MarkAnne Hobart didn't win any gold medals at the Mississippi High School Activities Association State swim meet Saturday, but that didn't keep a smile from creeping across her face.
It is fun to be home again for the Aliceville High School football team. Playing a home postseason game for the first time in five seasons, Aliceville will play host to Washington County at 7 p.m. Friday in an opening-round game of the Alabama High School Activities Association Class 3A playoffs.
ABERDEEN -- The cradle action looks natural to Channing Ward. The Aberdeen High School senior defensive lineman sits on the couch in Chris Duncan's office and practices his grip. He clutches the football to chest and he lowers it to his waist as the conversation about him continues. It's almost as if Ward is picturing a run he will make in the coming weeks to lead the Aberdeen High football team back to Jackson and a shot at the Class 3A state title.
Rachel Hollivay doesn't have the date highlighted on her calendar. The Heritage Academy girls basketball standout also hasn't raided the local sporting goods stores for T-shirts, baseball caps, or other paraphernalia to make sure she's ready for next month.
Before the school year began, there was some question as to whether Columbus High School would have a swim team. But Chris Chain stepped up to coach the team on a volunteer basis. His decision has allowed the Falcons to qualify two swimmers for the Mississippi High School Activities Association State Meet today at Delta State University's Aquatics Center in Cleveland.
MACON -- The Noxubee County High School football team sent a message to close the season. One week after losing 14-12 to Louisville in the C Spire Wireless "Bright Lights Football" regionally televised game, the Noxubee County trounced Class 4A, Region 4 rival Caledonia 36-7 Friday night.
MACON -- There was life to the magic. All season, the Central Academy football team found ways to win games. Four times by two points and two more by eight points, the Vikings snatched victory from defeat by the slimmest margins.
Senior Night at Trojan Field didn't turn out the way many of the seniors on the New Hope High School football team had planned. A season of setbacks and heartbreaks caught up with New Hope on Friday night as the Center Hill earned a 23-12 victory.
Friday night's weather was perfect for a playoff game. Unfortunately, the evening marked the 2011 finale for the Victory Christian football team. In its fourth playoff appearance in as many years, Victory Christian lost to North River Christian 28-16 Friday night in the first round of the Christian Football Association playoffs.
OXFORD -- Senior quarterback Dequinten Spraggins knew his time was coming to make big plays for the Green Wave. A year of learning on the run and adapting from a full-time defensive player to an offensive threat showed up at the most advantageous time Friday night for the West Point High School football team.
HAMILTON -- Dakota Brasher passed for 51 yards and threw one touchdown, and K.J. Woods rushed for 202 yards and scored four touchdowns Friday night to help the Ackerman High School football team beat Hamilton 41-35 in double overtime in a Class 2A, Region 2 game.
WEST POINT -- The Immanuel Christian football team walked onto Raider Field with the thunder and sparkle of fireworks. It seemed the celebration of an Oak Hill Academy win for Senior Night had already begun.
OLIVE BRANCH -- It's down to a one-game season for the Columbus High School football team. Columbus fell into fourth place in Class 6A, Region 1 after a 43-14 loss to Olive Branch at Pool Field.
Pillow Academy wanted to spoil Senior Night for the Heritage Academy football team. It appeared the Mustangs had enough horsepower in the first quarter Friday night at C.L. Mitchell Field. After galloping out to a 14-0 lead in the opening stanza, Heritage Academy grabbed the reins and corralled the visitors for the remainder of the game en route to a 32-14 victory to close the 2011 season.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell asked his players Friday night if they knew the last time the program was 8-2.
When the North State Class 1A high school football playoffs start in two weeks, West Oktibbeha County High will be on the guest list. However, don't tell the Timberwolves. "We clinched a playoff berth last week," West Oktibbeha coach Adam Lowrey said. "However, we haven't talked to our boys yet about that. We have two really big regular-season games left and a lot to play for."
Damian Baker doesn't know any other way. Regardless of whether the Columbus High School football team is playing New Hope, Horn Lake, or South Panola, Baker is going to come at you at full speed and dare you to stop him.
Together the Eagles Achieve More. That variation on a popular sports adage reflects how the Victory Christian football team has been able to overcome the adversity it has faced this season.
STARKVILLE -- Joseph MacGown, Kamau Bostic, and Damian Grady earned top-six finishes Saturday to lead the Starkville High School boys cross country to team to a first-place finish at the Starkville Invitational at the Mississippi State Horse Park.
Play until you hear the whistle. It sounds simple, but sometimes observant players get rewarded for capitalizing when unusual things happen. Damian Baker's diligence proved to be just the spark the Columbus High School football team needed Friday night.
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