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Starkville High boys cruise to region title

Posted 2/10/2012 in High School Sports

PHILADELPHIA -- On the way to their 2012 Region 3 championship, the Starkville High sent a message to the rest of the Mississippi schools still eligible in the Class 5A boys basketball tournament. When the Yellow Jackets seemingly want to showcase that highly critical killer instinct that all title contending teams need to have, they are fully capable of doing so in a big way.



Lady Falcons win title; Columbus boys lose in championship

Posted 2/10/2012 in High School Sports

The Columbus High School girls basketball team showed Friday night it has the ability to deliver a knockout punch and the conditioning to last 15 rounds. The CHS boys showed they are developing that knack but that they lack the experience and are still learning how to go the distance.



CHS has title date for two with Tupelo

Posted 2/8/2012 in High School Sports

Next man up. That's the mind-set the Columbus High School basketball team has used all season. It worked again in an elimination game Tuesday night, as Deontae Jones and Robert Irby each had 11 points to lead Columbus to a 57-44 victory against Grenada in the Class 6A, Region 2 tournament at Columbus High.



New Hope's Taylor signs with Meridian C.C.

Posted 2/7/2012 in High School Sports

Chase Taylor has played golf long enough to know doing things too quickly doesn't help his game. Taylor decided Monday to apply that same thinking to his college decision when he signed a scholarship to play golf at Meridian Community College.



CHS basketball ready to take flight

Posted 2/7/2012 in High School Sports

Sammy Smith and Yvonne Hairston have used the memories of the 2010-11 season as building blocks throughout this season. The Columbus High School boys and girls basketball coaches hope those lessons will be put to use tonight when their teams kick off the second seasons. The top-seeded Columbus girls will play host to fourth-seeded Grenada at 7 p.m., while the second-seeded CHS boys will play host to third-seeded Grenada at 8:30 p.m. in the final two of four games on the opening day of action in the Class 6A, Region 2 tournament at Columbus High.



Starkville's Gordon has more than speed

Posted 2/7/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Don't let the speed fool you, Justin Gordon is a complete soccer player. The Starkville High School sophomore forward/midfielder understands, though, that when you have blazing speed it often leaves an impression with opponents that you are a one-dimensional player.



JACKETS WN STATE TITLE: Starkville tops Pascagoula for Class 5A soccer title

Posted 2/4/2012 in High School Sports

CLINTON -- Justin Gordon had been just out of reach all evening. Whether it was Taylor Wise or Dylan Howard or Kase Kingery, no one could put just the right touch on a service to get the speedy Gordon behind the defense. All the Starkville High School boys soccer team needed was a kiss from Price Day to send it on its way to history.



Jackets ready for state title match

Posted 2/3/2012 in High School Sports

Starkville High looks for a piece of history today when the Yellow Jackets face off with Pascagoula for the Class 5A high school soccer state championship. Match time is 3:30 p.m. at Clinton High School.



New Hope, Caledonia basketball searching for consistency

Posted 2/3/2012 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Consistency was an elusive ingredient Thursday night. For large stretches of his team's game against New Hope High School, Caledonia High boys basketball coach Josh Scott saw a team that shared the basketball, took good shots, and did a lot of things it takes to win games. Take away the final four minutes of the second quarter and the Confederates might have accomplished that goal.



Early work helped Kingery build solid foundation

Posted 2/3/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Growing up, Kase Kingery never saw playing with a soccer ball as "work." Like a lot of kids who had discovered a sport that fit them, Kingery spent as many hours as he could with a soccer ball honing his skills. The drills he did in and around Starkville often included dribbling exercises and shooting tests with his right and left foot. He would try to hit the crossbar again and again, or he would use a T-shirt as a target and place it on the crossbar.



Columbus has eight seniors reach next level

Posted 2/2/2012 in High School Sports

Tony Stanford and his coaches have reason to be proud. In 2008, Stanford came to Columbus High School with coach Bubba Davis with a goal to transform the school's football program. Stanford continued that mission after taking over for Davis as head coach prior to the 2010 season. Like Davis, his formula included a core principle: Hard work in the weight room pays dividends. The eight Columbus High School football players who signed scholarships to play football in college are proof the Falcons are moving in the right direction.



New Hope sends three to East Central C.C.

Posted 2/2/2012 in High School Sports

New Hope High School football coach Michael Bradley experienced another first in his coaching career Wednesday morning. "Darius, you are the first player I have ever had sign wearing a bow tie," Bradley said. "This is a big moment for me." Wednesday also was a big moment for the Trojans, as Darius Petty, Joseph Reeves, and Daniel Gregory signed scholarships to play football at East Central Community College in Decatur.



Starkville players reap rewards from solid seasons

Posted 2/2/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Erik Rogers and Cory Cannon spent the past two seasons playing beside one another on the offensive and defensive lines for the Starkville High School football team. On Wednesday, they secured opportunities in college to see how much they can maximize their talents on one side of the ball.



Heritage Academy's Bell, Sharp going to EMCC

Posted 2/2/2012 in High School Sports

Brandon Bell and Blake Sharp did nearly everything on the football field in their high school careers. The next challenge for the Heritage Academy standouts will be to earn playing time on one of the nation's best teams. Bell and Sharp took the first step in that journey Wednesday morning when they signed scholarships to play football for the national champion East Mississippi Community College football team.



West Point tradition continues to extend to college

Posted 2/2/2012 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Carson Miller and Brandon Edwards have dreams of playing on a team in the Football Bowl Subdivision. After nearly getting offers to play at that level, the West Point High School standouts are more than ready to make a name for themselves in the fertile Mississippi junior college ranks. Miller, a lineman, signed with Pearl River Community College Wednesday, while Edwards signed with reigning Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association champion and national champion East Mississippi C.C.



Noxubee County send six to next level

Posted 2/2/2012 in High School Sports

MACON -- Tyrone Shorter couldn't help but think back Wednesday about how far some of his players have come. National Signing Day typically is a time for coaches, parents, and players to reflect on an athletic journey that includes plenty of ups and downs and lessons learned. Six Noxubee County High School football players shared those memories with Shorter, members of the team's coaching staff, and family members Wednesday as they announced their plans to play the sport in college.



Starkville's Watson, Wileman make college choices

Posted 2/2/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- While the Starkville High School boys soccer team has some unfinished business for the 2011-12 season, two Yellow Jackets nailed down their future plans Wednesday afternoon. Goalkeeper Addison Watson and defender Austin Wileman each signed scholarships to play soccer on the next level. Watson signed with Missouri State University, a Division I school that is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, while Wileman signed with Itawamba Community College.



New Hope's Hern, Menotti going to ICC

Posted 2/2/2012 in High School Sports

New Hope High School girls soccer coach Mary Nagy always knew Sarah Hern would be ready to answer the call when she needed leadership. "Sarah was always our leader," Nagy said. "The players voted her as a captain in 10th grade. The leadership continued from there. The other players looked up to her. Her maturity was great both on and off the field. She is leaving behind a legacy, and has done a great job of preparing the next group of leaders."


One of the 'Fab Five' signs with Mississippi State

Posted 2/2/2012 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- On the biggest day of his athletic career thus far, Caledonia High School's Cole Carter shared a lot of laughs and hugged a lot of people.


Starkville boys soccer one win from title

Posted 2/1/2012 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- "One more win." As the wild postgame celebration ensued and Starkville High School boys soccer coach Brian Bennett received a Gatorade bath, he reminded his Yellow Jackets they had one more victory to get. Starkville moved one step of capturing the school's first state title in soccer after defeating Hernando 3-1 Tuesday in the Class 5A North State Class championship before a boisterous crowd at Yellow Jacket Stadium.



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