A lot has changed in the past year for the West Lowndes High School football team. More than 13 months ago, Anthony King returned to his alma mater to take over for Bobby Berry as the school's football coach. As excited as King was to wear the navy and gold that he did as a player at Motley High, he realized that the approval of his hiring in July left him little time to prepare his players and the program for the 2011 season.
It looks so simple. Four bounces, a short toss, an angled arm, and an explosion. When everything is working right, Natalie Hardy's serves can be a challenge to receive.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell had to think the news would have to only get better after his team's 29-8 loss to Noxubee County last week. It got worse -- a lot worse.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- John Gartman doesn't mince words when he looks back at 2011. "Last season was a disappointing year for us. We finished 3-7," Gartman said. "We had a very difficult schedule. That was part of it, and we also had a team."
The Oak Hill Academy football team snapped a 12-game losing streak that dated back to the 2010 season Friday night in a season-opening 13-6 win at Newton County Academy. Now, the Raiders want to start a winning streak.
ABERDEEN -- Two Columbus High School punt returns and a lackluster effort on the offensive front that led to seven turnovers and a blocked punt played key roles in the Aberdeen High School football team's season-opening 21-0 loss last week.
After the opening week of the prep football season, one thing is clear.
STARKVILLE -- While steadily improving, Heritage Academy had been looking for that break-out game in fast-pitch softball.
New Hope High School won its slow-pitch softball game Tuesday night on a walk-off walk. Four straight hits and a walk led to two runs and a 6-5 victory for the Lady Trojans against Grenada.
One moment you're standing with your hands on your hips watching ... wondering if the ball is ever going to come your way.
MACON -- For the third time in the past two years, the Noxubee County High School football team will represent the state of Mississippi in a showcase event.
MACON -- Don't let the glare fool you. Whether it's from the left, the right, or the middle, Dylan Bradley will be watching. He may take a conventional three-point stance. He may stand up on the end and try to fool you into thinking he is going to take a play off.
Ricky Kendrick always has been honest with his Caledonia High School football players. Three years ago, Kendrick told the Confederates it would take time to build a program when he took over a program that went winless in 2009.
In a 33-6 season-opening victory, the West Lowndes High School football team dominated the Montgomery County Hornets by playing what coach Anthony King described as "an almost perfect game" defensively.
BATESVILLE -- West Point High School senior defensive back Johnathan Patterson likes to make plays. Patterson makes big plays and makes small plays. His attention to detail is one of the reasons why West Point's defense should place it in position to contend for this season's Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state championship.
STARKVILLE -- The opening of game of the 2012 season showcased a new era of Noxubee County High School football.
STARKVILLE -- The Noxubee County High School football team knew the deck would be stacked against it Friday night.
Heritage Academy first-year football coach Barrett Donahoe is an intense person. If the Patriots weren't already under that impression, they will be Monday in the film room and on the practice field.
Rock-solid defenses offset inconsistent offenses Friday night, but the Columbus High School football team's special teams made the difference in a 21-0 victory against Aberdeen in the season opener for both teams.
Juan Cedano has ups. Typically that's not something you say about someone who played on the offensive line as a junior.
1. Hill shows speed, strength in Maroon & White Game COLLEGE SPORTS
2. France offers strong relief outing as part of MSU's sweep COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Stacy staying in control for Caledonia HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Berry leads West Point to playoff series victory HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Oregon's Sanders taken in NPF draft LOCAL SPORTS