STARKVILLE - Avonte' Amos and Ravonte' Gandy knew there would be valleys when they took over leadership roles. Still, the lone seniors on the Starkville High School basketball team feel like the Yellow Jackets are peaking at the right time. Further proof of that belief took place Friday night as Starkville played arguably its most complete game of the year in a 72-48 victory against Noxubee County at the Bee Hive.
Christian Dale had a wrinkle few student-athletes get to experience at his college signing ceremony. The Columbus High School standout also received a message that could help him reach a similar destination of the guest speaker who spoke Thursday at the Columbus High baseball team's ninth annual First-Pitch Banquet.
The Itawamba Community College women's soccer team will have a double dose of Hern in 2013. On Thursday, New Hope High School senior forward Reagan Hern signed a scholarship to play with her sister, Sarah, at ICC later this year.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Whitney Lowe still remembers the tipping point.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Wade Goodman believes hard work pays off.
MACON -- A clean sweep for Columbus High School was the result of two tightly contested prep basketball games against Noxubee County Tuesday night.
In a critical region game, a team must rely on its seniors. For the New Hope High School boys basketball team, Derrick Sherrod carried the flag Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE - Any time a player goes for 40 points in Rupp Arena on the opening weekend of Southeastern Conference, that person must obviously be accounted for.
RIDGELAND -- Starkville's first-ever trip to the Mississippi High School Activities Association's Class 5A North State girls soccer championship match ended in extreme disappointment with a 2-0 defeat at Ridgeland Tuesday night.
OXFORD -- The reaction didn't bode well for the Starkville High School boys soccer team.
Starkville Academy boys basketball coach Mark Alexander begged senior Carnail Minor to play with more urgency.
STARKVILLE -- Zach Slaughter had a perfect view of the assault. Save for two goals that penetrated the bunker, Slaughter and the Starkville Academy boys soccer team didn't have much offensive success Monday in a 2-0 victory against Heritage Academy at the Starkville Sportsplex.
STARKVILLE -- Don't limit Taylor Wise just because of his height. At 6-foot-5, the Starkville High School senior is a not-so-secret weapon in the battle for aerial supremacy.
STARKVILLE -- Brian Bennett and Anna Albritton will be in different positions tonight, but both will hope for the same result. While the Starkville High School boys soccer team will rely on the experience it gained from its state title run in 2012, the Starkville High girls will try not to let the enormity of the moment get to them. The teams will face those challenges at 6 p.m. on the road in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State title matches.
STARKVILLE --Taylor Wise is easily the most physically-imposing player whenever he steps on a soccer field. Still, even a beast needs a little love from friends and family to provide an extra gear.
The tears reflect how far the New Hope High School girls soccer has come in one year. Reagan Hern is just disappointed she won't be with the Lady Trojans next season to help them take the next step.
The Columbus High School baseball team is going to kick off the 2013 season in style. Former Tupelo High and Mississippi State University standout Chris Stratton will be the guest speaker at 6 p.m. Thursday for Columbus High's First Pitch Banquet in the Columbus High cafeteria. Senior Christian Dale also will hold a ceremony to announce his signing with Jones County Junior College.
WEST POINT - West Point High School boys basketball coach Brad Cox sometimes feels like a child with a new toy car. The question is how fast can he make it go? In his third season as coach of the Green Wave, Cox and his players like to go fast. Whether it's on offense or defense, the key to success is getting things done quickly.
STARKVILLE --Up in Volunteer Loft, the Starkville Academy student section goes wild when the girls basketball team makes a 3-pointer. Cheer leaders throw T-shirts into the stands and the junior high students go mad wild over a chance to grab some free clothing. There is even a chant of "Maggie" reserved for when newcomer Maggie Proffitt makes a basket.
Young is a relative term as far as Mary Nagy is concerned.
1. Heritage Academy wins boys' basketball state championship HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. MSU men knock off South Carolina in overtime HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Columbus boys move within three wins of state title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. West Lowndes drops playoff contest at home HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Bulldogs win twice in Texas tournament COLLEGE SPORTS