- Kennedi Stephens wasn't sure how she would fit in when she transferred from Montgomery (Ala.) to New Hope High School.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School girls basketball team's victory Saturday night was important mainly for the way it was achieved.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team had a much more enjoyable experience this season in the Humphrey Coliseum. After going winless a season ago in the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at The Hump tournament, the Yellow Jackets reversed that trend and won all three games they played in this year's event.
STARKVILLE -- "Find a way." Laura Lee Holman's words served as a reminder this wasn't an ordinary day for the New Hope High School girls basketball team. Not only was leading scorer D.J. Sanders finding it difficult to make a shot, but the Lady Trojans also were battling foul trouble and the pesky tandem of Starkville High's Blair Schaefer and Imane Montgomery.
STARKVILLE -- One coach hopes to help his team find an ingredient that will propel it to greater heights in 2014. Another coach plans to use his team's three-game stint against Mississippi teams as a bonding exercise that will help his squad come together for the stretch run.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team spent the first half losing the tempo battle in its opening-round game at the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at The Hump tournament. The Yellow Jackets found clear sailing to victory after they resolved that problem.
WEST POINT -- West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless remembers inserting ninth-grader Aeris Williams into his first varsity game and telling him to hang on to the ball and to try not to do anything special.
MACON -- Eric Hunt plays football for one reason. "I play because it's fun," Hunt said. "I know that sounds like what everybody says, but I get a lot out of it."
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter knew from the opening play of the 2013 season he couldn't panic.
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Taylor Stafford felt the emptiness. New Hope High School lost its hopes for a state championship in the Mississippi High School Activities Association's North State championship series in 2012. For Stafford, the pain was double because he was the losing pitcher in his team's final game of the season.
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First-time watchers of the New Hope High School girls basketball team, don't be alarmed. There is nothing wrong with D.J. Sanders.
HAMILTON -- Hamilton High School senior quarterback Quinshay Heard was ready to make the most of his second opportunity. After suffering a rotator cuff tear during his junior campaign, Heard returned to quarterback this season and led the Lions on a historic run.
WEST POINT -- When he was an eighth-grader at Oak Hill Academy, Joseph Caskey decided to give football a try.
Very few players can impact a game at a high level on both ends of the field. Whether it's denying penalty kicks on one end or tormenting goalkeepers on the other, Michael Godley is one of the state's most versatile soccer players.
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Now that Jay Jay Swanigan has settled back in at Columbus High School, he is learning how to be a go-to player.
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