West Point High School junior Marcus Murphy was named Class 5A Offensive Player of the Year, and Starkville High senior linebacker Willie Gay was named Class 6A Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday by the Mississippi Association of Coaches. Murphy and Gay are two of 22 local players recognized by the MAC on its Class 1A-6A All-State teams.
WEST POINT -- Continuity is the life blood of most championship programs. While coaches are fond of talking about how great teams have great players, they often don't discuss the importance of having leaders who understand what it take to make a program special. It doesn't matter if you call it a mind-set or an identity. Championship programs need leaders who can establish a foundation, get their players to buy into that concept, and attack it every day with a relentlessness that dares someone -- anyone -- to stop them.
CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Abigail Colvin might be a little hard on herself. But the Pickens Academy senior has a knack for picking out the right memory to illustrate how much she has matured as a softball player since she was a sixth-grader.
STARKVILLE -- Frustrating. That's how West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless described the last six years. The Green Wave won Mississippi High School Activities Association Class (MHSAA) 5A State championships in 2009 and 2010. But with Oxford and Starkville as formidable opponents, it was hard for West Point to get a chance to play for a title, let alone win one.
STARKVILLE --Dominate. The West Point High School football team's defense did just that Saturday, limiting Laurel to 98 yards in a 29-8 victory in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A State championship game at a rain-soaked Davis Wade Stadium on the campus of Mississippi State University.
STARKVILLE -- The Lafayette County High School football team built a big first-half lead and then leaned on its defense to beat Poplarville 27-12 in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A State championship game at Mississippi State's Davis Wade Stadium.
The holidays always bring out feelings of good will.
Tyler Anderson and Logan Sneed will be on opposite sides of the field Friday afternoon.
WEST POINT -- Gunslinger. Playmaker. Leader.
WEST POINT -- Everitt Cunningham has heard it for years.
STARKVILLE -- Dillon Carrell gets one more opportunity to show what he's got.
CLINTON -- West Point coach Chris Chambless had a quick funny message to Laurel coach Todd Breland during the MHSAA football state championship press conference on Monday.
Brothers find a way to get the job done. Chris Chambless likely will admit the West Point High School football team played a first half to forget Friday night in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A North State title game at McCallister Field at Hamblin Stadium. There usually is a false sense of security when you have defeated a team in the regular season. That confidence gets even bigger when the margin is as large as the 39-17 cushion West Point enjoyed in its victory against Region 1 rival Lake Cormorant on Oct. 14.
WEST POINT -- The stance screamed "whew." With hands on hips and arms angled to form 90-degree angles, Casey Welch could finally exhale. The West Point High School co-offensive coordinator already had played prognosticator when he called "touchdown" on Marcus Murphy's pass before Everitt Cunningham rambled 44 yards for the score.
WEST POINT -- Two hours, 16 minutes is an eternity in a high school football game. But even a presumed march to inevitability can turn into a slog that creates doubt and frustration when you're trying to get your program to its first state title game in six years.
SKIPPERVILLE, Ala. -- One more win. The Aliceville High School football team will play for a state title after defeating G.W. Long 28-21 Friday night in a semifinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 2A playoffs.
CORINTH -- Columbus High School boys basketball coach Gary Griffin was looking for a way to gauge where his team stood. Instead of playing Class 1A, 2A or 3A teams to ensure a 25-win season and early victories, Griffin decided to stack the schedule and tougher competition. As a first-year head coach with almost an entire new team, Griffin wanted to see how the Falcons faced adversity and responded to it.
CORINTH -- When someone thinks of New Hope High School boys basketball, coach Drew McBrayer knows Tyler Stevenson doesn't come to mind. The junior guard is overshadowed by the likes of seniors Terryonte Thomas and JaQuante Bell. Thomas, who has 10 NCAA Division I offers, gets most of the attention. Chalmette High coach Butch Stockton said Thomas was the only New Hope player he knew about prior to the teams' game Friday in the fourth-annual Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic at Corinth High.
Social media chatter doesn't faze Drew McBrayer.
Tyler Stevenson worked hard over the summer to improve his skills. Playing on the Caledonia Kings 16- and 18-and-under Amateur Athletic Union basketball teams, Stevenson had a chance to double his workload and increase his profile. The work paid off in August, when Stevenson was one of nine players between the two Caledonia Kings teams to be selected to participate in the Eighth-Annual National All Star Weekend, held by D1Spects and UnderArmour.
1. Pickens Academy's Colvin will play softball at ICC HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Trufant has been busy in first six months at The W COLLEGE SPORTS
3. EMCC football team finishes No. 2 in nation COLLEGE SPORTS
4. It's all in attitude for West Point HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. MSU women climb to program-best No. 5 in AP poll COLLEGE SPORTS