All it took was a willingness to work hard. Allison Conn didn't make any promises to the Heritage Academy swimming team. The first-year coach told her swimmers schools like Jackson Academy, Jackson Prep, and Presbyterian Christian had far many competitors that they did, so the numbers would be difficult to overcome.
The Pickens County High School football team took a 34-0 halftime lead Friday and coasted to a victory by the same score at Sunshine's homecoming contest in a Class 1A, Region 4A game.
After opening the season with six straight losses, the East Oktibbeha High School football team beat Weir 38-28 Friday for its third straight victory.
n Susan Willard's first year as Starkville Academy's cross country coach, she's guided the team through youth and inexperience.
With less than a minute to play Friday, Starkville High's Jaquez Johnson and Shaquille Hill re-enacted Joe Montana's famous NFC Championship game pass to Dwight Clark.
If Quanterris Newby keeps this up, he's going to give up being known as the sophomore formerly known as "Q" for a nickname like "TD" that is more fitting. The sophomore, who earned his one letter nickname from a gym teacher in sixth grade, proved again Friday night he has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. It also helps to have good hands and to be able to pick up the ball on the move. Newby's fumble recovery near midfield and run for a touchdown helped turn the momentum in a close game and pushed the New Hope High School football team to a 44-14 victory against Saltillo in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 game at Trojan Field.
The tide was already turning Friday in favor of the Immanuel Christian football team, but one play sealed the deal in its Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A, District 3 matchup against Hebron Christian.
The Victory Christian football team did what it needed to do Friday night, including putting an exclamation point on homecoming.
Lady Trojans take fourth straight state championship trophy with rally in game two
The playoff push continues in earnest tonight for five Lowndes County football teams. Some need a victory to keep their postseason hopes alive, while others will look to improve their playoff standing in hopes of earning a chance to play host to one of those matchups.
East Webster's offense is steamrolling through its schedule thanks to a dynamic option offense. The Wolverines (8-0, 2-0 Class 2A Region 2) have shut out four opponents this season and have rUn the option to perfection. So much so that quarterback Ledrick Patterson has attempted just 34 passes.
Lauren Holifield already is an accomplished softball player.
STARKVILLE -- Expect the offensive fireworks to continue at 7 Friday night when the Starkville High School football team returns home to play host to Southaven. The Yellow Jackets, who'll face the Chargers for homecoming, hope the yardage is as one-sided as their last home game, a 47-14 victory against Tupelo on Oct. 1.
STARKVILLE -- Coming off a pair of successful meets, the Starkville High's cross country team is preparing for its two biggest meets of the season. Starkville will host its first track meet at the Mississippi State horse park Oct. 23 before running at the Class 6A state meet at Choctaw Trails on Nov. 6.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's swim teams have consistently placed in the top three through six events this season. Coach Angela Hobart hopes the team's return Saturday to Courthouse Pool in Flowood for the North State championship produces the same results.
If Sulligent High School Athletic Director Craig Weeks had a choice, he'd much rather have his Blue Devils battle Cherokee on paper. In the Alabama High School Activities Association Class 2A, Region 8 standings, Sulligent (5-2 overall) is first at 4-1. Cherokee (1-6, 0-5 region) is on the bottom.
D.J. Sanders and Jessica Moore each had three hits in game one, and Lauren Holifield had four hits in game two to lead New Hope to 12-2 and 11-4 victories against Pearl in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North Half title series.
Starkville Academy's Robert Gardner and Immanuel Christian's Ray Campbell will be the coaches for the North team at 4:30 p.m. today in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools All-Star game at Jackson Academy.
D.J. Sanders has been playing softball for so long it she seems like she is a seasoned veteran. If you didn't know better, you wouldn't believe Sanders is only a freshman on the New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team.
CRAWFORD -- Chris Hunter is seeing a clearer picture of what will work on the football field. Even though he has only a year of experience playing quarterback at the varsity level, Hunter showed Friday he is learning how to play the position and that he is maturing as a leader.
1. Sykes' faith leads him to coach at Starkville Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Mangum wins SEC batting title COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Former Bulldog Freitas qualifies for Olympics LOCAL SPORTS