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Johnson emerges as do-all player for Starkville

Posted 12/24/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Three seasons ago, Jaquez Johnson was shocked when he learned he would be Starkville High School's starting quarterback.

 

 

Williams anchor on defense for Noxubee County

Posted 12/24/2010 in High School Sports

MACON -- Every football team needs an anchor. Some might consider that player a rock or a trusted stalwart who leads the offense or defense. Others might refer to him as a talismanic spirit who guides the team through adversity. Corey Williams filled that role superbly for the Noxubee County High School Tigers.

 

 

Riggins turns into bruising force on offense for Sulligent

Posted 12/23/2010 in High School Sports

SULLIGENT, Ala. -- When the 2009 football season started in August, Sulligent High School senior running back Ishmael Riggins had a problem. Instead of trying to run around the defenders who wanted to tackle him, he tried to run over them. His behavior wasn't unusual for someone who had played on the offensive and defensive lines the previous season. So when he received the chance to run, he took it.

 

 

Johnson attracts attention on defense for Blue Devils

Posted 12/23/2010 in High School Sports

SULLIGENT, Ala. -- Like most high school football coaches, Josh Harper at South Lamar compiles statistics and videos to send to college recruiters, hoping a senior will get some attention and earn a football scholarship. Once, however, he received an interesting question. "When I put together the information and videos, I included the Sulligent game," said Harper, whose Stallions dropped a 48-7 decision to the Blue Devils on Oct. 28. "A couple of weeks later, one of the recruiters called me back. He said he liked the kid I was talking with him about from here. "Then he asked me, 'Who's that No. 72?' I knew who he was talking about -- Tony Johnson."

 

 

Players are focus for Sulligent's Hubbert

Posted 12/23/2010 in High School Sports

SULLIGENT, Ala. -- Nothing is more important to Sulligent High School interim football coach Ronnie Hubbert than his players. In his first time as a head football coach, Hubbert had to keep his squad focused when more things appeared to be happening off the field than on it.

 

 

Healthy Heritage girls ready to play

Posted 12/22/2010 in High School Sports

The Heritage Academy girls basketball team hopes to show what it can do now that it has all of its parts healthy and back together.

 

 

Lady Rams make use of Baudoin's newfound height

Posted 12/21/2010 in High School Sports

Rebounding has taken on a different meaning for Taylor Baudoin this season.

 

 

Columbus needs to mature quickly

Posted 12/19/2010 in High School Sports

Columbus High School girls basketball coach Yvonne Hairston is anxious to see how quickly her team matures after its two biggest tests of the season.

 

 

Starkville boys blow past Brandon in tournament

Posted 12/19/2010 in High School Sports

If Saturday night is any indication, the Starkville High School boys basketball team just might get even closer to earning a return date in Jackson by the end of the regular season.

 

 

Falcons edge past Tuscaloosa

Posted 12/19/2010 in High School Sports

Sam Doughty had plenty of reasons to lose confidence. Whether it was lackluster free-throw shooting or the fact his Columbus High School boys basketball team was trying anything and everything to win its first game of the season, Doughty didn't lose focus.

 

 

New Hope's tradition rewarded

Posted 12/19/2010 in High School Sports

New Hope High School softball is about tradition. Take a look at the school's website, newhopetrojans.com, and you will see pictures of "babies" who grew into young women.

 

 

Columbus boys give back to community

Posted 12/17/2010 in High School Sports

The Columbus High School boys basketball team has a new fan in Judith Ross. The Columbus resident was one of several people the Falcons helped Thursday morning as part of their annual effort to give back to the community.

 

 

Columbus boys look to end streak at Classic

Posted 12/17/2010 in High School Sports

Sammy Smith knows the win will come. It would be a wonderful holiday present if the Columbus High School boys basketball team could deliver this weekend when it serves as one of the hosts to the 14th annual Joe Horne Christmas Classic.

 

 

Aberdeen sweeps West Lowndes in basketball

Posted 12/17/2010 in High School Sports

MABEN -- The West Lowndes High School boys basketball team tried to use its quickness to overcome Aberdeen's height advantage Thursday night in the West Oktibbeha County High School Christmas Classic. West Lowndes coach Roosevelt Bridges, however, found you can't coach height, as Aberdeen opened with an 11-0 run and went on to a 78-64 victory.

 

 

West Oktibbeha sweeps East Oktibbeha in basketball

Posted 12/17/2010 in High School Sports

MABEN -- For West Oktibbeha County High School boys basketball coach Michael Crawford, his team's 64-51 victory against cross-county rival East Oktibbeha on Thursday night was sweet revenge.

 

 

Richardson finds voice as leader for Starkville High

Posted 12/16/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- You name it, Wheeler Richardson can do it. Years on the volleyball court have helped the Starkville High School junior become proficient in every role.

 

 

Jaynes impresses for SLHS boys

Posted 12/16/2010 in High School Sports

MILLPORT, Ala. -- South Lamar High School basketball coach Tony Seals is happy to see his "big guy" play well after a strong test earlier this week. Ryan Jaynes scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds Monday against Sulligent. Seals, who coaches both the boys and girls teams at South Lamar, said Jaynes proved himself in the contest.

 

 

NeMissPrep: Starkville-Amory soccer canceled (link)

Posted 12/15/2010 in High School Sports

 

 

Bubba Davis joins Starkville Academy football staff

Posted 12/15/2010 in High School Sports

Not too many football coaches have built the kind of career Bubba Davis has during the last 41 years.

 

 

Patterson maturing into assertive floor general

Posted 12/14/2010 in High School Sports

Assertive. Poised. Aggressive. Focused. Those are all qualities coaches love to see in their point guards. Coaches don't often get all of those traits in one player, so when they do they feel more than blessed.

 

 

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