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New Hope will revamp attack, look for new identity

Posted 4/23/2011 in High School Sports

Michael Bradley has been coaching long enough to know the terms. Rebuilding. Reloading. Both words mean essentially the same thing, just with a different slant.

 

 

New group will have to emerge for West Point High football

Posted 4/23/2011 in High School Sports

How do you want to be remembered? That's one of the many messages West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless is delivering in the offseason. His job title also makes him a de facto psychologist.

 

 

Aberdeen football looking for championship motto

Posted 4/23/2011 in High School Sports

The Aberdeen High School football team needs a motto for the 2011 season. The motto will be utilized this summer as the Bulldogs prepare mentally for fall drills, and will continue through the fall.

 

 

Close losses doomed Starkville High baseball team

Posted 4/23/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Disappointment is an obvious way to describe Starkville High School's baseball season. But a closer look from outside observers -- a view players and coaches are trying to accept -- reveals a team on the cusp of a winning record, a playoff spot, and, quite possibly, a successful playoff run.

 

 

Heritage Academy's Westmoreland stays poised in windy conditions

Posted 4/20/2011 in High School Sports

There was a time when Caleb Westmoreland's game would have blown away in conditions like the ones players faced Tuesday at Columbus Country Club. A double bogey on No. 8 and another on No. 9 had the Heritage Academy senior golfer at 5-over and reeling as he searched for ways to regroup on the back nine. Wind gusts of 20-25 mph didn't help settle Westmoreland's mind.

 

 

Columbus, Starkville to settle spots today

Posted 4/19/2011 in High School Sports

When the Columbus High School baseball team beat Starkville in back-to-back games to open region play, it never thought its playoff hopes would partly hinge on what its rival would do in today's regular-season finales.

 

 

Dedication helps Verner win second powerlifting state title

Posted 4/19/2011 in High School Sports

Two days after defending his Class 6A state powerlifting title, Justin Verner moved swiftly through the hallway in the Columbus High School field house, working his way to his locker. "Gotta get to track practice," he said before ducking around a corner.

 

 

Heritage Academy golf team will try for fifth win in a row

Posted 4/19/2011 in High School Sports

It's all about the competition for the Heritage Academy golf team. In a sport where the success of multiple players helps the team accomplish more, the Patriots have relied on contributions from each of the top players in their lineup as well as the improved play of individuals outside the top four.

 

 

Heritage Academy JV girls win AAA title

Posted 4/18/2011 in High School Sports

The Heritage Academy junior varsity girls track and field team continued its string of success last week by winning the North AAA meet.

 

 

New Hope softball goes 2-1 at tournament

Posted 4/16/2011 in High School Sports

After winning two games Saturday, New Hope High School softball coach Tabitha Beard thought her team was poised enough to make it a sweep in the nightcap at Propst Park. For three innings, New Hope was on cruise control with a 2-0 lead against Northeast Lauderdale and had allowed just two batters to reach base.

 

 

Kyles helps Columbus softball beat Caledonia

Posted 4/16/2011 in High School Sports

Whitney Kyles utilized a simple yet effective technique Saturday afternoon en route to the second win of her brief fast-pitch softball career: Just throw it. Aim for the catcher's glove. Kyles, who is more comfortable in her normal role as catcher, started the second game of Columbus High School's busy day at Propst Park, a 5-4 victory against Caledonia that was more than enough to impress coach Rusty Greene.

 

 

Columbus baseball forced to go extra to beat Caledonia

Posted 4/16/2011 in High School Sports

Columbus High School's baseball team needed a win in a major way. Losers of eight straight ball games, the Falcons entered Senior Night against Caledonia High with a senior making his first start of the season on the mound.

 

 

Columbus' Verner defends state powerlifting title

Posted 4/16/2011 in High School Sports

Justin Verner, a junior at Columbus High School, defended his Class 6A state powerlifting title Saturday in Jackson, winning the 242-pound division at Mississippi Coliseum.

 

 

New Hope baseball beats West Point

Posted 4/15/2011 in High School Sports

Lee Boyd insists the gray hair is there. He tips his cap and, sure enough, there are a few specks of gray on the sides of his head. It remains to be seen just how much of that gray Boyd can blame on his New Hope High School baseball team.

 

 

Starkville High powerlifters aim for titles

Posted 4/15/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Four boys and three girls from Starkville High School have powerlifting gold on their minds. At Saturday's Mississippi High School Activities Association State meet at the Mississippi Coliseum, two senior Lady Yellow Jackets will look to repeat first-place North State finishes, while Marcus Tate will try to capture his second straight gold medal after winning the 275-pound boys class at North State.

 

 

Columbus High powerlifters ready to make marks

Posted 4/14/2011 in High School Sports

Defending state champion Justin Verner dips his hands in a bucket of chalk to combat perspiration.

 

 

NHHS' Beard honored by MAC

Posted 4/14/2011 in High School Sports

Anna Holley and Brandi Brantley break into big grins when asked to relate their favorite "moments" with New Hope High School softball coach Tabitha Beard.

 

 

Starkville Academy hires Alexander as new boys basketball coach

Posted 4/14/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mark Alexander is back in Starkville, and he has no plans to leave. The Mississippi State graduate and former sports reporter transitioned from working in journalism to coaching basketball five years ago and found instant success in Tennessee and at Manchester Academy in Yazoo City. On Wednesday, Starkville Academy announced Alexander as its new boys basketball coach effective at the end of the current school year.

 

 

Starkville baseball beats Columbus

Posted 4/13/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The bats are alive and well. Throughout much of the Starkville High School baseball team's season, its offensive numbers have dipped and its effectiveness with runners in scoring position hasn't been up to a game-winning standard.

 

 

Holley leads New Hope softball

Posted 4/13/2011 in High School Sports

Senior Anna Holley made sure the New Hope High School fast-pitch softball team survived a slow offensive start Tuesday night. Holley had two hits and drove in three runs as New Hope sealed a Class 5A, Region 3 title with an 8-1 victory against West Point at Lady Trojan Field.

 

 

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