Bill Lee and Pat Byrd weren’t going to run and hide from losing records. Their decisions to leave Starkville and Amory high schools, respectively, were difficult despite what was perceived as the poor status of their programs. The coaches will now move on to other challenges. Lee has decided to retire and spend more time in the ministry and his family, while Byrd will try to resurrect the program at Saltillo High.
HAMILTON –– Tyler White poued in 18 points Tuesday to lead the Heritage Academy boys basketball team past Hamilton High School 56-45. Will West scored 12 points and Hunter Brown scored 11 for Heritage Academy (5-3). n Heritage Academy 63, Hamilton 21 (G): At Hamilton, Christibeth Nelson scored 13 points to help the Lady Patriots beat the Lady Lions. Joanna West scored 10 points and Madison Ford scored nine for Heritage Academy (4-7).
MACON — T.J. Billups had moments of relative relaxation doing double duty Tuesday night. Unfortunately, periods of aggravated twitching, frustrated twisting, and agitated standing ruined what could have been an overly satisfying evening for the Noxubee County High girls and boys basketball coach. Jeraldine Campbell scored 17 of her game-high 32 points in the fourth quarter to help the Noxubee County girls pull away and defeat West Point 55-49.
ABERDEEN — The Aberdeen and Starkville high school basketball teams split a varsity doubleheader here Tuesday evening in the Roy E. Hazzle Gymnasium. In a marquee matchup that was supposed to feature two unbeaten girls teams led by a pair of high-profile scorers, Aberdeen’s Dayana McGee came up with a clutch rebound and Regina Barker popped in a buzzer-beating layup to steal the spotlight from their more celebrated teammate and give the Lady Bulldogs a 64-62 triumph — their sixth straight win of the season. The nightcap didn’t bode as well for the recently re-stocked Bulldogs, however, as Aberdeen stalled in the third quarter and dropped a 67-49 decision to the Yellow Jackets in coach Roy Hazzle’s first game in the newly named gymnasium.
WEST POINT — Faith is an integral part of Michael Carr’s life. Without it, there’s no telling where Carr would be today. One thing is for sure, though, Carr wouldn’t have been on the field in Jackson on Saturday helping the West Point High School football team win a state title if he didn’t believe in God.
ABERDEEN — Charles Davison picked the right time this weekend to make his first trip to Aberdeen. Davison, who lives in Atlanta, was one of more than 300 friends, family members, and citizens on hand Sunday at Aberdeen High School to attend the dedication of the Aberdeen High School gymnasium in the name of boys basketball coach Roy Hazzle. The gym, formerly known as the “Aberdome,” will now be known as the Roy E. Hazzle Gymnasium.
JACKSON - Thirteen proved to be a lucky number for the West Point High School football team. Denied a touchdown on a 12-play drive that ultimately fizzled out on the opposing 14, the Green Wave shook it off on their next drive and went 13 plays. Lakenderic Thomas' 9-yard run on first down was the spark West Point needed Saturday to take the lead and go on to a 35-14 victory in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state title game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.
JACKSON - Michael Carr doesn't covet glory. The West Point High School senior believes too much in God to believe the Green Wave's success on the football field is because of only him. But the standout wide receiver showed Saturday night why he is one of the state's top difference-makers.
JACKSON – It took only 2 minutes, 47 seconds for the Aberdeen High School football team to leave Tylertown shell-shocked. The Chiefs needed only 11 seconds before halftime to deliver a counter punch that ultimately proved to be even more devastating. Jameon Lewis’ 75-yard touchdown pass to Ken Brown with 15 seconds to go before halftime shifted the momentum and was part of a run of 34 unanswered points that propelled Tylertown to a 34-20 victory in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A state title game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.
JACKSON – A ball-control offense and a play-making quarterback proved to be a potent one-two punch Saturday for the Tylertown High School football team. But the ability of the Chiefs’ defense to regroup after falling behind 20-0 to Aberdeen in the first quarter of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A state title game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium proved to be the final piece to a championship puzzle. The Chiefs (15-0) held the Bulldogs (13-3) to 83 yards in the second half and ripped off 34 unanswered points to pull an improbable comeback.
Pat Byrd enjoyed his 19 years being a football coach at Amory High School. When Lee County School Superintendent Mike Scott first contacted Byrd about coaching the Saltillo High School football team a few days before Thanksgiving, Byrd wasn’t ready to leave Amory. Scott called him again a few days later during the Thanksgiving break and the persistence paid off. Byrd felt he owed it to himself to give it some thought. He came to the conclusion that a change wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Johnathan Brandon scored 20 points Saturday to help the New Hope High School boys basketball team beat Madison Central 65-45 at home and remain undefeated. Hank Washington scored 12 points and Jeremy Byrd, Davis Lee and Raymond Walters scored eight points each for New Hope (9-0). The next game for New Hope is against Kosciusko at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Ackerman Tournament.
Ground Taylor (Davis), Ground Chuck, Ground Allen, Ground Chambless. If you were going to build a timeline to trace the development of West Point High School’s love for running the football, it would have to date to the 1960s when Bubba Davis and Skip Taylor were players for the Green Wave. As a junior offensive lineman in 1963, Davis recalls a game against New Albany or Pontotoc when West Point ran the same running play nine consecutive times.
JACKSON — Winning a state championship is a lot like assembling a puzzle. From offense to defense to special teams, coaches have to tinker with and fine tune parts of the game plan to maximize their squad’s chances for success. Developing a dominant offensive line is just another piece to that puzzle.
JACKSON — Through three games, the Aberdeen High School offense hardly looked like a juggernaut. Injuries to the quarterback have a way of slowing things down. But once senior quarterback Aaron Andrews got healthy he quickly discovered how good the Bulldogs’ offense could be. Not only did he have a talented duo of Jamerson Love and Victor Hodges at running back, but he also had senior wide receivers Erik Buchanan, Mario Lucas, and Rashad Pargo and junior Jalen Devauld to throw to.
STARKVILLE — Sometimes there comes a time when a coach has to give up something he loves. That time has come for Starkville High School football coach Bill Lee. After 30 years of coaching on the high school and junior college levels, Lee has decided to retire effective at the end of the school year. Lee said opportunity to spend more time in ministry and with his family motivated him to make the decision.
MACON — Hebron Christian School girls basketball coach Greg Watkins wondered if the Lady Eagles could handle the pressure of going into overtime. That question was answered Thursday night. Tied at 39 at the end of regulation, the Lady Eagles used a 15-point overtime to earn a 54-47 victory against Central Academy. Watkins wasn’t only concerned about playing an extra quarter, he was worried about dealing with the Lady Vikings’ defense. He was pleased his players responded.
The Sulligent High School basketball coaches have visions of grandeur when it comes to the Blue Devil Classic. Sulligent boys coach Tommy Chism and girls coach Ronnie Hubbert would like to expand the one-day classic and have teams from Alabama play teams from Mississippi. The inaugural Blue Devil Classic will tip off Saturday with the Caledonia and Baldwyn boys from Mississippi, and Sulligent, Curry, Dora, and Hamilton boys and girls from Alabama.
Leaders look past the present and to the future. Marcus Hinton didn’t intend for his Aberdeen High School football career to end last season with a loss to Louisville in the Class 3A North Half State title game. But as the reality of the Bulldogs’ 41-21 loss to the eventual state champions sunk in, Hinton looked around and saw the potential through a lot of disappointed faces. He wanted to erase that sentiment and help his teammates re-focus on another goal.
JACKSON — Decedrick Quinn doesn’t mince words. As a linebacker on the Aberdeen High School defense, Quinn has watched as opponents have rushed through, around, and over it en route to the end zone. Quinn vowed his senior year was going to be different.
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