MACON -- This is Kymbotric Mason's season to shine.
It's difficult to stop anybody when they're rolling.
MACON -- It's easy to get overshadowed when you're a member of the Noxubee County High School defense. Over the years, the Tigers have developed a reputation for having an attacking defense that sends multiple players to the football to make plays.
WEST POINT - West Point junior Marcus Murphy considers himself a quick study.
STARKVILLE -- Football wasn't Joey Claybrook's only concern when he was looking at colleges. Claybrook wanted to make sure he could have a top-notch academic experience and play football in college, so he was particular in where he looked. Claybrook received interest from Duke, one of the nation's top academic schools. He also heard from Tulane, which is in New Orleans. The Starkville High School senior offensive lineman became more interested in Tulane as he did his research about the school. Conversations with Tulane coach Willie Fritz and members of his coaching staff helped convince Claybrook, so he decided to make a verbal commitment July 20.
STARKVILLE -- A typical day for Maureen Whann starts at 4:30 a.m. Following the usual morning preparations, Whann drives one hour from Starkville to Tupelo to her job as a computer programmer. The second part of Whann's day begins when her 9-5 job is done and she travels back to Starkville and enters the Starkville High School gym for a vigorous three-hour practice.
CALEDONIA -- Spencer Unruh's plan for the summer was to stay busy. While others might have kicked back and relaxed, the Caledonia High School standout wanted to use his "vacation" to put himself in front of as many college coaches as he could to raise his recruiting profile. Attending a Manning Camp in Thibodaux, Louisiana, and camps at Louisiana Tech, Samford, Alabama-Birmingham, Pearl High (Jim Harbaugh), East Mississippi Community College, Itawamba C.C., and Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. helped Unruh accomplish his goal.
Allison Woolbright isn't going to allow youth to be an impediment for the New Hope High School volleyball team.
Well we finally did it.
WEST POINT - West Point High School junior Chris Calvert flies under the radar.
STARKVILLE - Starkville Academy second-year football coach Chase Nicholson does not want to use the term "inexperienced" in connection with his team.
STEENS -- Chris Webber and Glenn Misiak are excited to see how they stack up against some of the nation's top runner. The opportunity to miss the first day of school at Columbus Christian Academy is just one of the perks they will enjoy when they travel to Texas to compete in the 50th anniversary of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games.
Building processes are nothing new to Liz Fields. After all, Fields and Liz Byrne led the initial construction efforts that helped Heritage Academy create a volleyball program in 2011. Their hard work paid off early in the initial season with a 3-1 victory against Columbus High that gave the program its first brick in the foundation.
Don't let the clothing Tae-kion Reed wears cloud your judgment. It doesn't matter if the New Hope High School football standout wears an Ole Miss shirt, like he did Monday prior to getting his team picture taken, or if he decides to show off a Mississippi State shirt today or an Alabama shirt on Wednesday for the first day of school because he plans to keep people guessing about which school he will commit to.
STARKVILLE -- Willie Gay has been recruited by some of the best programs in the country. During that process, he had a chance to see how those schools treated their student-athletes. The things he saw helped him make a verbal commitment to the Ole Miss football program in June, months before National Signing Day in February.
STARKVILLE -- Ricky Woods hasn't thought about last season's success since Christmas. In his first year as head coach at the school, Woods guided the Starkville High School football team past Petal High for the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A State championship. It was his eighth state title.
CALEDONIA -- Imagine stepping out of your comfort zone and into a current of volleyball players more than 2,300 teams strong. Bailie Cross and Ansley Brown had a chance to do that last month as part of the Level Elite Sports 18s and 14s travel teams that competed at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Volleyball Championship on June 19-22 in Orlando, Florida.
WEST POINT -- The Oak Hill Academy and Hebron Christian baseball teams combined to put seven players on the All-Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) teams, which were released earlier this month.
STARKVILLE -- Nelson Jordan is no stranger to the recruiting process. Although fairly unknown and with very little interest so far, the Starkville High School senior defensive lineman watched A.J. Brown, Kobe Jones, and Lorenzo Dantzler sign with Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi, respectively, in February after long recruiting battles.
When the going was tough at Southern Mississippi Elite Camp, Columbus High School senior defensive end Tahj Sykes needed a push. "I was ready to tap out because my thighs had given out," Sykes said. "My dad (Timothy) told me I couldn't quit then. He told me I had come too far to quit halfway through (the camp). He really pushed me to finish the day. I am glad he did."
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