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Heritage girls will try to build on loss

Posted 2/15/2012 in High School Sports

The future begins today. Yandell Harris believes the Heritage Academy girls basketball team can challenge for the top spot in the North Half. For the Lady Patriots to accomplish that goal, Harris said his players will have to learn from a 40-23 loss to Hillcrest Christian on Tuesday in the first round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II tournament in Columbus.

 

 

Seasons end for Starkville girls, Columbus boys

Posted 2/15/2012 in High School Sports

The Starkville High School girls basketball season ended Tuesday with a 62-59 loss at Center Hill in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State tournament.

 

 

Starkville boys open with playoff game at home

Posted 2/14/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE - Gavin Ware knows what it is like to sit on the bench and watch his teammates try to win playoff games without him. The Starkville High senior center is using the helpless feeling he endured last year after he suffered a severe knee injury before the beginning of the Class 6A postseason.

 

 

Pickens Academy stands two wins from state title

Posted 2/14/2012 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Wade Goodman admits he demands a lot from his players. A year ago, the teamwork and selflessness Goodman asks of his Pickens Academy girls basketball team were tough to adjust to. The transition from Alabama Independent School Association Class AA champion in 2010 to rebuilding team in 2011 was difficult enough.

 

 

Balance means wins for West Point: Trio earns Player of Week honors

Posted 2/14/2012 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Most high school basketball coaches have a general idea who will be their leading scorer on most nights. West Point High boys basketball coach Brad Cox is not in that group.

 

 

LADY FALCONS SOAR: Columbus High wins playoff opener

Posted 2/14/2012 in High School Sports

Angela Reynolds knew about Kiandria Patterson and Maggie Proffitt. The Northwest Rankin High School girls basketball coach didn't know the rest of the players on the Columbus High team had improved so much.

 

 

West Point girls eliminated from playoffs

Posted 2/14/2012 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- The West Point High School girls basketball team's run came to an end too soon. If not for having to play against Oxford High and Jackson Lanier, the top two teams in the state in Class 5A, coach Murray Woody feels his team still would be alive.

 

 

Columbus thankful for chance at second season

Posted 2/14/2012 in High School Sports

The fact that the Columbus High School boys basketball team has a chance means everything to coach Sammy Smith. While so many other teams have collected uniforms and put the basketballs away for the season, Columbus has a chance at 7 tonight against Jackson Jim Hill in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State tournament simply because it has a chance.

 

 

CHS girls ready for any tempo

Posted 2/11/2012 in High School Sports

The Columbus High School girls basketball team is ready to take the next step. Whether the Lady Falcons take that step quickly -- thanks to a push of the ball from Kiandria Patterson or Daisha Williams -- or they slow down and do it a little more deliberately -- capped by a 3-pointer by Maggie Proffitt -- remains to be seen.

 

 

Lady Jackets fall in region final

Posted 2/10/2012 in High School Sports

PHILADELPHIA -- Normally coaches would be satisfied with surviving an elimination game in double overtime and accept the fact her team would be physically and emotionally drained one night later. Not Kristie Williams.

 

 

Starkville High boys cruise to region title

Posted 2/10/2012 in High School Sports

PHILADELPHIA -- On the way to their 2012 Region 3 championship, the Starkville High sent a message to the rest of the Mississippi schools still eligible in the Class 5A boys basketball tournament. When the Yellow Jackets seemingly want to showcase that highly critical killer instinct that all title contending teams need to have, they are fully capable of doing so in a big way.

 

 

Lady Falcons win title; Columbus boys lose in championship

Posted 2/10/2012 in High School Sports

The Columbus High School girls basketball team showed Friday night it has the ability to deliver a knockout punch and the conditioning to last 15 rounds. The CHS boys showed they are developing that knack but that they lack the experience and are still learning how to go the distance.

 

 

CHS has title date for two with Tupelo

Posted 2/8/2012 in High School Sports

Next man up. That's the mind-set the Columbus High School basketball team has used all season. It worked again in an elimination game Tuesday night, as Deontae Jones and Robert Irby each had 11 points to lead Columbus to a 57-44 victory against Grenada in the Class 6A, Region 2 tournament at Columbus High.

 

 

New Hope's Taylor signs with Meridian C.C.

Posted 2/7/2012 in High School Sports

Chase Taylor has played golf long enough to know doing things too quickly doesn't help his game. Taylor decided Monday to apply that same thinking to his college decision when he signed a scholarship to play golf at Meridian Community College.

 

 

CHS basketball ready to take flight

Posted 2/7/2012 in High School Sports

Sammy Smith and Yvonne Hairston have used the memories of the 2010-11 season as building blocks throughout this season. The Columbus High School boys and girls basketball coaches hope those lessons will be put to use tonight when their teams kick off the second seasons. The top-seeded Columbus girls will play host to fourth-seeded Grenada at 7 p.m., while the second-seeded CHS boys will play host to third-seeded Grenada at 8:30 p.m. in the final two of four games on the opening day of action in the Class 6A, Region 2 tournament at Columbus High.

 

 

Starkville's Gordon has more than speed

Posted 2/7/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Don't let the speed fool you, Justin Gordon is a complete soccer player. The Starkville High School sophomore forward/midfielder understands, though, that when you have blazing speed it often leaves an impression with opponents that you are a one-dimensional player.

 

 

JACKETS WN STATE TITLE: Starkville tops Pascagoula for Class 5A soccer title

Posted 2/4/2012 in High School Sports

CLINTON -- Justin Gordon had been just out of reach all evening. Whether it was Taylor Wise or Dylan Howard or Kase Kingery, no one could put just the right touch on a service to get the speedy Gordon behind the defense. All the Starkville High School boys soccer team needed was a kiss from Price Day to send it on its way to history.

 

 

Jackets ready for state title match

Posted 2/3/2012 in High School Sports

Starkville High looks for a piece of history today when the Yellow Jackets face off with Pascagoula for the Class 5A high school soccer state championship. Match time is 3:30 p.m. at Clinton High School.

 

 

New Hope, Caledonia basketball searching for consistency

Posted 2/3/2012 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Consistency was an elusive ingredient Thursday night. For large stretches of his team's game against New Hope High School, Caledonia High boys basketball coach Josh Scott saw a team that shared the basketball, took good shots, and did a lot of things it takes to win games. Take away the final four minutes of the second quarter and the Confederates might have accomplished that goal.

 

 

Early work helped Kingery build solid foundation

Posted 2/3/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Growing up, Kase Kingery never saw playing with a soccer ball as "work." Like a lot of kids who had discovered a sport that fit them, Kingery spent as many hours as he could with a soccer ball honing his skills. The drills he did in and around Starkville often included dribbling exercises and shooting tests with his right and left foot. He would try to hit the crossbar again and again, or he would use a T-shirt as a target and place it on the crossbar.

 

 

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