The Columbus High School baseball team is going to kick off the 2013 season in style. Former Tupelo High and Mississippi State University standout Chris Stratton will be the guest speaker at 6 p.m. Thursday for Columbus High's First Pitch Banquet in the Columbus High cafeteria. Senior Christian Dale also will hold a ceremony to announce his signing with Jones County Junior College.
WEST POINT - West Point High School boys basketball coach Brad Cox sometimes feels like a child with a new toy car. The question is how fast can he make it go? In his third season as coach of the Green Wave, Cox and his players like to go fast. Whether it's on offense or defense, the key to success is getting things done quickly.
STARKVILLE --Up in Volunteer Loft, the Starkville Academy student section goes wild when the girls basketball team makes a 3-pointer. Cheer leaders throw T-shirts into the stands and the junior high students go mad wild over a chance to grab some free clothing. There is even a chant of "Maggie" reserved for when newcomer Maggie Proffitt makes a basket.
Young is a relative term as far as Mary Nagy is concerned.
STARKVILLE -- Michael Godley knew there was doubt.
STARKVILLE -- Dylan Howard knows he isn't the biggest player any time he is on the field. But Howard plays with a confidence that ignores the fact that, as he says, he "doesn't have any size on me." That confidence helps him maneuver through the midfield with a fluidity that maximizes every movement and enables him to control the most important part of the field.
After waiting several seasons for a basketball win over arch-rival Starkville, the Columbus High School boys' team was more than willing to wait four more minutes.
STARKVILLE -- Instead of backing away from its status as defending state champions, the Starkville High boys' soccer team has embraced that role.
STARKVILLE -- Carolina Berryhill and Hannah Laird made sure the Starkville High School girls soccer danced its way into the second round.
SALTILLO -- Overtime and first-round playoffs games is a mix the New Hope High School girls soccer team can't escape. Fortunately, the Lady Trojans proved again it's a situation they thrive in.
STARKVILLE -- Academy basketball was on display Tuesday night in front of a packed house, as Starkville Academy and East Rankin Academy boys' and girls' teams squared off.
The term "Falcon Soccer" is beginning to carry some weight. Back-to-back playoff appearances will do that for a team's reputation, especially one that won only one game two years ago. In that time, coach Ben Moore and a group of 11 seniors have helped transform the Columbus High School boys soccer program into a team that no longer considers a three- or four-goal loss satisfying.
Starkville High girls soccer coach Anna Albritton feels her squad is battle-tested. Starkville will find out if that is good enough for postseason success at 6 tonight when it plays host to Oxford in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoffs.
Mary Nagy could tell something was wrong. The New Hope High School girls soccer coach looked in her players' eyes prior to the team's game against Starkville High on Jan. 11 and knew something was missing. Despite taking a 1-0 lead, Nagy watched as the Lady Yellow Jackets stole the momentum and beat the Lady Trojans to nearly all of the 50-50 balls en route to a 4-1 victory.
CALEDONIA -- A one-year absence from the postseason might not sound like a big deal. But for a program like the Caledonia High School girls soccer team, which has been accustomed to winning district titles and advancing the playoffs, even the shortest hiatus can seem like an eternity.
STARKVILLE -- On the football field, a quarterback is in charge of making sure all players are in the right position to make plays. Starkville High School's Caleb Wilson has taken that same hankering for detail to the basketball court and is quietly emerging as a leader for the Yellow Jackets.
STARKVILLE - Starkville High School sophomore Caleb Wilson has already gained notoriety in football circles. On Saturday night, the sophomore showed he can play some basketball, too. Wilson scored 15 points, cause havoc on the defensive end and provided a big spark as Starkville defeated West Point 69-59 at the Bee Hive.
STARKVILLE --The Starkville Academy boys basketball team is starting to reap the benefits of an early season gauntlet. Starkville Academy, once a handful of games under .500, added to its resurgent streak Saturday with a 56-37 victory against Oak Hill Academy. The victory was the fifth in the last six games for the Volunteers (13-10).
STARKVILLE -- Maybe it was the artificial turf. Maybe it was the rust from a long layoff. Either way, Starkville High School boys soccer coach Brian Bennett wasn't up for excuses Friday night.
The T-shirt says it all. A year ago, the Columbus High School girls basketball team had its title dreams end in a loss to Horn Lake in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State semifinals.
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