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Hill, Triplett want to make most of opportunities

Posted 2/4/2010 in High School Sports

Brandon Hill is ready to take the next step. If Hill would have had a pair of pads and clearance Wednesday, he would have hit the Mississippi State football practice fields to begin his career as a Bulldogs.



Aberdeen sends six on to college

Posted 2/4/2010 in High School Sports

ABERDEEN — It would difficult to imagine any coach beaming brighter than Chris Duncan did Wednesday. Duncan’s delight in seeing six of his players sign scholarships to play football in college stems from how far the Aberdeen High School football program has come in a short amount of time.



SA's Goodwin, Miles will play soccer at ICC

Posted 2/4/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — The connection will continue. Mike Sullivan hopes the bond that Roy Miles and Will Goodwin pays equally valuable dividends for his Itawamba Community College men’s soccer team as it has for the Starkville Academy team.



Aliceville's Billups will take game to Alabama State

Posted 2/4/2010 in High School Sports

ALICEVILLE, Ala. — After visiting Alabama State last weekend, Derrick Billups believes it’s the right place for him.



Pickens Academy girls will try to continue region success

Posted 2/4/2010 in High School Sports

The Pickens Academy girls basketball team has won all 12 of its region games this season. Pickens County, of Carrollton, Ala., will attempt to continue that success this weekend when it plays in the Alabama Independent School Association Class AA, Region 2 Tournament at Marion, Ala.



Minor rebounds from slow start to be force

Posted 2/2/2010 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. — Callie Minor didn’t know what was going on. Minor wanted only the best for her senior season at Pickens Academy, so it was natural for her to expect a lot from herself.



Tyra won't return as Aliceville High football coach

Posted 2/2/2010 in High School Sports

It was one and done for Robin Tyra as the football coach at Aliceville High School in Aliceville, Ala.



Swedenburg leads Heritage to win

Posted 1/31/2010 in High School Sports

SENATOBA –– Will Swedenburg scored 18 points Saturday afternoon to lead the Heritage Academy boys basketball team past Magnolia Heights 60-40. Tyler White scored 15 points for Heritage Academy, which improved to 18-8. Heritage Academy trailed 15-11 after the first quarter, but rallied to tie the score 21-21 at halftime and take a 44-27 lead at the end of the third period.



MSMS soccer team prepares for second round

Posted 1/29/2010 in High School Sports

Don’t underestimate the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science boys soccer team. If you do, you could find yourself sitting on the sidelines and watching the Blue Wave advance in the North Half State playoffs. MSMS (6-1) took the first step on its postseason journey Tuesday with a 2-1 victory against Forest in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A/2A/3A North Half State tournament. The victory pushed MSMS into a second-round game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Corinth.



Lamar County prevails in fourth quarter

Posted 1/29/2010 in High School Sports

VERNON, Ala. –– The Lamar County Bulldogs opened up some breathing room in the fourth quarter Thursday night to beat Marion County 78-73. Lamar County outscored Marion County 21-17 in the fourth quarter after leading 36-34 at halftime and 57-56 at the end of the third period. The leading scorers for Lamar County were Marquis Plant with 23 points, Will Franks with 20, Jimmy Lann 17 and Michael Bradford 10.



Earnest to play baseball at ICC

Posted 1/28/2010 in High School Sports

HAMILTON — Dylan Earnest wants an opportunity to play baseball at the highest level in college. Living in Northeast Mississippi, Earnest is fortunate to have an asset like the Itawamba Community College baseball program. The Indians won the state title last season and have finished among the nation’s top five in the last two NJCAA polls.



Troupe hopes to play on defense at ICC

Posted 1/28/2010 in High School Sports

HAMILTON — Latedrick Troupe has earned the reputation for being a playmaker. Most of the highlights the Hamilton High School senior has delivered have come on offense or on special teams. Troupe hopes to change that in the fall and make some noise on defense.



Starkville Academy clinches AAA North Half State title

Posted 1/28/2010 in High School Sports

COLUMBUS — Will Goodwin scored two goals in the second half Wednesday to lift the Starkville Academy boys soccer team to a 4-1 victory against Heritage Academy.



New Hope suffers close loss in playoffs

Posted 1/27/2010 in High School Sports

A one-goal lead is the most dangerous advantage a team can have. The worst fear for coaches is the cushion can lead to a false sense of security and give the opposing team momentum to rally. The New Hope High School boys soccer team nearly made that adage come true Tuesday night. The Trojans used a penalty kick by Tanner Ryals late in the second half to tie Callaway, only to see the Chargers score the game-winner minutes later to steal a 2-1 victory in their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A first-round North Half State playoff game at Trojan Field.



Local soccer teams gear up for playoff openers

Posted 1/26/2010 in High School Sports

The New Hope High School boys soccer team wants to keep its historic season going. To do that, the Trojans will have to protect their home field at 5:30 p.m. today when they play host to Callaway in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North Half State playoffs.



Starkville High's Day does it on both ends of field

Posted 1/26/2010 in High School Sports

Some players have a knack for making a difference on one end of the field. Whether it is with blazing speed or a deft touch, forwards and midfielders can wreak havoc on defenses. But defenders who have those skills often don’t attract the same accolades. Their satisfaction comes from the final zero on the scoreboard.



Intensity, effort keys for Starkville basketball teams

Posted 1/24/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — All the Starkville High School basketball teams need is energy and a little patience. The boys and girls teams showed Friday just how important intensity and effort will be to the rest of their seasons in two drastically different results. In the boys game, the Yellow Jackets had revenge as their motivation, and they didn’t disappoint. Rashad Perkins scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Gavin Ware added 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Starkville past Tupelo 69-54.



Tornadoes swirl to Pickens County title

Posted 1/24/2010 in High School Sports

GORDO, Ala. –– Nick Stewart made six 3-point field goals and scored 24 points Saturday to lead the Pickens County Tornadoes past Gordo 69-59 in the championship game of the Pickens County Tournament. The win was the 12th in a row for Pickens County (18-1). Also scoring in double figures for Pickens County was Deion Curry with 17 points.



Starkville Academy plays Starkville to tie in soccer

Posted 1/24/2010 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — Maybe this one will start a trend. The quality of play on display Saturday in the Starkville High-Starkville Academy boys soccer match at the Starkville Sportsplex certainly deserves a second chance. The fans and players are entitled to another meeting next season based solely on the result: a 2-2 tie that should help both teams prepare for the postseason.



Lamar County teams will vie for supremacy

Posted 1/21/2010 in High School Sports

The Sulligent High School girls basketball team expects to be well rested when it plays host to the Lamar County Tournament. Sulligent hasn’t played since Friday and doesn’t take the court again until it plays in the championship game of the tournament Saturday.



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