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Hamilton's Dahlem, Earnest earn top awards

Posted 7/24/2010 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- Leaders do it all. Dylan Earnest and Katie Beth Dahlem epitomized that concept this season for the Hamilton High School baseball and fast-pitch softball teams.

 

 

Three West Alabama football players selected for All-Star Game

Posted 7/15/2010 in High School Sports

Lamar County High School football coach Ken Adams didn't have to look at game film of all of the candidates to know three of the linebackers he wanted to play for the North in the 14th annual Alabama All-Star Sports Week game. Adams, the linebackers coach for the North, selected three linebackers he knows quite well -- Lance Bobbitt and Jimmy Lann of Lamar County and Sulligent High's Ahmad Walker -- to play in the game, which will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Louis Crews Stadium on the campus of Alabama A&M in Huntsville, Ala.

 

 

Curry chosen for all-star game

Posted 7/14/2010 in High School Sports

Deion Curry has no intentions of letting an injury keep him from showcasing his skills as an all-star. The Pickens County High School senior intends to take part in the 14th-annual Alabama All-Star Sports Week in Huntsville, Ala., this week despite recovering from a knee injury. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Curry was selected to play for the South in the boys basketball game, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday at Spragins Hall on the campus of the Univerity of Alabama at Huntsville.

 

 

West Point football team to play in showdown in Florida

Posted 7/10/2010 in High School Sports

Make your plans now, the West Point High School football team is gearing up for a road trip. The Mississippi High School Activities Association defending Class 5A state champion Green Wave will take on Mainland (Fla.) at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 in Daytona Beach, Fla., to kick off the Gridiron Challenge at Daytona Municipal Stadium.

 

 

Wilson eagerly returns to head coaching ranks at Caledonia

Posted 7/10/2010 in High School Sports

The timing was right, so John Wilson decided to adjust and flow. As a result, the Caledonia High School baseball program has a new head baseball coach. On Friday, the Lowndes County School Board approved Wilson, a former head baseball coach at Columbus High School and an assistant baseball coach at Caledonia, to be Caledonia High's next baseball coach.

 

 

Mansfield leaves Caledonia

Posted 7/7/2010 in High School Sports

Morgan Mansfield came to Lowndes County with the hope of building programs. After two years of moving in the right direction, Mansfield couldn't pass up what he believes is a better opportunity to do the same kind of work. Last week, Mansfield resigned as boys soccer coach at Caledonia High School to take the same position at Center Hill High School.

 

 

Familar face for Falcons

Posted 7/3/2010 in High School Sports

Tony Stanford hopes to end a trend at Columbus High School. Stanford was named Friday the school's head football coach, and he hopes to bring stability to the program.

 

 

Starkville working hard during summer

Posted 7/2/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The areas Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell thought needed work at the end of spring drills are being corrected in the summer.  Mitchell, embarking on his first season as the coach of the Yellow Jackets, wasn't happy with the play of the secondary in April and May.  A heavy dose of 7-on-7 in June has the Jackets on the right track, according to Mitchell, who admits pass defense was atop his list of areas to sew up heading into the fall. The Jackets gave up a region-worst 324 points last season.

 

 

Neshoba locks down Center Hill for Dizzy Dean title

Posted 7/2/2010 in High School Sports

Neshoba Central turned a narrow second-inning lead into lights-out baseball Monday at Sammy Fletcher Field, topping Center Hill 9-4 to clinch the Dizzy Dean World Series championship. The Rockets, who topped Ridgeland and rival New Hope a day earlier, led 5-1 following a Terrance Steele two-RBI single and RBI hits from Robert Greer and Dustin Floyd.

 

 

Columbus High names new football coach

Posted 7/2/2010 in High School Sports

Columbus High School didn't look far to find its next head football coach.

 

 

RJ Johnson signs with Brewers

Posted 6/29/2010 in High School Sports

Starkville High graduate and Dispatch Baseball Large Schools Player of the year R.J. Johnson confirmed he is now a professional player. The 6-foot-4 pitcher said he signed a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, and SHS head coach Danny Carlisle said Johnson will head to a Brewers minor league affiliate Wednesday in Arizona.

 

 

Neshoba locks down Center Hill for Dizzy Dean title

Posted 6/29/2010 in High School Sports

Neshoba Central turned a narrow second-inning lead into lights-out baseball Monday at Sammy Fletcher Field, topping Center Hill 9-4 to clinch the Dizzy Dean World Series championship. The Rockets, who topped Ridgeland and rival New Hope a day earlier, led 5-1 following a Terrance Steele two-RBI single and RBI hits from Robert Greer and Dustin Floyd.

 

 

Kendrick takes Caledonia job to scratch itch

Posted 6/26/2010 in High School Sports

Ricky Kendrick didn't have any reason to leave Amory High School. But a head coach will tell you once he has been in charge he often has an "itch" to work in that capacity again. The challenge of transforming the Caledonia High School football program into a winner interested Kendrick enough to scratch. After Kendrick accepted the job earlier this month, the Lowndes County School Board approved the hiring of Kendrick as Caledonia High School's new coach.

 

 

McCluskey becomes head coach at Ripley

Posted 6/26/2010 in High School Sports

The coaching dominoes continue to fall at Columbus High School. Less than two weeks after Bubba Davis retired after two seasons as the school's head football coach, assistant football coach Grady McCluskey has accepted the job as head football coach at Ripley High. The South Tippah School Board approved McCluskey's hiring Thursday.

 

 

New Hope's Boyd Large Schools Coach of Year

Posted 6/19/2010 in High School Sports

Lee Boyd has had a heck of year. The New Hope native took over his alma mater's baseball team, reclaimed the district title, made it to the second round of the playoffs, and with his wife, Allison, welcomed his first child into the world. He's still relishing everything that happened to him one month after capping another solid year in Trojans baseball.

 

 

Starkville High's Johnson Large Schools Player of Year

Posted 6/19/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- R.J. Johnson's remarkable senior season started with a commitment to make up for his junior year. The Starkville High graduate had the size, athleticism, and arm strength to be one of the state's top players. He knew it, and his coaches saw that potential years before the Milwaukee Brewers selected him earlier this month in the 36th round of Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

 

 

New Hope's Holifield Large Schools Player of Year

Posted 6/19/2010 in High School Sports

Freshmen are lucky to have an impact in a game, much less a season. But not every freshman is built the same way. Some surprise and become the team's best player. Meet Lauren Holifield.

 

 

New Hope's Beard Large Schools Coach of Year

Posted 6/19/2010 in High School Sports

Armed with two dominant pitchers, Tabitha Beard entered her fourth season in charge of New Hope High School fast-pitch softball looking to add a state title to the slow-pitch hardware the Lady Trojans have added since 2006.

 

 

New Hope's Younger off to West Alabama

Posted 6/18/2010 in High School Sports

Brent Younger remained focused. While longtime teammates were deciding on schools nearly every month, Younger believed that years of training and work on the baseball field would pay off.

 

 

Starkville Academy, Starkville softball in similar situations

Posted 6/18/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Thursday's softball game between Starkville High and Starkville Academy featured teams in similar situations. Both are trying to break in a new starting pitcher and to replace starters who graduated in the spring.

 

 

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