Bruce Allsup has seen success from one season bleed into another.
The Starkville Academy boys basketball coach watched with great interest in the fall as the school's football team overcame a loss to Indianola Academy in the third week of the season and marched to the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA State title game. The Volunteers completed the journey with a 21-14 victory in overtime at Jackson Academy to win the program's seventh state championship.
The holiday season typically is a busy time of the year for Sammy Smith.
For many years, Smith spent the first few weeks of December putting the finishing touches on Columbus High School's Joe Horne Christmas Classic to make sure the annual basketball tournament remained one of the state's premier attractions.
Rusty Greene worked as athletic director for six years for the Columbus Municipal School District.
A 1981 graduate of Stephen D. Lee High, Greene has lived in Columbus his whole life. He grew up in East Columbus, so he was part of Caldwell High before his family moved to north Columbus and he switched to Lee High. He admits no one wants Columbus High to succeed more than he does.
Ashley Nance knows all about Jordan Danberry's exploits on the basketball court.
Nance, the girls basketball coach at Conway (Ark.) High School, had a front-row seat to watch Danberry win back-to-back Gatorade Player of the Year honors in the state of Arkansas. She also saw Danberry play a pivotal role in leading Conway High to two state championship game appearances.
The 2017 season was a banner year for Hunter Logan.
In addition to winning the individual championship at the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A Championship and leading the Caledonia High School boys golf team to its second-consecutive state title, Logan won the 16- to 18-year-old division (Division A) of the Mississippi Boys and Girls Junior Amateur in July at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point.
On Friday, Logan topped of his season when he was named the Mississippi Junior Golf Association's boys overall and Division A Player of the Year. It is Logan's first honor.
STARKVILLE -- Teams don't often get to add elite talents to their rosters.
In April 2015, Roshunda Johnson, a four-star recruit out of Little Rock, Arkansas, opted to transfer from Oklahoma State to Mississippi State.
It's easy to conjure images of Charles Barkley when you see Eli Acker leading a fast break.
At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, Acker probably has a half an inch at least on the former Auburn great and NBA All-Star. Acker also is significantly lighter than Barkley was in his hey day when he was affectionately known as the "Round Mound of Rebound."
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer isn't worrying about the numbers.
If you have been around the Mississippi State women's basketball coach long enough, though, you know he loves statistics. He has a habit of highlighting numbers of interest on his team's statistical breakdowns. Schaefer also has a habit of circling and squaring good and bad stats after every game before he talks to members of the media.
It's all about a mind-set for Tyler Stevenson.
At 6-foot-7 1/2, 180 pounds, the New Hope High School swingman has the athleticism, length, and quickness to be one of the top players in the state of Mississippi.
Columbus High School boys basketball coach Anthony Carlyle hasn't shied away from competition this season.
A busy pre-Christmas schedule has seen Columbus play a game at Quitman High School, face nationally ranked Memphis East at the MLK Classic in Hamilton, Tennessee, take on Hazel Green (Ala.) and Madison Prep (La.) at the fifth-annual Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic in Corinth, and play Curie (Ill.) in the Marshall County Hoopfest in Benton, Kentucky.
"We score, we win."
L.C. Clemmons' message to his Noxubee County High School football teammates was simple. With the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A State title game tied at 35 with 6 minutes, 15 seconds remaining, the Tigers had destiny in their hands.
STARKVILLE -- The No. 6 Mississippi State women's basketball team is showing its age.
With four seniors and a junior in the backcourt, MSU coach Vic Schaefer might have the deepest group of guards in the nation.
Through eight games, MSU's guards are putting their experience to work in a variety of ways. On Sunday, Victoria Vivians poured in a season-high 30 points to help No. 6 MSU outlast Oklahoma State 79-76 before a crowd of 5,138 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge at Humphrey Coliseum.
OXFORD -- Marcus Murphy, Chris Calvert, and the West Point High School football team capped a history-making season in fitting fashion Saturday night.
OXFORD -- Xavier Fair has played a lot of "spy" since his junior season.
OXFORD -- Rashad Eades has a future as a counselor.
OXFORD -- Keymarcus Jackson couldn't wait for the ball to come down.
STARKVILLE -- Shooters love to shoot.
Roger Short is more than an official.
DJ Sanders never imagined she would leave the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
WEST POINT -- Casey Welch doesn't have a taste for Mexican food.
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