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Heritage Academy offensive line paves way for dominating night

Posted 9/20/2016 in High School Sports

In baseball, hitters are "seeing the ball well" when they're in a groove. In basketball, shooters are "in the zone" when that feeling comes over them that they can't miss. The Heritage Academy offensive linemen showed Friday night that even big boys up front in the trenches can get into a rhythm that makes an entire group feel like it can't do anything wrong. Judging by the numbers, the Patriots came pretty close to realizing that goal.


Erby leads New Hope offense in rivalry win

Posted 9/17/2016 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- It's not the shoes.



New Hope explodes late to rout Caledonia

Posted 9/17/2016 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA - "Decades of Domination - It's Our Tradition" was the message posted on visiting New Hope's run-through banner here Friday evening.



West Point turns in dominating performance to defeat Noxubee County

Posted 9/17/2016 in High School Sports

WEST POINT - West Point was gracious enough to let Noxubee County perform the opening act Friday night.



Noxubee County looks to regroup after loss to West Point

Posted 9/17/2016 in High School Sports

WEST POINT - Forty-seven unanswered points, three turnovers and 11 penalties committed.



Heritage Academy escapes Pisgah to start season 4-1

Posted 9/17/2016 in High School Sports

Jumping to a quick lead in the first quarter, the Heritage Academy Patriots scored quick and often throughout the game to maintain the lead and beat the visiting Pisgah Dragons 56-49.



Starkville suffers first loss against Meridian

Posted 9/17/2016 in High School Sports

MERIDIAN -- The Starkville High School football team ran off the field with heads hung down.



Mississippi Roundup: Hamilton wins Class 1A, Region 1 opener

Posted 9/17/2016 in High School Sports

HAMILTON -- Hamilton High School finally enjoyed the feeling of winning a football game again Friday night.



West Alabama Roundup: Lamar County, Aliceville move to 3-0 in region play

Posted 9/17/2016 in High School Sports

VERNON, Ala. -- Lamar County High School moved to 3-0 in Alabama High School Activities Association (AHSAA) Class 2A, Region 8 play with a 44-7 win over Hatton Friday night at George Bell Stadium.



New Hope beats Caledonia; Meridian upends Starkville

Posted 9/16/2016 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Andre Erby rushed for a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass, and returned a kickoff for a score Friday night to lead the New Hope High School football team to a 49-10 victory against Caledonia. The victory helped New Hope (3-1) extend its winning streak to 12 in the series dating back to Caledonia's last victory against New Hope in 2004.



Passons propels Starkville Academy past Heritage Academy

Posted 9/16/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Sydney Passons isn't good at disguising her emotions. That's because the Starkville Academy senior often is her worst critic on the soccer field. If she is a touch off on a pass or doesn't hit a shot just right, Passons is apt to show her frustration in a variety of ways. In addition to contorted facial countenances, Passons has a habit of using her hands to show her displeasure.



Lowndes County rivals New Hope, Caledonia meet tonight

Posted 9/16/2016 in High School Sports

CALEDONIA -- Andy Crotwell and Kris Pickle have used bye weeks early in the 2016 season to gauge where their teams can improve. At 7 tonight, the Caledonia and New Hope high school football coaches will get a chance to put what they have learned to the test when the Lowndes County rivals square off in Caledonia. WJEC-FM (106.5) will broadcast the game live.


Columbus Christian still fighting injury bug

Posted 9/15/2016 in High School Sports

STEENS -- The sight of another football player limping around the hallways at Columbus Christian Academy isn't a good sign. But there RJ DeLoach was Wednesday, wearing a Tennessee Volunteers warmup jacket/top and moving slowly to class. With starting quarterback Dawson Shaw already out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, the thought of playing without DeLoach, an experienced two-way contributor, was a sobering thought for coach Greg Watkins, especially with the team's Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class A-AA, District 2 opener against Winona Christian set for 7 p.m. Friday in Steens.

West Point ready to face another tough rival

Posted 9/15/2016 in High School Sports

West Point High School football coach Chris Chambless loves playing neighboring county rival games. After falling to Starkville and beating Columbus, West Point finishes its Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) non-region slate by playing host to Noxubee County at 7 p.m. Friday at Hamblin Stadium in West Point.

Starkville's Gardner emerges as bigger threat

Posted 9/15/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Cameron Gardner looks down at his phone and sees a text message from A.J. Brown. The Starkville High School football wide receiver has received text messages from the former Starkville wide receiver before every game this season. The text messages from the Ole Miss freshman have helped boost the confidence of Gardner, who said the encouraging messages help him get his mind right before he takes the field.

Shorter confident Noxubee County's schedule will be an asset

Posted 9/14/2016 in High School Sports

MACON -- Tyrone Shorter knows how this story plays out. Regardless of classification, the Noxubee County High School football team hasn't shied away from playing the state's best teams. Since he replaced M.C. Miller as the head coach in 2010, Shorter has taken that notion to the next degree by filling the Tigers' schedule with local rivals -- West Point, Starkville, Columbus, New Hope -- that play in higher classifications in the Mississippi High School Activities Association -- as well as state powers like Meridian and Kemper County and regional powers from the states of Alabama and Texas.


Starkville sets tone for area prep football teams

Posted 9/14/2016 in High School Sports

Friday night sends us past the one-third mark of the prep football season and close to the midway mark. Region play already has begun for Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 1A schools, while Classes 5A and 6A will join next week. The following weeks, Classes 2A through 4A will swing into region action.



Oak Hill Academy's Easterling delivers winning kick

Posted 9/13/2016 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Chris Craven doesn't have any problem leaving the fate of his football team in the hands of a kicker. The confidence Craven has in Grayson Easterling is magnified because the 5-foot-11, 140-pound sophomore is in only his second year with the Oak Hill Academy varsity football team. Prior to Friday night, Easterling had attempted only one game-winning field goal. But Easterling's inexperience in last-second situations didn't factor into Craven's decision to send his sophomore into the game to attempt the game-winner against West Memphis Christian.



Starkville Academy names Roberts new baseball coach

Posted 9/13/2016 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Brooks Roberts never complained he had to show up early and leave late. He was doing the thing he discovered he was supposed to do in life: coach baseball. As an assistant for the Starkville Academy baseball team, Roberts was in charge of making sure the field was ready for practice or a game, the pitchers were in the right mind-set to be successful, and staying late after the game to get the field ready for the next day.



Easterling's kick as time expires lifts Oak Hill Academy

Posted 9/11/2016 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- The Oak Hill Academy football team celebrated Homecoming in grand style with a dramatic 17-14 victory against West Memphis Christian in Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) action Friday night. The school also celebrated its 50th anniversary with past Homecoming queens, former board members, and other alumni being recognized. Grayson Easterling kicked a 23-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Raiders to the win.



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