HAMILTON -- The statement has been made. Now the harder part might be on the horizon for the Hamilton High School football team.
The Aliceville High School football team will try to earn a quality win Friday night when it travels to Greensboro for a key Class 3A, Region 4 Alabama High School Activities Association matchup.
PHILADELPHIA -- Champions adjust. It didn't matter whether the pitch was outside or low, inside or high, Lauren Holifield was going to do damage. It also didn't matter if the fence in left-center field was an imposing 235 feet away. Holifield had hit a home run to the same spot in the regular season, and she knew she could do it again.
HAMILTON -- Courtney Roberts couldn't recall how many home runs she hit Tuesday night. That's quite all right. After five-and-a-half hours of softball, she wasn't the only one who had numbers running together in her head. The Hatley High School sophomore outfielder hit four home runs and her teammates hit five more to help the Lady Tigers earn their first trip to the Class 2A slow-pitch softball state championship Saturday in Jackson.
It's all coming to an end for Logan Waggoner. But as the Central Academy senior contemplated what could be the end of her softball career, she took comfort in the fact it could end today in the Mississippi Association of Independent School Class A Senior All-Star game at 2:30 p.m. today at Mississippi College.
The stars that dot the scorebook reflect the New Hope High School softball team's prowess on defense. Whether it is third baseman Kasey Stanfield picking a hard-hit short hop, shortstop D.J. Sanders gunning out a runner from the edge of the outfield grass, or Lauren Holifield diving in left-center field to snare a sinking line drive, the Lady Trojans take pride in their defense like no other team in the state.
STARKVILLE -- Adversity doesn't faze leaders. Instead of panicking and losing focus when bad things or mistakes are happening around them, leaders maintain a calm and a poise that makes their peers feel they can do anything if they stick to the plan.
STARKVILLE -- Once the Starkville High School volleyball team regrouped, it was too late. The Lady Yellow Jackets, undefeated region champs and in the playoffs for the third straight season, managed just 15 points Saturday in the first two sets of their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2 first-round playoff match against Hernando.
Unstoppable. On a day two former softball standouts returned to their stomping ground, the 2011 New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team showed Saturday it has the potential to create some tradition of its own.
HAMILTON -- Emily Earnest went 6-for-7 Saturday to help the Hamilton High School slow-pitch softball team beat East Union 8-6 and 4-2 in their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A North State playoff series.
MADISON -- Jaime Melton saw what she wanted Saturday -- just not enough. But the Columbus High School slow-pitch softball coach considers what her team did this season the start of more good things to come.
The challenge has been set. Judging from the bad feeling in the stomach of Damian Baker, there is a good chance the Columbus High School football team will respond.
RIDGELAND -- Friday night was a game Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell is convinced his players would've found a way to lose last season. The 2011 Yellow Jackets are a different breed.
WEST POINT -- The Heritage Academy football team still hasn't played the perfect game. The Patriots came mighty close Friday night at Raider Field. Heritage Academy rushed for 403 yards and scored on seven of its first eight possessions to ruin Homecoming for Oak Hill Academy in a 49-0 non-district victory.
NOXAPATER -- An inability to slow down homestanding Noxapater's high-powered offense in the first half put the East Oktibbeha County High School football team in a hole it couldn't climb out of Friday night in a 41-18 loss in a battle of the undefeated in Class 1A, Region 3.
STEENS -- The Potts Camp High School football team made Immanuel Christian's Homecoming game one to forget Friday night with a 35-0 victory. Potts Camp (5-3), a Class 2A Mississippi High School Activities Association member, stymied Immanuel Christian (1-6), holding the Rams to 109 yards.
How do you measure 250 percent? Coaches in every sport can often be heard encouraging their players to give 100 percent -- even 110 -- to produce the desired result.
CALEDONIA -- Morgan Smith wasn't sure she could do it. Elisha Collins wasn't convinced someone could step into the role.
Kaitlin Bradley has shown this season she is a lot more than "muscles." The New Hope High School sophomore earned that nickname earlier this season after she slugged two home runs in a game against Saltillo.
STARKVILLE -- Wheeler Richardson was worried. Entering her senior season, she realized a lot of the faces she saw on the Starkville High School volleyball team weren't experienced. She recognized classmates Grace Drumheller and Margaret Allison and knew what they could do, but as for the others, well ... let's just say Richardson wasn't sold.
1. West Lowndes wins South State to complete sweep HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Parks likes Starkville Academy's chances in playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Starkville baseball drops series opener to Tupelo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Brock, Buckner push New Hope into Round 3 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. SA's Williams will get chance to play soccer at Meridian C.C. HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS