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Smith working to improve CMSD facilities

Posted 12/9/2017 in High School Sports

The holiday season typically is a busy time of the year for Sammy Smith. For many years, Smith spent the first few weeks of December putting the finishing touches on Columbus High School's Joe Horne Christmas Classic to make sure the annual basketball tournament remained one of the state's premier attractions.

 

 

Personnel changes affect stability of CMSD athletics

Posted 12/9/2017 in High School Sports

Rusty Greene worked as athletic director for six years for the Columbus Municipal School District. A 1981 graduate of Stephen D. Lee High, Greene has lived in Columbus his whole life. He grew up in East Columbus, so he was part of Caldwell High before his family moved to north Columbus and he switched to Lee High. He admits no one wants Columbus High to succeed more than he does.

 

 

Caledonia's Logan wins top award from MJGA

Posted 12/9/2017 in High School Sports

The 2017 season was a banner year for Hunter Logan. In addition to winning the individual championship at the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A Championship and leading the Caledonia High School boys golf team to its second-consecutive state title, Logan won the 16- to 18-year-old division (Division A) of the Mississippi Boys and Girls Junior Amateur in July at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point. On Friday, Logan topped of his season when he was named the Mississippi Junior Golf Association's boys overall and Division A Player of the Year. It is Logan's first honor.

 

 

Acker leads Patriots past Panthers

Posted 12/9/2017 in High School Sports

It's easy to conjure images of Charles Barkley when you see Eli Acker leading a fast break. At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, Acker probably has a half an inch at least on the former Auburn great and NBA All-Star. Acker also is significantly lighter than Barkley was in his hey day when he was affectionately known as the "Round Mound of Rebound."

 

 

Sweet Water beats Pickens County for state title

Posted 12/8/2017 in High School Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jacory Brown rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown Thursday, and the Sweet Water High School football team piled up 283 yards rushing to beat Pickens County 20-6 in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 1A State title game at the University of Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium.

 

 

Trussell introduced as athletic director for SOCSD

Posted 12/7/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Eddie Peasant can consider the favor repaid. Cheyenne Trussell encouraged Peasant to chase his doctorate degree and willed him to finish it. Peasant believes he wouldn't be superintendent of the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District without that push. This week, Peasant repaid the favor by granting Trussell an opportunity.

 

 

Stevenson takes new mind-set for New Hope

Posted 12/6/2017 in High School Sports

It's all about a mind-set for Tyler Stevenson. At 6-foot-7 1/2, 180 pounds, the New Hope High School swingman has the athleticism, length, and quickness to be one of the top players in the state of Mississippi.

 

 

Carlyle, Falcons preparing for Yellow Jackets, annual tournament

Posted 12/6/2017 in High School Sports

Columbus High School boys basketball coach Anthony Carlyle hasn't shied away from competition this season. A busy pre-Christmas schedule has seen Columbus play a game at Quitman High School, face nationally ranked Memphis East at the MLK Classic in Hamilton, Tennessee, take on Hazel Green (Ala.) and Madison Prep (La.) at the fifth-annual Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic in Corinth, and play Curie (Ill.) in the Marshall County Hoopfest in Benton, Kentucky.

 

New Hope's Crosson signs with Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.

Posted 12/5/2017 in High School Sports

Jake Crosson wanted to find the right place to continue to grow his golf game. Already one of the top high-school age players in the state of Mississippi, Crosson immediately liked Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston when he visited the campus in September.

Starkville falls in heart-breaking fashion to Pearl for Class 6A title

Posted 12/3/2017 in High School Sports

OXFORD --It was fitting that, on a fourth-and-1 in what could have been the game-winning drive, Starkville High School handed it off to Dreke Clark. To that point, he had taken Starkville 172 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries, so giving him carry No. 29 to keep the game alive made sense.

Walters column: Starkville poised for big 2018

Posted 12/3/2017 in High School Sports

For Starkville High School, it happened so quickly.

Murphy scores four touchdowns as West Point repeats

Posted 12/2/2017 in High School Sports

OXFORD -- Marcus Murphy, Chris Calvert, and the West Point High School football team capped a history-making season in fitting fashion Saturday night.

Monster day from Clark leads Noxubee County to Class 4A state championship

Posted 12/2/2017 in High School Sports

OXFORD -- Rashad Eades has a future as a counselor.

Late stop seals victory for Noxubee County defense

Posted 12/2/2017 in High School Sports

OXFORD -- Keymarcus Jackson couldn't wait for the ball to come down.

 

MSU men welcome Peters back for Dayton

Posted 12/2/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's 6-0 start to its men's basketball season has been missing a few things. It's missed a date with a team hailing from a conference with more than one team in last season's NCAA Tournament; it lacks a team ranked in the top 120 nationally according to Ken Pomeroy's advanced college basketball metrics.

 

 

Short earns top honor for football officials

Posted 12/2/2017 in High School Sports

Roger Short is more than an official.

 

 

Notebook: Bulldogs get savings on Moorhead's contract

Posted 11/30/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Among Southeastern Conference head football coaches, a salary of $2.6 million would've ranked next to last in the 2017, beating only Missouri's Barry Odom (while excluding that of the conference's lone interim, Matt Luke). It would've ranked less than far less successful programs including Illinois, Purdue and Virginia.

 

 

Players feel championship vibe at Starkville practice

Posted 11/30/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's football practices are usually textbook examples of light-hearted yet structured productivity.

 

 

Welch, Morgan team up to lead West Point offense

Posted 11/30/2017 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Casey Welch doesn't have a taste for Mexican food.

 

 

Shorter puts Tigers on brink of Class 4A state championship

Posted 11/30/2017 in High School Sports

MACON -- Tyrone Shorter is ready.

 

 

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