Erica Shepherd had plenty of possible outs.
One Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science soccer team might have a little more motivation than the other Thursday night in their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A-2A-3A playoff openers. But both teams played with equal amounts of intensity, which is why they earned the right to keep their seasons alive.
The combination of Alex Ramos and Christian Silva proved to be a little too much for the New Hope High School boys soccer team to contain Thursday night. Silva had two goals, while Ramos had a goal and two assists to lift Hernando to a 3-2 victory in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoff game.
STARKVILLE -- Unlike most of his senior teammates, Jaquez Johnson's college football future remains uncertain. The Starkville High School quarterback has seen his college recruitment move at a slower pace than expected following a breakout year in which he scored 31 touchdowns.
STARKVILLE -- Soccer teams from Laurel to DeSoto and from Vicksburg to Columbus will join local teams at the Sportsplex at Lynn Lane on Saturday and Sunday for the Third Annual Frostbite Challenge Tournament for Division II teams in the state of Mississippi.
OXFORD -- Effie Morrison helped the New Hope High School girls soccer team keep its season alive -- and make history. Morrison's goal in the third minute of the first 10-minute overtime period Wednesday night lifted New Hope to a 3-2 victory against Oxford in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoffs.
Kye Van Someren feels the Caledonia High School boys soccer team is ready. The Confederates are rested after rain forced their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A North State playoff game to be postponed. They also have motivation after letting a two-goal lead against district rival Amory slip away last week. The team's 4-2 loss cost it a chance at a district title and an opportunity to play host to a first-round playoff match. But a clean slate awaits at 6 tonight when Caledonia (13-5) will play at West Lauderdale in its postseason opener.
Kelsei Ewings is a hard to contain. The West Point High School senior has a smooth handle with either handle and shooting range that extends beyond the 3-point arc. The 5-foot-4 guard also isn't afraid to throw her body into the fray for rebounds against bigger bodies.
The New Hope High School boys basketball team hasn't had the biggest or the fastest or the most talented array of players the past two seasons. But the Trojans have made up for what they have lacked in those areas with a gritty, never-say-die mentality that has fueled their success. On Tuesday, New Hope coach Drew McBrayer saw signs that his latest team might have found that same mentality.
WEST POINT -- It was just a matter of time Tuesday before the Rachel Hollivay effect wore down Oak Hill Academy's girls basketball team. The Heritage Academy center made just 3 of 13 shots in the first half and saw her team trail 17-14 at halftime. What the Lady Patriots had failed to do in their four previous games, including a 19-point loss to the Lady Raiders, was effectively close games. At the center of Heritage Academy's attack, Hollivay had triple double and scored the go-ahead basket Tuesday night in a 40-38 overtime win against Oak Hill.
Rain Monday night and today wiped out the slate of local Mississippi High School Activities Association playoff soccer games.
STARKVILLE -- Prior to Monday, Anna Albritton had one soccer player sign a college scholarship in her time as Starkville High School's girls soccer coach. She considers her second to be her first. Not many coaches get to see one of their standout players develop from grade school, but Albritton realized that feat Monday morning when goalkeeper Raevonne Shoemaker signed a scholarship to play soccer at Itawamba Community College.
STARKVILLE -- Anna Prestridge doesn't light up a stat box. The point guard for the Starkville Academy girls basketball team doesn't possess blazing speed or have a deadly outside shot.
Right or left? Steve Brand didn't have a lot of time to analyze which direction would work best, so he went with the flow. Veering right, Brand rubbed a defender off a screen at the top of the 3-point arc with the game in his hand.
The voice is distinctive. Even if they have tracked back into the defensive third and are lost in a sea of bodies, Megan and Cayla Chambers can pick out a call from their sister.
STARKVILLE -- There's something brewing at the top of the state soccer hierarchy. While Tupelo and Clinton high schools have kept an annual grip on the state title, Starkville High hopes to join them.
STARKVILLE -- A day after upsetting Madison-Ridgeland Academy, the Starkville Academy girls basketball team earned a 55-45 rivalry win against Oak Hill Academy. Anna Lea Little and Sallie Kate Richardson each scored 19 points. Richardson netted her total in 16 minutes.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Yellow Jackets couldn't have had worse weather for Senior Night Thursday, but their play didn't miss a beat. Freezing temperatures, constant rain and swirling winds made conditions unfavorable for Starkville's usual up-tempo brand of soccer and even forced the game to be called in the 60th minute.
Jared Shelton isn't the player he used to be. Growing up, Shelton wasn't the biggest player on his teams, which made him realize he needed to do more than just work hard in practice.
Nothing was going to prevent Josh Snider from being where he wanted to be Tuesday afternoon. After more than three years of recruiting New Hope High School pitcher Dillon Hawkins, Snider finally realized his goal and watched with excitement as Hawkins signed a scholarship to play baseball at East Mississippi Community College.