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Starkville girls fall short to Murrah

Posted 3/10/2016 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- Starkville High School senior Tanita Thompson made it through the handshake line and spoke to a couple of family members. Thompson then returned to the locker room area of the Mississippi Coliseum and couldn't holder her emotions in check any longer.

 

 

Brock, New Hope defeat Starkville

Posted 3/9/2016 in High School Sports

New Hope High School pitcher Noah Brock's breaking ball started to lose its bite in the sixth inning Tuesday night. He was beginning to miss his spots, and he'd just plunked a Starkville High batter. An error helped Starkville put two runners on for a chance at its first run.

 

 

Starkville High's Williams leads team to state semifinals

Posted 3/8/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School girls basketball coach Kristie Williams received some encouraging words from a captain Monday afternoon. "Eryka (Williams) told me she only had two games left as a Lady Jacket," Kristie Williams said. "She said she wanted to make sure she played her very best in those two games." If recent play is a foreshadowing, Eryka Williams should be able to deliver on that promise.

 

 

West Lowndes uses size advantage to reach 1A title game

Posted 3/8/2016 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- Danny Crawford's game plan was simple: score in the lane. The West Lowndes High School boys basketball coach knew his Panthers were going to have a decided height advantage against Houlka High, which had four players six foot or taller. The Panthers have 11 players six foot or taller. West Lowndes capitalized on the height advantage and scored 52 points in the paint on its way to a 70-55 victory in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class A State Championship semifinal Monday night at Mississippi Coliseum.

 

 

Area teams resume state tournament play

Posted 3/6/2016 in High School Sports

State basketball championships will again be handed out this weekend and it appears some area teams have their sights sets on grabbing some gold.

 

 

Starkville boys move within two wins of repeat title

Posted 3/5/2016 in High School Sports

JACKSON - Biloxi tried to keep Tyson Carter in a box. The Indians should have had a bigger box for Keith Harris.

 

 

Columbus girls bow out in Jackson

Posted 3/5/2016 in High School Sports

JACKSON - The Columbus Lady Falcons' sluggish start and gravity of the situation was too much to overcome despite a furious fourth-quarter rally.

 

 

Columbus boys roll in state tournament opener

Posted 3/5/2016 in High School Sports

JACKSON - Columbus was not joking around with George County in Saturday's Class 6A quarterfinals match.

 

 

Starkville girls win quarterfinal bout in Jackson

Posted 3/5/2016 in High School Sports

JACKSON - Eryka Williams found a hot spot in the corner of the court. Any time she gained possession of the ball in that spot, she orchestrated a positive action for the Starkville High girls basketball team.

 

 

Surprising state tournament run ends for West Lowndes girls

Posted 3/3/2016 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- Taylor Durham walked out of the Biggersville High School girls basketball team's locker room tugging at her white, long-sleeve undershirt.

 

 

West Lowndes boys win quarterfinal bout at Big House

Posted 3/3/2016 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- An extra flick of the wrist from TyShun Spencer is all it took to push the West Lowndes High School boys basketball team one step closer to a championship.

 

 

Columbus Christian's Meek earns soccer opportunity at Northwest C.C.

Posted 3/2/2016 in High School Sports

STEENS -- Commitment is important to Aaron Meek.

 

 

West Lowndes girls, boys set to take next steps on title road

Posted 3/2/2016 in High School Sports

Danny Crawford doesn't believe in setting the bar low. He also doesn't care if one of his teams is a year ahead of schedule. Crawford and the West Lowndes High School girls and boys basketball teams are going to Jackson to win the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A State championships.

 

 

Neely, Smith help lead WLHS basketball teams to Jackson

Posted 3/1/2016 in High School Sports

Transition is an essential part of basketball. The teams that get out and run and use their pressure defense to create easy scoring opportunities often have the most success. Danny Crawford is used to coaching that style of play. The veteran coach had success with the girls and boys basketball teams at West Oktibbeha County High School before that school and East Oktibbeha County High were closed at the end of the 2014-15 school year.

 

 

Starkville girls earn revenge on way back to Jackson

Posted 2/27/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School girls' basketball coach Kristie Williams rarely felt better after a loss.

 

 

Columbus boys, girls earn trips to Jackson

Posted 2/27/2016 in High School Sports

A 20-point game for you, a 20-point game for you ... everybody gets a 20-point game.

 

 

Starkville boys earn return trip to Jackson

Posted 2/27/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE--On Saturday night, the Starkville High boys basketball team showed resilience by overcoming a 16-point deficit to defeat DeSoto Central 78-65 in the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A playoffs.

 

 

Starkville bowling celebrates championship

Posted 2/27/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jim Philamlee was worried about his girls bowling team entering the season.

 

 

Pickens Academy's Powell, Britt will play football at next level

Posted 2/26/2016 in High School Sports

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- The thought of being a "tackling dummy" or a designated blocker doesn't bother Daniel Powell. When you have grown up working on your parents' farm, you're accustomed to long hours and plenty of chores, so the idea of pushing yourself to be the best in one of the nation's best programs certainly sounded like a dream to Powell. After all, national champion Alabama and coach Nick Saban could have their pick of the litter from anywhere in the United States. It didn't occur to Powell, a standout linebacker and lineman at Pickens Academy, a Class AA school in the Alabama Independent School Association, that he really would get an opportunity to play college football at the highest level.

 

 

Jackson Prep boys eliminate Columbus Christian

Posted 2/25/2016 in High School Sports

CLINTON -- Chris Moore couldn't remember the last time his team shot better than 60 percent from the field. Greg Watkins couldn't recall the last time an opponent shot that high of a percentage against his team for 32 minutes. Unfortunately for Watkins, the Jackson Prep boys basketball team's hot-shooting Wednesday made for a long afternoon at Mississippi College's A.E. Wood Coliseum. Mitch Redding and Graham Eklund had 11 points, and Jake Ray added 10 as part of a 60.5-percent shooting effort in Jackson Prep's 56-32 victory against Columbus Christian Academy at the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Overall State tournament.

 

 

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