CALEDONIA -- It's OK. Go ahead.
If members of the Caledonia High School volleyball team can say they're short and their overall height leaves a little be desired, what's stopping you from joining in and calling the Lady Confederates short, too?
Variety is Kenny Collier's specialty.
Believe the hype.
Anthony Carlyle is accustomed to the noise that accompanies events like Purple Madness, the season-opening spectacle for the Columbus High School basketball teams.
The Mississippi State women's basketball team will make history today before it plays a minute in the 2017-18 season.
That news shouldn't be surprising given MSU advanced to the national title game last season in its first appearance in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament.
Kyree Fields hoped Friday was the night.
After limping off the field after making a catch against Caledonia on Sept. 22, Fields did everything he could in the next two weeks to rehabilitate his sprained left ankle. Still, he wasn't sure if he would be at 100 percent last week against Leake Central.
Noah Methvin walked toward the Heritage Academy sideline and shook his head.
The Starkville Academy quarterback could have screamed in frustration. Methvin could have put his head down. Instead, the senior told himself he needed to do better after short-hopping a throw to Brady Richardson on second down, regrouped, and headed back to the huddle.
STARKVILLE -- Nicknames are a part of nearly every team.
Whether it's the players of the coaches that come up with them, the playful names often stick and become another part of someone's given name.
If Dontae Gray isn't careful, he is going to come up with a new statistic to chart on Friday nights.
In addition to quarterback hurries, pass breakups, and third-down conversions, high school football coaches routinely keep track of pancake blocks. The eye-catching maneuvers usually are reserved for offensive linemen, who often receive limited glory for their work in the trenches.
WEST POINT -- Re-focusing is something the West Point High School football team is used to doing.
This week, West Point and Oak Hill Academy will need to raise their intensity levels to meet similar challenges.
This one has been circled on the calendar since February.
The Starkville Academy and Heritage Academy football teams have recognized the importance of Friday, Oct. 13, for a long time. But neither squad has allowed the potential ramifications of that date to distract it from its business, which is why both teams enter their Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 game at 7 p.m. Friday at C.L. Mitchell Field with a chance to win a district title.
Nate Parker admits he wasn't used to getting as hit as much as he did in the Columbus Christian Academy football team's first five games.
Eric Thornton doesn't anticipate his Columbus High School slow-pitch softball team to be fazed by the prospects of facing five-time state champion Neshoba Central at 5 p.m. today in the second round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class III State tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Sybil Roberson is used to attracting attention.
Roberson's speed and technical ability usually mean she sees multiple defenders trying to mark her or slow her down when she is attacking the goal.
The Starkville Academy girls soccer team learned Monday defending Roberson is quite a challenge.
MACON -- Kyziah Pruitt didn't mind the extra duty Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- Chase Nicholson senses something is hanging over the Starkville Academy football team.
As much as he tries to ignore it, Nicholson admits it is too big to dismiss. But Starkville Academy's game against archrival Heritage Academy on Friday, Oct. 13, won't have the same significance if his team doesn't take care of its business at 7 tonight when it goes on the road to take on Canton Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 game.
WEST POINT -- Chris Chambless has been a part of his fair share of blowouts through the years.
A year ago, the West Point High School football team won 10 games by three touchdowns or more en route to a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A State title.
WEST POINT -- Shared enthusiasm and spirit has the Oak Hill Academy in position to create special memories.
MACON -- Eight will be the magic number for Tyrone Shorter on Friday night.
The Noxubee County High School football coach will be able to live with 10, as long as the penalties committed by his team aren't one of lack of concentration or focus.
The conversation -- if you want to call it that -- didn't last long.
Heritage Academy football coach Sean Harrison remembers his "talk" with his junior going something like this: "Lex, I need you to do more to help the team this season." Harrison's recalls Rogers saying "yes sir" and not quibbling about where he was going to play, how many minutes he was going to get, or if the new work would take away from his duties as the team's kicker and punter.
STARKVILLE -- Jazzmun Holmes didn't intend to make a statement Sunday afternoon.
Surrounded by a sea of maroon, white, and black sneakers, the Mississippi State junior stood out in her pair of pink kicks. Holmes and former MSU standout Ketara Chapel, who was wearing a black practice jersey with "The Guys" on it, was the only other player on the court decked out in the sneakers that were a touch hotter than the regular shade of pink.
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