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Immanuel Christian gearing up for basketball tournament

Posted 12/26/2012 in High School Sports

Billy Thomas knows how Sammy Smith feels. For the next day, Thomas will dread each time an unrecognizable number pops up on his cell phone. The Immanuel Christian boys basketball coach knows one of those calls could be a basketball coach calling to tell him his or her team won't be able to make the third annual Immanuel Christian School Christmas Invitational, which kicks off Thursday.

 

Proffitt fitting in with Starkville Academy girls

Posted 12/24/2012 in High School Sports

Glenn Schmidt recognized the possibilities. But the veteran Starkville Academy girls basketball coach wanted to talk to rising seniors Tiffany Huddleston and Anna Lea Little to find out what they thought the addition of Maggie Proffitt could mean to the team.

Gartman helps revive tradition at Pickens Academy

Posted 12/24/2012 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Tradition. When Pickens Academy asked John Gartman to take over as the school's head football coach, Gartman listed tradition as the No. 1 factor in saying yes.

Brown, Steele power Tornadoes

Posted 12/24/2012 in High School Sports

REFORM, Ala. -- Pickens County High School junior running back Jermarcus Brown calls his team "one big family." Senior lineman Terrien Steele claims the squad has success because it stays together through the good and the bad times.

 

Local teams will convene at The Hump for Outlaw tournament

Posted 12/24/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Once the decorations are tucked away and Santa Claus bids farewell, basketball will return to the forefront at Mississippi State University's Humphrey Coliseum. A full week of basketball will tip off Wednesday with the second Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at The Hump tournament, hosted by Starkville High School. The three-day event will feature three games a day through Friday.

 

Columbus loses finales at Joe Horne

Posted 12/22/2012 in High School Sports

The Columbus High School girls basketball team was overwhelmed from the jump Saturday night at the Joe Horne Christmas Invitational at Columbus High. Wenonah (Ala.) began the game on a 15-2 run and never looked back in a 78-53 victory.

Starkville Academy wins twice at Joe Horne

Posted 12/22/2012 in High School Sports

If the Starkville Academy girls basketball team can handle the rest of the season like the past three days, the rest of the state is in for quite a show. Starkville Academy weathered the injury to a key bench player Thursday and then learned the father of one of its players died. It kept its composure Friday in a victory and delivered another dominating display Saturday to cap its run.

 

Starkville boys lose to Noxubee County, Holt (Ala.)

Posted 12/22/2012 in High School Sports

The Noxubee County High School boys basketball team will get a lot of strong offensive nights from Jamarri Johnson. Now, coach T.J. Billups is making sure Johnson's supporting cast is just as capable.

 

 

Columbus splits on day one at Joe Horne

Posted 12/22/2012 in High School Sports

Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith really likes when his team finds its defensive identity. The Falcons found just that in the fourth quarter Friday of a nip-and-tuck battle at the Joe Horne Christmas Invitational.

 

Columbus High gives back to community, prepares for Joe Horne tournament

Posted 12/21/2012 in High School Sports

The giving will begin in earnest today. Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith, his players, and staff already have been hard at work for a year to put the finishing touches on the 16th annual Joe Horne Christmas Invitational. The two-day annual basketball tournament that features some of the region's top girls and boys teams kicks off at 3 p.m. today with the first of seven games. Eight games will be played Saturday.

 

Battle-tested teams highlight field at Horne Classic

Posted 12/20/2012 in High School Sports

Gerald Glass considers himself a teacher first and a coach second.

 

New Hope soccer teams sweep Caledonia

Posted 12/19/2012 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Going .... going ... goal. JD Earhart knew he had put the shot on frame. But this wasn't an ordinary shot. It was a left-footed chip from a right-footed player who was trying to create a scoring opportunity for his team in the waning minutes.

 

Noxubee County boys beat New Hope; NHHS girls win again

Posted 12/19/2012 in High School Sports

MACON -- Noxubee County High School boys basketball coach T.J. Billups gave his squad high marks for end-game execution Tuesday night.

 

 

Freeman rises to the challenge for Caledonia soccer

Posted 12/17/2012 in High School Sports

It's difficult to remain in one spot when you're trembling.

 

 

Starkville Academy's Barber signs with Belhaven

Posted 12/15/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The dream has been realized. When you play as many softball games as Mary Austin Barber has the past few years, sometimes you can lose the passion that initially drew you to the sport you love.

 

Goodwin helps direct Starkville Academy's victory

Posted 12/14/2012 in High School Sports

"Jake, Jake, Jake." The shouts came from all directions and within seconds of each other. The urgency behind the pleas indicated the players needed the ball immediately if they were going to make things happen.

 

Falcons soccer star Hackler earns Player of Week honors

Posted 12/10/2012 in High School Sports

The epiphany didn't come easily.

 

 

Columbus High makes plans for Joe Horne Christmas Classic

Posted 12/10/2012 in High School Sports

Sammy Smith can sit back, relax, and wait.

 

Caledonia's Smith will play in All-Star game

Posted 12/5/2012 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Morgan Smith figured Caledonia High School volleyball coach Samantha Brooks was up to something when she recently texted her and asked her for her height and her address. Smith responded to her coach's query but forgot about it before she could investigate why her coach wanted the information.

 

West Point boys beat Noxubee County

Posted 12/5/2012 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- The West Point High School boys basketball team was looking for a spark tied with Noxubee County entering the final quarter Tuesday night. Junior forward Demarius Calvert responded by helping to fuel a 14-4 run that pushed West Point to a 73-62 victory.

 

 

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