VERNON, Ala. - The Lamar County High School football team will carry a heavy heart into its playoff game Friday. At the height of its season, following two playoff victories, offensive and defensive line coach Don Thornton, 65, passed away Saturday. After retiring and serving as a city councilman in Vernon, Thornton spent five years as a volunteer assistant coach, helping Bulldogs linemen become some of the best in the Alabama High School Activities Association Class 2A ranks. He'd coached at other schools throughout the state, too.
LOUISVILLE -- M.C. Miller, Louisville High School, and Noxubee County High will be linked together eternally. When Miller left Noxubee County High School after 16 seasons as head coach to replace Brad Peterson as coach of archrival Louisville, he knew what he was getting in to.
MACON -- Speed, quickness, power. The Noxubee County High School football team prides itself in having at least 11 players who have all three of those qualities that come together to form one of the state's best defenses.
STARKVILLE -- While the injuries mounted early in the season, the Starkville High School football team's defense never lost the faith.
WEST POINT -- The players and coaches talk frequently about playing "West Point football." For members of the Green Wave defense, "West Point football" can be summed up in a few words: Physical. Relentless. Dominating.
WEST POINT -- The Starkville Academy girls basketball team showed in the 2 minutes, 57 seconds why it is one of the best squads -- regardless of classification -- in the state of Mississippi. Four players in a variety of ways to push the team to a nine-point advantage against Oak Hill Academy.
WEST POINT -- In the early part of the season, West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless called his offense "a work in progress." These days, one can safely say the Green Wave's offense is progressing nicely.
The Lamar County High School football team continued its offensive assault Friday night in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A playoffs in Skipperville, Ala. The Bulldogs pounded out 398 yards of offense in a 41-19 second round victory against G.W. Long. Lamar County (9-3) will travel to fifth-ranked Sweet Water (10-2) for a third-round matchup Friday night.
FULTON -- Don't put it past the Noxubee County High School football team's defense. You may think a scoreboard can only count forward, but the Tigers are out to prove to the state of Mississippi that a defense can push opponents into negative numbers.
FULTON -- Tyrone Shorter has maintained since the beginning of the season that the Noxubee County High School football team can throw the ball.
WEST POINT -- West Point High School quarterback Tez Lane didn't feel like a player who had just scored five touchdowns in a 56-21 victory against Ridgeland High.
Kiandria "Kiki" Patterson showed Friday she looks good in maroon. There was a time earlier this year, though, Patterson thought she would look equally stylish in garnet.
Chris McCool still has problems processing the memories. He vividly recalls his senior year at Pickens Academy when he helped the Pirates advance to the Alabama Private Schools Association Class 3A state title game. When pressed for details, he quickly remembers scores of games and who scored touchdowns and conversions that pushed Pickens Academy into the championship game against Meadowview Christian Academy.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School understands the stakes tonight in the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoffs.
The West Point High School football team's quest for the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state championship hit a snag in the second round of the playoffs a season ago. At 7 tonight at McCallister Field, West Point will try to clear that same hurdle and beat Ridgeland to keep its hopes of getting to Jackson alive.
Area high school football fans came one step closer Thursday to seeing the renewal of the Starkville High School versus Columbus High gridiron rivalry.
With the preliminaries now out of the way, the Alabama High School Athletic Association football playoffs heat up Friday night with second-round play.
STARKVILLE -- Glenn Schmidt knows there are plenty of similarities between Anna Lea Little and Maggie Proffitt.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter knew his team needed a win before the Thanksgiving break.
STARKVILLE -- It's not a coincidence that Starkville High School quarterback Gabe Myles plays his best football in the postseason. In the two Class 5A playoff openers at Yellowjackets Stadium Myles has started in the past two seasons, he is 20-for-26 for 382 yards and seven touchdowns. In both games, Myles has resurrected whatever good feeling his offense needs. This year, he hopes to lead the Yellow Jackets to another trip to Jackson for the state championship game.
2. Caledonia volleyball players excel at Ridgeland tournament HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Fast starts help prepare Heritage Academy for opener HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Pruitt enjoys going both ways for Shorter at Noxubee County HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Experienced Starkville Academy squad set for season opener HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS