WEST POINT -- DeMarrio Edwards and Clayton Knight didn't panic after National Signing Day came and went and they hadn't picked a college. When you're part of a championship program, schools tend to come calling, even after the first wave of players make their commitments official.
STARKVILLE -- It happened so quickly Starkville Academy boys soccer coach Matt Sykes couldn't describe how it happened. That didn't prevent Sykes, a former standout goalkeeper at Heritage Academy and at East Central Community College, from describing the impact goalkeeper Logan Dowell had in denying a scoring chance in the opening minutes.
Teams take on different identities in the postseason. Some, like in the case of the Ridgeland High School girls basketball team, are forced upon them. As the No. 2 seed behind Lanier in Class 5A, Region, Ridgeland had its sights set on a bye or at least a chance to play at home Monday in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A playoffs.
Ginny Swedenburg knows all about the history. As a member of the first New Hope High School junior high slow-pitch softball team, Swedenburg, whose maiden name is Lowery, helped a fledgling program led by former coach Cary Shepherd become a state powerhouse with 14 championships. At 5 p.m. Thursday, Swedenburg knows Shepherd, who died in 2015, will be with her at Lady Trojan Field when the New Hope fast-pitch softball program plays its first junior high games against Kosciusko.
Freshman Marvaysha Seals and junior Edmariah Sherrod fed off each other Monday night and sparked the West Lowndes High School girls basketball team to a come-from-behind 48-31 victory against Piney Woods in the first round of the Mississippi High School Athletic Association Class 1A South State playoffs.
New Hope High School junior center Andrew Junkin admits the thought occurred to him in the second half of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 2 tournament championship game Friday night.
By his own admission, West Point girls' basketball coach Dashmond Daniel is difficult to play for on most nights. Friday night wasn't one of those nights. With his team leading the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 2 tournament championship game by 16 points midway through the fourth quarter, Daniel barked out instructions like a championship would be won on the game's next possession.
New Hope and Oxford sent its entertaining basketball rivalry out on a high note Friday night.
If he had his druthers, Jeff Norwood probably wouldn't have the Tupelo High School boys basketball team shoot a lot of 3-pointers.
The Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) basketball playoffs begin Monday night.
Columbus High School boys basketball coach Gary Griffin had a plan. He just had to wait to use it. That opportunity will come at 8:30 p.m. Friday when Columbus (16-11) plays host Tupelo (24-4) for the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 2 championship. Tupelo (23-5) will take on Columbus (21-4) at 7 p.m. for the girls title.
Columbus boys basketball coach Gary Griffin and junior player Robert Woodard II came to the same conclusion at halftime of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 2 tournament Tuesday night.
Columbus High School had a 45-second stretch where it stole the basketball seven times against Hernando at the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 2 tournament Tuesday night.
As they say, the third time is a charm.
West Point girls basketball coach Dashmond Daniel does not hesitate to call Jamia Hollings, "the heartbeat," of his team. So, when he rested her with a high ankle sprain for three weeks, even when she could have played earlier than that, he did it for a reason.
Relentless. Selfless. Those are qualities coaches covet in any sport. But finding players who have those traits is a dream come true for a soccer coach who needs someone to work hard on the outside to keep opponents in check.
STEENS -- Six more wins. The Columbus Christian Academy boys basketball team took care of the first two steps on its journey back to Clinton last week. Wins against Winona Christian School and Oak Hill Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AA, District 2 tournament in Steens have put CCA in position to take the next step in its journey as a No. 1 seed. That journey will begin at 5:15 p.m. today when CCA (22-8) takes on Marshall Academy at Delta Academy at the Class AA North State tournament.
STARKVILLE -- Continuity has been a big piece of the puzzle this season for the Starkville Academy boys basketball team. After biding their time for injuries to heal in the first few months, the Volunteers have come together in January and February to play some of their best basketball. Versatility and depth have been keys for a team that can rely on a number of players to carry the load on any given night.
As the close losses mounted in January, New Hope High School boys basketball coach Drew McBrayer never lost confidence in his team. One of the preseason favorites to compete for a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A championship, the Trojans had to fight through a series of tough losses in a difficult schedule. McBrayer feels like his team learned from those opportunities and can put that knowledge to use tonight when New Hope plays host to the Class 5A, Region 2 tournament.
Columbus High School boys basketball coach Gary Griffin is ready for the payoff. While playing a difficult non-region schedule, Griffin stressed the challenges were designed to help his young squad be at its best when postseason play arrived.
1. West Point's Edwards, Knight will go to EMCC HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Stovall, Self help MSU close weekend with two wins COLLEGE SPORTS
3. West Point girls beat New Hope for region title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. New Hope boys use defense to beat Oxford HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS