STARKVILLE -- Not having the game of baseball last year changed Nick Brooks' life. On Thursday, that same game paved the way for him to take the next step in a positive way when he signed to play baseball at East Mississippi Community College.
"It's pretty much a done deal." Those were Barrett Donahoe's words this morning when he was asked if he had officially become the new football coach at Heritage Academy.
Eleven days isn't a lot of time to make progress. But Columbus High School boys basketball coach Sammy Smith liked what he saw from his team Tuesday night in a 49-41 loss to Tupelo in a Class 6A, Region 1 game at Columbus High School. In the girls game, Kiandria Patterson had 25 points and Maggie Proffitt had 19 to lead the Columbus girls to a 69-41 victory.
Junior forward Cade Lott knew right away where his Heritage Academy boys basketball team's performance Tuesday night ranked this season. "It was the best game we have played all year," Lott said. "Easily. There is no question about it. We played really well." Few in attendance at the Heritage Academy Gym disagreed. Heritage Academy scored the game's first eight points and rolled past Immanuel Christian 65-37. The teams managed a doubleheader split, as the Immanuel Christian girls earned a 51-45 victory in the opener.
In the long winding road of a high school basketball season, teams can learn lessons along the way. When Starkville High lost its first two games of the season at the Joe Horne Christmas Classic in Columbus, Carter fell like his team could learn falling twice, while being the state's top-ranked team.
There's no denying baseball is Christian Dale's first love. Recent years have seen the Columbus High School junior spend most of his off time playing with travel baseball teams throughout the region in hopes of honing his skills and taking his game to the next level.
The most successful New Hope High School boys basketball teams of recent memory have thrived on a swarming work ethic that suffocates opponents. That mentality has been passed from team to team -- like a prized possession -- that is to be nurtured and respected because it can lift a squad out of the deepest doldrums.
In one of the best point guard matchups of the area, Columbus High School's Kiandria Patterson finally got help from her friends to preserve a win over South Panola. Columbus was able to maintain its perfect record in region play with a 66-52 victory over an unpset-minded Lady Tigers squad due to more energetic defensive effort in the second half and the emergence of junior wing player Maggie Proffitt. The Columbus boys then followed with a 50-32 victory.
STARKVILLE -- A familiar face was back at Starkville High School on Wednesday. In three weeks, that same face will be back in a dugout as the leader of the school's baseball program. On Tuesday night, the Starkville School Board approved the recommendation of Starkville High School Athletic Director Dr. Stan Miller that Danny Carlisle be brought back as the school's baseball coach.
Heritage Academy boys basketball coach Yandell Harris stressed one thing to his squad Tuesday night: Rebound the basketball on the defensive end. The players took the veteran coach's advice to heart as they dominated the defensive rebounds en route to a 46-30 victory. The schools split the doubleheader at Heritage Academy, as the Lady Volunteers rolled to a 67-42 victory in the opener.
STARKVILLE -- It was the Jacolby Mobley show Tuesday night at Starkville High School. The senior guard fired from anywhere beyond the 3-point line and scored a career-high 35 points in a dominating 91-64 home victory against Aberdeen.
STARKVILLE - While Sunday's memorial service for Starkville High student Devin Mitchell could have taken on a somber note, participants decided to make it a celebration of the young man's life instead.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville School Board is expected to make a decision tonight about who will coach Starkville High School's baseball team this season. Starkville High School Athletic Director Stan Miller said Monday he has a "couple of proposals" regarding the job of the school's baseball coach, which came open Sept. 30, 2011, when longtime coach Danny Carlisle retired as a teacher at the school. Miller said he will submit the proposals to board for it to examine tonight, and that he hopes the board will give the OK which direction it wants to go and that it will make a decision about who will coach the program no later than tonight.
STARKVILLE -- Anna Lea Little began her basketball career as a home-schooled teen-aged youngster. Starkville Academy coach Glenn Schmidt is very pleased that Little's family later changed their minds and enrolled her at the school.
MACON -- In the first five possessions of the second half Saturday night, the New Hope High School girls basketball team made a statement. The Lady Trojans scored four points on one possession, garnered five offensive rebounds, blocked two shots, and forced three turnovers. That spree of activity quickly erased a six-point halftime deficit. New Hope still need one more comeback as it later erased a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit to post 60-49 win against Noxubee County. In the nightcap, the Noxubee County boys built an early 15-point lead and held on for a 69-61 victory.
STARKVILLE -- Whether it was from beyond the three-point line, at the free throw line or of pull-up mid-range variety, Starkville Academy forward Anna Lea Little put on an impressive shooting display.
CALEDONIA -- A new year has brought a new start and a new attitude to the New Hope High School girls soccer team. Morgan Franks, Farris Bradley, and Effie Morrison scored goals Friday night to lead a reinvigorated New Hope to a 3-0 victory against Caledonia in a non-district matchup.
CALEDONIA -- You never know when someone is looking. You also can't tell when one off those people standing on the sidelines or sitting in the stands is a college soccer coach in need of a versatile, experienced player who can contribute to his program.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Channing Ward waited to make his college decision until he was on stage with some of the nation's top players. The wait didn't provide a shocker of an ending, though, as the Aberdeen High School standout announced he will play football at the University of Mississippi in the fall.
Brad Butler has been around football long enough to understand the importance of wins and losses. He just didn't think the hunger for wins that drives coaching carousels in college and in the NFL had become so pervasive that it had woven its way into high school athletics. But Butler learned Dec. 20 that his inability to lead the Heritage Academy football team to more victories cost him and offensive coordinator/junior high football coach Steve Morgan their jobs.
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