The "Twelve Days of Christmas" can mean several things to several people. However, for area high school basketball fans, it can mean plenty of quality matchups on the hardwood.
As the Christmas holidays begin on the Columbus High School campus, many students and teachers are looking forward to some time off and a chance to catch up with family and friends.
The Columbus High School football team celebrated one its best seasons in recent memory Friday with the announcement that three players were named to the Mississippi Association of Coaches Class 6A All-State team.
Kaitlin Bradley and D.J. Sanders have experienced frustration and then some.
CALEDONIA -- Anna Albritton admits she is like most coaches in that she always is looking for a little more. Whether it's additional combination play or more one- and two-touch teamwork in possession, Albritton may never get the "perfect" game.
NEW HOPE -- The New Hope High School boys basketball team held West Lowndes to just 20 points in the second half of a 62-52 victory Friday night.
Yolanda Moore resigned from her job as girls basketball coach at Heritage Academy to concentrate on completing the course work necessary for her to obtain a Ph.D, according to a statement released Thursday by the school.
The Caledonia High School varsity soccer teams have only two remaining play dates this year. Girls coach Jason Forrester and boys coach Kevin Kugel hope the work each team has put in will pave the way for even more success in 2012.
Yolanda Moore is no longer girls basketball coach at Heritage Academy. School Headmaster Tommy Gunn confirmed to The Dispatch on Thursday morning that Moore no longer was coach of the team after a decision was made Wednesday about her status. He declined to comment on the reasons why Moore, a former basketball standout at the University of Mississippi and a former player in the WNBA who was hired in May, was no longer at the school.
STEENS -- Don't sleep on the 3-pointer. But be careful not to come out too fast or members of the Oak Hill Academy long-distance squad -- better known as the girls basketball team -- will prove they're more than snipers.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy boys basketball team missed its first eight shots from the field Tuesday night. Unfortunately for the Volunteers, that drought was a foreshadowing of things to come. Starkville Academy missed 20 of its first 21 shots en route to a 54-32 loss to East Rankin Academy in Class AAA, District 2 action. Starkville Academy's girls team overcame a sluggish first half to post a 66-42 victory.
STEENS -- Heritage Academy and Immanuel Center for Christian Education are separated by about six miles. The Patriots must have felt the Rams' long-range shots covered that distance Monday night. Immanuel Christian made eight 3-pointers and dominated in the post to record a 69-59 win in a non-district boys basketball game. In the first varsity game, the Heritage Academy girls earned a 49-18 victory.
STARKVILLE -- In her final year of high school basketball, Brittany Brown is beginning to understand the difference between leading scorer and leader.
JACKSON -- The Starkville High School football team found out Saturday night that giving up big plays in a championship game never is a recipe for success.
JACKSON -- When Starkville High School Athletic Director Stan Miller walks into school Monday, the first thing he may do is make room for the trophy that's missing.
JACKSON -- The Picayune High School football team's road to the state championship had been a ground attack. Once Picayune reached the final game of the Mississippi high school football season, it showed a different look. Picayune used big plays from the right arm of junior quarterback Benjamin Hickman to defeat Starkville 38-21 in the Class 5A state title game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium and pull off the school's first state football championship since before Hickman was born.
GREENVILLE -- The Columbus High School girls and boys soccer teams split matches Saturday against Greenville Weston.
JACKSON -- Starkville High School coach Jamie Mitchell doesn't like to lose. When Mitchell left Itawamba Agricultural High in 2010 to become the new head football coach at Starkville High, Mitchell put everyone on notice that there weren't going to be any pats on the back for finishing second. His goal in coming to Oktibbeha County was to teach his players how to win and to help Starkville regain its championship swagger.
JACKSON -- Tray Baber rushed for 160 yards on 19 carries and scored a touchdown as Noxapater beat Shaw 21-10 to claim the MHSAA Class 1A state championship.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jarren Johnson caught 10 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns, all Super Six records, to lead Jackson to its first outright state championship with a 42-28 win over Oneonta Friday in the Class 4A title game.
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