STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Yellow Jackets couldn't have had worse weather for Senior Night Thursday, but their play didn't miss a beat. Freezing temperatures, constant rain and swirling winds made conditions unfavorable for Starkville's usual up-tempo brand of soccer and even forced the game to be called in the 60th minute.
Jared Shelton isn't the player he used to be. Growing up, Shelton wasn't the biggest player on his teams, which made him realize he needed to do more than just work hard in practice.
Nothing was going to prevent Josh Snider from being where he wanted to be Tuesday afternoon. After more than three years of recruiting New Hope High School pitcher Dillon Hawkins, Snider finally realized his goal and watched with excitement as Hawkins signed a scholarship to play baseball at East Mississippi Community College.
STARKVILLE -- There's a new trend developing between the Starkville and Tupelo high school boys soccer teams: Shutouts. The Yellow Jackets, usually on the losing end to their district rival, earned their second straight 1-0 decision against the Golden Wave on Tuesday and carved a favorable path to a long-awaited district crown.
STARKVILLE -- Freshman forward Charde Hannah recorded a hat trick Tuesday night to lead the Tupelo High School girls soccer team to a 6-0 victory against beat Starkville. Hannah scored twice in the first half and once in the second. She also set up a another in a dominant first half.
The Mississippi School for Math and Science soccer teams are making Morri Mims and Dr. Bill Odom look like coaching geniuses. Taylor Potter had three goals Tuesday night to lead the MSMS boys to a 9-0 victory against Aberdeen in a Class 1A-2A-3A Division 2, District 4 match at the Joe Cook Soccer Complex in Columbus. Erica McCoy and Carlee Odom scored for the MSMS girls in their 2-0 victory.
The Pickens Academy and Victory Christian Academy boys basketball teams battled Tuesday night with neither team getting a solid advantage until the final minutes. Fortunately, the final score -- Pickens Academy won 58-54 -- didn't mean anything in each team's district standings. The game was played "for fun" -- if you can call a nail-biting, nip-and-tuck contest "fun."
Heritage Academy boys basketball coach Yandell Harris could see his team's advantage before the game started, so he decided to "go big." With a three-post setup on offense, Heritage Academy dominated the boards en route to a 54-46 victory against Oak Hill Academy on Monday night in non-division action.
Press, press, press. The strategy of the Oak Hill Academy girls basketball team Monday night was simple: Use defense to control the tempo against Heritage Academy. That plan proved effective, as Oak Hill Academy's full-court, player-to-player defense led to offense from its defense in a 52-33 victory in non-division action.
Heritage Academy's girls basketball team -- specifically 6-foot-5 junior center Rachel Hollivay -- attracted two college recruiters to Columbus on Monday night for her team's game against Oak Hill Academy.
Regina Barker takes what she has and makes other teams deal with it. Barker, a senior guard for the Aberdeen High School girls basketball team, is a natural athlete on the basketball team, said coach Latorrence Bivens. Her abilities have helped her be a leader and to develop a scoring sense that has helped pace the Lady Bulldogs.
Necessity was the mother of clean roads Tuesday as Immanuel Christian swept a basketball doubleheader at home against Central Academy, while other Golden Triangle schools delayed, canceled, or rescheduled prep sports events due to weather-related issues.
Kye Van Someren is trying to build his brawn to go with his brain on the soccer field. That's because the Caledonia High School defender sees the game as a full-contact sport. Van Someren stands above the other soccer players at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, and he's working on his upper body strength as a tool for his playing prowess.
Returning to the Hebron Christian girls basketball team wasn't a difficult time for junior post player Tori Nichols. But the addition of the 6-foot-3 inside shooter has made all the difference in the Lady Eagles' offense.
Holidays don't always mean days off in West Alabama high school gyms.
Cole Walker didn't have a special assignment to start the second half.
The Heritage Academy girls basketball team showed Tuesday night it is much more than a one-player team.
CRAWFORD -- Randy Brooks hopes a career-high is only the start of bigger and better things for Quanisha Doss. In what he called the first "dominant" efforts of the season, Doss scored a career-best 41 points in a 69-46 victory against McAdams in the East Oktibbeha County High School Tournament on Dec. 30.
Shawn Gates and Ronnie Sciple know how to make their numbers count.
Playmakers have an ability to break a game open in a variety of ways.
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