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.
The Pickens County boys basketball team is two weeks away from looking at the big picture. The problem for the Tornadoes is they'll be looking from a distance.
CALEDONIA -- Yes ma'am, good things are happening for New Hope High School girls soccer. If last season was a starting point, coach Mary Nagy hopes the Lady Trojans can keep building to bigger and better things. New Hope did just that on a frigid Tuesday evening, getting goals from Reagan Hern and Maria Bergdal in a 2-0 victory against Caledonia.
STARKVILLE -- The pieces are starting to come together for Yandell Harris. The Heritage Academy boys basketball coach has only been in charge for a month, but he has seen steady improvement -- and wins -- come from a team with just two seniors.
WEST POINT -- The tallest building starts with a strong foundation. As much as any championship program relies on skill position players to deliver highlight-reel performances, the blue collar work in the trenches often goes overlooked. That's not the case with the West Point High School football team.
Faced with the prospect of stopping Brookhaven on a fourth-and-1 to start the fourth quarter, the Green Wave instead re-took possession after a punt and did what they do best: Play West Point football.
akenderic Thomas' 12-yard run in the first quarter was far from the biggest gainer of the evening, but it showed West Point wasn't going to be denied its seventh state title in program history. Led by 165 rushing yards by Thomas and 138 more by senior quarterback Justin Cox, West Point rolled to a 21-3 victory against Brookhaven in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state title game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.
There were plenty of things -- two fumbles, an interception, dropped passes -- that didn't go Aberdeen's way Saturday through three quarters of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 3A title game against Forest.
Greg Carter wanted to see his Starkville Yellow Jackets take a step forward in developing their offensive game against rival Columbus High.
Turnovers and missed opportunities typically spell the difference in games as evenly matched as these, and that's how the story played out at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. Forest capitalized on two lost fumbles by Aberdeen in the first half, turning one into a touchdown, and then delivered a key defensive stand in the fourth quarter to preserve a 10-8 victory in the Class 3A championship.
Neither lengthy bus rides, injuries, nor weighty expectations prevented the West Point High School football team from making its appointed rounds this season. At 7 p.m. Saturday, the Green Wave hope to complete the journey to the ultimate prize: A state championship.
It's all about respect for the Aberdeen High School football team. Last year, many in the state thought the Bulldogs were good enough to get to Jackson to play for a state title.
The Mississippi High School Activities Association reclassification for football and basketball in 2011-13 has left area teams largely in place -- with two major exceptions. Starkville High School will move from Class 6A, Region 1 to Class 5A, Region 2 and West Lowndes will move from Class 2A, Region 2 to Class 1A, Region 3.
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