The evening started and ended with exclamation marks for the Columbus High School boys basketball team. The good news is senior center Bobby Wrench was in the middle of the action. Wrench opened Tuesday night with a dunk and finished it with another flush en route to a 23-point effort in Columbus Highís 75-69 victory against Noxubee County.
Everything has increased this season for Kala Williams. Itís not that Williams didnít play an important role for the Starkville High School girls basketball team last season, itís just that things are magnified when youíre a senior. But Williams is handling the added responsibility just fine. The 5-foot-9 guard is averaging 19 points a game and is second on the team in rebounding (six per game). She is coming off a three-game stretch last week at the Hattiesburg Classic in which she averaged 20.7 points. She had 24 points in a victory against Brookhaven and 25 points in a victory against Oak Grove.
WEST POINT ó Oak Hill Academy girls basketball coach Stan Hughey didnít like what he saw early in Monday nightís game against Heritage Academy. Hughey wasnít pleased with the way his squad was playing on both ends of the floor, and he didnít wait too long before delivering his message.
The Magnolia Heights Tournament didnít produce any wins for the Starkville Academy boys basketball team last week. But it gave the Volunteers a chance to grow, which is what coach Clay Stringer wanted.
STARKVILLE --†The best thing about playing in the Hattiesburg Holiday Classic for Starkville High School girls basketball coach Kristie Williams was seeing good competition. The Lady Yellow Jackets played against two fellow Class 6A school in Oak Grove and Natchez and also Class 5A Brookhaven. Starkville (12-1) swept those teams with ease by beating Brookhaven 79-55, Oak Grove 51-38 and Natchez 67-58.
STARKVILLE -- Coach Greg Carter doesnít know how much longer his Starkville High School boys basketball team can remain undefeated this season. Itís something he doesnít discuss with the Yellow Jackets. Carter says the 13-0 record is something to take pride in,†but ďitís nothing we harp on.Ē His main concern is for Starkville High to focus on what it can do to become a better team.
The left side of the 1997 Toyota Camry looks like a squashed bug. What is left of the windshield is crumpled on the dashboard. An airbag hangs lifelessly from the steering wheel in front of a broken seat on the driverís side. That broken seat might have saved Rachel Hollivayís life. On a rainy, Sunday night last November, Hollivay, 16, was driving home with her friend, Sabrina Harris, in the front passenger seat. She admits she might have been going a little too fast for the conditions, but her speed didnít alarm her until she lost control of the car going around a curve.
HATTIESBURG ó The Starkville High School boys basketball team have ended the 2009 portion of its schedule undefeated. The Yellow Jackets put the finishing touches with a sweep of three games at the Hattiesburg Holiday Classic with a 77-49 victory against Oak Grove High Wednesday afternoon at Watkins Gymnasium.
South Lamar High School girls basketball coach Josh Harper must feel like he has been sent a gift from above. South Lamarís future looks promising thanks to freshman guard Angel Cunningham.
As of Thursday morning, five local teams are scheduled to play Saturday in the East Oktibbeha High School basketball tournament in Crawford.
BRANDON ĖĖ The New Hope High School boys basketball team had five players score in double figures Tuesday in a 68-58 victory against Northwest Rankin in the Northwest Rankin Classic.
HATTIESBURG -- The†Starkville High School boys basketball team showed Monday at the Hattiesburgh Holiday Classic why itís considered the top-ranked team in Mississippi. The Yellow Jackets, ranked No. 1 by The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, jumped out to a 21-3 lead against Brookhaven after the first quarter and went on to a 70-41 victory†at Watkins Gymnasium. Starkville (11-0) held†a 34-15 advantage at halftime and even though Brookhaven competed better in the second half, it couldnít make up the huge deficit.
WEST POINT ó Dennis Allen had a dream to sell. Problem was, not many people, even friends, were willing to come to West Point High School to help transform a football program that had fallen on hard times. So Allen thought back to a golf outing in Ackerman when he met Chris Chambless. At the time, Chambless was in his first season at Caledonia High, and was known for his prowess as a defensive coach.
Playmakers share so many things. Whether its speed, strength, endurance, or a burning desire to be the best, their ability to change a game with one touch of the football makes them special. Michael Carr and Vincent Sanders share all of those traits and more. The West Point High School and Noxubee County High seniors also bring a confidence to the field that allows them to deliver game-changing plays on offense or defense.
It was a year to remember for the Lamar County and Pickens County high school football teams. Both teams made runs for a state title and came up a game shy of playing each other in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A state championship game. Lamar County tied a school record for most wins in a season in Ken Adamsí third season as coach. Pickens County made the state semifinals in Scott Marchantís first year as a head coach.
Michael Bradfordís goal was to be a leader on the offensive side of the ball for the Lamar County High School football team. The senior quarterback emerged as that leader and led Lamar County to a season to remember. With Bradford leading the way, Lamar County equalled a school record for the most wins in a season with 13 and made it to the semifinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A playoffs.
Going into this past high school football season, Pickens County coach Scott Marchant asked junior Deion Curry to play a demanding position on defense. Marchant wanted to use Curry as a hybrid where he lined up at linebacker and safety. Marchant wanted to exploit Curryís talents in stopping the run and defending the pass, depending on the situation.
Jamerson Loveís ability to fight through adversity has paid dividends. After getting off to a difficult start at Aberdeen High School three years ago, Love found the right way to go and went from occasional trouble-maker to a go-to player for coach Chris Duncan and the Bulldogs. For his accomplishments this season, Love, who helped Aberdeen to the Class 3A North State championship, is The Commercial Dispatch Small Schools Offensive Player of the Year. He thanked God for the opportunity to be player of the year and said improving his leg strength enabled him to play offense and defense.
Josh Poe had something to prove at West Oktibbeha High School. At 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, Poe knew he wasnít going to have anything given to him and was going to have to earn his spot as linebacker. West Oktibbeha coach Adam Lowrey was reluctant at first to give Poe the chance, but once he saw him in action, the reservations vanished.
Chris Duncan had to endure a full schedule Fridays during football season. Splitting time as a coach and minister, Duncan would leave home in Calhoun County as early as 4:30 or 5 a.m. to deliver a tape of his radio show to the station, before going to Aberdeen High School. His day didnít end when school was out because he had to coach the Bulldogs in a football game that night.
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