Randal Montgomery's emotions were intense when he was informed he wouldn't return as Columbus High School football coach. Montgomery had invested four years in tanking the Falcons from Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A lightweight to playoff contender.
The Golden Triangle will have strong representation at the annual Mississippi/Alabama and North/South All-Star basketball games in March.
WEST POINT -- Reiley Tate doesn't remember exactly when the work started.
STARKVILLE -- Trey Tyler's confidence is growing every game. It helps that the Starkville Academy sophomore forward no longer needs to wear a brace on his left knee to help protect against a pinched meniscus he suffered in the final week of the football team's season.
When the Columbus High School boys basketball team elected to buy in on the defensive end Friday night, South Panola didn't have an answer.
The Columbus High School boys basketball team is nearly done with all of its traveling. Anthony Carlyle hopes the Falcons will see the fruits of all of those hours away from home tonight prior to the team's final big trip of the season.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As much as he doesn't like it, Joe Moorhead has actually done this before.
STARKVILLE -- Real is better.
STARKVILLE -- If there is such a thing as an "it factor," Noah Methvin and Dontae Gray possess it.
STARKVILLE -- Responsibility comes with age.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School senior guard Blake Rogers is playing with a higher level of confidence.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School teammates Kirsten Thompson and Jalisa Outlaw had different viewpoints on their team's win Wednesday afternoon.
In the preseason, West Point High School senior Jason Brownlee talked about his team embracing the chance to be elite. Winning a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A State championship in 2016 helped the program win its first title since 2010. However, a deep and talented senior class wanted to become elite.
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STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School boys basketball coach Greg Carter consistently fields one of the best teams in the state of Mississippi.
A "complete buy-in" from the coaches, community, and region made the first part of the 2017-18 school year a rousing success for Jason Trufant.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter was searching for answers. Five games into the 2017 season, Shorter didn't know if the Noxubee County High School football team was going to realize its potential. Through the first five games, Noxubee County allowed 152 points, which was the most points it surrendered in that span since it gave up 174 in 1995. In the last 14 years, the Tigers have allowed more than 96 points in their first five games only twice (133, 2016).
STARKVILLE -- Zach Edwards had seen enough after the spring game. The game was his first action as a full-time linebacker under new Starkville High School football coach Chris Jones and defensive coordinator Kevie Thompson. Both coaches saw Edwards' future as a linebacker, as do many college coaches, so they thought it best to go ahead and get him there.
WEST POINT -- West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless has several pre-game speeches ready to for the 2018 season. He also has some halftime and practice speeches saved.
WEST POINT -- The phone rings less often these days for West Point High School senior Marcus Murphy. Murphy signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Mississippi State on Wednesday. The signing came hours after he finished his high school course work so that he could graduate this month and enroll at MSU early.
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2. MSU men stun Texas A&M in College Station COLLEGE SPORTS
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4. Heritage Academy's Gray signs with United States Military Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Heritage Academy begins state tournament play tonight HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS