Archive - Jul 26, 2010 - Latest Sports
Starkville Academy ended its first day of workouts Monday afternoon with dark, threatening clouds hanging over the practice field.
Quite an ironic scene, seeing as to how this was the day the sun had risen on a new era of Volunteer football.
"It's a completely different atmosphere out here than it was last year," said SA senior quarterback Kyle Henson. "It's more intense. Everybody is hollering and hooping. It's like everyone wants to be out here, it's not just something we're out here to do."
Starkville High School head football coach Jamie Mitchell issued a challenge to his team at the end of the second of two practices to start the preseason on Monday.
The goal he emphasized for his first season with the Yellowjackets is making a return to the Class 6A playoffs.
Starkville was able to do that last year, but was dominated and eliminated in the first round by Madison Central 63-27.
Mitchell believes the playoffs is somewhere the Jackets are supposed to be and wants them to perform better when they get there.
The West Oktibbeha Timberwolves began preseason football practice Monday morning with one purpose in mind.
One of the keys early for coach Adam Lowrey is getting the Timberwolves back in shape and the minds back on the game.
"It's hard to think about school and football when you are so excited to be out for the summer," Lowrey said. "Focusing on work is the thing we're looking to do this week."
After considering postponing the start of practice a day or two, Lowrey decided to go ahead and join other schools for the first official day high schools can begin drills.
Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill has a pretty good idea what he has to work with this fall.
The challenge in his first year on the job at the private school is to figure out something about opponents.
Itâ€™s something Terrell intends to learn as the preseason progresses.
SOUTHAVEN â€“ After a strong Saturday start at the Dizzy Dean World Series, Starkvilleâ€™s 8-year-old All-Stars ran into trouble Sunday.
Playing two games in Southaven, Starkville fell to East Cherokee, Ga., 8-1, then lost to in-state foe Saltillo 16-6.
â€śWe played pretty early in the morning so I think everyone was tired and worn out,â€ť said Starkville head coach Shane Grantham. â€śOverall, we just had a bad day.â€ť
Starkvilleâ€™s struggles came just one day after a dominating 18-4 win over Oregon Park, Ga., in their DDWS opener.
Euporaâ€™s Trae Embry was the Starkville Daily News Area Softball Coach of the Year. The Eaglesâ€™ Lee Berryhill took home SDNâ€™s Area Baseball Coach of the Year honors.
So will head football coach Junior Graham begin staking his claim on the SDNâ€™s postseason football award beginning with todayâ€™s first practice?
â€śWell, both (Embry and Berryhill) deserved the award, no doubt about it,â€ť said Graham. â€śIf you want to start comparing sports here at Eupora, weâ€™re all very fortunate. Weâ€™re all very competitive in everything.â€ť
The East Webster Wolverines hope the momentum generated from their Class 2A playoff run in 2009 carries over into this season.
East Webster finished with a 7-7 record last season with a strong finish.
After defeating West Lowndes 24-0 to close the regular season, the Wolverines knocked off Coahoma County 33-8 and Calhoun City 28-14 before losing a 14-12 decision to Ackerman.
That positive ending gives East Webster coach Jimmy Carden something to build on as his squad prepares for its first practice of the preseason today.