MACON -- Kelsey Robbins' new nickname is "trouble." It doesn't matter what moniker members of the Central Academy fast-pitch softball team have used for their junior third baseman. When you deliver in a clutch situation like Robbins did Wednesday, trouble is the perfect word. Robbins' two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the third inning proved to be the difference in Central Academy's 3-1 victory against Humphreys Academy in Game 1 of the best-of-three Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A Overall State title series.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville Academy football coach Chase Nicholson knew who he was going to turn to for leadership on the offensive line this season. The Volunteers returned three seniors starters from last year's squad, but center Houston Massey was injured in the team's first game and hasn't returned. Without Massey, left tackle Carter Wood and left guard Seth Watson were left to be leaders up front.
Two games left.
WEST POINT -- Oak Hill Academy racked up 508 yards during a 48-13 win over Columbus Christian Academy in a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A/AA, District 2 contest Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- There's little doubt about what league Malik Newman will be playing in next season.
Each time the New Hope defense converged on Center Hill quarterback Danterius Ellington, the elusive senior found a way to escape the pocket, usually for a big run or to buy time for a pass completion.
TUPELO -- Columbus High School head football coach Randal Montgomery found motivation in an unusual place this week.
SULLIGENT, Ala. -- Sulligent High School clinched its seconds straight playoff berth with a 14-7 win over Cherokee in Alabama High School Activities Association Class 2A, Region 8 play Friday night.
MACON - Noxubee County went into its matchup with Kosciusko looking to accomplish two goals: establish the run and end a four-game losing streak.
STARKVILLE -- On a night in which Starkville High School's offense stalled at times in the second half, the defense continued to surge en route to a 30-7 victory over the Northwest Rankin Cougars in Class 6A, Region 2 action.
MOOREVILLE - After rushing for just 17 yards in a 21-20 loss to Shannon a week ago, Aberdeen's backs found Mooreville's 3-man defensive front more to their liking as they racked up 208 yards on the ground in a 39-0 win here Friday on what was supposed to be the Troopers' Homecoming which was canceled because of the rain.
One more step.
Marcus Farmer and Kemario Evans can see the finished product.
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TUPELO -- The Columbus High School football team entered Friday night's Class 6A, Region 1 game against Tupelo with a plan. The plan worked to perfection.
MACON -- Sometimes coaches don't know what drives their kids. After all, when you're dealing with teenagers, there often is no telling what can flip the switch of a player on a daily basis. But Sammy Lindsey might have a better idea how to reach the members of his Central Academy fast-pitch softball team. His formula is based on equal helpings of tradition and trickeration.
Get the tour buses ready. Make sure everything is coordinated because the West Lowndes High School football team's bandwagon is gearing up for a long run this season. Confidence like that isn't new at West Lowndes. In recent years, Panthers have talked about what they and their teams hoped to accomplish. But this year might be different. Not only is West Lowndes riding its first four-game winning streak since 2010, but it also is making the most of being in a new district -- Class 1A, Region 1. The new home has enabled West Lowndes to escape one of the Mississippi High School Activities Association's toughest regions -- Region 3 -- where perennial powers like Nanih Waiya, Noxapater, Pelahatchie, and French Camp reigned.
WEST POINT -- This week has been about going back to basics for Chris Craven and the Oak Hill Academy football team. The first chore on the Raiders' to-do list was to re-familiarize themselves with what it means to play a home game. "That is one of the things one of the players said to me Monday. He said, 'Coach, I am so glad we get to play at home again,' " Craven said. "Not that we play at home this week, but again, like it was never going to happen again. It wasn't easy playing a month on the road, but playing at home is definitely an advantage."
STARKVILLE - After the loss to LSU, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said the 52-yard field goal that Devon Bell missed was not in Westin Graves' range.
1. Offensive line plays key role for Starkville Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Injury to Market means Bryant will play bigger role COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Confidence will help Nevitt make her mark COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Central Academy's Robbins has no trouble in clutch HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS