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.
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 -- 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.
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.
State basketball championships will again be handed out this weekend and it appears some area teams have their sights sets on grabbing some gold.
JACKSON - Biloxi tried to keep Tyson Carter in a box. The Indians should have had a bigger box for Keith Harris.
JACKSON - The Columbus Lady Falcons' sluggish start and gravity of the situation was too much to overcome despite a furious fourth-quarter rally.
JACKSON - Columbus was not joking around with George County in Saturday's Class 6A quarterfinals match.
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.
JACKSON -- Taylor Durham walked out of the Biggersville High School girls basketball team's locker room tugging at her white, long-sleeve undershirt.
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.
STEENS -- Commitment is important to Aaron Meek.
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.
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 -- Starkville High School girls' basketball coach Kristie Williams rarely felt better after a loss.
A 20-point game for you, a 20-point game for you ... everybody gets a 20-point game.
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 -- Jim Philamlee was worried about his girls bowling team entering the season.
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.
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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2. Amory completes doubleheader sweep to oust Caledonia HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. Starkville baseball drops series opener to Tupelo HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Bulldogs take road baseball series from Crimson Tide COLLEGE SPORTS