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Holifield will take next step at JCJC

Posted 1/16/2013 in High School Sports

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.



Berry doubles up for Columbus High basketball

Posted 1/15/2013 in High School Sports

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.


Starkville girls make splash in return with win

Posted 1/12/2013 in High School Sports

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.

Starkville boys shut out New Hope

Posted 1/12/2013 in High School Sports

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 boys rally past Oxford

Posted 1/12/2013 in High School Sports

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.

New Hope girls rout Oxford

Posted 1/12/2013 in High School Sports

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's Carr realizing potential

Posted 1/12/2013 in High School Sports

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 Academy girls stay undefeated

Posted 1/12/2013 in High School Sports

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.



Columbus High star Hackler signs with Itawamba C.C.

Posted 1/10/2013 in High School Sports

Ricky Hackler knew his day was coming. The Columbus High School senior just didn't know it would be here so soon.



Aberdeen rallies late to defeat Starkville in prep basketball action

Posted 1/9/2013 in High School Sports

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 basketball extends win streaks in sweep of Grenada

Posted 1/8/2013 in High School Sports

Columbus High School basketball player Roshad Meeks would make a great party planner.



Caledonia sweeps MSMS in prep soccer action

Posted 1/8/2013 in High School Sports

Finishing is the final piece for the Caledonia High School boys soccer team.



McCain has big scoring day for Heritage Academy

Posted 1/8/2013 in High School Sports

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.


Hard work helps Holifield dominate for New Hope

Posted 1/5/2013 in High School Sports

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 Academy sweeps Lamar School

Posted 1/5/2013 in High School Sports

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.



Berry leads CHS boys past Tupelo

Posted 1/5/2013 in High School Sports

Standing at 6-foot-7, it isn't hard to find Columbus High School senior Devin Berry on the basketball court. Tupelo knew where Berry was when the teams met Friday night in Class 6A, Region 2 action. However, the Golden Wave couldn't prevent Berry from having his way. Another double-double by Berry (15 points, 12 rebounds) and a 13-0 run midway through the third quarter lifted the Falcons to a 42-37 victory.



CHS girls hold on to beat Tupelo

Posted 1/5/2013 in High School Sports

With one of the state's premier players in the lineup, the Columbus High School girls basketball team has to get others players involved. After All-State guard Kiki Patterson scored 23 points in the first half Friday night, Tupelo made a defensive adjustment. The Lady Falcons then had to count on others to complete a 50-49 Class 6A, Region 2 victory.



Starkville High looks to expand Outlaw tournament

Posted 1/5/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School Athletic Director Stan Miller already sees a problem with the third annual Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at The Hump Tournament, set for December. However, the event's organizer is happy to have it.


Bradley steps down as New Hope High football coach

Posted 1/4/2013 in High School Sports

Michael Bradley isn't sure of everything that will happen in the future. But Bradley knows he won't take his next step as football coach at New Hope High School. The veteran coach announced this week he will step down after seven seasons as the football coach. Bradley informed his coaches of the news Wednesday and told his players Thursday.

Noxubee County's Bradley commits to Southern Miss

Posted 1/4/2013 in High School Sports

MACON -- Dylan Bradley feels he can bring a winning mentality to the University of Southern Mississippi football program. The Dispatch's Large School Defensive Player of the Year, who led the Noxubee County High School football team to a undefeated season and a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A state championship, gave a verbal commitment to the Golden Eagles on New Year's Day.


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