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.
STARKVILLE -- Sometimes you have to pinch yourself to remember Khris Carr is only a sophomore. There are times when the 5-foot-8 Starkville High School volleyball standout will rise up and deliver a rousing kill or make a dig on an angled attack that makes you think she is more experienced. As a result, it's easy to expect Carr to do more than many sophomores and to be a team leader.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy girls basketball team showed even a jinx wasn't enough to stop it. Earlier this week, Starkville Academy made history when it became the first member of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools to be ranked in The Clarion-Ledger's Super 10 poll.
Ricky Hackler knew his day was coming. The Columbus High School senior just didn't know it would be here so soon.
STARKVILLE --In a high-pressured game that came down to the wire, Aberdeen High showed just how important seniors are to a team searching for a win on the road.
Columbus High School basketball player Roshad Meeks would make a great party planner.
Finishing is the final piece for the Caledonia High School boys soccer team.
Graham McCain has had his share of "those days." In soccer, the "unlucky" moments that don't lead to goals often mirror the number of times players in other sports fall short of their objective.
Forever. It takes only a few moments for Lauren Holifield to find a suitable answer when she is asked how long she has been playing softball. When you've been brought up on fields and you have a sister and a mother who have played for as long as they can remember, forever seems like an appropriate response.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy girls basketball coach Glenn Schmidt hopes her team's victory Saturday proves it can win even if isn't making outside shots. While facing one of the state's best perimeter players in guard Olivia Mabry, Starkville Academy held the rest of the Lamar School team to 16 points en route to a 74-36 victory.
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