The Pickens Academy and Victory Christian Academy boys basketball teams battled Tuesday night with neither team getting a solid advantage until the final minutes. Fortunately, the final score -- Pickens Academy won 58-54 -- didn't mean anything in each team's district standings. The game was played "for fun" -- if you can call a nail-biting, nip-and-tuck contest "fun."
Heritage Academy boys basketball coach Yandell Harris could see his team's advantage before the game started, so he decided to "go big." With a three-post setup on offense, Heritage Academy dominated the boards en route to a 54-46 victory against Oak Hill Academy on Monday night in non-division action.
Press, press, press. The strategy of the Oak Hill Academy girls basketball team Monday night was simple: Use defense to control the tempo against Heritage Academy. That plan proved effective, as Oak Hill Academy's full-court, player-to-player defense led to offense from its defense in a 52-33 victory in non-division action.
Heritage Academy's girls basketball team -- specifically 6-foot-5 junior center Rachel Hollivay -- attracted two college recruiters to Columbus on Monday night for her team's game against Oak Hill Academy.
Regina Barker takes what she has and makes other teams deal with it. Barker, a senior guard for the Aberdeen High School girls basketball team, is a natural athlete on the basketball team, said coach Latorrence Bivens. Her abilities have helped her be a leader and to develop a scoring sense that has helped pace the Lady Bulldogs.
Necessity was the mother of clean roads Tuesday as Immanuel Christian swept a basketball doubleheader at home against Central Academy, while other Golden Triangle schools delayed, canceled, or rescheduled prep sports events due to weather-related issues.
Kye Van Someren is trying to build his brawn to go with his brain on the soccer field. That's because the Caledonia High School defender sees the game as a full-contact sport. Van Someren stands above the other soccer players at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, and he's working on his upper body strength as a tool for his playing prowess.
Returning to the Hebron Christian girls basketball team wasn't a difficult time for junior post player Tori Nichols. But the addition of the 6-foot-3 inside shooter has made all the difference in the Lady Eagles' offense.
Holidays don't always mean days off in West Alabama high school gyms.
Cole Walker didn't have a special assignment to start the second half.
The Heritage Academy girls basketball team showed Tuesday night it is much more than a one-player team.
CRAWFORD -- Randy Brooks hopes a career-high is only the start of bigger and better things for Quanisha Doss. In what he called the first "dominant" efforts of the season, Doss scored a career-best 41 points in a 69-46 victory against McAdams in the East Oktibbeha County High School Tournament on Dec. 30.
Shawn Gates and Ronnie Sciple know how to make their numbers count.
Playmakers have an ability to break a game open in a variety of ways.
Doing more was just fine with Monté Horsley.
WEST POINT -- Justin Cox couldn't have envisioned his high school football career ending any better. The West Point High School quarterback, a Mississippi State commitment, secured a second straight state title with a 21-3 win against Brookhaven on Dec. 4.
WEST POINT -- Ask West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless how much credit he deserves for the Green Wave's return to dominance and he'll deflect the praise toward everyone but himself.
STARKVILLE -- Three seasons ago, Jaquez Johnson was shocked when he learned he would be Starkville High School's starting quarterback.
MACON -- Every football team needs an anchor. Some might consider that player a rock or a trusted stalwart who leads the offense or defense. Others might refer to him as a talismanic spirit who guides the team through adversity. Corey Williams filled that role superbly for the Noxubee County High School Tigers.
SULLIGENT, Ala. -- When the 2009 football season started in August, Sulligent High School senior running back Ishmael Riggins had a problem. Instead of trying to run around the defenders who wanted to tackle him, he tried to run over them. His behavior wasn't unusual for someone who had played on the offensive and defensive lines the previous season. So when he received the chance to run, he took it.
1. MSU's Price moves from small town to big stage COLLEGE SPORTS
2. New men's basketball coaches enhance SEC's profile COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Love for racing drives Turpen LOCAL SPORTS
4. Michigan shuts out Alabama in WCWS COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Heritage Academy's Fields earns second-team All-State honors HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS