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East Webster's Halterman plays with poise in circle, on court

Posted 4/21/2009 in High School Sports

MABEN — Don’t expect a reaction from Jessica Halterman. Whether she allows a hit or a walk or if a batter strikes out or reaches on an error, Halterman’s countenance won’t change.

 

 

Starkville High's Tate gearing up for more firsts

Posted 4/21/2009 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — Starkville High School senior sprinter Tavaris Tate is on track to do something that has never been accomplished in Class 5A. Tate is trying to become the first prep runner in that class to win state titles in the 100, 200, and 400 meters.

 

 

New Hope's Hollivay receives national invitation

Posted 4/21/2009 in High School Sports

Rachel Hollivay’s spring recently got a little busier. The New Hope High School freshman was invited last week on behalf of USA Basketball and the Women’s Developmental National Team Committee to participate in the 2009 Under-16 National Team Trials.

 

 

Magic ends for New Hope softball

Posted 4/21/2009 in High School Sports

Small ball helped the Cleveland High School fast-pitch softball team earn the right Monday night to keep its season alive. Lindsey Mullins’ bases-loaded walk tied the game in the top of the seventh inning, and Cleveland used three fielder’s choices to tack on three insurance runs to rally for a 5-2 victory against New Hope in game three of the Class 4A third-round playoffs at Lady Trojan Field.

 

 

New Hope baseball team sweeps series from Hernando

Posted 4/19/2009 in High School Sports

The New Hope High School baseball team wrapped up its opening round series in the Class 4A playoffs with Hernando in two games Saturday. New Hope (20-9) won game two 7-4 at Hernando on Saturday after winning the opener 6-1 at home Friday. If New Hope would have lost game two, the teams would have had to play the final game of the series Saturday.

 

 

Lucious hurls no-hitter for West Lowndes baseball team

Posted 4/19/2009 in High School Sports

Tyquan Lucious has made clutch and game-winning shots for the West Lowndes High School boys basketball team. But nothing Lucious has done on the basketball court compares to what he did Saturday night on the diamond. The sophomore right-hander pitched his first career no-hitter to lead West Lowndes to an 11-0 victory against Mount Olive in the deciding game of the best-of-three first-round Class 1A state playoff series.

 

 

McCartney helps Hamilton baseball team sweep O'Bannon

Posted 4/19/2009 in High School Sports

HAMILTON — Kevin McCartney doesn’t do always do things according to plan. But the Hamilton High School right fielder showed Saturday afternoon that as much as he likes to take his hacks at the plate he can show a little restraint. McCartney’s leadoff walk in the bottom of the first inning set the tone for another productive day and helped Hamilton beat O’Bannon 12-2 in five innings to help it sweep the first-round Class 2A state playoff series.

 

 

East Webster baseball team claims playoff victory

Posted 4/19/2009 in High School Sports

MABEN — The little things make a big difference for teams that have the talent to win a state title. So even with his team leading by six runs in the third inning Friday afternoon, East Webster High School baseball coach Wes Johnson was concerned. After cruising through the first two innings, starting pitcher Blake Love suddenly lost his command, surrendering a double, walk, single, and walk that helped Puckett cut its deficit to four runs. East Webster’s loss of emotion and energy was equally troubling. But things didn’t stay that way for long, which is why the Wolverines have the potential to win their second consecutive Class 1A state title.

 

 

West comes through at plate for Hamilton softball team

Posted 4/19/2009 in High School Sports

HAMILTON — Hamilton High School’s Kelle West didn’t let the struggles of one part of her game affect the other Saturday. West put aside a tough pitching outing to deliver offensively and help the Hamilton fast-pitch softball team beat Eupora 9-7 in the third round of the Class 2A playoffs. After allowing four runs on four hits in the first inning and facing six batters, West got all of the runs back with her bat with a pair of two-run singles.

 

 

Starkville basketball player signs with EMCC

Posted 4/19/2009 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — Mark White has come to expect certain qualities from boys basketball players at Starkville High School. In only two seasons as men’s basketball coach at East Mississippi Community College, White has marveled at the contributions former Yellow Jackets have made to his program. Whether it has been Woodie Howard, John Harris, or Coco Ware, the former Starkville High players have brought high skill levels and even better work ethics to Scooba. White feels Jeff Jernagin can do the same.

 

 

Stringer takes opener from East Webster

Posted 4/17/2009 in High School Sports

MABEN — Aaron Herrington isn’t the hardest thrower in the state of Mississippi. But the junior right-hander has learned to make up for what she doesn’t have by enticing hitters to swing at her pitches.

 

 

Heritage Academy baseball ends streak against Jackson Academy

Posted 4/17/2009 in High School Sports

The Heritage Academy baseball team won two games in its last at-bat Thursday to sweep a Mississippi Private School Association Class AAA District 1 doubleheader from Jackson Academy.

 

 

New Hope, Hamilton baseball hope for fast start

Posted 4/17/2009 in High School Sports

Stacy Hester knows his New Hope High School baseball team has plenty of confidence. Comments from senior outfielder/catcher Will McReynolds last week highlighted how much the Trojans believe in themselves.

 

 

Starkville Academy soccer players sign with MGCCC

Posted 4/17/2009 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE — Nick Klaskala and Josh Senter wanted to keep their options open. Klaskala considered a number of schools and debated which one was the best fit for him academically.

 

 

West Alabama baseball teams gearing up for playoffs

Posted 4/16/2009 in High School Sports

The South Lamar High School baseball team hasn’t lost to a team in its classification this season. South Lamar will attempt to keep that trend going Friday when it begins play in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class A playoffs.

 

 

East Webster, Hamilton softball play today in third round

Posted 4/16/2009 in High School Sports

MABEN — Bill Brand isn’t feeling any pressure. The East Webster High School fast-pitch softball coach has earned a degree of confidence after helping lead the program to Class 1A state titles the past two seasons.

 

 

West Lowndes, East Webster baseball open series

Posted 4/16/2009 in High School Sports

The West Lowndes High School baseball team wants to make a deeper run in the Class A playoffs than it did last year. After being eliminated in the first round by Natchez Cathedral, the Panthers believe they have a team that can go far if things fall into place.

 

 

Stratton pitches Tupelo to victory against Columbus

Posted 4/15/2009 in High School Sports

Chris Stratton used a little help from Uncle Charlie on Tuesday night to make things look easy. The Mississippi State signee struck out 10 in five innings to lead the Tupelo High School baseball team to a 15-0 victory against Columbus in a Class 5A, Division 2, District 4 game at Sammy Fletcher Field. The victory coupled with South Panola’s 15-5 victory against Starkville on Tuesday helped put Tupelo (19-5, 6-2 division) in the driver’s seat for the district title. A victory at South Panola at 7 p.m. Thursday would give the Golden Wave the district championship.

 

 

Starkville baseball gears up for Class 5A playoff run

Posted 4/14/2009 in High School Sports

The Starkville High School baseball team didn’t find anything magical at the end of the rainbow Monday night, only another victory. After the clouds that brought a late-inning shower moved south, a rainbow formed just as Starkville third baseman Todd Phillips ran toward it to catch the baseball for the game’s final out in a 16-6 victory against West Lowndes.

 

 

Lady Trojans' Petty excels on two fields

Posted 4/14/2009 in High School Sports

Kelli Petty doesn’t want any debate. As much success as she and the New Hope High School softball program have on the diamond, the junior standout says track and field is her No. 1 sport.

 

 

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