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.
NETTLETON -- The Aberdeen High School football team won its second game in a row Friday night, beating Nettleton 42-7 in a Class 3A, Region 2 game. Aberdeen coach Chris Duncan was pleased with the way his squad played and thinks this win might get them on a roll.
HAMILTON -- If Hamilton High School football coach Ray Weeks and his opportunistic band of Lions wanted to make a statement here Friday against Eupora, they accomplished their goal and then some.
Championships. That word immediately comes to Tony Stanford's mind when asked about the South Panola High School football team. The Tigers, who entered the season as the state's top-ranked team in The Clarion-Ledger's Super 10 preseason poll, have won a state record nine championships in football. Their run of success has earned the school the nickname the "University of South Panola."
It's natural for Michael Bradley to enjoy history. As an American government and economics teacher at New Hope High School, Bradley gives his students valuable lessons on how they can learn from history. Bradley does the same with the players on the New Hope High football team.
STARKVILLE -- Welcome to the Class 5A, Region 2 championship game in the first weekend of October. The winner of the game at 7 tonight between the Starkville and Ridgeland high school football teams will have the control of first place in the region.
1. Noxubee County makes one more play to beat Columbus HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Goal-line stands help Tigers edge Falcons HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Interceptions help West Point pull away from Louisville HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Caledonia, Oak Hill Aca. rebound for big wins HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Bulldogs have plenty of depth at running back COLLEGE SPORTS