STARKVILLE -- Tyson Carter's senior basketball season continues to impress. While last week included the disappointment of losing the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A state championship, this week has been much better for the Starkville High School senior. In addition to being chosen for tonight's Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game in Clinton, he also has been named Mississippi's Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
JACKSON -- Demetrice Clopton still couldn't believe it.
JACKSON -- Javontae McDavid has a home in any gym. Maybe that's why the Columbus High School senior guard has earned the nickname "gym rat." During the course of the 2015-16 season, it was common to see McDavid shooting jump shots or practicing free throws prior to practice or after practice to make sure his touch was ready. McDavid never knew when he was going to get his opportunity, especially after losing his starting position to classmate TJ Gray early in the season.
JACKSON -- Stick to the game plan.
JACKSON -- History.
JACKSON -- DeAnthony Tipler made a promise to his coach. After losing to Shaw High School in the semifinals of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A State tournament last season, Tipler told coach Rolley Tipler that Ashland High was going to return to Jackson and win the whole thing. But when DeAnthony missed a track meet, Tipler, who coaches basketball and track, got after his cousin.
JACKSON -- Columbus High School senior Christopher Deloach emerged as a leader on the school's football team this fall. The leadership quickly transferred to the basketball court.
JACKSON -- Starkville High School senior Darius Wilson likes to have fun. Born into a basketball family, Wilson often has found solace and fun times in the gym. His teammates share a similar vibe. "The best thing about this team is our enjoyment of the game," Wilson said. "It's a lot of hard work, but we don't look at it that way. On the court, we are laughing and having a good time. You can tell we like being out there. You can tell we have fun together. "It has been a special run, and I will always be thankful for how it has turned out."
JACKSON -- West Lowndes High School senior TyShun Spencer conducted post-game interviews clutching his basketball uniform. After grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds in his final prep basketball game, Spencer was going to enjoy the experience of playing in Jackson for as long as he could. As soon as the final horn sounded Thursday at Mississippi Coliseum, Spencer suddenly became a fan.
JACKSON -- Luther Riley wouldn't describe what his team is doing as dominant, but it's pretty close. The Columbus High School boys team has been untouchable in the postseason. Columbus kept that streak intact Wednesday night, as Robert Woodard II had 19 points and 12 rebounds in a 67-42 victory against Southaven in the semifinals of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A State tournament at Mississippi Coliseum.
Tyler Jones didn't know he was being followed. Four months ago, Jones learned the baseball coaches at Mississippi Delta Community College had been monitoring his progress for the past two years. Jones made the discovery at a tryout in Moorhead that was designed to help him enhance his recruiting profile.
JACKSON -- Starkville High School senior Keith Harris sat at the end of his team's bench and felt ill. Harris looked on as his teammates battled Tupelo in the semifinals of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A State tournament at Mississippi Coliseum. There was no medicine to make Harris feel better. However, teammate Tyson Carter was there to cheer him up in a hurry. With Harris and Darrius Agnew saddled with foul trouble, Starkville treaded water for one half before rolling past Tupelo 61-46 on Wednesday night.
JACKSON -- Starkville High School senior Tanita Thompson made it through the handshake line and spoke to a couple of family members. Thompson then returned to the locker room area of the Mississippi Coliseum and couldn't holder her emotions in check any longer.
New Hope High School pitcher Noah Brock's breaking ball started to lose its bite in the sixth inning Tuesday night. He was beginning to miss his spots, and he'd just plunked a Starkville High batter. An error helped Starkville put two runners on for a chance at its first run.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School girls basketball coach Kristie Williams received some encouraging words from a captain Monday afternoon. "Eryka (Williams) told me she only had two games left as a Lady Jacket," Kristie Williams said. "She said she wanted to make sure she played her very best in those two games." If recent play is a foreshadowing, Eryka Williams should be able to deliver on that promise.
JACKSON -- Danny Crawford's game plan was simple: score in the lane. The West Lowndes High School boys basketball coach knew his Panthers were going to have a decided height advantage against Houlka High, which had four players six foot or taller. The Panthers have 11 players six foot or taller. West Lowndes capitalized on the height advantage and scored 52 points in the paint on its way to a 70-55 victory in a Mississippi High School Activities Association Class A State Championship semifinal Monday night at Mississippi Coliseum.
State basketball championships will again be handed out this weekend and it appears some area teams have their sights sets on grabbing some gold.
JACKSON - Biloxi tried to keep Tyson Carter in a box. The Indians should have had a bigger box for Keith Harris.
JACKSON - The Columbus Lady Falcons' sluggish start and gravity of the situation was too much to overcome despite a furious fourth-quarter rally.
JACKSON - Columbus was not joking around with George County in Saturday's Class 6A quarterfinals match.
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