A day after tweeting, "Gotta make decisions for the future," West Point High School football player Marcus Murphy announced some big news. Murphy, who committed to Mississippi State last summer, announced Tuesday on Twitter he was decommitting from MSU to explore other options. The Class of 2018 athlete recently received a scholarship offer from Michigan -- his second.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School Athletic Director Milton Smith expects the search for his school's next football coach to pick up in the coming days. With school being out the last couple of weeks due to the Christmas holiday, Smith said the search process hasn't advanced much since Ricky Woods resigned in November. Smith said 15-20 people have applied for the position, but he said the interview process hasn't started.
Columbus High School boys' basketball coach Gary Griffin has been encouraging point guard Kaderius Williams to take more shots.
Columbus High School senior Briona Green has had two things on her mind during Christmas holidays -- family and basketball.
With each cut to the basket, RJ DeLoach feels a bit more confident.
Starkville High School junior Jariyah Covington did not have much time. However, it turned out that she had enough.
Talented players make life easier for their coaches.
Having fun sometimes gets lost in the daily marathon that is a high school football season.
STARKVILLE -- Torin Hamilton found himself splitting time between offense and defense last season.
The extra reps on the shooting machine paid off.
In the last two games of Thursday night in the Trojan Holiday Classic, the New Hope Lady Trojans beat the Amory Lady Panthers, 52-49 and the New Hope Trojans lost to the Brandon Bulldogs, 79-62.
It's a play that is noticed once or twice a game. It's a quick-hitter that usually leaves a defense and its coach frustrated. The baseline inbounds play accounted for eight of Starkville High School forward Kelsey Jones' 24 points against Harrison Central on Tuesday, and all four plays were drawn up differently in a 47-31 win at the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at The Hump.
STARKVILLE -- Raleigh Egypt (Tenn.) High School boys basketball coach Maurice Miller wasn't going to coach if his assistant coach couldn't be on the bench with him.
Tupelo High School boys basketball coach Jeff Norwood had that sinking feeling Monday night. The second half of his team's game against Starkville had just started. At halftime, Starkville led 18-14. As the score would indicate, efficient offense hadn't been plentiful.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School boys basketball team has been living on the edge. Starkville squandered a narrow lead and folded down the stretch against Murrah in the Joe Horne Columbus Christmas Classic. The following night, it escaped Tupelo, 51-50, after holding a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter. Tupelo tested Starkville again in the fourth quarter Monday night at the Travis Outlaw Slam Dunk at Humphrey Coliseum, but stingy man-defense and 19 points from Blake Rogers helped the Yellow Jackets notch their second-straight win against the Golden Wave, 47-39.
STARKVILLE -- Myah Taylor doesn't need any encouragement to "push and look." Olive Branch High School girls basketball coach Jason Thompson uses those words to stress the importance of pushing the basketball to keep pressure on the opponents. Those words rang out Monday afternoon in Humphrey Coliseum as Thompson implored Taylor and the rest of the Lady Conquistadors to get the ball as quickly as possible to try to beat Raleigh Egypt (Tenn.) down the court.
STARKVILLE -- Distractions don't faze Jariyah Covington. Whether it is running the point or sniping from the wing, the Starkville High School junior guard has become adept at blocking out the talk and focusing on her job. Greg Carter put Covington's focus to the test Tuesday afternoon.
When Luther Riley took over the Columbus High School boys basketball program, he said the Falcons would be title contenders right away. It turned out to be an accurate prediction. In his first and only season on the bench, Riley earned The Dispatch's All-Area Coach of the Year honors after leading the Falcons to their first Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A State championship in boys basketball.
Coaching football isn't complicated for Chris Chambless. While many coaches lay awake at night coming up with an extra formation or a set of plays that will give their team a competitive advantage, Chambless has kept it simple for the West Point High School football team.
1. New Hope boys shock Oxford for region title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. MSU baseball gives Cannizaro first career victory COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Tupelo squads sweep Columbus for pair of region titles HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. No. 3 MSU women face huge test at Texas A&M COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Area basketball teams begin postseason play Monday HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS