ABERDEEN -- Staying positive is the only way Aberdeen High School football coach Chris Duncan knows. While some around the state and in Aberdeen might be scratching their heads wondering how a team many pegged as the Class 3A state champion before the season started can be 2-2.
The next three days will play a part in the future of the Mississippi State women's basketball team. Today through Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs will play host to Heritage Academy senior Rachel Hollivay, Hattiesburg High School senior Tiaria Griffin, and two other players. Hollivay and Griffin are ranked No. 12 and No. 93, respectively, in the Class of 2012 by Dan Olson's Collegiate Girls Report. ESPN's HoopGurlz has Hollivay ranked No. 8 nationally and Griffin No. 46 at her position, shooting guard.
The Starkville Academy football team passed all of its tests in the first part of the 2011 regular season. At 7 p.m. Friday, the stakes will get much higher when unbeaten Starkville Academy begins Class AAA, District 2 play at Hillcrest Christian in Jackson.
The Oak Hill Academy football team continues to produce the hard work necessary to become winners. Now, the Raiders will try to break into the win column.
The Lamar County High School football team will travel Friday night to Red Bay (Ala.) for a showdown between the last two unbeatens in the Alabama High School Activities Association's Class 2A, Region 8. Each squad enters the contest at 3-0 and 2-0 in region play.
The message is simple: It's time to be consistent. While it's never easy to come off a loss, coach Brad Butler feels the timing is ideal for the Heritage Academy football team to hit its stride. Not only will the Patriots have the motivation to get back on the winning track, he feels the team also will be geared up for the start of Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II, District 1 play at 7 p.m. Friday when it takes on Lee Academy.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy girls soccer team dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to Jackson Prep on Tuesday afternoon at the Starkville Sportsplex. With the victory, Prep improved to 9-1-1 and 3-0 in Class AAA, District 3 play, while Starkville Academy fell to 4-3 and 1-2. Coupled with a 5-0 district loss to Presbyterian Christian last month, Starkville Academy needs a strong second-half run to have a chance at winning the district title or earning a playoff berth.
While it may have taken a while to get to the end, the Heritage Academy volleyball team found the wait was worth it. Heritage Academy turned back Columbus High 3-2 in a spirited, back-and-forth two-hour tussle Tuesday night at the Stark Recreation Center on the Mississippi University for Women campus. In its first season of volleyball competition, Heritage Academy completed a season-sweep of Columbus with the 26-24, 26-24, 17-25, 23-25, 15-11 victory.
MACON -- Leaders set the example, even when they're a little dinged up. Through four games, Cole Newman and Drew Pearson haven't had much time off to heal the assortment of nagging ailments and bumps and bruises they have acquired in a series of nail-biting victories.
MACON -- Not counting the injuries to his team, Tyrone Shorter is feeling a lot better. The longtime assistant now in his second season as head coach of the Noxubee County High School football team can talk a little more confidently about his defense now that he is beginning to see more effort like the stingy Tigers of old.
The New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team is looking for a little more focus and consistency as it enters the stretch run of the 2011 season. Despite being sluggish Monday afternoon, the Trojans still had more than enough to beat Starkville 21-2 in a four-inning Class 5A, Region 1 contest at the Starkville High complex.
MARIETTA -- Jason Davis rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns Friday night to lead the Immanuel Christian football team to a 42-8 victory against New Site.
Columbus High School football coach Tony Stanford feared a letdown following his team's win against West Point last week. Coming off the rivalry win, his undefeated team jumped back into another rivalry game against New Hope. To add to his nervousness, he said the Falcons didn't have a good week of preparation for the Trojans. The Falcons never looked in danger of being upset on their home field Friday, rolling to a 33-0 win to remain undefeated.
WEST POINT -- The Starkville High School football team handed West Point its only defeat before the Green Wave marched to their second Class 5A state championship in a row last season. West Point made amends for that setback Friday night with a dominating defensive performance in a 33-12 victory at McCallister Field.
MACON -- It's one thing to step forward when you have a week to prepare knowing you'll be without your starting quarterback. It's an entirely different proposition to lose a starting running back a day before a game and have to scrap your game plan, especially against an athletic and experienced defense. But champions emerge when their teammates need them.
CALEDONIA -- An opportunistic defense and a relentless ground attack proved to be the winning combination at Homecoming here Friday as the Caledonia High School football team tossed a 24-0 shutout at the East Webster Wolverines.
A week ago, the West Lowndes High School football team barely gained positive yards against Shannon through nearly four quarters. Nothing could stop the Panthers on Friday night. Sparked by a four-touchdown performance by senior running back Antonio Wilson, West Lowndes opened Class 1A-Region 3 play with a 42-22 victory.
The Victory Christian Academy football team didn't have an answer for Freddy Goodgame on Friday night. Goodgame ran for five touchdowns, threw two touchdowns, a returned a kick for another score to lead Tabernacle Christian (Ala.) to a 58-28 victory in a Christian Football Association game in Columbus.
MADDEN -- The Starkville Academy football team rolled up 396 rushing yards Friday night and cruised to a 42-14 win against Leake Academy. The Volunteers (4-0) got a season-high 185 rushing yards on 19 carries from fullback Ryan Mann, who led all scorers with four touchdowns.
This is the time for the Columbus High School football team to continue its season of new beginnings. Coming off an overtime victory against two-time defending Class 5A champion West Point, Columbus will see how it fares in the role as "favorite" at 7:30 tonight when it plays host to New Hope.
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