STARKVILLE - Starkville Academy baseball coach Brooks Roberts was happy to look in his dugout and see it full Thursday night.
CLINTON -- The stance screamed frustration. It wasn't a proper defensive alignment, either, but Drew Smith wasn't concerned about that. With hands on hips and elbow pointed outward and his body tilted to one side, the Parklane Academy girls basketball coach was trying to find a way to spark his team.
JACKSON -- There were no tears. CJ Smith merely turned after his 3-point heave fell short and walked to his left to begin shaking hands with the Ashland High School players. Minutes later, with uniform tucked away for the season, Smith eyed the final stat sheet and was asked what stood out. "Free throws," the West Lowndes High junior point guard said.
STEENS -- Basketball always has had a special place in Kimarri Whitfield's heart. The Columbus Christian Academy senior loves the sport so much that at one time he strongly considered giving up other sports to focus on basketball.
STARKVILLE -- When West Point High School senior Bobby Woodard lacks confidence, all he has to do is look in the dugout and find his head coach. "Bobby is our senior leader," West Point High baseball coach Blake Hutchison said. "He is our go-to guy. I have complete confidence in him getting job done. When he is on the mound, you feel good. You feel like he will find a way." Woodard found that way Tuesday night at Danny Carlisle Field, as West Point beat Starkville 5-3.
PHEBA -- Don't underestimate the power of a pat on the back, a smile, or a piece of candy. Those often overlooked gestures of appreciation have taken on an added meaning this season for the members of the Hebron Christian School girls basketball team.
C.J. Smith feels more comfortable. The West Lowndes High School junior felt that way from the first moment he spoke with new coach Torry Dale. Smith didn't know what to expect from the conversation, but he admitted his face lit up when Dale told him the Panthers were going back to an up-tempo brand of basketball.
RAYMOND -- The Starkville Academy boys soccer team did everything it could think of to try to earn an advantage Saturday, but Central Hinds Academy proved too much in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Division III championship game. Tanner Leggett scored two goals and the Cougars scored three goals in the first half in a 5-0 victory against Starkville Academy in a physical match at Bobby Barrett Field.
Unfinished business. That is what head coach Torrey Dale has stressed to his Panther team ever since they lost in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 1A State Championship last season. The players of West Lowndes bought in to their first-year head coach and played their way back to Jackson.
TUPELO - Starkville had Tupelo's number for the last two years. Friday, Tupelo got revenge at a bad time for the Yellow Jackets.
You better excel in at least one area when you don't have a player taller than 6-foot-2 on your roster.
STARKVILLE -- Pitching to Mississippi State outfielder Brent Rooker was no longer a feasible option. His last 10 at-bats featured eight hits, 14 RBIs, three doubles and three home runs, forcing Indiana State to intentionally walk him.
WEST POINT - Amari Heard and Aamiya Rush were not going to let the West Point girls' baskebtall team get knocked out of the second round of the Mississippi High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) 5A state playoffs like last season's team.
STARKVILLE - Starkville High School girls' basketball coach Kristie Williams challenged her undefeated squad to build a lead early Friday night.
STARKVILLE--Starkville Academy's size and experience dominated Heritage Academy's youth on Thursday night in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Division III semifinal matchup.
Reuben Proffitt and Jackson DiCicco don't sound like underclassmen.
CALEDONIA -- Kody White has been part of the family for so long that the success doesn't surprise him. As a senior, White has worked with many of the members of the Caledonia High School powerlifting team for four years. In that time, they have become accustomed to winning trophies.
The West Lowdnes High School boys basketball team rolled to an 86-50 victory against Lumberton on Tuesday night in the opening round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 1A tournament.
It's all about confidence for the Heritage Academy boys basketball team. Buoyed by its first playoff victories in six years, Heritage Academy will look to extend its season at 7:45 tonight when it takes on Simpson Academy in its first game at the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAA State tournament at Kirk Academy in Grenada.
In a game where Robert Woodard II and Denijay Harris combined for 55 points, the Columbus High School boys basketball team couldn't hang on to a late lead and lost to Clinton 67-62 in the first round of the Mississippi High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Class 6A tournament. Having a young team a year removed from the program's first state championship after winning a state championship, Columbus coach Gary Griffin said he wouldn't trade this team for any other and that he is excited about the experience the Falcons gained throughout a tough season.
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