In the long winding road of a high school basketball season, teams can learn lessons along the way. When Starkville High lost its first two games of the season at the Joe Horne Christmas Classic in Columbus, Carter fell like his team could learn falling twice, while being the state's top-ranked team.
There's no denying baseball is Christian Dale's first love. Recent years have seen the Columbus High School junior spend most of his off time playing with travel baseball teams throughout the region in hopes of honing his skills and taking his game to the next level.
The most successful New Hope High School boys basketball teams of recent memory have thrived on a swarming work ethic that suffocates opponents. That mentality has been passed from team to team -- like a prized possession -- that is to be nurtured and respected because it can lift a squad out of the deepest doldrums.
In one of the best point guard matchups of the area, Columbus High School's Kiandria Patterson finally got help from her friends to preserve a win over South Panola. Columbus was able to maintain its perfect record in region play with a 66-52 victory over an unpset-minded Lady Tigers squad due to more energetic defensive effort in the second half and the emergence of junior wing player Maggie Proffitt. The Columbus boys then followed with a 50-32 victory.
STARKVILLE -- A familiar face was back at Starkville High School on Wednesday. In three weeks, that same face will be back in a dugout as the leader of the school's baseball program. On Tuesday night, the Starkville School Board approved the recommendation of Starkville High School Athletic Director Dr. Stan Miller that Danny Carlisle be brought back as the school's baseball coach.
Heritage Academy boys basketball coach Yandell Harris stressed one thing to his squad Tuesday night: Rebound the basketball on the defensive end. The players took the veteran coach's advice to heart as they dominated the defensive rebounds en route to a 46-30 victory. The schools split the doubleheader at Heritage Academy, as the Lady Volunteers rolled to a 67-42 victory in the opener.
STARKVILLE -- It was the Jacolby Mobley show Tuesday night at Starkville High School. The senior guard fired from anywhere beyond the 3-point line and scored a career-high 35 points in a dominating 91-64 home victory against Aberdeen.
STARKVILLE - While Sunday's memorial service for Starkville High student Devin Mitchell could have taken on a somber note, participants decided to make it a celebration of the young man's life instead.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville School Board is expected to make a decision tonight about who will coach Starkville High School's baseball team this season. Starkville High School Athletic Director Stan Miller said Monday he has a "couple of proposals" regarding the job of the school's baseball coach, which came open Sept. 30, 2011, when longtime coach Danny Carlisle retired as a teacher at the school. Miller said he will submit the proposals to board for it to examine tonight, and that he hopes the board will give the OK which direction it wants to go and that it will make a decision about who will coach the program no later than tonight.
STARKVILLE -- Anna Lea Little began her basketball career as a home-schooled teen-aged youngster. Starkville Academy coach Glenn Schmidt is very pleased that Little's family later changed their minds and enrolled her at the school.
MACON -- In the first five possessions of the second half Saturday night, the New Hope High School girls basketball team made a statement. The Lady Trojans scored four points on one possession, garnered five offensive rebounds, blocked two shots, and forced three turnovers. That spree of activity quickly erased a six-point halftime deficit. New Hope still need one more comeback as it later erased a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit to post 60-49 win against Noxubee County. In the nightcap, the Noxubee County boys built an early 15-point lead and held on for a 69-61 victory.
STARKVILLE -- Whether it was from beyond the three-point line, at the free throw line or of pull-up mid-range variety, Starkville Academy forward Anna Lea Little put on an impressive shooting display.
CALEDONIA -- A new year has brought a new start and a new attitude to the New Hope High School girls soccer team. Morgan Franks, Farris Bradley, and Effie Morrison scored goals Friday night to lead a reinvigorated New Hope to a 3-0 victory against Caledonia in a non-district matchup.
CALEDONIA -- You never know when someone is looking. You also can't tell when one off those people standing on the sidelines or sitting in the stands is a college soccer coach in need of a versatile, experienced player who can contribute to his program.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Channing Ward waited to make his college decision until he was on stage with some of the nation's top players. The wait didn't provide a shocker of an ending, though, as the Aberdeen High School standout announced he will play football at the University of Mississippi in the fall.
Brad Butler has been around football long enough to understand the importance of wins and losses. He just didn't think the hunger for wins that drives coaching carousels in college and in the NFL had become so pervasive that it had woven its way into high school athletics. But Butler learned Dec. 20 that his inability to lead the Heritage Academy football team to more victories cost him and offensive coordinator/junior high football coach Steve Morgan their jobs.
Disappointing would be an understatement in describing the last time the Columbus High School girls basketball team took the floor. After a 41-point loss at Hattiesburg, Columbus got the feel-good feeling back, rolling past Noxubee County 73-27 Tuesday night at home. In the nightcap, the Columbus boys held for a 60-59 victory against Noxubee County.
Yandell Harris sees the potential. Now the Heritage Academy boys basketball coach wants to see the effort. If both of those things are present at the same time, the veteran coach believes the Patriots can come together and have a chance to make a postseason run. After receiving a pick-me-up halftime speech from Harris, Heritage Academy took its coach's encouragement to the court and pulled away for a 52-22 victory against Pickens Academy. In the girls game, Elisabeth Hankins had 17 points and Corey Dawkins added 16 to lead Pickens Academy to a 45-37 win.
STARKVILLE -- A recent labor dispute between NBA players and owners forced the league to settle for a compressed schedule that requires some teams to play five games in one week. That kind of workload doesn't faze the East Oktibbeha County High School boys basketball team.
STARKVILLE -- When Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter started drawing up the first Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump tournament, Friday's game was what he wanted. Rarely challenged in the first two months of the season, the top-ranked Yellow Jackets brought in three highly touted out-of-state opponents. Carter wanted to see how his players responded in pressure-packed situations against top-notched competition.
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