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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For Starkville High School, it happened so quickly.
OXFORD -- Marcus Murphy, Chris Calvert, and the West Point High School football team capped a history-making season in fitting fashion Saturday night.
OXFORD -- Rashad Eades has a future as a counselor.
OXFORD -- Keymarcus Jackson couldn't wait for the ball to come down.
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.
Roger Short is more than an official.
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.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's football practices are usually textbook examples of light-hearted yet structured productivity.
WEST POINT -- Casey Welch doesn't have a taste for Mexican food.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter is ready.
1. Maturation continues for Columbus High's White HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. MSU men will try to end losing skid COLLEGE SPORTS
3. MSU's willingness to share ball key to undefeated start COLLEGE SPORTS
4. MSU beats Vanderbilt to snap losing streak COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Davis, Aggies beat Rebels thanks to good bounce COLLEGE SPORTS