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Rye solid, steady for Hamilton baseball

Posted 4/28/2011 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- Parker Rye has tried to gain weight. He really has. Rye increased his eating habits, including a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before bedtime. During the fall, he lifted weights with his father at the local wellness center. Still, his metabolism is winning this competition, keeping his 5-foot-5 frame around 140 pounds

 

 

Columbus baseball will try to build on finish

Posted 4/27/2011 in High School Sports

Jeffrey Cook didn't think the idea was crazy. After all, Hunter Mullis had just delivered a performance beyond his wildest expectations to help keep the Columbus High School baseball team's season alive.

 

 

Stafford, Bryan, Hawkins power New Hope past Lanier

Posted 4/26/2011 in High School Sports

Now the real fun begins. Judging from its performance Monday, the New Hope High School baseball team appears ready to make some noise. Taylor Stafford and Kameron Bryan hit home runs to back the pitching of Dillon Hawkins in a 16-1 victory against Jackson Lanier in game two of the opening-round Class 5A North State playoff series at Trojan Field.

 

 

Davidson has special day for Pickens Academy

Posted 4/26/2011 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Chase Davidson is used to the silent treatment. The Pickens Academy senior typically likes to be to himself in the dugout when he pitches, and his teammates usually oblige by giving him a wide berth. Last week, the Pirates went out of their way to make Davidson feel alone. Davidson didn't notice, though, just like he didn't realize he was throwing a no-hitter against Southern Academy.

 

 

Columbus baseball nearly pulls series upset

Posted 4/23/2011 in High School Sports

VICKSBURG -- The Columbus High School baseball team was two innings from an improbable comeback Saturday before Warren Central rallied for a 9-4 victory in the deciding game of its best-of-three Class 6A playoff series. Columbus (13-15), which lost game one 6-5 on Friday in Columbus, won game two 5-2 and led 2-1 in the fifth inning before Warren Central rallied. The Falcons cut the lead to 6-3 but had a runner called out at first base for interference that helped snuff out a potential rally.

 

 

Columbus football hopes this is year

Posted 4/23/2011 in High School Sports

First, the good news. The Columbus High School football team has ended the past two seasons within reach of the playoffs. Now, the not-so-good news.

 

 

Starkville's Mitchell hopes for better success in year two

Posted 4/23/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The memories of losing five of six games by a touchdown or less doesn't go away easily. Losing 23 seniors from a breakout season is another thing.

 

 

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.

 

 

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