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Moore left Heritage Academy to complete Ph.D.

Posted 12/9/2011 in High School Sports

Yolanda Moore resigned from her job as girls basketball coach at Heritage Academy to concentrate on completing the course work necessary for her to obtain a Ph.D, according to a statement released Thursday by the school.



Caledonia soccer teams want to continue fast starts

Posted 12/9/2011 in High School Sports

The Caledonia High School varsity soccer teams have only two remaining play dates this year. Girls coach Jason Forrester and boys coach Kevin Kugel hope the work each team has put in will pave the way for even more success in 2012.



Moore out as Heritage Academy coach

Posted 12/8/2011 in High School Sports

Yolanda Moore is no longer girls basketball coach at Heritage Academy. School Headmaster Tommy Gunn confirmed to The Dispatch on Thursday morning that Moore no longer was coach of the team after a decision was made Wednesday about her status. He declined to comment on the reasons why Moore, a former basketball standout at the University of Mississippi and a former player in the WNBA who was hired in May, was no longer at the school.



Oak Hill Academy, Immanuel Christian split varsity action

Posted 12/7/2011 in High School Sports

STEENS -- Don't sleep on the 3-pointer. But be careful not to come out too fast or members of the Oak Hill Academy long-distance squad -- better known as the girls basketball team -- will prove they're more than snipers.



Starkville Academy basketball earns split

Posted 12/7/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy boys basketball team missed its first eight shots from the field Tuesday night. Unfortunately for the Volunteers, that drought was a foreshadowing of things to come. Starkville Academy missed 20 of its first 21 shots en route to a 54-32 loss to East Rankin Academy in Class AAA, District 2 action. Starkville Academy's girls team overcame a sluggish first half to post a 66-42 victory.



Heritage Academy, Immanuel Christian split basketball games

Posted 12/6/2011 in High School Sports

STEENS -- Heritage Academy and Immanuel Center for Christian Education are separated by about six miles. The Patriots must have felt the Rams' long-range shots covered that distance Monday night. Immanuel Christian made eight 3-pointers and dominated in the post to record a 69-59 win in a non-district boys basketball game. In the first varsity game, the Heritage Academy girls earned a 49-18 victory.



Brown developing into leader for Starkville High girls

Posted 12/6/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- In her final year of high school basketball, Brittany Brown is beginning to understand the difference between leading scorer and leader.



Maroon Tide big plays lead to downfall for Jackets

Posted 12/4/2011 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- The Starkville High School football team found out Saturday night that giving up big plays in a championship game never is a recipe for success.



Starkville making plans for return trip to Jackson

Posted 12/4/2011 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- When Starkville High School Athletic Director Stan Miller walks into school Monday, the first thing he may do is make room for the trophy that's missing.



Picayune air attack, big plays doom Starkville

Posted 12/4/2011 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- The Picayune High School football team's road to the state championship had been a ground attack. Once Picayune reached the final game of the Mississippi high school football season, it showed a different look. Picayune used big plays from the right arm of junior quarterback Benjamin Hickman to defeat Starkville 38-21 in the Class 5A state title game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium and pull off the school's first state football championship since before Hickman was born.



Columbus soccer splits with Greenville Weston

Posted 12/4/2011 in High School Sports

GREENVILLE -- The Columbus High School girls and boys soccer teams split matches Saturday against Greenville Weston.



Hard work could pay off for Starkville

Posted 12/3/2011 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- Starkville High School coach Jamie Mitchell doesn't like to lose. When Mitchell left Itawamba Agricultural High in 2010 to become the new head football coach at Starkville High, Mitchell put everyone on notice that there weren't going to be any pats on the back for finishing second. His goal in coming to Oktibbeha County was to teach his players how to win and to help Starkville regain its championship swagger.



Noxapater wins first football state title

Posted 12/3/2011 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- Tray Baber rushed for 160 yards on 19 carries and scored a touchdown as Noxapater beat Shaw 21-10 to claim the MHSAA Class 1A state championship.



Jackson, Prattville winners at Super Six

Posted 12/2/2011 in High School Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jarren Johnson caught 10 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns, all Super Six records, to lead Jackson to its first outright state championship with a 42-28 win over Oneonta Friday in the Class 4A title game.



Starkville basketball squads sweep West Point; Columbus wins twice

Posted 12/2/2011 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE - With two minutes left in the first quarter, West Point coach Brad Cox looked up and saw a tie game and his team building momentum.



Picayune expects tough challenge in Class 5A title game

Posted 12/2/2011 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- Dodd Lee admits expectations weren't particularly high for the Picayune High School football team prior to the start of the 2011 season. That doesn't mean the veteran coach didn't think the Maroon Tide couldn't put something together. But coaches are a notoriously cautious bunch, and Lee knew replacing 17 starters from the 2010 squad would be something that couldn't be done with a snap of the finger.



Starkville Academy, Heritage Academy players set for All-Star game

Posted 12/2/2011 in High School Sports

The Mississippi Association of Independent Schools' All-Star game will have a hint of local flavor. Buoyed by a championship run, Starkville Academy's Ryan Mann and Angus Catchot will join Heritage Academy's Brandon Bell and Blake Sharp in the annual senior showcase game at 4 p.m. today at Mississippi College.



Smith remembers championship tradition at Starkville High

Posted 12/1/2011 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- It's all about the attitude for Milton Smith. Coming from a storied football program like Starkville High School, Milton Smith knows what it takes to win championships. In 1984, Smith was a member of the first Starkville High football team to win a state title. The former Yellow Jacket went on to a football career at Mississippi State before becoming a coach.



Mitchell has waited long time to get back to title stage

Posted 11/30/2011 in High School Sports

JACKSON -- Nineteen years can pass in the blink of an eye. But time slowed for a moment Monday to allow 12 head coaches to reflect on a season's work.



Columbus earns two wins vs. West Oktibbeha

Posted 11/30/2011 in High School Sports

MABEN -- The Columbus High School boys basketball team led for less than two minutes of its game Tuesday night against West Oktibbeha. The Falcons made sure to lead when it counted the most. A steal and fast-break layup by C.J. Scott helped Columbus rally past West Oktibbeha 53-51 in double overtime at Morgan Gym. In the first game, the Columbus High girls rolled to a 77-34 victory.



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