STARKVILLE -- Cross country coaches dream for teams filled with rabbits. To take a term from track and field, rabbits refer to athletes who take the lead and set the pace for the rest of the field before dropping out.
Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith promises patience with a young squad. For the Falcons, that patience may be needed early and often. However, two lengthy scoring runs lifted the Falcons to a victory in their season opener Tuesday night. Columbus enjoyed a 16-1 first-half spurt and a 17-2 second-half spurt to dispatch West Lowndes 81-57.
So much for retirement. Roy Hazzle is back on the bench for the Aberdeen High School boys basketball team for the 25th consecutive season, despite stepping down after last season
It's over. Now Rachel Hollivay has to wrap her mind around the idea she will be leaving home for a school that is a more than 1,000 miles away.
STARKVILLE -- This is the time of year Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter has a one-time conversation with his team. Carter's Yellow Jackets enter the 2011-12 season as the favorites to win their region and to win another championship trophy in their first season back in Class 5A of the Mississippi High School Activities Association.
STARKVILLE -- Everybody involved with the Starkville High School girls basketball team knows last year was a struggle. The Lady Jackets will try to change their ways in a new classification and region by relying on three senior leaders and several talented sophomores who will see significant playing time.
Rachel Hollivay is going to Rutgers University. According to a text message at 11:49 a.m. Monday from her father, Ray Sr., and a subsequent conversation with him early this afternoon, the Heritage Academy 6-foot-5 senior center has decided to play basketball for veteran coach C. Vivian Stringer in Piscataway, N.J.
ABERDEEN -- Channing Ward scored on a 76-yard run to get things going and to lead the Aberdeen High School football team to a 36-9 victory against Velma Jackson on Friday night in the first round of the Class 3A North State playoffs.
Regardless of what happened elsewhere, Columbus High School football coach Tony Stanford's Falcons still needed to focus Friday night on the task at hand: Beating Grenada. Columbus did just that, closing the book on the 2011 season with a 48-21 victory.
MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team took advantage of special teams Friday night to advance to the second round of the Class 4A North State playoffs.
WEST POINT -- The West Point High School football team scored 35 second-quarter points, and Aeris Williams and Dequinten Spraggins each scored a pair of touchdowns to lead the Green Wave to a 56-20 win against New Hope on Friday night.
HAMILTON -- The Hamilton High School football team spent most of its Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A first-round playoff game looking for one big offensive play. Unfortunately for the Lions, that play never came.
REFORM, Ala. -- The Pickens County High School football team's high-powered offense was a late arrival Friday night, but once it took the field it proved costly for A.L. Johnson.
PHILADELPHIA -- Three words from their starting quarterback defines the feeling of the Starkville High football program.
STARKVILLE -- Even with a 10-2 record and a District 2, Division II title, Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill said he still needed time to realize where his team was sitting.
Stacy Hester is back in high school baseball. More than two years after not being retained as New Hope High School baseball coach, Hester was hired as baseball coach at Carroll Academy, a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AA school in Carrollton, about an hour and a half away from Columbus.
It starts with a victory That's the easiest way the Columbus High School football team can take the first step to earning a playoff bid.
The second season is finally here for the Starkville Academy football team. Starkville Academy will end a six-year absence from the postseason at 7 tonight when it plays host to Clarksdale Lee Academy in a first-round Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II playoff game at J.E. Logan Field in Starkville.
STARKVILLE -- Win and you're the champion. It's a simple formula for the Starkville High School football team as its prepares for its game at 7 tonight against Neshoba Central that will decide the Class 5A, Region 2 title.
While the West Point High School football team's string of two straight Class 5A region championships is in jeopardy, second place is still important to the Green Wave. West Point can salt away at least second place with a victory at 7 tonight against New Hope in a Class 5A, Region 1 game at West Point's McCallister Field.
1. MSU's Collins transitions from catcher to third base COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Tigers' Sunday best adds to special day LOCAL COLUMNS
3. Oak Hill Academy boys beat Columbus Christian for district title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Columbus basketball teams sweep Tupelo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Schaefer wants Bulldogs to maintain attacking mind-set COLLEGE SPORTS