Coaches love experience. Players who have been in tight games and know how to handle the excitement associated with decisions that go down to the final minute help coaches manage their teams. Veterans also give coaches a handy fall-back answer when they're momentarily stumped by a question.
Robert Woodard II doesn't mind a few extra sets of eyes looking down on him. In fact, the Columbus High School junior won't hesitate to look up to the far wall by the scoreboard for a reminder that the Falcons can realize championship dreams if they work together.
WEST POINT -- Friday night was time for Jason Brownlee to show out. Instead of talking about his exploits in a 48-6 victory against Saltillo, the West Point High School junior wide receiver prefers to talk about how well the Green Wave offensive line blocked and the efforts of senior quarterback Clayton Knight. But Brownlee can't help smile when asked about his performance.
STARKVILLE -- Willie Gay has changed his mind since making an important decision in the summer. The Starkville High School football linebacker committed to Ole Miss on June 17 via Twitter, but he considered decommitting prior to the season to investigate other options.
SALTILLO -- Clayton Knight threw three touchdown passes to Jason Brownlee to help the West Point High School football team beat Saltillo 48-6 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 1 game Friday night on the road.
CALEDONIA - Since 2007, Noxubee County has beaten Caledonia nine straight times. Over that same span, the Tigers have outscored the Confederates 368-41 (40.9 to 4.6), including a 55-0 whitewash last season.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- Aliceville High School completed its undefeated run through Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 2A, Region 4 play with a 54-29 win over Billingsley Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- In a must-win game for Starkville Academy, the Volunteer defense stepped up and carried their team to a playoff spot.
It's been a rough couple of weeks for the New Hope High School football team.
STARKVILLE -- Andreus Swanigan decided he was not going to feel sorry for himself.
A resolute stare can wear down even the most steadfast coach.
OLIVE BRANCH - Columbus High School football coach Randal Montgomery feels like his offense ranks as one of the best in Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A.
CALEDONIA -- Kaylee Jernigan was disappointed, but not mad. After a post-match team meeting, she walked away with a smile on her face. She showed a bounce in her step as she ran off to help her teammates take down the volleyball net, gather up the volleyballs, and get the court ready to play basketball.
Sean Harrison has talked all season about how important it is for the Heritage Academy Patriots to play physical football. It says something about the Patriots' progress that Harrison can proclaim his players delivered the most physical week 10 of practice he has been a part of as a coach. Heritage Academy's ability to continue to play that brand of football will be crucial at 7 tonight when it plays host to Leake Academy in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA, District 2 regular-season finale at C.L. Mitchell Field.
CALEDONIA -- Daily improvement has been a key for Andy Crotwell ever since he took over as head coach of the Caledonia High School football team.
MACON -- The march is nearly complete. But Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter doesn't want his team to look ahead to what is coming down the road. Instead of losing focus and jumping ahead a week to a showdown against Houston, the No. 2 team in the state's Class 4A rankings, or the start of the playoffs and a quest for a third-straight state championship, Shorter wants his players' attention solely on Caledonia.
CALEDONIA -- Outside hitter Tori Brooks and middle blocker Cheyenne Ruth realized their team needed a lift at the same time. Brooks and Ruth responded with back-to-back kills to spark a 13-1 run for the Caledonia High School volleyball team. Caledonia took control from there, beating Cleveland 3-0 Tuesday night in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class II playoffs. Set scores were 25-14, 25-8, 25-13.
PHILADELPHIA -- Cheering from the dugout is a constant in softball. Some teams take pride in devising catchy new phrases, while others stick with familiar sayings to motivate their hitters. The Neshoba Central High School slow-pitch softball team doesn't need words to provide a spark, but it showed Tuesday it is just as skilled delivering a timely phrase as it is peppering a softball.
CALEDONIA -- It's safe to say Samantha Brooks was curious in the preseason when asked how the Caledonia High School volleyball team was going to fare in 2016. On paper, Brooks knew her Lady Confederates didn't have a lot of size, which meant they weren't going to be a dominating blocking team. With a total of five freshmen and sophomores on the 12-player varsity roster, Brooks also wasn't sure how Caledonia's youth would blend with its experience, especially seniors Kaylee Jernigan, Gracie McCleskey, Jensen Reed, and Cheyenne Ruth.
STARKVILLE -- Sydney Passons has seen enough movies to wonder if time really slows down in real life like it does on the big screen. Last Monday, the Starkville Academy senior forward experienced just how quickly events appear to come to a stand still. Passons doesn't remember the things her teammates yelled to her after she collected a loose ball in overtime because she didn't hear them.
1. Starkville High's Gay decommits from Ole Miss HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Columbus basketball teams showcase Purple Madness HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Heritage Academy will be back at home for playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU searching for greater consistency COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Junior Schaefer brings leadership to MSU women's program COLLEGE SPORTS