FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Nick Fitzgerald has established himself as nothing short of one of the Southeastern Conference's top quarterbacks, if not the best, in his two seasons at the starter at Mississippi State.
When the shots were not falling Tuesday night, the Starkville High girls' basketball team went in another direction.
Every team needs a rival.
The East Mississippi Community College football team was coronated Monday afternoon when it earned the top spot in the final National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll of the regular season.
On a day of big plays, East Mississippi Community College sophomore wide receiver Daniel Crowell Jr. made the one that meant a championship.
STARKVILLE -- Chloe Bibby has never lacked for confidence on a basketball court.
That confidence came in handy when she decided to leave Australia to play basketball in the United States.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State fans finally got to see the brother tandem of Nick Weatherspoon and Quinndary Weatherspoon together on a basketball court.
Tyrell Price wasn't concerned about the recent lack of focus on a running game at East Mississippi Community College.
The former Lafayette County High School standout knew the program had a rich tradition of strong running backs. He also had confidence in his ability if given a chance to shine.
Each season, a lot of critical football news is lost during the offseason shuffle.
Columbus High School football coach Randal Montgomery had talked with unbridled enthusiasm about the 2018 season.
Columbus High School defensive end Josh Gray always knew where he stood with coach Randal Montgomery.
The phone call came as a shock. The disappointment in the caller's voice was palpable.
Randal Montgomery had placed the call to pass on the news he no longer was the head football coach at Columbus High School. He said he was out after four seasons because officials with the school district told him "they wanted to go in another direction."
It remains to be seen what direction that is and who will try to steer the program in that direction.
A strange thing happened on the way to this weekend's Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state championship game: the East Mississippi Community College football team became the nation's top-ranked team.
At 2 p.m. Saturday at Bobby Franklin Field in Senatobia, No. 1 EMCC (9-1) will face No. 4 Northwest Mississippi C.C. (8-1) in a rematch of last season's state championship game.
HERNANDO -- The Columbus High School football team had a chance.
With 19 seconds left and facing a fourth down, Columbus ran a successful play from earlier in the season. Quarterback Laterius Stowers faked a handoff, rolled to the right and overthrew an open receiver in the end zone.
East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens has said a championship team in a pass-happy league still has to have a quality running back.
Sophomore running back Tyrell Price is trying to prove his coach correct.
There was a little fear and anticipation.
When East Mississippi Community College football players start filling Twitter with senior college scholarship offers, one knows the end of the season is near.
BATESVILLE -- The Columbus High School football team continues to grind and to show a pulse against a difficult schedule.
Continued offensive improvement and some big plays on defense were the highlights of a 41-7 loss to South Panola on Friday night in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 1 game.
RAYMOND -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore wide receiver Kirk Merritt took extra notes this week during film study.
CALEDONIA -- Senior lineman Logan Canerdy had a sack on the Caledonia High School football team's final defensive possession of the season.
Undeterred, Itawamba Agricultural High kept driving. It moved the football until a strip and fumble recovery by sophomore linebacker Kelvin Robinson.
If it felt like a passing of the torch, that would make sense.
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