STARKVILLE -- Three seasons ago, Jaquez Johnson was shocked when he learned he would be Starkville High School's starting quarterback.
MACON -- Every football team needs an anchor. Some might consider that player a rock or a trusted stalwart who leads the offense or defense. Others might refer to him as a talismanic spirit who guides the team through adversity. Corey Williams filled that role superbly for the Noxubee County High School Tigers.
SULLIGENT, Ala. -- When the 2009 football season started in August, Sulligent High School senior running back Ishmael Riggins had a problem. Instead of trying to run around the defenders who wanted to tackle him, he tried to run over them. His behavior wasn't unusual for someone who had played on the offensive and defensive lines the previous season. So when he received the chance to run, he took it.
SULLIGENT, Ala. -- Like most high school football coaches, Josh Harper at South Lamar compiles statistics and videos to send to college recruiters, hoping a senior will get some attention and earn a football scholarship. Once, however, he received an interesting question. "When I put together the information and videos, I included the Sulligent game," said Harper, whose Stallions dropped a 48-7 decision to the Blue Devils on Oct. 28. "A couple of weeks later, one of the recruiters called me back. He said he liked the kid I was talking with him about from here. "Then he asked me, 'Who's that No. 72?' I knew who he was talking about -- Tony Johnson."
SULLIGENT, Ala. -- Nothing is more important to Sulligent High School interim football coach Ronnie Hubbert than his players. In his first time as a head football coach, Hubbert had to keep his squad focused when more things appeared to be happening off the field than on it.
The Heritage Academy girls basketball team hopes to show what it can do now that it has all of its parts healthy and back together.
Rebounding has taken on a different meaning for Taylor Baudoin this season.
Columbus High School girls basketball coach Yvonne Hairston is anxious to see how quickly her team matures after its two biggest tests of the season.
If Saturday night is any indication, the Starkville High School boys basketball team just might get even closer to earning a return date in Jackson by the end of the regular season.
Sam Doughty had plenty of reasons to lose confidence. Whether it was lackluster free-throw shooting or the fact his Columbus High School boys basketball team was trying anything and everything to win its first game of the season, Doughty didn't lose focus.
New Hope High School softball is about tradition. Take a look at the school's website, newhopetrojans.com, and you will see pictures of "babies" who grew into young women.
The Columbus High School boys basketball team has a new fan in Judith Ross. The Columbus resident was one of several people the Falcons helped Thursday morning as part of their annual effort to give back to the community.
Sammy Smith knows the win will come. It would be a wonderful holiday present if the Columbus High School boys basketball team could deliver this weekend when it serves as one of the hosts to the 14th annual Joe Horne Christmas Classic.
MABEN -- The West Lowndes High School boys basketball team tried to use its quickness to overcome Aberdeen's height advantage Thursday night in the West Oktibbeha County High School Christmas Classic. West Lowndes coach Roosevelt Bridges, however, found you can't coach height, as Aberdeen opened with an 11-0 run and went on to a 78-64 victory.
MABEN -- For West Oktibbeha County High School boys basketball coach Michael Crawford, his team's 64-51 victory against cross-county rival East Oktibbeha on Thursday night was sweet revenge.
STARKVILLE -- You name it, Wheeler Richardson can do it. Years on the volleyball court have helped the Starkville High School junior become proficient in every role.
MILLPORT, Ala. -- South Lamar High School basketball coach Tony Seals is happy to see his "big guy" play well after a strong test earlier this week. Ryan Jaynes scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds Monday against Sulligent. Seals, who coaches both the boys and girls teams at South Lamar, said Jaynes proved himself in the contest.
Not too many football coaches have built the kind of career Bubba Davis has during the last 41 years.
Assertive. Poised. Aggressive. Focused. Those are all qualities coaches love to see in their point guards. Coaches don't often get all of those traits in one player, so when they do they feel more than blessed.
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