Successful strikers leave a good impression. Shelby Browning might not have been playing forward when her Under-12 soccer team out of Greenwood faced off against Chuck Yarborough and his Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Silver team several years ago at a tournament in Tupelo.
CLINTON -- This one is for Bryan.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football player Tyler Rogers was asked to sum up his night Friday night.
MACON -- Most teams that face Noxubee County defensive end Jeffrey Simmons usually make him a point of emphasis on every play.
ABERDEEN - Although there are no statistics to back it up, most high school coaches believe it is difficult to beat a team twice in the same season.
WEST POINT -- There's something to be said for having the best player on the field.
PEARL -- Defensive backs never like to trail a play.
WEST POINT -- For three quarters, the Starkville High School boys basketball team tried with little success to put West Point away. In the fourth quarter, Starkville coach Greg Carter wanted his team to create separation to earn a road win. Senior Josh Skinner heeded Carter's wishes.
WEST POINT -- The opportunity members of the West Point High School football team have coveted most of this season has arrived. When West Point lost to Oxford 43-22 on Sept. 26, it started a two-month countdown as West Point players like senior Kadarius Forside began marking off the days until a possible rematch against the Chargers.
STARKVILLE -- Walker Mattox has always set big goals. The ability to set them and always to achieve more opened the door Thursday afternoon for the Starkville High School senior to sign a cross country scholarship with the University of North Alabama.
JACKSON -- The Oak Forest Academy (La.) football team's dream season started on opening night. "We beat a team we lost to opening night the year before," Oak Forest senior linebacker Collin Kent said. "For the seniors, we knew that meant the season was going to be different. We had worked so hard during the offseason. We saw that hard work pay off and everybody was excited."
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell was happy to see the return of the Yellow Jackets defense last week. Thanks to a smash-mouth defense that left other teams helpless in its path, Starkville became the state's top-ranked team earlier this season. In the final two weeks of the regular season, though, Starkville had to overcome defensive deficiencies to beat Warren Central and Clinton to win the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A, Region 2 crown.
Kris Pickle needed something to help his team re-focus after a loss to Saltillo in the regular-season finale.
MACON -- You'll have to excuse the Noxubee County High School football team for having Lafayette on the brain last week.
WEST POINT -- With 16 football players working to transition to another season, the Oak Hill Academy boys basketball team has been looking for an offensive flow. The flow came in the nick of time Tuesday night.
JACKSON -- Starkville Academy's appearance in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II state championship game has been three years in the making.
STARKVILLE -- Hustle, attitude, work, and grit. Those four qualities very easily could apply to the Starkville High School football team this season.
GLUCKSTADT -- Facing a fourth down-and-long late in Friday night's Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoff opener at Germantown, West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless had a decision to make. With his Green Wave leading by seven points with nine minutes remaining, Chambless could punt from Germantown's 31-yard line and pin the Mavericks deep in their territory or he could go for it in an attempt to score the game-clinching touchdown. In making his decision, Chambless turned his team's chances over to senior quarterback Dason Thomas and wide receiver Steffon Moore.
The Callaway High offensive line has two Southeastern Conference prospects and one of the largest offensive fronts in Class 5A. But after two quarters in its opening-round Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoff game at New Hope, the Chargers had 38 yards of offense against the Trojans' mish mash of small, quick defensive linemen and beefier space-eaters.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team was expected to beat Lamar School on Friday night in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II semifinals. The Volunteers defeated the Raiders by 21 points in the season opener in August. Since then, Starkville Academy has lost only one game and has posted four shutouts en route to its best season in nearly a decade.
1. MSU won't let Collins' departure affect preparations COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Columbus boys show potential in win against Marion (Ark.) HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Holman trying to impress 'habits' on new group HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Johnson takes over to lead New Hope boys HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Starkville boys rebound after tough loss in OT HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS