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Starkville squads sweep Outlaw Tournament openers

Posted 12/29/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- When all else was failing, Starkville High School senior Keith Harris had a plan.

 

 

Top girls matchup set for Outlaw's Slam Dunk at Hump

Posted 12/29/2015 in High School Sports

Starkville High School girls basketball coach Kristie Williams believes in the "one-game-at-a-time" mantra. However, Williams quickly admits the second of her team's two games in the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at the Hump holiday hoops tournament should be a dandy. No. 2 Starkville (11-0) will face No. 1 Olive Branch (14-0) in a potential Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A state tournament matchup. That game will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

 

 

The Dispatch's Top 10 Prep Sports Stories of 2015

Posted 12/28/2015 in High School Sports

The Dispatch's Top 10 Prep Sports Stories of 2015

 

 

Carter guides Starkville boys to state title

Posted 12/28/2015 in High School Sports

Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter knows the difficulty of beating a quality opponent on a consistent basis. During a standout career at Mississippi State, Carter and the Bulldogs played many postseason games where one team tried to continue its dominance over another. As the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A state tournament unfolded last spring, it was apparent Starkville most likely would have to defeat region rival Madison Central to capture the state championship.

 

 

MSU hits practice field in Charlotte

Posted 12/26/2015 in High School Sports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It had been a week since Dan Mullen had seen his team.

 

 

Walters column: Several teams shooting for basketball championships

Posted 12/26/2015 in High School Sports

With Christmas decorations now half-price and everybody lining up New Year's plans, it's time to take a break and answer some of the more pressing questions from the area prep scene.

 

 

Tigers' Simmons stays focused to have dominating season

Posted 12/23/2015 in High School Sports

MACON -- An ankle injury wasn't going to stop Jeffery Simmons. After all, this was the season the Noxubee County High School senior was supposed to help his team make history and become the school's first football team to win back-to-back state titles.

 

 

A,J. Brown has record-breaking season for Starkville

Posted 12/23/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- A.J. Brown didn't know what his senior year held for him. After a big junior season, the Starkville High School wide receiver knew defenses were going to focus on him as a senior. He felt he could handle the pressure, but he knew his quarterback would look other places with so much attention around him.

 

 

Hill has breakout season for Falcons

Posted 12/23/2015 in High School Sports

The hard work is just beginning for Columbus High School junior running back Kylin Hill. In his first two seasons as coach, Randal Montgomery has built a winning culture for the school's football program. The Falcons have slowly learned how to win. As the wins have mounted, so has the confidence.

 

 

Drake helps push West Point back to top

Posted 12/23/2015 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Even though his high school football career is over, Jeffrey Drake is still working hard for West Point High School. Drake finished his standout career as one of Class 5A's best players. However, the senior wide receiver/defensive back believes it is his responsibility to push returning teammates to be the best they can be next season.

 

 

Gandy, Jones help Starkville girls move to 11-0

Posted 12/23/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Maturity is a key ingredient to the 2015-16 Starkville High School girls basketball team. The importance isn't lost on Starkville coach Kristie Williams and how it applies to two key members of the squad, junior center Kelsey Jones and sophomore guard Tabreea Gandy.

 

 

Montgomery helps Columbus reach new level

Posted 12/22/2015 in High School Sports

Randal Montgomery enjoyed three seasons of success as head football coach at Hazlehurst High School. When hired almost 24 months ago at Columbus High, he brought the same blueprint for success. "Columbus is like any other place in high school football," Montgomery said. "It doesn't really matter what type of quality the football team was in the past. Hazlehurst had been a strong program, but we tore it down and built it back up. You have to break it down and build it back to up to enjoy success and to really make it your own program."

 

 

Players' trust in Shorter puts Tigers back on title track

Posted 12/22/2015 in High School Sports

MACON -- Jeffery Simmons could sense the frustration in Tyrone Shorter's voice and in his body language. Simmons couldn't help see it and feel it because the Noxubee County High School football team's losing was affecting him, too. Losing doesn't come easily in Macon -- let alone a four-game slide that included a loss to rival West Point and an overtime defeat at Class 3A Kemper County -- so Shorter had to do something about it. Instead of trying to tackle the burden of ending the streak himself, Shorter opted to lean on Simmons and other members of his senior class. The message was simple: Find a way to help the Tigers get past the differences that were holding them back and get things back on track.

 

 

Columbus boys win round one against New Hope

Posted 12/21/2015 in High School Sports

Luther Riley is no stranger to good high school basketball rivalries. Riley, who is in his first year as Columbus High School boys basketball coach, spent 12 seasons at Provine High in Jackson. Provine and Lanier High have one of the best basketball rivalries in the state of Mississippi. Players like Monta Ellis (Lanier), who plays for the NBA's Indiana Pacers, and Scottie Haralson (Provine), who played at Connecticut and Tulsa, have played in the rivalry.

 

 

Columbus boys defeat New Hope

Posted 12/19/2015 in High School Sports

In the final game of the Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Classic, top-ranked Columbus knocked off New Hope 65-56 before a standing-room only crowd at the Falcon Lair.

 

 

Small Schools All-Area Team: Football 2015

Posted 12/19/2015 in High School Sports

 

 

Small Schools All-Area Player of Year: Chrestman makes most of chance at Starkville Academy

Posted 12/19/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Colt Chrestman had a heart-to-heart with then-Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill when he in eighth grade.

 

 

Small Schools All-Area Player of Year: Hill leaves legacy at Hebron Christian

Posted 12/19/2015 in High School Sports

PHEBA -- Landon Hill has chameleon-like tendencies.

 

 

Small Schools All-Area Coach of Year: Craven leads by example at Oak Hill Academy

Posted 12/19/2015 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Chris Craven isn't a selfish or a boastful man.

 

 

Small Schools All-Area Coach of Year: Nicholson keeps Starkville Academy winning

Posted 12/19/2015 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Chase Nicholson is a busy man.

 

 

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