REFORM, Ala. -- Russ Wallace delivered a much shorter message Friday in his return to Pickens County High School. The boys basketball coach admitted he was tired after spending a week in Birmingham, Ala., working with his team to win a second state title in a row. But that didn't mean Wallace was going to shy away from a challenge. In fact, he embraced the idea of his Tornadoes winning a third state championship in as many years.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Pickens County High School boys basketball team can celebrate again. Deion Curry scored 22 points to lead four players in double figures Thursday night in Pickens County's 70-62 victory against Cedar Bluff in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 1A state title game at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex.
There would be something wrong if D.J. Sanders didn't smile when she was on the softball field. Regardless of whether she is at shortstop or in the circle, the New Hope High School freshman plays the game with joy.
JACKSON -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team's Class 6A state tournament run ended in the semifinals Wednesday with a 72-43 loss to Meridian High. The Yellow Jackets (19-9) struggled to keep pace with the Wildcats, who received a game-high 27 points from forward Rodney Hood and 15 from guard Matthew Hurn.
The New Hope High School girls soccer team's success is attracting attention. Coming off the program's best season, goalkeeper Brandi Brantley, defender Anna Holley, and midfielder Bridget Tedford signed scholarships Wednesday to play soccer at the next level. Brantley and Tedford will continue their soccer careers at Hinds Community College, while Holley will play at Itawamba C.C.
STARKVILLE -- Injuries never are good news, especially for high school seniors. Those setbacks are even more upsetting when they come right before the start of your final sports season and make you wonder if you will get a chance to do what you love with your friends.
REFORM, Ala. -- The defense hasn't rested this season for the Pickens County High School boys basketball team. Whether it has been with steals or with pressure that forces opponents into mistakes, the Tornadoes have lived up their billing and created a whirlwind of destruction on both ends of the floor.
STARKVILLE -- Few people expected the Starkville High School boys basketball team to make it back to Jackson. Without two standout players from last season's Class 6A state title and Grand Slam championship squad, Starkville had a mountain to climb if it hoped to repeat as champs. At least it faces familiar foe to get to the summit.
Jared Shelton and Dillon Hawkins each had three hits and home runs Tuesday night to lead the New Hope High School baseball team to a 12-6 victory against Starkville at Trojan Field. Shelton's grand slam in a five-run fifth inning helped New Hope (3-0) take the lead for good after it trailed 4-0 after three and a half innings.
STARKVILLE -- Two softball teams coming off winless weekends met Tuesday looking for a much-needed win. Caledonia High School made it happen with a 15-2 victory against Starkville High. The Lady Confederates had an offensive punch they didn't see in losses to Saltillo and Hamilton on Friday in which they had scored just two runs.
STARKVILLE -- Drew Pellum and Hunter Bolin combined for a no-hitter Tuesday to lead the Starkville Academy baseball team to a 14-0 victory against Oak Hill Academy. Pellum earned his first win of the season by striking out seven and walking one in four innings. Bolin cleaned up the fifth and final frame by striking out two.
The Mississippi State women's basketball team is at its best when it shares the basketball. That probably could be said for any team, but that interconnectedness on offense hasn't been there consistently this season for the Lady Bulldogs. The first 8 minutes, 14 seconds Thursday night offered a glimpse of what could be to come next season.
STARKVILLE -- There's no guarantee siblings who play the same sport will develop the same way. Differences in height, weight, and athleticism can leave a glaring difference between the players, especially when they play on the same team. At best, a coach can hope the players possess a passion for the game and good work ethic. Starkville High boys basketball coach Greg Carter has that in brothers Mike and Steven Brand.
February high school baseball games never follow a script. It adds to the unpredictability of the action when your team doesn't give up. The New Hope High School baseball team showed Friday night that that trait could serve it very well this season.
Tanner Ryals always thought football would be something he did to help him prepare for soccer. Four years later, football will help him pay for his education. On Friday, the New Hope High School senior kicker signed a scholarship to play football at Southwest Mississippi Community College.
HANCEVILLE, Ala. -- The Pickens County High School boys basketball team is going back to Birmingham. MVP LaJuan Doss had 13 points, seven rebounds, and three steals Saturday to lead the Tornadoes past Parrish 82-48 Saturday in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 1A Northwest Regional at Drake Coliseum on the campus of Wallace State-Hanceville Community College.
STARKVILLE -- Last year, Conner McKee watched Starkville Academy soccer teammates Will Goodwin and Roy Miles sign soccer scholarships. He was determined to be the next Volunteer to move on to the next level.
HANCEVILLE -- Deion Curry had a team-high 17 points Wednesday to lead the Pickens County High School boys basketball team to a 79-57 victory against Tharptown in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 1A Northwest Regional at Wallace State Community College.
WEST POINT -- The Heritage Academy baseball team would love to see Hunter Ward battle like he did in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday afternoon. If Ward can do that, the Patriots just might have found another arm to add to what could be a deep pitching staff filled with potential.
MABEN -- East Webster High School student-athlete Ledrick Patterson had a tough decision to make on National Signing Day. Patterson was torn between signing a scholarship to play basketball at Itawamba Community College and signing to play football at Holmes C.C.
1. New Hope baseball advances in playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Prep Softball: Caledonia advances in playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. MSU's Smith anticipates draft call COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Bulldogs land game changer in Newman COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Prep Baseball: Starkville falls in Class 6A playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS