Starkville Academy boys basketball coach Mark Alexander begged senior Carnail Minor to play with more urgency.
STARKVILLE -- Zach Slaughter had a perfect view of the assault. Save for two goals that penetrated the bunker, Slaughter and the Starkville Academy boys soccer team didn't have much offensive success Monday in a 2-0 victory against Heritage Academy at the Starkville Sportsplex.
STARKVILLE -- Don't limit Taylor Wise just because of his height. At 6-foot-5, the Starkville High School senior is a not-so-secret weapon in the battle for aerial supremacy.
STARKVILLE -- Brian Bennett and Anna Albritton will be in different positions tonight, but both will hope for the same result. While the Starkville High School boys soccer team will rely on the experience it gained from its state title run in 2012, the Starkville High girls will try not to let the enormity of the moment get to them. The teams will face those challenges at 6 p.m. on the road in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State title matches.
STARKVILLE --Taylor Wise is easily the most physically-imposing player whenever he steps on a soccer field. Still, even a beast needs a little love from friends and family to provide an extra gear.
The tears reflect how far the New Hope High School girls soccer has come in one year. Reagan Hern is just disappointed she won't be with the Lady Trojans next season to help them take the next step.
The Columbus High School baseball team is going to kick off the 2013 season in style. Former Tupelo High and Mississippi State University standout Chris Stratton will be the guest speaker at 6 p.m. Thursday for Columbus High's First Pitch Banquet in the Columbus High cafeteria. Senior Christian Dale also will hold a ceremony to announce his signing with Jones County Junior College.
WEST POINT - West Point High School boys basketball coach Brad Cox sometimes feels like a child with a new toy car. The question is how fast can he make it go? In his third season as coach of the Green Wave, Cox and his players like to go fast. Whether it's on offense or defense, the key to success is getting things done quickly.
STARKVILLE --Up in Volunteer Loft, the Starkville Academy student section goes wild when the girls basketball team makes a 3-pointer. Cheer leaders throw T-shirts into the stands and the junior high students go mad wild over a chance to grab some free clothing. There is even a chant of "Maggie" reserved for when newcomer Maggie Proffitt makes a basket.
Young is a relative term as far as Mary Nagy is concerned.
STARKVILLE -- Michael Godley knew there was doubt.
STARKVILLE -- Dylan Howard knows he isn't the biggest player any time he is on the field. But Howard plays with a confidence that ignores the fact that, as he says, he "doesn't have any size on me." That confidence helps him maneuver through the midfield with a fluidity that maximizes every movement and enables him to control the most important part of the field.
After waiting several seasons for a basketball win over arch-rival Starkville, the Columbus High School boys' team was more than willing to wait four more minutes.
STARKVILLE -- Instead of backing away from its status as defending state champions, the Starkville High boys' soccer team has embraced that role.
STARKVILLE -- Carolina Berryhill and Hannah Laird made sure the Starkville High School girls soccer danced its way into the second round.
SALTILLO -- Overtime and first-round playoffs games is a mix the New Hope High School girls soccer team can't escape. Fortunately, the Lady Trojans proved again it's a situation they thrive in.
STARKVILLE -- Academy basketball was on display Tuesday night in front of a packed house, as Starkville Academy and East Rankin Academy boys' and girls' teams squared off.
The term "Falcon Soccer" is beginning to carry some weight. Back-to-back playoff appearances will do that for a team's reputation, especially one that won only one game two years ago. In that time, coach Ben Moore and a group of 11 seniors have helped transform the Columbus High School boys soccer program into a team that no longer considers a three- or four-goal loss satisfying.
Starkville High girls soccer coach Anna Albritton feels her squad is battle-tested. Starkville will find out if that is good enough for postseason success at 6 tonight when it plays host to Oxford in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoffs.
Mary Nagy could tell something was wrong. The New Hope High School girls soccer coach looked in her players' eyes prior to the team's game against Starkville High on Jan. 11 and knew something was missing. Despite taking a 1-0 lead, Nagy watched as the Lady Yellow Jackets stole the momentum and beat the Lady Trojans to nearly all of the 50-50 balls en route to a 4-1 victory.
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