Starkville High girls soccer coach Anna Albritton feels her squad is battle-tested. Starkville will find out if that is good enough for postseason success at 6 tonight when it plays host to Oxford in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoffs.
Mary Nagy could tell something was wrong. The New Hope High School girls soccer coach looked in her players' eyes prior to the team's game against Starkville High on Jan. 11 and knew something was missing. Despite taking a 1-0 lead, Nagy watched as the Lady Yellow Jackets stole the momentum and beat the Lady Trojans to nearly all of the 50-50 balls en route to a 4-1 victory.
CALEDONIA -- A one-year absence from the postseason might not sound like a big deal. But for a program like the Caledonia High School girls soccer team, which has been accustomed to winning district titles and advancing the playoffs, even the shortest hiatus can seem like an eternity.
STARKVILLE -- On the football field, a quarterback is in charge of making sure all players are in the right position to make plays. Starkville High School's Caleb Wilson has taken that same hankering for detail to the basketball court and is quietly emerging as a leader for the Yellow Jackets.
STARKVILLE - Starkville High School sophomore Caleb Wilson has already gained notoriety in football circles. On Saturday night, the sophomore showed he can play some basketball, too. Wilson scored 15 points, cause havoc on the defensive end and provided a big spark as Starkville defeated West Point 69-59 at the Bee Hive.
STARKVILLE --The Starkville Academy boys basketball team is starting to reap the benefits of an early season gauntlet. Starkville Academy, once a handful of games under .500, added to its resurgent streak Saturday with a 56-37 victory against Oak Hill Academy. The victory was the fifth in the last six games for the Volunteers (13-10).
STARKVILLE -- Maybe it was the artificial turf. Maybe it was the rust from a long layoff. Either way, Starkville High School boys soccer coach Brian Bennett wasn't up for excuses Friday night.
The T-shirt says it all. A year ago, the Columbus High School girls basketball team had its title dreams end in a loss to Horn Lake in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A North State semifinals.
WEST POINT -- On a cold night in the Golden Triangle, there was no shortage of heat in the West Point High School gymnasium as the school's boys basketball team faced rival New Hope.
CALEDONIA -- Fear is a wonderful motivator, even for accomplished student-athletes. When you have had as much success as Cara Hopper, you can wonder if anyone is watching and you're doing enough to give yourself a chance to play the sport you love in college. For Hopper, that apprehension gave her the push she needed to work to improve.
Ricky Kendrick always has considered teaching and coaching to be his callings. His work in the past three seasons helped put the Caledonia High School football program on solid ground, and positioned it to make strides to become more competitive in district play. Unfortunately, another coach will have to help the Confederates take that next step.
Landon Boyd doesn't look like a 180-pounder. A year ago, the New Hope High School standout wouldn't have been able to keep a straight face and tell people that's how much he weighed. Even his brother, Lee, would have laughed at him if he tried to say that. In fact, Lee Boyd probably would challenge his brother's latest weighty claim.
A new look on defense is helping the Heritage Academy girls basketball team write the next chapter. Stifling man-to-man defense was the key Tuesday night in the Lady Patriots' 53-23 victory against Immanuel Christian. Heritage Academy dominated Immanuel Christian with a player-to-player defense, which is a new way of doing things from a traditional 2-3 zone.
Drew McBrayer didn't care what the final tally on the scoreboard said Tuesday night. The New Hope High School boys basketball coach was angry and had just one message for his team following a 71-65 victory against defending Alabama High School Activities Association Class 1A state champion Pickens County High.
Lauren Holifield has entertained thoughts of playing softball in college ever since she started playing the sport. Holifield isn't sure why, but something clicked with softball at an early age. As she got older, Holifield never considered staying late to practice her skills or going to Lady Trojan Field on a Friday night as a chore.
Deep down inside, Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith thought the Falcons could play championship-caliber basketball this season. As the season progressed, Smith realized Devin Berry would play a huge role in shaping those fortunes.
Inexperience and a saturated field aren't stumbling blocks for the Starkville High School girls soccer team. The fact that the Lady Yellow Jackets have only five seniors on their roster might explain why early deficits and soaked playing surfaces don't faze them.
Pace is an essential ingredient for the 2012-13 Starkville High School boys soccer team. One might think that tempo would slow down a little bit after the school's first state championship team lost eight seniors to graduation. Dylan Howard wants you to think again.
New Hope High School senior Chris Mosley stands 6-foot-3 and weighs about 170 pounds. Mosley has a thin upper body but a deadly jump shot. On Friday night, he also proved his massive wingspan is broad enough to carry his team.
Girls basketball players at New Hope High School had a message to send Friday night. The Lady Trojans needed 43 seconds to deliver it. New Hope scored the game's first six points and never looked back, rolling to a 79-35 victory against Oxford in a showdown between Class 5A, Region 2 leaders.
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