One down, four to go. The Pickens County High School football team will return to the gridiron at 7 tonight when it takes on Brantley in a second-round Alabama High School Activities Association Class 1A playoff game.
Sometimes things just come together. That's the best way veteran high school football coach Jack French knows how to explain Starkville Academy's 2005 Mississippi Private Schools Association Class AAA, Division II state championship.
Starkville Academy senior fullback Ryan Mann admits neither he nor his teammates have played in a state championship football game. However, the Volunteers have been dreaming about and preparing for this moment most of their lives.
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."
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 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 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.
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
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 -- 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 -- 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.
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 -- 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.
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.
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 -- 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 -- 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.
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.
PHILADELPHIA -- Three words from their starting quarterback defines the feeling of the Starkville High football program.
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.
2. Christy excited to carry on tradition at West Lowndes High HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Simmons hopes to be leader for MSU defense COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Caledonia players earn top honors at volleyball camp HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS