Megan James will play softball this weekend. The only problem is the New Hope High School junior doesn't know if she will be in Ridgeland or Tupelo, or if she will be playing slow- or fast-pitch softball.
Gary Griffin wants to keep a good thing going. As a longtime assistant coach to Sammy Smith, Griffin saw the positive effects of the Columbus High School boys basketball team's work in the community. He also saw how fans in the community came out and supported the Falcons when they played at home. Last season, Griffin saw that support and excitement increase behind a team many believed could win the program's first state championship.
OXFORD -- It wasn't easy for the New Hope High School football team to take the field Monday for practice. Four New Hope High students, including two senior football players, were involved in a car accident last Saturday. According to police reports, the vehicle ran off the road and flipped, ejecting all four. The football players were taken to the North Mississippi Medical Center Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Tupelo.
LAKE CORMORANT -- Junior Marcus Murphy collected 395 all-purpose yards Friday night to help the West Point High School football team overcome a slow start to beat Lake Cormorant 39-17 in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A, Region 1 game. West Point (7-1, 4-0 region) won its sixth-straight game to clinch a berth in the Class 5A playoffs. Murphy had three touchdowns and rushed for 199 yards.
KOSCIUSKO -- The Caledonia High School football team ended a four-year wait just in the nick of time Friday night. In the process, the Confederates kept their playoff hopes alive. Senior quarterback Spencer Unruh threw for three touchdowns, and senior running back Zion Ford rushed for 151 yards to lead Caledonia to a 31-14 victory against Kosciusko in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A, Region 4 game.
Friday night was the Columbus High School football team's time to feel good again. Columbus last lost three-straight games midway through the 2014 season. That streak is still intact thanks to a 49-33 victory against Southaven in a Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A, Region 1 game on Homecoming at Falcon Field.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- The Aliceville High School football team ran its winning streak to seven Friday night with a 48-12 victory against Greene County in Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) action. Aliceville already had clinched the top spot in Class 2A, Region 4. The Yellow Jackets will play host to a first-round playoff game Nov. 4. The Yellow Jackets have won by an average of 40 points in the streak.
MADISON -- Inconsistency has been an issue all season for the Starkville High School football team. On one hand, the Yellow Jackets' defense often has provided stout, gritty play. Unfortunately, Starkville's offense has clicked in the same way, which has left veteran coach Ricky Woods searching for ways to find a spark.
Sean Harrison feels the Heritage Academy football team has accomplished plenty through eight games, so he doesn't need any measuring sticks to help him determine how much progress his players have made since the beginning of the season. But it's natural to want to test yourself against the best teams, which is why Harrison is eager to find out how his team reacts at 7 tonight when it takes on Indianola Academy.
Kris Pickle isn't sure how his team will react tonight. Ordinarily, any New Hope High School team would be sky high and eagerly anticipating a game against Oxford, which is one of its biggest rivals. At 7 tonight, though, Pickle doesn't know how the New Hope High football team will respond for its Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 matchup against Oxford.
LOUISVILLE -- The saying "if you have two quarterbacks you don't have one," doesn't describe Noxubee County High School football coach Tyrone Shorter's situation. Shorter named sophomore Maliek Stallings the starter before the season and has stuck with him through the highs and lows. Last week, junior backup Armoni Clark came on in relief after Stallings started slowly and provided a spark in a victory against Leake Central.
LOUISVILLE -- The Noxubee County High School football team had four turnovers in the first half turnovers Thursday of its Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A, Region 4 game against Louisville. Fortunately, the Tigers had one more takeaway in them for the second half.
MACON -- Tyrone Shorter doesn't know why M.C. Miller started using a toothpick when he coached football games. Nineteen years ago, when Miller hired Shorter to be an assistant coach with the Noxubee County High School football team, Miller already had developed a reputation for his ability to keep the toothpick in his mouth while he was getting on his players Shorter still isn't sure how Miller manages to get on his players and not lose the toothpick, but he admits he never considered emulating his longtime boss, who is now the head coach of the Louisville High football team.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Owens has seen his name go up and down on the depth chart. The Starkville High School football quarterback served as Montario Montgomery's backup last season, so he felt he had a chance to be the starter this year.
Stay Strong was more than a phrase written in black ink on a fluorescent green-yellow piece of poster board for Lanoria Abrams, Alex Melton, and the rest of the New Hope High School slow-pitch softball team on Tuesday night.
Don't look now but the West Point football team has a 6-1 record.
FLOWOOD -- The Starkville Academy girls soccer team set a goal in the preseason to win a state championship. With that end in their minds throughout the season, the Lady Volunteers made history behind seven seniors and a first-year head coach.
Jordan Payne doesn't pay attention to numbers when he in on the field. Like any other player, Payne knows when he is having a good game, and he has had plenty of them this season with double-digit tackles. Garrett Anthony is the same way, although he has a different motivation to pay closer attention to a certain number. On Friday, Anthony nearly hit the magic number -- six -- that his brother, former Victory Christian standout Anthony Sharp, hit seven times in a game as a member of the school's football team.
STARKVILLE -- Togetherness is a familiar concept for Lauren Lyle.
The chances were there. New Hope High School football coach Kris Pickle didn't have any problem listing them Friday night following his team's 49-34 loss to Lake Cormorant. The problem was Pickle had far too many -- a fumble on a punt in the fourth quarter, ill-timed penalties, a fumble that wiped out a promising drive, and miscommunication on several pass plays -- to turn the tide for his squad in an important game in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A, Region 1 race.
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