Anna McCrary never imagined being the center of attention. After all, she has spent nearly all of her softball career as an outfielder and has grown quite comfortable impacting the game from right field. But 2011 has been a transition year for McCrary.
The time is now. The confidence and momentum the Heritage Academy football team gained from a season-opening come-from-behind victory against Lamar and an overtime win against Lowndes County neighbor Caledonia have vanished. If the Patriots aren't careful, their playoff hopes might disappear, too.
CALEDONIA -- Losing back-to-back games by shutout would normally be cause for concern But Ricky Kendrick doesn't get easily alarmed.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell already knew he wasn't going to get much to evaluate watching the tape of his team's victory against Lanier last week. The one thing he noticed in the second half was the play of a sophomore his team will need later in the year to bolster its depth if it wants to be a contender in Class 5A, Region 2.
Starkville Academy football players and coaches were enthusiastic about their practice tasks Wednesday afternoon. The upbeat nature was on full display five days after the Volunteers suffered their first loss of the season.
After playing its best game of the season last week, the West Point High School football team will try to duplicate that effort at 7:30 tonight when it plays host to Class 5A, Region 1 rival Hernando at McCallister Field.
SULLIGENT, Ala. -- The Lamar County High School football team pitched a defensive masterpiece Thursday night at Sulligent. The Bulldogs made a second-quarter 10-yard touchdown run by Lemetrius Williams stand up for a 6-3 Alabama High School Activities Association Class 2A, Region 8 victory before a packed house at Brown Stadium.
CALEDONIA -- On paper, Thursday's public-private school matchup between Caledonia High School and Heritage Academy appeared to be a mismatch.
The changes continue for the Victory Christian football team. Coach Chris Hamm would have loved another day to help freshman Anthony Sharp transition from wide receiver to quarterback, but he won't have that luxury this week.
A week off can do wonders for your football team. Immanuel Christian coach Greg Watkins already has seen a difference in his team after a week off following a 25-14 loss to Canton Academy on Sept. 16. Now Watkins hopes Immanuel Christian (1-4) will be able to build momentum at 7 p.m. Friday against Carroll Academy before it returns to the final stretch of the regular season that will determine its postseason fate.
Two football teams in need of second-half momentum will meet at 7 tonight when Lamar County takes on Sulligent in a Class 2A, Region 8 game at Brown Stadium in Sulligent.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter is excited. You might not think the Noxubee County High School football coach would be feeling so chipper considering his team is still fighting plenty of injuries.
MACON -- Ronnie Sciple found the break he was looking for Friday night. After sweating through five victories by a combined 22 points, Sciple and the Central Academy football team cruised to a 44-0 victory against Veritas on Friday. Sophomore T.J. Coleman had 273 yards and five touchdowns to help the Vikings push their record to 6-0.
Jameel Johnson didn't have any illusions of grandeur entering his junior season. With the graduation of key skill players like Johnny Beamon, Terrence Dentry, and Franklin Richardson Jr., Johnson figured he would be in position to see more time at running back this season. But Johnson wasn't sure just how much of an impact he would be able to make on an offense that on paper looked to feature seniors like Darius Petty and Lawrence Brown.
STEENS -- Krisi Boren planned to take a picture with her team Monday afternoon regardless of the outcome of its match against Immanuel Christian. The final result made that picture an ideal way to finish the season.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy girls soccer team's district championship vanished Monday afternoon. However, the Lady Volunteers made sure they didn't go down without a fight.
The Columbus High School football team can take a deep breath. "When a game like that is over? Deep breath for sure," Columbus coach Tony Stanford said. Columbus found a way Friday night and edged Tupelo 24-23 on Friday night to improve to 4-1 and 1-0 in Class 6A, Region 1.
The Jackson Academy football team proved why Friday it is the top-ranked private school squad in the state, according to The Clarion-Ledger and The Associated Press.
STARKVILLE -- After four weeks of facing some of the state's best teams, the Starkville High School football team received a break Friday night when it opened Class 5A, Region 2 play against Lanier. Eight minutes into the game, Starkville had scored 28 unanswered points en route to a 53-13 victory.
SALTILLO -- Jameel Johnson rushed for 252 yards and four touchdowns Friday night to lead the New Hope High School football team to a 34-19 victory against Saltillo in a Class 5A, Region 1 game. Trae Collins also returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown to help New Hope win its second game in a row and improve to 3-2 and 1-0 in the region.
1. Starkville, Columbus boys win in Clinton HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Howland: MSU will treat Kentucky like any other game COLLEGE SPORTS
3. No. 4 MSU beats Ole Miss for record 19-0 start COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Insell, Ole Miss make progress but want more COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Starkville High's Bell developing as force HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS