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Starkville High's Ware signs with MSU

Posted 11/11/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School forward Gavin Ware finalized his destination of choice Wednesday when he signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play basketball for Mississippi State. "It's a big step forward that gets me closer to my future and where I want to be in life," Ware said. "It's close to home and gives me endless opportunities to be somebody."



Hern leads New Hope past Columbus

Posted 11/10/2011 in High School Sports

Good goal scorers know where they get their passes. It took Sarah Hern a split second to mention teammate Ashley Martian when she was asked about her goal in stoppage time that helped the New Hope High School girls soccer team edge Columbus 3-2.



Starkville cross country runners earn All-State honors

Posted 11/9/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Cross country coaches dream for teams filled with rabbits. To take a term from track and field, rabbits refer to athletes who take the lead and set the pace for the rest of the field before dropping out.



Columbus basketball sweeps West Lowndes

Posted 11/9/2011 in High School Sports

Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith promises patience with a young squad. For the Falcons, that patience may be needed early and often. However, two lengthy scoring runs lifted the Falcons to a victory in their season opener Tuesday night. Columbus enjoyed a 16-1 first-half spurt and a 17-2 second-half spurt to dispatch West Lowndes 81-57.



Constants, changes in store for prep basketball season

Posted 11/8/2011 in High School Sports

So much for retirement. Roy Hazzle is back on the bench for the Aberdeen High School boys basketball team for the 25th consecutive season, despite stepping down after last season



Hollivay feels Rutgers is best fit

Posted 11/8/2011 in High School Sports

It's over. Now Rachel Hollivay has to wrap her mind around the idea she will be leaving home for a school that is a more than 1,000 miles away.



Starkville boys will play role of favorite

Posted 11/8/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- This is the time of year Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter has a one-time conversation with his team. Carter's Yellow Jackets enter the 2011-12 season as the favorites to win their region and to win another championship trophy in their first season back in Class 5A of the Mississippi High School Activities Association.



Starkville girls have clean slate

Posted 11/8/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Everybody involved with the Starkville High School girls basketball team knows last year was a struggle. The Lady Jackets will try to change their ways in a new classification and region by relying on three senior leaders and several talented sophomores who will see significant playing time.



Hollivay picks Rutgers

Posted 11/7/2011 in High School Sports

Rachel Hollivay is going to Rutgers University. According to a text message at 11:49 a.m. Monday from her father, Ray Sr., and a subsequent conversation with him early this afternoon, the Heritage Academy 6-foot-5 senior center has decided to play basketball for veteran coach C. Vivian Stringer in Piscataway, N.J.



Aberdeen has little problem ousting Velma Jackson

Posted 11/5/2011 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN -- Channing Ward scored on a 76-yard run to get things going and to lead the Aberdeen High School football team to a 36-9 victory against Velma Jackson on Friday night in the first round of the Class 3A North State playoffs.



Bittersweet ending: Columbus wins finale, misses out on playoff spot

Posted 11/5/2011 in High School Sports

Regardless of what happened elsewhere, Columbus High School football coach Tony Stanford's Falcons still needed to focus Friday night on the task at hand: Beating Grenada. Columbus did just that, closing the book on the 2011 season with a 48-21 victory.



Noxubee County pops North Pontotoc in Class 4A playoff opener

Posted 11/5/2011 in High School Sports

MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team took advantage of special teams Friday night to advance to the second round of the Class 4A North State playoffs.



West Point gears up for playoff run with rout of New Hope

Posted 11/5/2011 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- The West Point High School football team scored 35 second-quarter points, and Aeris Williams and Dequinten Spraggins each scored a pair of touchdowns to lead the Green Wave to a 56-20 win against New Hope on Friday night.



Hamilton's playoff run ends with loss to Hollandale Simmons

Posted 11/5/2011 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- The Hamilton High School football team spent most of its Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 2A first-round playoff game looking for one big offensive play. Unfortunately for the Lions, that play never came.



Alabama Roundup: Pickens County wins; Aliceville and Lamar County lose

Posted 11/5/2011 in High School Sports

REFORM, Ala. -- The Pickens County High School football team's high-powered offense was a late arrival Friday night, but once it took the field it proved costly for A.L. Johnson.



Starkville High defeats Neshoba Central to win Region 2-5A title

Posted 11/5/2011 in High School Sports

PHILADELPHIA -- Three words from their starting quarterback defines the feeling of the Starkville High football program.



Starkville Academy knocks off Lee, reaches state title game

Posted 11/5/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Even with a 10-2 record and a District 2, Division II title, Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill said he still needed time to realize where his team was sitting.



Carroll Academy hires Hester as baseball coach

Posted 11/4/2011 in High School Sports

Stacy Hester is back in high school baseball. More than two years after not being retained as New Hope High School baseball coach, Hester was hired as baseball coach at Carroll Academy, a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AA school in Carrollton, about an hour and a half away from Columbus.



Columbus has ways to make playoffs

Posted 11/4/2011 in High School Sports

It starts with a victory That's the easiest way the Columbus High School football team can take the first step to earning a playoff bid.



Starkville Academy set for second season

Posted 11/4/2011 in High School Sports

The second season is finally here for the Starkville Academy football team. Starkville Academy will end a six-year absence from the postseason at 7 tonight when it plays host to Clarksdale Lee Academy in a first-round Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II playoff game at J.E. Logan Field in Starkville.



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