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Pickens Academy's Dawkins signs with EMCC

Posted 3/8/2012 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Corey Dawkins holds out her hand to illustrate just how tall she was when she started playing ball. It might have been T-Ball, and she might have only been a few feet tall, but the small beginnings created a big love.

 

 

ONE TOUGH TROJAN: New Hope's Boyd shuts down Columbus, 8-1

Posted 3/7/2012 in High School Sports

New Hope High School senior outfielder Austin Oglesby never sweats his name being in the lineup. A mainstay in the outfield, Oglesby knows his defensive abilities could loom large in another potential victory.

 

 

Victory Christian celebrates title

Posted 3/7/2012 in High School Sports

Kayla Taylor didn't know what to expect from her senior season. After watching eight seniors come up short in their quest to win an Alabama Christian Education Athletic Association Division I state title in 2011, Taylor hoped the Victory Christian Academy girls basketball team could return to the championship glory of 2010, when the Lady Eagles won a championship some thought was a year ahead of schedule.

 

 

TEAM concept crucial for Starkville Academy girls

Posted 3/6/2012 in High School Sports

One person's TEAM is more than just another cliché when it comes to the Starkville Academy girls basketball team. If you have been around coaches long enough, you probably have heard plenty of phrases and sayings they have used in an attempt to bring their squads together.

 

 

Columbus High knocks off Heritage Academy in baseball

Posted 3/3/2012 in High School Sports

Tyler Blevins needs a new nickname. After losing more than 20 pounds, a slimmed down Blevins no longer resembles the "Bubble" moniker that fans shouted out at him Saturday night. Blevins' effort in the eighth inning showed he might have a headstart on a new nickname of choice: Clutch.

 

 

Carroll, Lady Vols save best for last

Posted 3/3/2012 in High School Sports

CLINTON -- Nora Kathryn Carroll saved her best for last. In her first two games at the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools overall state tournament, the Starkville Academy junior guard had nine points and six rebounds.

 

 

Buzz word for Miller, Jackets: Build, Build, Build

Posted 3/3/2012 in High School Sports

Dr. Stan Miller has just completed his second year as Starkville High School's athletic director. A Jersey City, N.J., native, Miller returned to Starkville in 2009 after serving a 14-year stint as the school's principal.

 

 

Starkville Academy girls take state

Posted 3/3/2012 in High School Sports

Tiffany Huddleston couldn't help but hold back a smile.

 

 

SA girls one step away from overall title

Posted 3/2/2012 in High School Sports

CLINTON -- As you wish. Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt hoped her team would get off to a fast start Friday afternoon against Jackson Prep for two reasons. Not only did Schmidt not want to twist and turn as the Lady Volunteers rallied in the second half from another double-digit deficit, but she also wanted to erase the memory of the last first quarter her team played against the Lady Patriots. Anna Lea Little and her teammates were only too happy to oblige.

 

 

Prestridge, Lady Vols show strength

Posted 3/2/2012 in High School Sports

CLINTON -- Anna Prestridge has been a part of a lot of fond memories as a member of the Starkville Academy girls basketball team. There are also some things she would like to forget. Leave it to coach Glenn Schmidt to remember one of those forgettable incidents and to bring it up one day before the team played in the semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools overall state tournament.

 

 

Saraiva ready to take next step

Posted 3/2/2012 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Zia Saraiva doesn't think she is a loud mouth. It's just that when she gets on the soccer field she usually doesn't stop talking. In some sports, Saraiva's gift for gab could take away from her play and distract her team. But the Caledonia High School girls soccer team has gotten used to Saraiva's penchant for constant communication as a defender. In fact, her talkativeness helped anchor the Lady Confederates' defense the past three seasons.

 

 

Proctor set tone for Columbus

Posted 3/2/2012 in High School Sports

Inexperience never was an excuse for Katie Proctor. When she first joined the Columbus High School girls soccer team as a freshman, Proctor didn't know any way else to play but to go all out. The score or the time remaining in the match didn't matter because Proctor realized even as a ninth-grader it was up to her to set a pace she hoped others were going to follow.

 

 

Lady Vols two wins from title

Posted 3/2/2012 in High School Sports

CLINTON -- One down, two to go. Reality can make the high of even a first Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA state championship wear off pretty quickly. Such was the predicament the Starkville Academy girls basketball team faced Wednesday in its first game at the MAIS overall state tournament at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College.

 

 

Starkville Academy girls win opener at overall state tournament

Posted 2/29/2012 in High School Sports

CLINTON -- The Starkville Academy girls basketball team outscored Bowling Green (La.) Academy 18-2 in the fourth quarter Wednesday to rally for a 45-35 victory in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools overall state tournament at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College. With the win, Starkville Academy (36-5), the Class AAA champion, will play the winner of the Mt/ Salus Christian Academy-Jackson Prep game at 1 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.

 

 

Starkville walks over Columbus

Posted 2/29/2012 in High School Sports

Starkville High executed three different hit-and-run opportunities to perfection Tuesday night. With offensive production like that, the Yellow Jackets did not need the 12 walks and two hit batsman issued by Columbus pitching or the six errors made by the Columbus defense. All of those extras led to a bevy of insurance runs as the Jackets belted the Falcons 18-4 in a five-inning prep baseball contest.

 

 

NATURAL BORN LEADER: Prestridge makes Starkville Academy go

Posted 2/29/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- It's only natural for the Starkville Academy girls basketball team to look to Anna Prestridge to be a leader. Many of the Lady Volunteers might not know it, but Prestridge grew up with a basketball in her hands and has played point guard all her life, so it isn't surprising she transitioned into that role at Starkville Academy.

 

 

West Point hustles past Caledonia

Posted 2/29/2012 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- With a drenched diamond and gloomy atmosphere, the West Point Green Wave overcame the elements to knock off Caledonia 6-3 in prep baseball action Tuesday night. The Green Wave (1-2) rocked the baseball for the first three innings and scored five runs. Four of those five runs came off the bats of starting pitcher Freddie Reed and eventual closer Leroy Calvert - both with two RBIs apiece.

 

 

Unhappy ending: Jackets' season ends with thud

Posted 2/29/2012 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- The Wayne County High School boys basketball team was simply better than Starkville in every way possible.

 

 

Starkville boys set to face Wayne County

Posted 2/28/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter has a short list of keys to victory for his team at the state tournament. "In the Big House, everybody is really good," Carter said. "It comes down to taking care of the little stuff, that and making shots. I know that sounds simple, but this is not rocket science. The championship teams are the ones who take care of the little stuff and make shots."

 

 

Nichols' triple-doubles power Hebron Christian

Posted 2/28/2012 in High School Sports

PHEBA -- Push, pull, prod, bump, elbow. You name it, Hebron Christian senior center Tori Nichols has felt it from opponents. You can't blame them, really, because Nichols has been so dominant that two and three players often have trouble slowing her down so they have to resort to any means necessary to gain a stalemate or an advantage.

 

 

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