STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy boys basketball team missed its first eight shots from the field Tuesday night. Unfortunately for the Volunteers, that drought was a foreshadowing of things to come. Starkville Academy missed 20 of its first 21 shots en route to a 54-32 loss to East Rankin Academy in Class AAA, District 2 action. Starkville Academy's girls team overcame a sluggish first half to post a 66-42 victory.
STEENS -- Heritage Academy and Immanuel Center for Christian Education are separated by about six miles. The Patriots must have felt the Rams' long-range shots covered that distance Monday night. Immanuel Christian made eight 3-pointers and dominated in the post to record a 69-59 win in a non-district boys basketball game. In the first varsity game, the Heritage Academy girls earned a 49-18 victory.
STARKVILLE -- In her final year of high school basketball, Brittany Brown is beginning to understand the difference between leading scorer and leader.
JACKSON -- The Starkville High School football team found out Saturday night that giving up big plays in a championship game never is a recipe for success.
JACKSON -- When Starkville High School Athletic Director Stan Miller walks into school Monday, the first thing he may do is make room for the trophy that's missing.
JACKSON -- The Picayune High School football team's road to the state championship had been a ground attack. Once Picayune reached the final game of the Mississippi high school football season, it showed a different look. Picayune used big plays from the right arm of junior quarterback Benjamin Hickman to defeat Starkville 38-21 in the Class 5A state title game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium and pull off the school's first state football championship since before Hickman was born.
GREENVILLE -- The Columbus High School girls and boys soccer teams split matches Saturday against Greenville Weston.
JACKSON -- Starkville High School coach Jamie Mitchell doesn't like to lose. When Mitchell left Itawamba Agricultural High in 2010 to become the new head football coach at Starkville High, Mitchell put everyone on notice that there weren't going to be any pats on the back for finishing second. His goal in coming to Oktibbeha County was to teach his players how to win and to help Starkville regain its championship swagger.
JACKSON -- Tray Baber rushed for 160 yards on 19 carries and scored a touchdown as Noxapater beat Shaw 21-10 to claim the MHSAA Class 1A state championship.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jarren Johnson caught 10 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns, all Super Six records, to lead Jackson to its first outright state championship with a 42-28 win over Oneonta Friday in the Class 4A title game.
STARKVILLE - With two minutes left in the first quarter, West Point coach Brad Cox looked up and saw a tie game and his team building momentum.
JACKSON -- Dodd Lee admits expectations weren't particularly high for the Picayune High School football team prior to the start of the 2011 season. That doesn't mean the veteran coach didn't think the Maroon Tide couldn't put something together. But coaches are a notoriously cautious bunch, and Lee knew replacing 17 starters from the 2010 squad would be something that couldn't be done with a snap of the finger.
The Mississippi Association of Independent Schools' All-Star game will have a hint of local flavor. Buoyed by a championship run, Starkville Academy's Ryan Mann and Angus Catchot will join Heritage Academy's Brandon Bell and Blake Sharp in the annual senior showcase game at 4 p.m. today at Mississippi College.
JACKSON -- It's all about the attitude for Milton Smith. Coming from a storied football program like Starkville High School, Milton Smith knows what it takes to win championships. In 1984, Smith was a member of the first Starkville High football team to win a state title. The former Yellow Jacket went on to a football career at Mississippi State before becoming a coach.
JACKSON -- Nineteen years can pass in the blink of an eye. But time slowed for a moment Monday to allow 12 head coaches to reflect on a season's work.
MABEN -- The Columbus High School boys basketball team led for less than two minutes of its game Tuesday night against West Oktibbeha. The Falcons made sure to lead when it counted the most. A steal and fast-break layup by C.J. Scott helped Columbus rally past West Oktibbeha 53-51 in double overtime at Morgan Gym. In the first game, the Columbus High girls rolled to a 77-34 victory.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team used a ton of offense Tuesday night to beat Louisville 94-49. In the first game, the Starkville High girls used defense as their weapon in a 62-46 victory. Jacolby Mobley lead the Jackets with 26 points, while Mississippi State commitment Gavin Ware had 23 for the state's top team. Starkville High coach Greg Carter was pleased with how his team worked to get high-percentage shots.
RIDGELAND -- The Starkville High School football team's road to Jackson is complete. Starkville High will play for its first state football championship in a decade after its second victory this season in Ridgeland, a convincing 28-7 win Friday night that clinched the gave the Class 5A North State championship.
RIDGELAND -- Johnny Smith was "Johnny on the spot" Friday night for the Starkville High School football team. Smith scored the first two touchdowns of his high school career to help Starkville beat Ridgeland 28-7 in the Class 5A North State championship game at Titan Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football Jamie Mitchell can't figure out the playoff system in the state of Mississippi. His Yellow Jackets won the Class 5A, Region 2 title with an undefeated record, which included a 26-23 victory at Ridgeland, but his team still will have to make a second trip to play the Titans at 7 tonight to decide the Class 5A North State champion.
1. Notebook: Self enjoys career day as Bulldogs enjoy sweep COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Starkville routs Murrah in playoff opener, falls in second game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. New Hope starts postseason with win over Lake Cormorant HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Moyer, Jr. wins at Bullring for first time LOCAL SPORTS