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New Hope boys shock Oxford for region title

Posted 2/18/2017 in High School Sports

New Hope and Oxford sent its entertaining basketball rivalry out on a high note Friday night.

Tupelo squads sweep Columbus for pair of region titles

Posted 2/18/2017 in High School Sports

If he had his druthers, Jeff Norwood probably wouldn't have the Tupelo High School boys basketball team shoot a lot of 3-pointers.

Area basketball teams begin postseason play Monday

Posted 2/18/2017 in High School Sports

The Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) basketball playoffs begin Monday night.

Tupelo-Columbus matchup will be twice as nice Friday

Posted 2/16/2017 in High School Sports

Columbus High School boys basketball coach Gary Griffin had a plan. He just had to wait to use it. That opportunity will come at 8:30 p.m. Friday when Columbus (16-11) plays host Tupelo (24-4) for the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 2 championship. Tupelo (23-5) will take on Columbus (21-4) at 7 p.m. for the girls title.

 

Second half defense lifts Columbus boys into region tournament championship

Posted 2/14/2017 in High School Sports

Columbus boys basketball coach Gary Griffin and junior player Robert Woodard II came to the same conclusion at halftime of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 2 tournament Tuesday night.

 

 

Columbus girls race past Hernando to reach region tournament championship

Posted 2/14/2017 in High School Sports

Columbus High School had a 45-second stretch where it stole the basketball seven times against Hernando at the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 2 tournament Tuesday night.

 

 

New Hope basketball squads clinch playoff berths with region tournament wins

Posted 2/14/2017 in High School Sports

As they say, the third time is a charm.

 

 

West Point girls win, boys fall at Class 5A, Region 2 tournament

Posted 2/14/2017 in High School Sports

West Point girls basketball coach Dashmond Daniel does not hesitate to call Jamia Hollings, "the heartbeat," of his team. So, when he rested her with a high ankle sprain for three weeks, even when she could have played earlier than that, he did it for a reason.

 

 

New Hope's Wilson signs with MUW for soccer

Posted 2/14/2017 in High School Sports

Relentless. Selfless. Those are qualities coaches covet in any sport. But finding players who have those traits is a dream come true for a soccer coach who needs someone to work hard on the outside to keep opponents in check.

 

CCA boys looking for six more wins for another title

Posted 2/14/2017 in High School Sports

STEENS -- Six more wins. The Columbus Christian Academy boys basketball team took care of the first two steps on its journey back to Clinton last week. Wins against Winona Christian School and Oak Hill Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AA, District 2 tournament in Steens have put CCA in position to take the next step in its journey as a No. 1 seed. That journey will begin at 5:15 p.m. today when CCA (22-8) takes on Marshall Academy at Delta Academy at the Class AA North State tournament.

 

Balanced attack has fueled Starkville Academy boys

Posted 2/14/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Continuity has been a big piece of the puzzle this season for the Starkville Academy boys basketball team. After biding their time for injuries to heal in the first few months, the Volunteers have come together in January and February to play some of their best basketball. Versatility and depth have been keys for a team that can rely on a number of players to carry the load on any given night.

 

 

New Hope, West Point primed to start district play

Posted 2/14/2017 in High School Sports

As the close losses mounted in January, New Hope High School boys basketball coach Drew McBrayer never lost confidence in his team. One of the preseason favorites to compete for a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A championship, the Trojans had to fight through a series of tough losses in a difficult schedule. McBrayer feels like his team learned from those opportunities and can put that knowledge to use tonight when New Hope plays host to the Class 5A, Region 2 tournament.

 

Prep basketball teams gearing up for playoffs

Posted 2/13/2017 in High School Sports

Columbus High School boys basketball coach Gary Griffin is ready for the payoff. While playing a difficult non-region schedule, Griffin stressed the challenges were designed to help his young squad be at its best when postseason play arrived.

New Hope High's Bell signs with Northeast Mississippi C.C.

Posted 2/10/2017 in High School Sports

JaQuante Bell is excited about the next step. It doesn't bother the New Hope High School senior that he likely is going to have to change a few things, but that is part of the excitement because Bell is confident he can be even more of an all-around player. Bell will get a chance to prove that next season when he suits up for the Northeast Mississippi Community College men's basketball team. Bell made his decision official Thursday in a signing ceremony in the school's library.

CCA boys take first step on title journey

Posted 2/10/2017 in High School Sports

STEENS -- RJ Deloach doesn't consider himself a true scorer. That doesn't mean Deloach can't morph into one when the opportunity presents itself. "Defense is my strong suit," Deloach said. "When I get the ball, I'm pass first, but if I see a lane, I'm going to attack it." Deloach did plenty of attacking from the start Thursday night, scoring 14 points in the first quarter in the Columbus Christian Academy boys basketball team's 64-19 rout of Winona Christian Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AA, District 2 tournament.

Pickens Academy girls basketball team wins Class AA State title

Posted 2/7/2017 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- The Pickens Academy girls basketball team has impeccable timing. The only thing Wade Goodman could have wished for was a few more made free throws to make the final minutes of the 2016-17 season a little easier to handle. But Pickens Academy used a 16-point, 12-rebound effort from junior Olivia Lewis to beat South Choctaw Academy 39-36 on Saturday in the championship game of the Alabama Independent School Association Class AA State tournament in Montgomery, Alabama.

Heritage Academy's Jones signs with MUW for baseball

Posted 2/3/2017 in High School Sports

Things couldn't have worked out any better for Brandon Jones.

Heritage Academy soccer beats Starkville Academy in double overtime

Posted 2/2/2017 in High School Sports

Whenever Heritage Academy and Starkville Academy meet in just about any sport, it is expected that the game will go right down to the wire.

 

Starkville Academy's Cox to join EMCC football team

Posted 2/2/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- There are not many kickers like Sam Cox.

 

Hill, Sykes lead class of seven Columbus High signees

Posted 2/2/2017 in High School Sports

The growth in the Columbus High School football team continues. Buoyed by the signing of Kylin Hill (Mississippi State) and Tahj Sykes (Southern Mississippi) to Division I scholarship offers, coach Randal Montgomery's Falcons sent seven players to college as part of a National Signing Day ceremony in the school's library Wednesday morning.

 

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