CALEDONIA -- Dare to stop the Confederates. Ricky Kendrick doesn't hide the fact that his Caledonia High School football team is going to run the football. To Kendrick, it comes down to simple math: Get 3.3 yards per carry and hold on to the football and the Confederates will be able to dictate the tempo of the game.
STARKVILLE -- Jamie Mitchell still has that feeling no head coach wants.
STARKVILLE -- Wheeler Richardson isn't one to stand in one spot on a volleyball court. If you aren't watching the ball, you better be ready to move because the Starkville High School senior will run through you to keep it from hitting the floor.
Bragging rights can be on the line on opening night. Such will be the case when the South Lamar and Lamar County High School football team renew acquaintances in the season opener at 7 p.m. at George Bell Stadium in Vernon, Ala.
STARKVILLE -- Columbus High School slow-pitch softball player Shaquera Wilson is enjoying her team's four-game winning streak.
MACON -- You'll have to excuse Ronnie Sciple if he prefers to discuss how his team finished its season opener. The Central Academy football coach didn't care very much for the first three quarters of the Vikings' game against Calvary Christian last week.
STARKVILLE -- Thursday marked the final 5:30 a.m. preseason practice session for the Starkville High School swim team. When Starkville hits the water Saturday at the Brandon Invitational, a potentially outstanding season finally will be under way.
The East Oktibbeha County and West Oktibbeha County high school football teams play games Friday that won't affect their postseason chances. Even though region play is still a few weeks away, one can't underestimate the importance for both programs to start the season 2-0. They can achieve that mark when East Oktibbeha plays host to McAdams and West Oktibbeha plays host Montgomery County. Each game starts at 7:30 p.m.
HAMILTON -- Ray Weeks has a valuable lesson for his Hamilton High School football team: One week is just a start.
An improved service game helped the Caledonia High School volleyball team beat West Lowndes 3-0 (25-10, 25-13, 25-11) Tuesday night at the West Lowndes Gymnasium.
STARKVILLE -- Fifth-year Starkville High School cross country coach Caroline Woomer feels her squad is ready to compete with some of the state's elite talent.
STARKVILLE -- Colby Runnels understands now the word "starter" is what he makes of it.
Fresh off a chance to showcase their skills for state college coaches, five area Mississippi Association of Independent Schools fast-pitch softball teams were back in action Monday. Heritage Academy lost to Washington School 15-0 in four innings, Starkville Academy lost to Jackson Prep 1-0, Oak Hill Academy lost to Manchester Academy 11-7, and Central Academy beat Calhoun Academy 8-7, and Hebron Christian lost to Winona Christian 3-0.
WEST POINT -- Another lesson learned. The West Point High School football typically doesn't suffer back-to-back losses and then learn from the mistakes in those setbacks.
WEST POINT -- Forget about the present. It was clear Saturday night the future is pretty bright for the South Panola and West Point high school football teams.
CRAWFORD -- Randy Brooks wanted to run the ball Friday night. Forced to go to the air after the ground game "sputtered," Devalyn Bell provided a spark.
REFORM, Ala. -- Patrick Plott is happy to be back closer to home. If he had his choice, he never would have left Pickens County High School and his job as the school's football coach. But a certification issue and the lack of a certified teaching position at the school resulted in Plott leaving the school after only one season leading the football program.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- To classify Charles Moody as being excited about his first head coaching job might be an understatement. The former Alabama A&M All-American is pumped about making his debut this season with the Aliceville High School Yellow Jackets.
ABERDEEN -- As the immortal Yogi Berra was fond of saying, it was "déjà vu all over again" for the Aberdeen High School football team. For the second year in a row, the Columbus Falcons handed Aberdeen, the state's top-ranked Class 3A team, a season-opening setback.
LOUISVILLE -- Four second-half turnovers created by defense provided the difference Friday night as the New Hope High School football team defeated Louisville 17-12 in the season opener for both teams at Hinze Stadium.
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