STARKVILLE -- A.J. Brown is on the cusp of starting his senior year in football. But the multi-sport standout had business to take care on the diamond before he and his football teammates hit the field Friday night. The Starkville High School wide receiver and center fielder played in the Under Armour All-America baseball game Saturday at Wrigley Field in Chicago. He also will play in the Under Armour All-America football game in January, becoming just the second player to play in both games.
April Reese and Abigail Wise knew they were going to have to step into bigger roles this year on the Starkville High School volleyball team. Coming off the program's best season in history and losing several key performers, including seniors Khris Carr and Vicky Vo, Reese and Wise realize they are going to have to make their presence known at the net if Starkville is going to return to the playoffs and build on its first playoff victories and a trip to the Class III North State title match.
STARKVILLE -- The New Hope High School football team found its offensive rhythm late Friday night in the New Hope Jamboree. New Hope scored two touchdowns in the final 2 minutes, 38 seconds to rally past Amory 14-10 in the opening game of the two-day, seven-game event at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium. Each game included the varsity squads playing a regulation half and junior varsity squads playing a 20-minute half with a running clock.
STARKVILLE -- West Point High School sophomore Marcus Murphy admitted he was a little nervous before making his first start at quarterback Saturday night. The offensive line then did its job, Murphy found the end zone, and the nerves went away. Murphy rushed for two touchdowns and finished with 160 rushing yards as West Point rallied past Kosciusko 21-14 at the New Hope Jamboree at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- New Hope's High School preseason football jamboree has become one of the best in the state of Mississippi. The Trojans played host to the event for the sixth year in a row Friday and Saturday, and for the fifth time it was at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium. New Hope second-year coach Kris Pickle heard good things about the jamboree when he took over the program prior to last season, and this year's 14-team event might have been the best.
MACON -- Seven area teams will help kick off the 2015 prep football season this weekend at the New Hope High School Jamboree at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium. Amory will take on New Hope at 7 tonight to kick off the two-day event. Action will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday with East Webster taking on Hamilton. Aberdeen vs. Forest (11 a.m.), Columbus vs. Louisville (1 p.m.), Holmes Central vs. Noxubee County (3 p.m.), Kosciusko vs. West Point (5 p.m.), and Grenada vs. Starkville (7 p.m.) will round out the scrimmages that will help set stage for the season openers next week.
Kylin Hill spent the summer learning.
Columbus High School second-year football coach Randal Montgomery has seen a transformation in one of his star players.
Kaitlyn Oswalt had just about had it.
WEST POINT -- At 6-foot-7, 295-pounds Scott Lashley poses a very large shadow on the football field.
STARKVILLE -- Kobe Jones took advantage of his opportunities this summer. The Starkville High School senior defensive lineman attended a couple of camps around the Southeast and impressed. His play paid off as he received a scholarship offer from Alabama.
STARKVILLE -- Lorenzo Dantzler is pretty happy with his commitment. The Starkville High School defensive lineman committed to Louisiana Tech earlier this spring. He has seven other offers, including Southern Mississippi and Memphis. He hopes more offers will pour in this fall as he plays his final season for the Yellow Jackets. If that happens, he'll re-evaluate his options.
STARKVILLE -- Coming off the best finish in program history, the Starkville High School volleyball team will have to replace eight seniors. Starkville lost to DeSoto Central in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class III North State championship last season to finish 22-11. Coach Lauren Love relied on the seniors in the playoff run, but this year there will be new players stepping into the roles left by the likes of Khris Carr and Vicky Vo. On Saturday, Love will get a chance to see who might take leadership roles on the team when Starkville plays exhibition matches in Tupelo against host Tupelo and Madison Central.
STARKVILLE -- A.J. Brown is one of the hottest commodities in the state of Mississippi. The Starkville High School senior is the state's fifth-best player in the 2016 recruiting class and the 14th-best wide receiver in the country, according to 247Sports. With all the attention he is receiving from football, Brown doesn't want his second love -- baseball -- to fall to the wayside. He wants to play both sports at the next level.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy first-year softball coach Rob Barron has had to learn his new team quickly. Fortunately for Barron, there aren't many Lady Volunteers to get to know. Starkville Academy is dressing 12 players this season. However, a strong senior class is expected to lead the way. After dropping its home opener to Central Academy on Monday, Starkville Academy returns to action at 4 p.m. today at Kemper Academy.
Consider June 9 to be Tae-kion Reed's introduction to the world of college recruiting.
New Hope High School second-year football coach Kris Pickle doesn't downplay the amount of hard work that goes into his school hosting a preseason football jamboree at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium. However, Pickle admits he doesn't have a big hand in a lot of that hard work.
CALEDONIA -- Spencer Unruh isn't going to rush things. Like many high school student-athletes, Unruh plays multiple sports. If it is football season, football is his favorite sport. The same can be said for basketball and baseball when it comes time to play those sports. But if forced to choose, Unruh said football would be the sport he would play. This season could play a big role in determining how much longer Unruh gets to play football or another sport.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy first-year soccer coach James Hawkins has set his team's primary goal as making the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools playoffs. Hawkins feels like his squad is talented and deep enough to make that goal a reality.
MACON -- Jeffery Simmons is on a mission. As much as you might think Simmons might want to add to an already impressive list of college suitors, the Noxubee County High School senior defensive lineman has another goal that has motivated him throughout the offseason. "I want to help my team get back to state," Simmons said.
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